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David Sherfinski

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

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Portsmouth, N.H. across the river from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Monday, May 18, 2015, about his foreign policy plans. Christie made the case Monday for a more active U.S. presence overseas, including a larger military and defended the government's intelligence-collection efforts in a speech laying out his foreign policy platform. The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender used the New Hampshire appearance to criticize the president's approach to the Islamic State militants and the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as well Russia's backing of separatists in Ukraine and China's encroachment in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Christie says Patriot Act should be extended

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Monday for a full extension of the Patriot Act and denounced "exaggerated and ridiculous" fears he said were being drummed up by "civil liberties extremists," saying he found the law to be an indispensable national security tool when he was a federal prosecutor. Published May 18, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Sparta, N.J. Christie has been holding frequent town halls in the early-voting state of New Hampshire as he prepares for an expected presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Chris Christie to push for strong military, defend U.S. intelligence

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday is once again scheduled to be in the early presidential state of New Hampshire, where he will call for a robust U.S. military and defend government surveillance efforts in his third major policy speech in the Granite State in recent weeks. Published May 18, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters as he heads to the chamber for a procedural vote at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John McCain: Fall of Ramadi 'terribly significant'

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, says the fall of Ramadi to terrorist fighters is 'unfortunately terribly significant' and demonstrates the need for more ground troops in the region. Published May 18, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at a breakfast ahead of this afternoon's convening of the Georgia Republican Convention, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Athens, (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In N.H., Chris Christie forcefully defends Patriot Act, U.S. intelligence

Citing his post-9/11 experience prosecuting terrorists using tools like the Patriot Act, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday offered a forceful defense of U.S. intelligence and surveillance techniques, saying the ongoing debate over the subject is being dominated by "intellectual purists" worried about theoretical abuses that haven't occurred. Published May 18, 2015

Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, set himself apart from the 2016 Republican field by boasting of his outsider status and "real life" experience. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Ben Carson: 'We're on our deathbed'

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who grew up in poverty in Detroit before eventually going on to become a world-renowned doctor, says he hopes "inspiration" is a part of his 2016 presidential candidacy. Published May 15, 2015

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2014 file photo shows George Stephanopoulos at the 24th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards in New York. Stephanopoulos has apologized for not notifying his employer and viewers about two contributions totaling $50,000 that he made to the Clinton Foundation. ABC's news division said Thursday, May 15, 2015, that "we stand behind him." The donations, made in two installments in 2013 and 2014 and first reported in Politico, were made because of Stephanopoulos' interest in the foundation's work on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, he said. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

ABC's Stephanopoulos apologizes for Clinton donations amid concerns about 2016 coverage

ABC's George Stephanopoulos issued an on-air apology Friday for failing to disclose $75,000 in donations he made to the Clinton Foundation, saying he should have gone the "extra mile" to avoid the appearance of a conflict as conservatives called into question his ability to fairly cover the upcoming presidential election cycle. Published May 15, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a Clark County Republican Party dinner Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Jeb Bush: 'I would have not gone into Iraq'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that he would not have gone into Iraq, seeking to clarify his position on the issue after being presented with questions on the war several times over the past week. Published May 14, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event at Rancho High School in Las Vegas on May 5, 2016. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony being held up by State Dept.: Trey Gowdy

The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday blamed the State Department for failing to comply with outstanding requests for information, signaling that highly-anticipated testimony from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is likely to be delayed. Published May 14, 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, then-Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., makes his concession speech to his supporters in Middleton, Wis., after losing to Republican challenger Ron Johnson for the Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat. Feingold announced Thursday he will run to reclaim the U.S. Senate seat he lost five years ago to Republican Ron Johnson, fulfilling the hopes of Democrats who have been pushing for the liberal to return to the political arena.  (AP Photo/Joe Koshollek, File)

Russ Feingold running for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin in 2016

Saying his desire to serve is "stronger than ever," former Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold announced Thursday he is running for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin again, seeking to win back the seat he lost during the GOP wave in the 2010 midterm elections. Published May 14, 2015