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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

Obama breaks barriers for black Americans

Four years after he burst onto the national scene, Barack Obama's improbable story has another precedent-shattering chapter, as the 47-year-old first-term senator from Illinois adds president-elect to an already remarkable resume. Published November 5, 2008

House may tilt right with Democratic wins

Big Democratic gains in Tuesday's congressional races could produce a new House of Representatives in which both the Republican and Democratic caucuses are more conservative than in the current Congress. Published November 4, 2008

Candidates sprint to the finish line

UPDATE: With the hours draining away, rivals Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Sen. John McCain of Arizona were taking the long way home in a final lap of frenzied campaigning of a nearly two-year presidential quest. Published November 3, 2008

A blue tide may produce redder House

Big Democratic gains in tomorrow's congressional races could produce a new House of Representatives in which both the Republican and Democratic caucuses are more conservative than in the current Congress. Published November 3, 2008

Bailout takes fire from all sides

The troubled rollout of the Treasury Department's $700 billion Wall Street rescue package has exposed some contradictions at the heart of the program designed to encourage the country's shell-shocked banks to lend again. Published November 2, 2008

Incumbents paying for backing bailout

The $700 billion Wall Street rescue package isn't playing favorites on the campaign trail: Both Republican and Democratic incumbents are under fire for backing the bailout. Published November 1, 2008

Indian takes world chess crown

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand became the undisputed world chess champion Tuesday, defeating titleholder Vladimir Kramnik by a score of 6 ½-4 1½ in their scheduled 12-game match in Bonn -- a result many saw as confirming a shift in the game's balance of power. Published October 30, 2008

Lieberman may still hold key to chamber

Through a quirk in the rules, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman may once again emerge as the Senate Democrats' indispensable man, despite his support of the Iraq war, his full-throated endorsement of Republican Sen. John McCain for president and his prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in September. Published October 30, 2008

Indian chess master retains crown in world title match

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand became the undisputed world chess champion Tuesday, defeating former titleholder Vladimir Kramnik by a score of 6 1/2 - 4 1/2 in their scheduled 12-game match in Bonn, Germany -- a result many saw as confirming a shift in the game's balance of power. Published October 29, 2008

Critics see bailout free-for-all

A growing number of lawmakers and economists are criticizing the Bush administration for extending the massive Wall Street rescue plan far beyond what they had thought were its original limits. Published October 29, 2008

Dow up nearly 900 points

UPDATE: At the closing bell, U.S. stock markets gained positive territory Tuesday with The Dow Jones Industrial Average up nearly 900 points despite a gloomy consumer confidence level and U.S. housing prices. Published October 28, 2008

McCain calls for Stevens to step down

UPDATED -- Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain Tuesday called for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens to resign his seat a day after the seven-term GOP lawmaker was convicted by a federal jury. Published October 28, 2008

Treasury puts $34B in 18 regional banks

The Treasury Department has placed more than $34 billion in 18 regional banks in a renewed push to ease the nation's credit crisis, amid growing complaints that the recipients of the taxpayer bailout are using the money not to lend to customers but to buy their competitors. Published October 28, 2008

Jobs are job one on campaign trail

They have the same job, they want the same job, and neither Sen. Barack Obama nor Sen. John McCain has been particularly subtle about where the issue of jobs ranks in the closing weeks of their presidential battle. Published October 26, 2008

Dow down 312; big sell-off averted

Wall Street stocks staged another broad retreat Friday, but traders and analysts said fears of an even bigger sell-off failed to materialize amid a rare bit of hopeful news about the U.S. housing market and falling prices of oil. Published October 25, 2008

WH picks D.C. site for crisis summit

The building constructed to help aging Civil War veterans in the 1880s will be the site where President Bush and other world leaders gather to draw up the blueprint for the world financial system in the 21st century, the White House said Friday. Published October 24, 2008

Wall Street retreats, but avoids bloodbath

UPDATE: Wall Streets stocks staged another broad retreat Friday, but traders and analysts said fears of an even bigger sell-off failed to materialize amid a rare bit of hopeful news about the U.S. housing market and falling prices for oil. Published October 24, 2008

Bush to host financial summit

President Bush on Saturday said he will host a summit of world leaders in the near future to address the global financial turmoil and discuss ways to prevent a future crisis. Published October 19, 2008

Economists prescribe deeper deficit

The financial crisis has rocked the economy's foundations, but it also has opened a window of opportunity for the next president. Published October 17, 2008