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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

President Barack Obama speaks about how having a fuel-efficient truck fleet can boost the economy and help combat climate change, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Michelle Kwan caught in food fight over Obama's Fitness Council

A conservative think tank denounced Tuesday a nutritional advocacy group for its attacks on Olympic figure skater legend Michelle Kwan for being a pusher of soft drinks while sitting on President Obama's fitness council. Published February 18, 2014

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general is investigating the program and the former director of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, whom President Obama has since promoted to be deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

Issues of corruption, fraud in investor-visa program date back two decades

An investor-visa program Congress wants to permanently extend was rife with fraud and corruption from its start more than two decades ago, with hundreds of millions of dollars improperly diverted as government officials lamented a persistent lack of oversight and an inability to investigate or prosecute the perpetrators. Published February 18, 2014

Richard Loving, who was white, and his wife Mildred, who was black, were banished from Virginia in 1958 because state law prohibited interracial marriage. The Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, declared that law to be unconstitutional. Last week, U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen invoked the case in her ruling against Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. The Lovings are buried in Caroline County, Va. (associated press)

Va. gay marriage ruling prompts little reaction from Cuccinelli

A federal judge's opinion striking down Virginia's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage has generated emotional, visceral reactions from people on both sides of the issue. But one voice that has been uncharacteristically silent in the wake of the landmark ruling is that of former Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. Published February 16, 2014

Gun control advocates have pushed for the system to be expanded in the wake of mass shootings as a way to keep firearms out of the wrong hands, but statistics provided to The Washington Times show that almost everyone who applies under the system is approved and it hardly matters which party controls the White House. (Associated Press)** FILE **

Current background checks stop very few firearm purchases

Federal background checks are denying gun purchasers under President Obama at about half the rate they did under President Clinton and also at a slower clip than during President George W. Bush's administration, according to data obtained by The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act. Published February 13, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 15, 2012, file photo, shop owner Tamara Doherty paces outside her store just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Moms group: 44 school shootings since Newtown tragedy

Gun-control advocates said Wednesday there have been at least 44 school shootings in the 14 months since the Newtown, Conn., massacre, including 13 since the beginning of 2014, as the activists demanded Congress return to the thorny issue. Published February 12, 2014

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., right, shakes hands with members of the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 in Concord, N.H. King is considered a possible presidential candidate for 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Rep. King: Boehner doesn't want internal fight on immigration in election year

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said resistance from the GOP base after President Obama's State of the Union Address led House Speaker John A. Boehner to put plans for a push to pass immigration reform on ice, and that Mr. Boehner felt it was not worth having an internal party fight over heading into the fall elections. Published February 9, 2014

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, calls the Justice Department's move "another example of the Obama administration imposing its will on the states."

Holder's same-sex benefits move seen as problematic for some states

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat on Sunday welcomed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s move to extend the application of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage to the Justice Department, while a key Republican said the move could create more strife between the federal government and the states. Published February 9, 2014

** FILE ** Janet A. Napolitano leaves a mixed legacy as secretary of homeland security. Her celebrated response to weather emergencies, for example, is balanced by the unpopular addition of strict airline security measures. (Associated Press)

Napolitano: Sochi security 'quite appropriate,' 'very good'

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the level of security at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is "quite appropriate" and "very good" based on what she has seen and what she's heard from athletes competing there. Published February 9, 2014

** FILE ** In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul said Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Democrats should remember President Clinton's sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky before turning their criticism to Republicans' attitudes toward women. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate OKs guns near, but not in, post offices

A Senate committee unanimously passed a measure Thursday to allow people to carry guns on postal service property, but killed a broader push to let gun owners carry their firearms into actual post office buildings. Published February 6, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Raul Labrador, Idaho Republican (Associated Press)

GOP ditches plan to tie debt ceiling to Obamacare, Keystone

Republican leaders have concluded they cannot pass a debt limit increase that also requires building the Keystone XL pipeline or repealing a provision of Obamacare, leaving some in the GOP saying they should just let a clean hike pass with mostly Democratic votes. Published February 5, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe overpaid for what aides said was rental of email lists for his inauguration, according to people familiar with campaign financing tactics.

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe rerouted funds for inaugural

The Virginia legislature years ago banned governors from donating excess inauguration funds to political causes, but that hasn't stopped Gov. Terry McAuliffe from finding a way to route $211,000 from his inaugural fund back to his election campaign and the Virginia Democratic Party, disclosure records show. Published February 5, 2014