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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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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

McCaul: Putin responsible for downed flight

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says Russian President Vladimir Putin bears direct responsibility for the downing of the passenger jet over eastern Ukraine last week. Published July 20, 2014

In this Saturday, July 12, 2014 photo, Palestinian medics wheel an injured man on a stretcher into the Shifa hospital after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City. In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizen again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Kerry: Hamas must agree to cease-fire

Amid new reports of casualties in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Hamas needs to immediately agree to a cease-fire as Israeli ground troops continue a three-day offensive. Published July 20, 2014

Pat Larracas of Los Angeles walks through the third level of Airforce One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. (Garrett Cheen/Special to The Washington Times)

U.S.-Russia relations now at frosty Cold War-levels

U.S.-Russian relations have now officially devolved to Cold War-era levels, said Senate Intelligence chairwoman as she urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "man up" on the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet. Published July 20, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,  speaks, during a joint press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Kerry: 'Pretty clear' that system to shoot down plane was transferred from Russia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there's strong evidence that the missile system used to bring down the Boeing 777 over territory in eastern Ukraine was transferred from Russia to separatists occupying the area but stopped short of assigning direct blame to Moscow for the downing of the plane. Published July 20, 2014

**FILE** Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco on Jan. 4, 2013. Fed up with traditional taxis, city dwellers are tapping their smartphones to hitch rides from strangers using mobile apps that allow riders and drivers to find each other. Internet-enabled ridesharing services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar are expanding rapidly in San Francisco, New York and other U.S. cities, billing themselves as a high-tech, low-cost alternative to cabs. (Associated Press)

Northern Virginia cab companies ask judge to halt Uber, Lyft operations

A group of eight taxicab and limousine companies operating in Northern Virginia have asked a judge to order ride-sharing app companies Uber and Lyft stop operating in the state, alleging that they have not secured the necessary permitting and have ignored a cease and desist order from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Published July 18, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2014. (Associated Press)

Hensarling rejects Senate-passed terrorism insurance measure

The Senate voted Thursday to extend a federal backstop for insurance companies in the event of a terrorist attack, saying the post-Sept. 11 program is still needed, and putting pressure on House Republicans who are divided on the issue. Published July 17, 2014

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, Wednesday played a 2012 recording of then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking someone to attend political fundraiser. Some say the call is a violation of the Hatch Act, which restricts the political activities of some federal government executive branch employees. (Associated Press)

Issa raises Hatch Act concerns about Obama officials

House chief investigator Rep. Darrell Issa released a recording Wednesday of a then-Obama Cabinet official leaving a voicemail asking someone to attend a fundraiser, escalating a battle with the White House over political activities within the administration. Published July 16, 2014

Republican 7th District congressional candidate David Brat said he was "extremely disappointed" that the 7th District congressional committee chose not to spend more funds locally on voter outreach for his race. (Associated Press)

Tea party-backed David Brat laments loss of Cantor cash

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss has left a bit of a mess in Virginia's seventh congressional district, with Democrats weighing whether to invest in the race and allies of GOP nominee David Brat alleging that Mr. Cantor's backers are pulling money away from his campaign. Published July 14, 2014


Gun control battle may kill sportsmen's bill

Staring at the possibility of a battle over gun control and other thorny issues he didn't want to deal with, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used parliamentary tactics to block out all amendments on a bill to expand hunting and fishing access on federal land, putting the brakes on the largely noncontroversial legislation. Published July 9, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. takes questions from reporters about the stunning primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Thursday, June 12, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The California Democrat said she’s hopeful that the House can still move on issues like an immigration overhaul, despite concerns that Cantor’s departure could drive House Republicans further to the right, possibly making compromise less likely. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Benghazi panel could cost up to $3.3 million

USA Today, citing a committee document from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office, reports that House Republicans are planning to spend as much as $3.3 million for the Benghazi special panel. Published July 7, 2014

The Smith & Wesson Model 500 is a five-shot, single action/double-action large caliber revolver produced by Smith & Wesson, firing the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge, a .50 caliber bullet.

Shooters welcome at 'guntry clubs'

A shooting range consultant is opening a 65,000-square-foot indoor facility in October — the latest in a number of shooting clubs that have been popping up in places from gun-friendly Colorado and Texas to Miami's Wynwood Arts District. Published July 6, 2014

The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, would keep the current plan largely intact, although it would increase the share of insured losses paid for by private insurance and direct the government to study the effects of premiums collected through the program. . (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act renewal a bipartisan affair

Federal involvement in health insurance has been controversial on Capitol Hill, but Republicans and Democrats in Congress have shown few qualms about getting involved when it comes to the private terrorism-insurance market. Published July 6, 2014

The House chamber at the Old State House in Little Rock, Arkansas. Republicans are hoping to use President Obama's unpopularity to propel them to victories at the state levels.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Republicans put Democrats on defense at local levels

Republicans hope to ride President Obama's unpopularity to win control of the U.S. Senate, but they also say they're laying the groundwork for gains in the states' legislatures, where analysts say Democrats are also on the defensive. Published July 3, 2014

**ADVANCE FOR DEC. 9-10 ** FILE**Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC, speaks during an immigration hearing in Gastonia, N.C., Aug. 25, 2006. The 31-year-old McHenry represents a safe GOP district and is ready to become a leading voice of attack against the new Democratic leadership. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Consumer protection group wants $215M to renovate D.C. headquarters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the $215 million it will cost to upgrade its downtown Washington headquarters is justified for a building past its prime, pushing back against a report Wednesday that said the agency hasn't presented a "sound business case" for spending that much. Published July 2, 2014

Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, right, and House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy are lukewarm on the issue of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank despite supporting previous renewals of the bank's charter. Backers of reauthorization claim that doing so will lead to job creation and an expanded economy, while opponents say the charter should be allowed to expire. (associateD press)

Republicans split over Export-Import Bank reauthorization

Citing a "sense of urgency," the business lobby is starting a massive effort to target lawmakers in their districts over the Fourth of July and August breaks to get them to renew authorization of the Export-Import Bank, an issue conservative groups are trying to turn into a litmus test for the new House Republican leadership team. Published June 29, 2014