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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

just the ticket? Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida could stir up trouble among conservative Republicans who are waiting for one of their own in the White House. (By Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

Conservative leaders to huddle in bid to coalesce around 2016 candidate: report

An umbrella group that includes some of the nation's leading conservative power brokers is reportedly planning to hold two meetings in Northern Virginia in the coming months to vet 2016 presidential prospects and try to coalesce around a single candidate of choice for conservatives. Published April 15, 2015

During Wednesday's "veto session," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to move on several amendments, including one extending the time police may store license plate data to 60 days, a notion running afoul of privacy advocates. (Associated Press)

Terry McAullife data storage plan irks privacy lobby

Proposed changes from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to legislation dealing with surveillance technology and ethics are expected to receive substantial attention when lawmakers return to Richmond Wednesday for a one-day "veto session" to accept or reject the governor's amendments and vetoes. Published April 14, 2015

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters with his wife Jeanette, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Marco Rubio: 'Significant differences' with Obama in experience, background

Sen. Marco Rubio, who on Monday officially announced that he's running for president in 2016, says he'll have plenty of experience by the time Inauguration Day 2017 rolls around, saying there are significant differences in that regard between himself and another first-term U.S. senator who was elected president. Published April 14, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the National Rifle Association convention Friday, April 10, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Ted Cruz: Next 20 months will be like 'Lord of the Flies'

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Monday predicted chaos for the next 20 months, saying the "bullies and tyrants of the world" have sized up President Obama and determined that he is "no credible threat whatsoever." Published April 13, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves the stage at the end of his news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama approval underwater in Colorado, Iowa, Virginia

Majorities of voters in three states likely to be crucial in the 2016 presidential election disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, according to results from a poll released Monday. Published April 13, 2015

In this image taken from video posted to on Sunday, April 12, 2015, Hillary Rodham Clinton announces her campaign for president. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady enters the race in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama. (Hillary For America via AP)

Hillary Clinton hits the road for Iowa — in a van

Former Secretary of State and newly announced presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to be in the early presidential state of Iowa this week — and is traveling there by van. Published April 13, 2015

Clay Aiken. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) ** FILE **

Clay Aiken praises Hillary Clinton for '90s health care push

Past "American Idol" runner-up and 2014 congressional candidate Clay Aiken praised former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday as the "forebearer and forerunner" of health care reform, citing her work on the issue as first lady. Published April 13, 2015

Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation legislative day event on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) ** FILE **

Rick Santorum's PAC slams Hillary Clinton over emails

Patriot Voices, the political action committee of former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, is out with a hard-hitting online ad hammering former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over her use of a private email system as the nation's top diplomat. Published April 10, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a breakfast meeting, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) ** FILE **

Rick Perry: 'Both parties have gutted our defenses'

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling out both Democrats and Republicans for what he described as depleted armed forces and an aging military infrastructure, saying the two parties have "treated our defense forces as a pawn in a budgetary game of chicken." Published April 10, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks with area business leaders during a Politics and Eggs breakfast, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Bedford, N.H. The stop is one of many for those seeking their party's nomination for president. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Martin O'Malley: Presidency not a 'hereditary right'

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley continued to poke at the notion of political dynasties this week in the early presidential state of Iowa, declaring that the presidency is not a "hereditary right." Published April 10, 2015