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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

** FILE ** The National Mall offers an breathtaking panoramic view of the U.S. Capitol building, a must-see site on the list of many Washington, D.C., tourists. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

GOP favorability rebounds, close to pre-shutdown levels

With less than two months until November's midterm elections, the Republican party's image has regained the loss it took amid the partial shutdown of the federal government last year, Gallup said. Published September 18, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said President Obama must come to Congress to authorize strikes in Syria. (Associated Press)

Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Published September 18, 2014

This combo of 2014 file photos shows Iowa Democratic senatorial candidate, Rep. Bruce Braley, left, and Republican senatorial candidate State Sen. Joni Ernst. Iowa is a state with a relatively small number of veterans and no military bases, yet the hotly contested Senate race here is heavily focused on the military. (AP Photo)

Dead heat in Iowa Senate race: poll

A new poll shows the U.S. Senate race in Iowa this year in a dead heat between Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst and Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley. Published September 18, 2014

House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican (left) and ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, commenced hearings Wednesday on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations following the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya that resulted in several American deaths. (Associated Press)

Bipartisan House Benghazi panel kicks off without bickering

The House Select Committee on Benghazi's much-anticipated first public hearing Wednesday produced few partisan fireworks, as members of both parties grilled a top State Department official about improvements to embassy security in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that left America's ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead. Published September 17, 2014

** 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