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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics and Capitol Hill, and spent eight years on the foreign desk as senior diplomatic correspondent. He is currently the deputy editor for politics. In addition, he has reviewed books and written feature stories for the newspaper and authored The Times' weekly chess column since 1993. He is also senior writer for Washington GolfStyles, a monthly publication covering the Mid-Atlantic golf scene.


Articles by David R. Sands

Florida's Gov. Crist accused of 'cronyism'

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday selected his closest political confidant to serve out the term of retiring Republican Sen. Mel Martinez for 16 months, until the Republican governor himself hopes to take over the seat. Published August 29, 2009

Political columnist Robert Novak has died at age 78

UPDATED: Robert D. "Bob" Novak, for many decades one of conservatives' most trusted and beloved political columnists, died at his Washington home early Tuesday after a long illness. Published August 18, 2009

Famed lobbyist Anne Wexler dead

Anne Wexler, a former Carter administration official long considered one of the most powerful and well-connected Democratic lobbyists in Washington, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. She was 79. Published August 8, 2009

Famed lobbyist Anne Wexler dies of cancer

Anne Wexler, a former Carter administration official long considered one of the most powerful and well-connected Democratic lobbyists in Washington, passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. She was 79. Published August 7, 2009

Obama calls officer in bid to calm flap

President Obama on Friday spoke directly with the Boston police sergeant he had criticized in the arrest of a black Harvard professor in a bid to cool an escalating racial controversy that the president admitted he had helped fuel. Published July 25, 2009

Obama calls Crowley; tries to end Gates storm

President Obama Friday called the Boston police sergeant who arrested a black Harvard professor in a bid to clear the air in what has become a growing national racial controversy. Published July 24, 2009

GOP lawmaker: Dems shut down debate in House

A Republican lawmaker accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats of "shutting down the process" in the House of Representatives to block his effort to investigate the national community organizing group ACORN. Published June 22, 2009

House votes against releasing terror photos

In a rare victory for minority Republicans, the House of Representatives Thursday went on record against releasing photographs of prisoner abuse by U.S. military and security forces after the September 11 attacks. Published June 11, 2009

Pelosi demands probe of nuke leak

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called for an official investigation into the accidental posting on the Internet of sensitive details on hundreds of U.S. nuclear weapons-related facilities, laboratories, research sites and reactors, including the location of fuel for nuclear bombs. Published June 3, 2009

Steele urges GOP to focus on the future

Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele plans to tell a special gathering of state party officials Tuesday that the party is through apologizing for past mistakes and will take the initiative as it tries to rebound with voters. Published May 19, 2009

Crist reportedly set for Senate race

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is reportedly set to announce his plans to run for the Senate next year, giving the Republicans their best shot at holding the seat now held by retiring Republican Sen. Mel Martinez. Published May 11, 2009

Absentee ballots to decide N.Y. race

The first electoral clash of the age of Obama finished in a dead heat, with uncounted absentee ballots now to decide the fate of the intensely watched race for an open House seat in upstate New York. Published April 1, 2009

N.Y. House race in spotlight

Upstate New York's 20th Congressional District is home to the famed Saratoga Race Track, but it's been a long time since a local stakes race has attracted this much national attention. Published March 31, 2009

Grassley: Budget freeze to stop 'socialism'

The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday said an across-the-board freeze on federal spending is needed to reel in President Obama´s massive budget plan, signaling a more active Republican stance in fighting the president's agenda. Published March 24, 2009

Grassley: Obama budget step toward 'socialism'

President Obama's budget of tax hikes to pay for massive new spending programs is a "move toward socialism" that will stifle a creative free market, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said in an interview Monday. Published March 23, 2009

Tax code escalates as Dems' tool

For the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress, the power to tax is increasingly becoming the power to get their way on policy matters big and small. Published March 23, 2009

House passes 90 percent bonus tax

Working at breakneck speed, the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to impose a 90 percent tax on bonuses given to top officials at companies that received tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer bailout money. Published March 19, 2009

Republicans slam WH handling of AIG

Republican lawmakers Thursday launched some unusually direct attacks on President Obama for his handling of the economy and the furor involving bonuses paid to bailed-out insurance giant American International Group. Published March 19, 2009

AIG chief asked for return of bonuses

UPDATED: The head of embattled insurance giant American International Group told Congress Wednesday that he had personally asked AIG employees to voluntarily give back part of about $165 million in bonuses, payouts that were made even as the company was getting more than $170 billion in taxpayer bailout aid. Published March 19, 2009

AIG CEO says employees starting to return bonuses

UPDATED: The embattled head of AIG told a congressional panel Wednesday that he had asked employees to return some $165 million in bonuses but said he had concluded he had no legal option to cancel them altogether. Published March 18, 2009