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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, during a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Ed Royce: Circumvent Baghdad if necessary to arm Kurds, religious minorities

Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said providing weapons to religious minority groups battling the Islamic State in Iraq is one way to combat the terrorist group — even if it means going around the Iraqi government. Published September 29, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at 2014 Values Voter Summit

Several 2016 presidential hopefuls made their pitches to the influential gathering of social conservatives over the weekend at the 2014 Values Voter Summit, with at least one past GOP presidential contender urging evangelicals to show up at the polls if they're upset at the direction of the country. Published September 27, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Jindal declares 'It's the culture, stupid' at Values Voter Summit

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal mixed a folksy personal history with a stinging critique of President Obama's policies at home and abroad in his address at the 2014 Values Voter Summit that could foreshadow elements of a stump speech for the would-be 2016 GOP presidential contender. Published September 26, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ted Cruz to conservatives: 'Our values are fundamentally American'

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas fired up a roomful of social conservatives Friday, urging them to hold fast to their values with a little more than a month left until this year's midterm elections and opening up about how faith influenced the lives of his parents. Published September 26, 2014

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Santorum: We need strong national defense to protect 'precious freedoms'

Painting a picture of "existential" battles both in America and around the world, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania made a pitch for a strong national defense as a protector of liberty to a socially conservative crowd Friday at the 2014 Values Voter Summit. Published September 26, 2014

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Bloomberg can't find enough anti-gun candidates to support

Former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's gun control group announced a round of candidate endorsements this week, but his plan to pour $50 million into gun control efforts appears to be struggling to find campaigns to back in nationally watched races. Published September 25, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. speaks during a town hall forum in Reston, Va, Monday, Sept 8. 2014. Warner and his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie made their pitches to northern Virginia's tech community at the town hall forum. The Northern Virginia Technology Council hosted the town hall forum. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Mark Warner up 9 over Ed Gillespie in Virginia Senate race: poll

A new poll shows Democratic Sen. Mark Warner leading Republican challenger Ed Gillespie by nine points, 48 to 39 percent, among likely voters in a U.S. Senate race in Virginia that has thus far managed to stay largely under the radar. Published September 25, 2014

Tom Cotton goes first-person in new radio ad

In an Arkansas Senate race that has drawn attention for a deluge of creative advertising, Republican Tom Cotton tries to keep it simple in a new radio ad, speaking in the first person in the 60-second spot about freedom, Arkansas and "moral clarity." Published September 25, 2014

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Redskins owner Dan Snyder gives $25K to Virginia Gov. McAuliffe's PAC

As some in Congress push to strip the NFL of its tax-exempt status over the Washington Redskins' team name, team owner Daniel Snyder has apparently found a political ally in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recently giving $25,000 to Mr. McAuliffe's Common Good VA political action committee. Published September 24, 2014