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David Sherfinski

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

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In this June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Edward Snowden hails 'historic victory' on surveillance

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the agency's phone snooping program in 2013, says the end of the mass surveillance of phone calls under the Patriot Act is "a historic victory for the rights of every citizen." Published June 5, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters to announced the launch of his presidential campaign for the 2016 elections, Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Addison, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Rick Perry hits back at Hillary Clinton over voter ID

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday hit back at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who criticized Mr. Perry and several other of her potential 2016 GOP rivals on Thursday over the issue of voting rights. Published June 5, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks to media as he meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2015. The president said a "handful of senators" are the only thing standing in the way of an extension of key Patriot Act provisions before they expire at midnight Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NSA surveillance prevented terrorist attacks, most voters say: poll

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters say the National Security Agency's bulk data collection program has thwarted terrorist attacks in the United States, but a majority also think it's likely that the program has violated Americans' civil liberties. Published June 4, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, march in a Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 25, 2015 in Chappaqua, N.Y. Close to a thousand onlookers crowded the parade route in Chappaqua, the Clinton's hometown. (Joe Larese/ The Journal News via AP) NYC OUT, NO SALES, ONLINE OUT, TV OUT, NEWSDAY INTERNET OUT; MAGS OUT

Majority of American voters believe Clintons traded influence for cash

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has been forced to push back on reports involving the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of financial donations from foreign governments while she was serving as the nation's top diplomat. Published June 4, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker tied atop 2016 GOP field

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are sitting atop a new survey on the 2016 Republican presidential contest, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson close behind. Published June 4, 2015

Voters arrive at the polls at Olive Branch Middle School in Olive Branch, Miss., Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Voters cast ballots Tuesday in the special election to fill the First Congressional District seat left open by the death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died of brain cancer in February. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal via the AP)

Republican conservative base shrinks: Gallup poll

The percentage of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who identify as both social and economic conservatives is now 42 percent, according to Gallup - the lowest level since 2005 - as 2016 GOP presidential contenders prepare to navigate the forthcoming nomination process. Published June 3, 2015