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David Sherfinski

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

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FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama scored a rare win in his 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a Senate panel approved giving him the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to shutter the facility. Levin hailed the defense bill provision as a significant change in the long standoff between the Obama administration and bipartisan congressional opponents over the post-Sept. 11 prison for terror suspects. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Sen. Levin: Congress 'should not be surprised' by Bergdahl swap

Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that President Obama put Congress "on notice" in December that he intended to exercise his powers to negotiate detainee transfers. Published June 3, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Nelson: 'Real question' of prisoner swap if Bergdahl deserted

While emphasizing he was not prejudging the circumstances under which Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban, Sen. Bill Nelson said Tuesday that there's a "real question" of whether the prisoner swap should have been made if Sgt. Bergdahl deserted. Published June 3, 2014

Jay Carney insists no security threat involved in Bowe Bergdahl release

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday the administration does not believe the exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held in captivity in Afghanistan for nearly five years, for the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay prison detainees to Qatar, is not a security threat to the United States. Published June 2, 2014

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, California Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rep. Buck McKeon: Still in dark on details of Gitmo detainee transfer

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican, said Monday he's still in the dark on the details of the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay detainees to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for nearly five years. Published June 2, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat, at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama 'has not been a soft president': N.Y. Dem lawmaker

Rep. Gregory Meeks, New York Democrat, said Monday he's giving the administration the benefit of the doubt on the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay detainees for the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying President Obama's past performance on terrorism indicates he's not about to put Americans in harm's way. Published June 2, 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, speaks Friday, May 30, 2014, during a town hall-style debate of candidates for U.S. Senate. Graham, and challengers Bill Connor,  Det Bowers, Lee Bright, Jay Stamper, Richard Cash and Nancy Mace participated in the debate at the historic Booker T. Washington auditorium on The USC campus in Columbia.(AP Photo/The State, Tracy Glantz)

Graham wants a Senate hearing on Gitmo detainee transfer

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has asked the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing on the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan. Published June 2, 2014

** FILE ** This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter, fellow soldiers say

In the wake of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's being transferred to U.S. custody after nearly five years of being held captive in Afghanistan, questions are being raised about the circumstances under which he left the battlefield in 2009 — with some of his fellow soldiers labeling him a deserter. Published June 2, 2014

** FILE ** This April 2, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

McCaskill defends White House in release of POW

Sen. Claire McCaskill defended the White House's decision to indirectly negotiate with the Taliban in securing the release of the only prisoner of war in Afghanistan, saying Republicans would be "going crazy" if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been killed. Published June 1, 2014

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Their son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Bergdahl release raises questions over security, congressional authority

As a prisoner of war in Afghanistan was transferred back to U.S. custody, Republicans challenged the Obama administration's insistence it did not negotiate with terrorists in securing the soldier's release and say the move was illegal and could embolden terrorists around the globe. Published June 1, 2014

** FILE ** This March 26, 2014, file photo shows House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Issa releases Kerry from commitment to testify on Benghazi

While accusing Secretary of State John F. Kerry of trying to "squirm his way" out of a commitment to appear before his committee, House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa said Friday he will no longer try to force Mr. Kerry to testify on Benghazi at a June 12 hearing. Published May 30, 2014

On gun control, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , California Democrat, said, "The tragic and horrific shooting in Santa Barbara last week was the latest in a series of reminders of the urgent need to act." (Associated press)

House approves $20 million more for gun background checks

The U.S. House on Thursday passed legislation to provide an additional $20 million to incentivize states to submit more records into the federal instant background-check system, handing gun-control advocates a modest win on the issue after a series of high-profile defeats at the federal level. Published May 29, 2014