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David Sherfinski

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

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Bachmann says country will elect 'right' female president

Rep. Michelle Bachmann helped open the final day of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by lambasting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over U.S. foreign policy and the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, while still predicting that the U.S. will elect the "right" woman president in the near future. Published March 8, 2014

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (above) of Pennsylvania, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (below left) and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah are three potential Republican presidential hopefuls who have made the trek to Iowa this year. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, other possible 2016 contenders, have yet to travel to the Hawkeye State this year. (Associated Press photographs)

Santorum: GOP needs positive message to counter Obama

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on Thursday delivered some tough love to conservatives and Republicans, telling them it's easy to blast President Obama but that they'd be better served getting their own messaging in order first. Published March 7, 2014

**FILE** Mike Huckabee speaks during the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting in Washington on Jan. 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Huckabee: U.S. government impeding religious liberty

Former Arkansas governor and erstwhile presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee threw out red meat to social conservatives Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying religious liberty must not be impeded by government and Americans need to remember the United States was founded by God. Published March 7, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Perry to conservatives: 'You are the path to the future'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off Day 2 of the Conservative Political Action Conference with a rhetorical nod to President Reagan, declaring "it is a good morning in America" and telling conservatives they control their own destiny in returning the country to first principles. Published March 7, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Toomey: President Obama doesn't think American law applies to him

Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, told Thursday morning’s crowd at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the defeat of President Obama’s nominee demonstrates that “when we stand up and fight” on principle, “we can actually win.” Published March 6, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Christie attacked the media in his return to the national stage for the first time since a political retribution scandal erupted in his home state.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Christie to CPAC: GOP has to shake contrarian image

One year removed from being snubbed by CPAC, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew a standing ovation from conservative activists Thursday, pointing to his own re-election last year as an example that standing on principle and winning elections are not mutually exclusive. Published March 6, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, called President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget "a campaign brochure" and said the president seems determined to do nothing about fiscal challenges. (Associated Press)

Ryan: 'Once again, the GOP is where the action is'

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Thursday that despite some recent jockeying and perceived turmoil in the Republican party, the GOP is "where the action is" and "the center of gravity is shifting." Published March 6, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Rubio said the US is the one nation that can rally people around the globe against the rise of totalitarian governments. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rubio: U.S. 'must be involved in leading the world'

Sen. Marco Rubio made a strong pitch for an engaged America around the world in a foreign policy-heavy speech Thursday at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), saying that the United States must be be a world leader — and not a dictator. Published March 6, 2014

**FILE** NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre at CPAC 2013

NRA's LaPierre: Gun owners won't back down, 'not now, not ever'

NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said Thursday that more Americans are buying guns because the country is in trouble, ripping "political dishonesty and media dishonesty" he says are undercutting the U.S. Constitution and his own organization. Published March 6, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, walks onto the stage holding a gun before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday. (Associated Press)

McConnell works to reassure conservatives

Sen. Mitch McConnell assured conservative activists he won't disappoint them if they give him enough troops for the GOP to take control of the Senate in November's elections, as he sought to tamp down a growing rift between tea party activists and top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. Published March 6, 2014

At a Crossroads: Sen. Ted Cruz (left) of Texas, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (center) and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida are among the conference speakers grappling with the question of how to govern while sticking to conservative principles. (Associated Press)

GOP optimism, agenda emerge at CPAC

Gov. Chris Christie fired up the crowd at CPAC Thursday with his call for Republicans to present a positive agenda, while Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio laid out the outlines of what that kind of agenda could look like — and Rep. Paul Ryan sounded like a man who's seriously thinking about running for the White House. Published March 6, 2014


McAuliffe's pick for state party chair upsets gay rights advocates

Virginia Democrats and gay rights advocates are sharply criticizing Gov. Terry McAuliffe's pick to be the next chairman of the state party, saying Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones' position on same-sex marriage is in direct conflict with progress the party has made and should disqualify him as a candidate. Published March 3, 2014

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, drew fire from all sides on Wednesday on Capitol Hill after outling a major plan to rewrite the nation's tax code. (Associated Press)

Rep. Dave Camp releases tax code proposal to chorus of boos

Rep. Dave Camp's long-awaited proposal to overhaul the tax code drew fire from all sides Wednesday for eliminating some tax breaks while raising others, signaling that the proposal is unlikely to get anywhere this year. Published February 26, 2014

FILE - This Sept. 3, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama talking with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. The president has reached out to Boehner for a rare one-on-one meeting between the political rivals. The Democratic president and Republican speaker plan to meet privately in the Oval Office midday Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Boehner favorables tick up, but still lag way behind Obama's: poll

House Speaker John A. Boehner's favorable ratings have ticked back up to where they were before the partial shutdown of the federal government in October, but the Ohio Republican is still playing catch-up with President Obama in the court of public opinion. Published February 26, 2014