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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

Rick Perry: 'People think we're going to run' for president

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering another run for president after a 2012 campaign that came to be largely defined by his "oops" moment during a primary debate, said people are expecting him to throw his hat into the ring again. Published December 10, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs when asked what would be good qualities for a "First Gentleman" during a question and answer session at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Howard Dean: If Hillary Clinton runs, I will support her

Former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean is throwing his support behind a would-be presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, writing that Mrs. Clinton is "by far the most qualified person in the United States to serve as president." Published December 10, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, walks with then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, as they make their way to a GOP strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

GOP favorability hits five-year high in new poll

As Republicans prepare to assume a new majority in the U.S. Senate next month, a new poll shows the GOP's favorability at a five-year high, with the standing of the Democratic party trending lower in the wake of this year's midterm elections. Published December 9, 2014

President Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington on Oct. 4, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama approval rating hits 39 percent in new poll

President Obama's approval rating has sunk below 40 percent in a new poll and a majority of Americans disapprove of his recent move to grant temporary legal status to millions of people in the country illegally. Published December 9, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at an annual convention of port authorities, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Houston. The vice president visited Houston to urge port authorities to keep upgrading their facilities.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Joe Biden on torture report: We're strong enough to say, 'we made a mistake'

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday hailed the release of a report detailing the techniques the CIA used to interrogate terrorism suspects after 9/11, saying its release speaks to the United States' strength as a country because it's willing to open up about its mistakes. Published December 9, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 214 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Highland Heights, Ky. Paul hinted in an interview Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, that he smoked marijuana in his youth, adding that voters should not confuse his push for reduced criminal penalties for drug offenses as an endorsement of drug use. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Rand Paul: I won't vote for spending bill that funds amnesty

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that he plans to vote against a government spending measure if it provides funding for President Obama's plan to grant temporary legal status for more than 4 million illegal immigrants in the country. Published December 9, 2014

'Draft Elizabeth Warren' campaign afoot at

The liberal advocacy group is gauging the level of support from members on whether to launch a concerted effort to get Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to run for president in 2016. Published December 9, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the Saban Forum in Washington,  Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Biden says the U.S. will be "relentless" in its efforts to bring the killers of an American photojournalist to justice.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Joe Biden: No decision on 2016 yet, but there's 'plenty of time'

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Tuesday that he plans to make a decision on a presidential run sometime next year and that his current job wouldn't preclude his developing the organization needed for such an endeavor. Published December 9, 2014

A grass-roots effort to draft Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016 may upend the supposed inevitability of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming the eventual Democratic nominee. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren may upset Hillary Clinton inevitability

A coalition of powerful liberal groups said Tuesday they may launch a formal campaign urging their hero, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to seek the White House in 2016, adding more intrigue to the party's presidential primary process and casting doubt on the popular narrative that Hillary Rodham Clinton will cruise to the Democratic nomination. Published December 9, 2014

Kentucky Senators Rand Paul, left, and Mitch McConnell address the media during a news conference following Mr. McConnell's victory in the republican primary on May 23 in Louisville, Ky. Columnist Christine O'Donnell says all Republicans must work together as both Tea Partyers and establishment Republicans need an attitude adjustment. (Associated Press)

Mitch McConnell: 'Almost certainly' endorsing Rand Paul in 2016

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll "almost certainly" be endorsing the would-be 2016 presidential campaign of his fellow Kentuckian Sen. Rand Paul, just a few election cycles removed from when Mr. McConnell backed Mr. Paul's primary opponent in 2010. Published December 9, 2014

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks with reporters Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 in Jackson, Miss. Paul was in the state to headline a fundraiser for the Mississippi Republican Party. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Rand Paul: Explain to me when terrorists are going to attack Fargo

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, decried some of the use of aggressive police tactics and a local unit's possessing mine-resistant transportation Monday, saying terrorists are unlikely to target a place like Fargo, North Dakota. Published December 8, 2014

In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 photo, President Barack Obama listens in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington as Ashton Carter speaks during the announcement of Carter for defense secretary.  The White House says President Barack Obama is getting some medical tests at a military hospital just outside Washington after complaining of a sore throat.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Voters divided on states suing over Obama's immigration plan: poll

A narrow plurality of voters in the country are in favor of their state suing over President Obama's recently-announced executive actions to grant temporary legal status and work permits to more than 4 million illegal immigrants in the country. Published December 8, 2014