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David Sherfinski

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

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Dec. 17, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Marco Rubio to preside over hearing on U.S.-Cuba policy

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and one of the most outspoken critics of President Obama's recent move to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations, is scheduled to preside over a hearing Tuesday on the new U.S. policy changes toward the communist island country. Published February 3, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, in this Jan. 21, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama approval above 50 percent in five states in 2014

President Obama's approval rating was above 50 percent in five states in 2014, a year in which his ratings hovered in the low- to mid-40s and in which his party lost control of the U.S. Senate after the November midterm elections. Published February 3, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Dec. 17, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Marco Rubio headed back to Iowa for book signing

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, is headed back to Iowa later this month as part of a tour for his new book, "American Dreams," the Tampa Bay Times reported. Published February 2, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul's views on foreign policy and national security set him apart from the other Republicans hungering for the presidency. They can be expected to slam him as an isolationist, blind to the harsh realities of the international jungle. But his views of how the U.S. should deal with the world will offer a unique opening to voters who haven't always leaned right. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Vaccines can lead to 'mental disorders'

When asked by radio host Laura Ingraham Monday about his views on vaccination, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said that while he is not "anti-vaccine" at all, he thinks they should be voluntary. Published February 2, 2015

In this June 26, 2013 file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Gay-rights group to propose national strategy for elder LGBT housing

A group that promotes rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders is announcing plans for a national strategy to address LGBT elder housing needs this week at an event that will feature a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Published February 2, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington in this Dec. 17, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP's 2016 contenders have PACs file end-of-year fundraising hauls

Political committees affiliated with potential GOP presidential contenders were filing end-of-year fundraising reports ahead of a Jan. 31 deadline, as presidential hopefuls start making serious moves and laying groundwork for their possible runs heading into the 2016 cycle. Published January 31, 2015

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., in this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mitt Romney says no to 2016 White House run

Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016, he told supporters on a conference call Friday. Published January 30, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Policy Summit in Washington. Campaigns for president in 2016 haven’t officially started. But Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is among several Republicans testing the political waters, and he’s making a stop in Nevada with the state’s first-in-the-West Republican caucus is a little more than a year away. Aides say Paul’s campaign-style stops Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at a Las Vegas Strip restaurant and Saturday in downtown Reno will focus on meeting local pastors, business leaders and political activists. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Texas GOP chairman to join Rand Paul's political operation

The chairman of the Republican Party of Texas is stepping down in early March to join Sen. Rand Paul's political operation as the Kentucky Republican makes moves ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run. Published January 30, 2015

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., gestures during a talk at the AP Day at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.  Webb has formed an exploratory committee to look into his running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Jim Webb: Democrats can do a better job with white working people

Former Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat and a possible candidate for president in 2016, says his party needs to return to a focus on providing people who don't have a voice with access to those in power, including white, working-class people. Published January 30, 2015

This photo taken Jan. 15, 2015, shows Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaking at the Republican National Committee meetings in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) ** FILE **

New Hampshire GOP April summit to attract 2016 contenders

The New Hampshire Republican party is planning to host a summit in mid-April certain to attract potential GOP presidential contenders looking to increase their visibility in the early presidential primary state. Published January 29, 2015

The Obama administration is attempting to avert another overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants by opening a legal channel to Central American children who have relatives already residing in the U.S. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Six in 10 dissatisfied with current immigration levels: poll

Six in 10 Americans say they're dissatisfied with the level of immigration into the United States, as House Republicans think about joining the legal fight over President Obama's executive actions on the issue. Published January 29, 2015