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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, in this May 16, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Rand Paul: 'The right to dissent in a free country is very important'

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky acknowledged Tuesday there's not a lot of public evidence of entities abusing the system with respect to the government's bulk data collection program but said that the bulk collection itself runs counter to the Fourth Amendment. Published May 26, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. holds up his cell phone as he speaks before announcing the start of his presidential campaign, in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency (NSA) will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rand Paul: Obama 'disingenuous' on surveillance

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Tuesday that President Obama is being "disingenuous" on the NSA's bulk data collection program and that the president could stop the program anytime he wants. Published May 26, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mike Huckabee to skip Iowa straw poll

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, says he is skipping this summer's Iowa straw poll, citing the heavy concentration of staff and financial resources "playing to win" in the poll still requires. Published May 21, 2015

New input: In upcoming GOP presidential debates, CNN has partnered with Salem Media, the nation's largest Christian and conservative news organization. (CNN)

CNN to divide Sept. GOP presidential debate into two parts

Soon after Fox News announced the formatting for the first 2016 GOP presidential debate in August, CNN and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library outlined the criteria for candidates to participate in the Sept. 16 debate in California, which will be divided into two parts -- one with candidates in the top 10 in recent public polling and another with candidates that fall outside the top 10. Published May 21, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate, gestures during a town hall type meeting at the Veteran's of Foreign War post in Hudson, N.H., Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Chris Christie: 'Part of our problem has been tone over time'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday stressed the importance of tone when Republicans talk about issues like abortion and gay marriage, saying that folks in his state know where his "heart is" as a pro-life governor in a blue state. Published May 21, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., speaks in Nashua, N.H., in this April 18, 2015, file photo. Jindal's focus on states important in the presidential campaign is drawing lots of criticism at home and doing little apparent good for his 2016 prospects. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Bobby Jindal on 2016 field: 'The more the better'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who recently announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, said Thursday he thinks "the more, the better" when it comes to the 2016 GOP field. Published May 21, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks during an interview with The Associated Press in New Orleans, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Scott Walker: I didn't flip-flop on immigration

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said earlier this year that his view has changed on immigration, but he says a flip-flop would be someone who voted a certain way and then did something different. Published May 20, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jeb Bush: Islamic State 'didn't exist when my brother was president'

Seeking to turn around recent questioning over the 2003 invasion of Iraq, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday questioned President Obama's decision to pull back from the country, arguing the surge created a "fragile but stable" situation Mr. Obama could have built on. Published May 20, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Elizabeth Warren: I'd like to see Hillary Clinton be 'clearer' on trade deal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a leading Democratic opponent of a trade deal with Pacific Rim nations that is being pushed by the Obama administration, says she'd like to see 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton be more clear in her position on it. Published May 20, 2015

House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton using her personal email account for official business. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has subpoenaed former White House aide Sidney Blumenthal, whose memos on Libya sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have received renewed attention this week. Published May 20, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a town hall meeting at the Lions Club hall with area residents, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Rand Paul: I plan to do 'everything humanly possible' to try stop the Patriot Act

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he plans to do "everything humanly possible" to try to stop the Patriot Act, key provisions of which are due to expire at the end of the month, including Section 215, which the Obama and Bush administrations have used to justify the NSA's phone snooping and bulk data collection programs. Published May 19, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate, gestures during a town hall type meeting at the Veteran's of Foreign War post in Hudson, N.H., Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Chris Christie: Path to citizenship 'an extreme way to go'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the country is an "extreme way to go," acknowledging a change in his position on the issue since 2010, when he supported one. Published May 19, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters as he heads to the chamber for a procedural vote at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John McCain: Fall of Ramadi 'terribly significant'

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, says the fall of Ramadi to terrorist fighters is 'unfortunately terribly significant' and demonstrates the need for more ground troops in the region. Published May 18, 2015