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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 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts as she and singer Tony Bennett, left, are introduced during the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Half of American voters could support Hillary Clinton in 2016

Half of American voters say they could see themselves supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2016 and 48 percent oppose her, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll said. Published December 17, 2014

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (behind) and Cuba's President Raul Castro attend a ceremony at the Mausoleum of the Soviet Internationalist Soldier in Havana in July during Mr. Putin's Latin American tour aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region. (Associated Press)

Cuba move comes as Russia tries to revive ties to Havana

President Obama's surprise economic and diplomatic opening to Cuba Wednesday comes at a time when Vladimir Putin's Russia has been trying to revive Moscow's once-close ties to the Castro regime, a longtime ally of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Published December 17, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Political shots fired: Rand Paul hits Jeb Bush over Common Core

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, took a direct shot at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's support for Common Core educational standards Tuesday, shortly after Mr. Bush announced he was actively exploring a bid for the White House in 2016. Published December 17, 2014

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., watches at center as President Barack Obama greets New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after speaking to military members and families Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. is at right. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Christie defends Cowboys fandom: 'Worst-kept secret in America'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was spotted sitting with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during the Cowboys' 38-27 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, defended his rooting for Dallas during Townsquare Media's December edition of "Ask the Governor." Published December 16, 2014

CIA Director John Brennan speaks during a news conference at headquarters in Langley, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Most Americans say CIA treatment of terror suspects justified: poll

Most Americans think the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of terror suspects was justified in a new poll that comes in the wake of a Senate report that detailed some of the techniques and said the agency misled Congress and the White House about its interrogation program. Published December 16, 2014

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) talks with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as they fly on Mr. Romney's campaign plane to Miami on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) ** FILE **

Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush lead GOP 2016 field

Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney leads the Republican field of presidential contenders with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in second, a new poll said. Published December 16, 2014

Georgia Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Jack Kingston, delivers his concession speech after being defeated by businessman David Perdue in the primary runoff at his election night party, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

Jack Kingston: 'Absolutely no excuses' for Republicans in January

Retiring Rep. Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican, said Sen. Ted Cruz's push over the weekend for an on-the-record vote by his peers on President Obama's executive actions on immigration puts pressure on Republicans to follow through next year. Published December 16, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Ted Cruz: 'Open question' on whether GOP defunds amnesty next year

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, says it's an "open question" as to whether Republicans will follow through and fight to defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration next year when the GOP will have a majority in the U.S. Senate Published December 16, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gestures while speaking to the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC's 11th Annual Luncheon in Coral Gables, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) ** FILE **

Jeb Bush to release e-book, 250,000 emails from time as governor

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he's releasing some 250,000 e-mails from his time as governor as part of an e-book early next year — adding fuel to speculation that he's preparing for a possible run for the White House. Published December 15, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Charles Schumer wants federal probe into airline fare prices

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, wants the Department of Justice and Department of Transportation to investigate why airline fares are so high even as gas prices are falling across the country and airlines are raking in billions in profits. Published December 15, 2014