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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gives his daughter, Cailin Young, a kiss as they with (from left) attorney Daniel Small, attorney Henry W. Asbill, son-in-law Chris Young and attorney John L. Brownlee wait to cross the street on the way to the federal courthouse in Richmond, Tuesday where his federal corruption trial continues into its fifth week. (Associated Press photographs)

Questions remain as Bob McDonnell cross examination ends

Prosecutors completed their questioning of Bob McDonnell on Tuesday, establishing during cross examination what has turned out to be a largely circumstantial case against the former Virginia governor accused of public corruption. Published August 26, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, second left, and his daughter Cailin, left, arrive at Federal Court with attorney Henry Asbill, right, in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.  McDonnell is in his fifth day of testimony in his corruption trial. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell: No attempt to mask relations with Williams

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday flatly denied attempting to conceal or mask his relationship with wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., parrying a barrage of direct questions from the prosecution in his public corruption case. Published August 26, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell walks through a group of media representatives as he leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Virginia, Monday. (Associated Press)

McDonnell cross-examination marked by tense exchanges about family, finances

The prosecution kicked off its cross-examination of Bob McDonnell Monday with a barrage of questions about personal finances aimed at undercutting the former Virginia governor's account that he was unaware of gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman and that he provided nothing in exchange. Published August 25, 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham says the Chris Christie scandal is a reflection on the New Jersey governor even though some of his aides were at the center of it. "It seems to me that this whole bridge thing reinforces a narrative that's troublesome about the guy. He's kind of a bully," the South Carolina Republican says. (Associated Press)

Graham: Islamic State has capability to hit homeland

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the United States should treat the Islamic State terrorist group as a direct threat to the homeland, as the White House considers launching air strikes in Syria against militants of the group. Published August 24, 2014

Rep. William Lacy Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, Missouri, says the federal government needs to provide training with weapons. (Associated Press)

Clay welcomes White House review of military equipment transfers

A Missouri congressman is commending the White House for announcing a review of federal transfers of military equipment to local law enforcement outfits throughout the country — an issue that has received renewed attention in the wake of recent events in his state. Published August 24, 2014

Mourners light candles at a memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, Theo Murphy, left, of Florissant, Mo., and his brother Jordan Marshall, 11, light candles at a memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo., where where unarmed Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. A small group of people, who preferred to remain anonymous,laid roses along the middle of the road that stretched about 60 yards. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT (Associated Press)

White House reconsiders military-grade weapons for local law enforcement

Lawmakers are welcoming the White House's decision to review the program that allows for the transfer of military-grade weapons to local law enforcement in the wake of recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, which is steeling for the Monday funeral of the unarmed black teen killed on Aug. 9. Published August 24, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at a news conference dealing with the aftermath of a police shooting of teenager Michael Brown, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The governor declared a state of emergency Saturday and imposed a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where police and protesters have clashed after Brown was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Missouri governor confident justice will be served in Ferguson investigations

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Sunday he's confident justice will be served through the multiple investigations into the Aug. 9 shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, but stopped short of giving full-throated support to the local prosecutor on the case. Published August 24, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, his daughter, Cailin Young, left, and her husband, Chris Young, rear, arrive at the federal courthouse Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Richmond, Va., for McDonnell's corruption trial. The former governor and his wife are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

McDonnell: 'I know that in my heart' I'm innocent

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said there was nothing inappropriate about loans businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. gave to a real estate company run by Mr. McDonnell and his sister in 2012 and that he did not disclose the loans because they were corporate liabilities and not personal ones. Published August 22, 2014

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, walks with his daughter Cailin Young as he leaves the federal courthouse Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Richmond, Va. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

McDonnell testifies he didn't know about donor's gifts

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that his marriage devolved to the point he was at a loss as to how to handle the "fiery anger and hate" from the first lady and that he was in the dark until after the fact on many of the dealings between her and a wealthy businessman. Published August 21, 2014

** FILE ** In this Aug. 5, 2014, file photo, former New York  Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomes leaders to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NRA launches ad campaign against Michael Bloomberg

The National Rifle Association this week is launching an ad campaign targeting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has pledged to spend up to $50 million to boost candidates who back gun control initiatives this year. Published August 20, 2014

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2013 file photo shows President George W. Bush speaking during an energy conference at the Bush Institute in Dallas. Bush will talk with daughter Jenna Bush Hager about his first-ever art exhibit on NBC's "Today" show Friday, April 4, 2014. His portraits of 24 world leaders include Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama. The paintings will be shared with the "Today" audience. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

George W. Bush takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, calls out Bill Clinton

President George W. Bush is the latest politician — or former politician — to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media campaign started to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that has led to millions of dollars in donations for the ALS Association. Published August 20, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill (left). After more than three weeks of his trial, Mr. McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday against charges that he and his wife, Maureen, traded more than $165,000 in gifts and loans for undue access. (Associated Press)

McDonnell testifies Williams received no special favors

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday his administration did little to help a wealthy businessman who plied his family with gifts and loans other than offer the routine access afforded to any state resident — the cornerstone of his defense against federal corruption charges. Published August 20, 2014

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat (Associated Press)

Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Obama doesn't need to come to Ferguson

In announcing that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. would travel to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, President Obama on Monday gave no indication that he personally would be visiting the town in the immediate future — and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is fine with that. Published August 19, 2014