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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

U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) gestures prior the launch of Soyuz-FG  rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)

Astronauts: ‘We should get ourselves to Mars'

Chocolate pudding cake is one favorite outer space food; humans are likely to encounter life from another planet; astronauts are adept at recycling their own urine into drinking water. Published July 24, 2014

** FILE ** R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (Associated Press)

CBP Commissioner: Border is 'more secure and more safe'

The new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection said the U.S.-Mexico border is "more secure and more safe," as the White House has touted a drop in the number of unaccompanied children arriving there in recent weeks. Published July 24, 2014

**FILE** Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Inhofe: Illegal minors in Oklahoma 'at the invitation of the president'

Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, said President Obama shouldn't get any new funding to deal with the U.S.-Mexico border crisis until he reverses the policy of allowing certain illegal immigrant children to apply to defer their removal proceedings. Published July 24, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat. (Associated Press)

Grijalva: Anti-trafficking law 'line in the sand for many of us'

Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, said keeping in place a 2008 law intended to curb trafficking of Central American children is enough for many congressional Democrats to hold the line on legislation dealing with the crisis of unaccompanied children streaming into the country at the southern border. Published July 24, 2014

**FILE** Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican (Associated Press)

Thune: Downed fighter jets show more evidence of separatist capabilities

Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, said new reports of two downed fighter jets in Eastern Ukraine demonstrates some of the capabilities pro-Russia separatists have and how important it is that the United States stops any arms flow from Russia into Ukraine. Published July 23, 2014

David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)

Perdue strategy: Run against Reid, Obama, Pelosi

Republican David Perdue, who on Tuesday defeated Rep. Jack Kingston in a primary run-off in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, said Wednesday he plans to run against Democrats' policies over the last six years in the fall general election. Published July 23, 2014

Netanyahu's spokesman: Safe to fly to Israel

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel does airport security "very, very well" and that he hopes American airlines will be back flying into the country soon. Published July 23, 2014

**FILE** New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Associated Press)

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo's office interfered with, pressured corruption commission: report

A commission established in July 2013 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to try to root out corruption in state politics was reportedly beset by persistent interference from Mr. Cuomo's own office, which successfully pressured the commission into withdrawing a subpoena after it was discovered the governor was a major client of the firm in question. Published July 23, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican. (Associated Press photographs)

Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he believes that more classified information on the recent downing of the Malaysian jetliner should be released and that the incident is at least indirectly tied to the Russian government. Published July 23, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 21, 2014. Putin has lambasted those who use the downing of a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine for "mercenary objectives," the Kremlin said Monday. In a statement posted on the Kremlin website, Putin again lashed out at Ukraine for ongoing violence with pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of the country. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Madeleine Albright: Vladimir Putin 'caught in the web of his own lies'

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says there still must be "normal" U.S.-Russian relations with President Vladimir Putin in power but that the United States and world leaders must hold him to account for his handling of the downing of a Malaysian jetliner. Published July 22, 2014

** FILE ** House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaks at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Associated Press)

Nancy Pelosi: Israel has not lost moral authority

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that Israel has not lost its moral authority in the ongoing conflict in Gaza but that she hopes the fighting can be stopped. Published July 22, 2014

United States Senate GOP candidate Jack Kingston delivers a short speech during a press conference and campaign stop in the lobby of the office building at the Augusta Daniel Field Airport Monday, July 21, 2014 in Augusta, Ga. Tuesday, Kingston and David Perdue will be in a run-off primary election for the opportunity to go up against Michelle Nunn for the Senate seat. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Sara Caldwell)

Rep. Kingston: Best check on Obama is GOP-led Senate

Rep. Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican, said Tuesday that a planned lawsuit against President Obama over his executive actions is a step in the right direction, but that the best check on Mr. Obama would be a Republican-led U.S. Senate. Published July 22, 2014

**FILE** Doug Bigelow, of Hagerstown, Md., expresses his support for the right to bear arms on March 1, 2013, in Annapolis, where a gun-control measure that would ban assault weapons had a hearing. As a gun-control measure aims to ban assault weapons in Maryland, neighboring states are trying to woo away a Beretta factory, whose employees would be unable to buy some of its products. (Associated Press)

Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee

Citing Maryland's recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year. Published July 22, 2014

** FILE ** In this photo provided by Michael Simon, a New York-bound Delta Air Lines plane is seen at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, after an emergency Sunday, July 13, 2014. The flight returned safely to Tel Aviv about two hours after it left for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after flaps on the jumbo jet failed to retract properly on takeoff, the airline said. Delta spokeswoman Jennifer Martin said the crew made the emergency landing "out of an abundance of caution." (AP Photo/Michael Simon)

FAA bars flights to Tel Aviv amid missile fears

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Tuesday barring U.S. airlines from flying to or from Tel Aviv's airport for up to 24 hours after a rocket landed nearby. Published July 22, 2014