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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

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

Former President George W. Bush jokes with his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Pensacola, Fla., in this file photo. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Iowa Republicans warming to George W. Bush advising a Jeb Bush administration: poll

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's family history in the White House is proving to be a mixed bag as he lays the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential run, but new numbers out of Iowa indicate Republicans are warming to the idea of former President George W. Bush's advising his brother's would-be administration. Published June 3, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Nashville, Tenn., in this May 30, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

Jeb Bush on GOP primary: 'This isn't tiddlywinks we're playing'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush extended somewhat of an olive branch on Tuesday to the 2016 GOP field, saying any of the Republicans running for president would be better than former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or President Obama, while also predicting there will be some "elbows and knees under the boards" in the intra-party nominating contest to come. Published June 2, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Columbia, S.C., in this May 27, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

'Stop Hillary' group pointedly refuses to change name after FEC request

A group called the "Stop Hillary PAC" is pointedly refusing to change its name after the Federal Election Commission (FEC) said it could be running afoul of campaign finance laws by using former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's name without her authorization. Published June 2, 2015

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) ** FILE **

Rick Perry: 'I would rescind any agreement' Obama makes with Iran

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said one his first acts if elected president would be to rescind any negotiated agreement President Obama works out on Iran's nuclear program and said Mr. Obama has not demonstrated sufficient leadership in departments like the embattled Veterans Administration. Published June 2, 2015