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David Sherfinski

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

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** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat. (Associated Press)

Sen. Joe Manchin: No on arming rebels

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III West Virginia said he's not on board with President Obama's request to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels as part of the plan to combat the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Published September 16, 2014

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listen as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises Republicans in August

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) continued to outpace its Republican counterpart in fundraising in August, hauling in $7.7 million as both sides prepare to unload their resources during the final stretch of campaigning ahead of Election Day. Published September 16, 2014

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, Sen. Pat Roberts, left, R-Dodge City, and Greg Orman, Independent for U.S. Senate, speak at the conclusion of their Senatorial Debate at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kan. On Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, Roberts posted an online ad attacking independent candidate Orman as a liberal pretending to be a Kansas conservative and immediately faced demands from the challenger to remove the spot over "manipulated" audio from a recent debate. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Lindsey Bauman)

Roberts down seven in Kansas Senate race: poll

A new poll shows independent candidate Greg Orman leading incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas by seven percentage points in a race that could complicate the GOP's quest to re-take control of the Senate. Published September 16, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. makes a statement during a live televised debate with Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)

Hagan up four over Tillis in N.C. Senate race: poll

A new poll shows incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan up by four points in the hotly-contested race in North Carolina, one of about a half-dozen states that will determine which party will control the U.S. Senate after November's midterm elections. Published September 16, 2014

House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., announces the release of a website titled Benghazi on the Record, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The website, according to Cummings, will collect in one place as much information as possible regarding questions about the attacks in Benghazi. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Democrats launch Benghazi website ahead of committee hearing

Ahead of the House Select Committee on Benghazi's highly-anticipated first public hearing Wednesday, Democrats offered some of their own answers to questions surrounding the terrorist attack while Republicans urged them not to prejudge the investigation before it starts. Published September 16, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, talks to reporters after signing her qualifying paperwork to run for re-election on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Landrieu is seeking a fourth term. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Press taking Landrieu's side in plane flap, Republicans claim

National Republicans are accusing the media of being either lazy or biased in its reporting on Sen. Mary Landrieu's recent disclosures that she improperly billed taxpayers for dozens of private flights for events such as campaign stops and fundraisers since 2002. Published September 15, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. makes a statement during a live televised debate with Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)

Polls show Kay Hagan with edge in North Carolina Senate race

Two new polls show incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina with an edge over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in a race that will play a crucial role in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate after November. Published September 15, 2014

A soldier moves a traffic cone as cars wait to enter Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 9,  2014. The Army is ramping up security at Fort Bliss, its sprawling West Texas post near the US-Mexico border. The tighter security is to include random vehicle checks and access limited to Defense Department personnel at some of its gates. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

Nearly two-thirds disapprove of Obama on immigration: poll

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in key U.S. House and Senate races disapprove of how President Obama is handling the immigration issue, with a narrow plurality favoring the Republican party over the Democrats. Published September 15, 2014

Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican (Associated Press) ** FILE **

John Thune: Obama will get what he wants on training of Syrian rebels

The U.S. Senate's No. 3 Republican predicts Congress will be able to deliver on President Obama's request for funding to arm and train Syrian rebels as part of his multi-pronged approach to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group that will also include new airstrikes in conjunction with foreign partners on the ground. Published September 15, 2014

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks in Louisville, Ky., in this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo. Grimes will face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the general election for U.S. Senate.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Alison Lundergan Grimes shoots skeet in new campaign ad

Taking a page from Sen. Joe Manchin III's 2010 campaign playbook, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, shoots skeet in her most recent television campaign ad while insisting that she's "not Barack Obama." Published September 15, 2014

Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert wrote a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki on Tuesday, citing reports that officials at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System had kept a "secret list" of patient requests in order to conceal the fact that some patients were being made to wait more. "As a direct result of such practices, the deaths of over 40 veterans have come to light," they wrote in the letter. (associated press photographs)

Both parties in Congress have red lines for Syria

Congress appears ready to give President Obama the $500 million he wants to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels, possibly as soon as next week, but anything beyond that remained murky, including whether lawmakers will back the commander in chief if he expands airstrikes to include targets in Syria. Published September 11, 2014