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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

GOP may lose Gregg to Commerce

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire acknowledged Friday he is being considered for secretary of commerce in President Obama's Cabinet, a move that could have momentous consequences for the balance of power in Congress. Published January 31, 2009

Gregg considered to head Commerce

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire Friday confirmed intense speculation on Capitol Hill that he is being considered for the post of commerce secretary in President Obama's Cabinet, a move that would have momentous consequences for the balance of power in Congress. Published January 30, 2009

House OKs stimulus plan without GOP

The House approved a massive $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday evening to boost the struggling economy, but not a single Republican voted for the measure despite a personal lobbying pitch from President Obama. Published January 29, 2009

GOP: Its plan is better jobs machine

House Republicans on Wednesday argued that their alternative stimulus program, heavy on tax cuts, would create nearly 3 million more new jobs than the $816 billion economic recovery plan being pushed by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats -- using the same methodology favored by President Obama's top economic advisers. Published January 28, 2009

House passes $819B stimulus plan

The House approved a massive $819 billion stimulus bill to boost the struggling economy, but not a single Republican voted for the measure despite a personal lobbying pitch from President Barack Obama. Published January 28, 2009

Senate grills SEC on Madoff's dealings

Key lawmakers Tuesday demanded much tougher government oversight of Wall Street and the securities markets as regulators struggled to explain how they failed to detect the $50 billion Ponzi scheme reportedly operated by financier Bernard Madoff for more than a decade. Published January 28, 2009

Gillibrand sworn in to Clinton's Senate seat

The Senate was down to one vacancy Tuesday as Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in on the Senate floor to take the seat vacated by new Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published January 28, 2009

Gillibrand sworn in to succeed Clinton

UPDATED: The Senate was down to one vacancy Tuesday as Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn on the Senate floor to take the seat vacated by new Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published January 27, 2009

Political dynasties fade away

Call it Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton fatigue syndrome, or perhaps the new Obama meritocracy, but some of the most famous names in U.S. politics have come up empty-handed in recent days. Published January 27, 2009

Geithner gets Treasury post amid opposition

UPDATED: The Senate confirmed Timothy F. Geithner on Monday to head the Treasury, giving President Obama a key member of his team at a time when the administration faces a long to-do list. Published January 27, 2009

Biden swears in new Colo. senator

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made his first trip back to his old stomping grounds Thursday, returning to the floor of the Senate to swear in new Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat. The ceremony marked Mr. Biden's official debut as president of the Senate, where he served six terms as a senator from Delaware. Published January 23, 2009

Senate panel approves Treasury pick

Timothy Geithner overcame concerns about irregularities in his income-tax returns and won Senate panel approval for his nomination to head the Treasury Department, as the agency he may soon head received a vote of no confidence from House lawmakers displeased with its handling of the Wall Street bailout. Published January 23, 2009

House blasts bailout in symbolic vote

In a vote without impact but heavy on symbolism, the House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to deny the Obama administration the remaining $350 billion under the Wall Street bailout package. Published January 22, 2009

Panel votes 18-5 to approve Geithner

UPDATED: The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Timothy Geithner as secretary of the Treasury on an 18-5 vote, despite lingering doubts from Republicans on the panel over irregularities in the nominee's tax records. Published January 22, 2009

Obama takes charge

Barack Hussein Obama became the nation's first black president on Tuesday, beckoning Americans to move beyond divisive politics and a "collective failure to make hard choices." Now Wednesday, the real work begins. Published January 20, 2009

Kennedy suffers seizure at luncheon

DEVELOPING: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy fell ill with what one lawmaker described as a "lengthy seizure" and was removed from the luncheon honoring President Obama. Published January 20, 2009

'Begin again the remaking of America'

UPDATED: Promising a "new era of responsibility," Barack Hussein Obama Tuesday took the oath as the 44th president and first black commander-in-chief. Published January 20, 2009

Six in Cabinet OK'd; Clinton waits

The Democrat-dominated Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the first six members of President Obama's Cabinet just hours after he was sworn in, but the day was marred by a seizure that struck Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Published January 20, 2009

Senate welcomes Burris to fold

A who's who of senators and House members flocked to Sen. Roland Burris on the U.S. Senate floor after his swearing-in Thursday as the chamber's newest member, ending an embarrassing episode for Democrats who vowed to block his appointment. Published January 16, 2009