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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for heart surgery

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning to place a stent in her right coronary artery, the high court said in a statement. Published November 26, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Rand Paul calls for leader outside of politics 'to preach a gospel of hope and prosperity'

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, wrote Tuesday that tensions in communities such as Ferguson, Missouri, are emblematic of larger problems with the country's criminal justice system and the so-called "War on Drugs," pledging to continue the fight for reforms while calling for a leader outside of politics to preach "a gospel of hope and prosperity." Published November 25, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the briefing room of the White House, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Washington, after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama approval dips below 40 percent in new poll

Just 39 percent of American voters approve of President Obama's job performance and are divided on whether he should address the immigration issue if Congress fails to act, according to a new poll. Published November 25, 2014

Michael Brown Sr., center, listens along side Rev. Al Sharpton, right, as Brown family attorney Anthony Gray, left, speaks during a news conference at Greater St. Mark Church Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Rioting broke out Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of the unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Michael Brown's reps say D.A. 'went out of his way' to discredit him

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Michael Brown, cast doubt on the process behind the Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson as lawyers build the argument that the jury was pushed toward its decision by the prosecuting attorney on the case. Published November 25, 2014

Former U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Ron Paul. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Kelly Price)

Ron Paul: Defeat of NSA bill a 'victory for freedom'

Former Texas congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul is hailing last week's defeat of a Senate bill that would have halted the NSA's phone-snooping program as a "victory for freedom." Published November 24, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Rand Paul calls for declaration of war against Islamic State

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, one of the sharpest Republican critics of President Obama's strategy to combat the Islamic State terrorist group, unveiled a draft Declaration of War resolution Monday that he plans to introduce when Congress comes back in December. Published November 24, 2014

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his executive action on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas in this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Half of American voters oppose Obama's immigration plan: poll

Fifty percent of voters in the country oppose President Obama's recently-announced executive actions to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, and a majority thinks the president's plan will actually attract more illegal immigrants into the country. Published November 24, 2014

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

Mitt Romney takes lead in 2016 New Hampshire GOP primary poll

Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee, leads a host of potential Republican presidential candidates in a hypothetical 2016 GOP primary match-up in the early state of New Hampshire. Published November 24, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Jeb Bush to speak at University of South Carolina commencement next month

As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ponders a possible presidential run in 2016, he'll get to spend some time in the early primary state of South Carolina next month as the speaker at the University of South Carolina's winter commencement exercises on Dec. 15. Published November 24, 2014

President Barack Obama, left, listens as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, talks about his resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Grim public departure as Hagel, Obama announce resignation at White House

President Obama on Monday accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, creating a vacancy at the Pentagon at a time when the U.S. is battling the Islamic State in the Middle East, dealing with a shrinking budget at the Defense Department and grappling with a number of other foreign-policy challenges and international crises. Published November 24, 2014