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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

ONE AND DONE? From left: Sens. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Rob Portman of Ohio are being targeted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The Republicans, who were part of the tea party wave in 2010 are considered vulnerable during a presidential election year. (Associated Press photographs)

Pat Toomey leads in Pa.; Rob Portman trails in Ohio: polls

Republican incumbent GOP Sen. Pat Toomey leads a Democratic challenger by double digits in Pennsylvania, while former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, leads GOP Sen. Rob Portman in an early look at two crucial swing-state elections in 2016. Published April 6, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks in this April 2, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Obama doctrine: 'We will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities'

In a new interview, President Obama defended his administration's attempt to try to strike a deal on Iran's nuclear program, saying the United States is powerful enough to test out new policies with countries like Cuba and Iran without putting America at risk. Published April 6, 2015

In this Dec. 6, 2012 photo, Michael Cardenas shows medical marijuana he purchases outside Arizona Organix, the first legal medical marijuana dispensary to open in Glendale, Ariz.  Illinois has become the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana with some of the strictest standards in the nation. But the proposal will take many months to set into motion because of complex rules and regulations. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Voters in Fla., Pa., Ohio support legalization of marijuana: poll

Majorities of voters in the three key presidential states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania support the legalization of marijuana, and more than eight in 10 voters in each of the states also support the legalization of medical marijuana. Published April 6, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe  (Associated Press)

Bills to loosen gun restrictions among Terry McAuliffe's vetoes

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday that he vetoed legislation that would have limited the sharing of information on concealed handgun permit holders in a state database, one of 17 pieces of legislation passed during the 2015 legislative session he vetoed ahead of aSunday midnight deadline. Published March 27, 2015

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during an interview in Lebanon, Ohio, in this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Senate passes energy measure by voice vote after budget marathon

After the Senate gave approval to its budget plan early Friday morning, Sens. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, got a version of their energy efficiency legislation passed by voice vote. Published March 27, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

Huckabee, Jindal, Perry, Santorum scheduled for Iowa family event April 9

Several possible GOP presidential contenders are scheduled to appear at the FAMiLY LEADER's Southeast Family Leadership Regional Summit in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, on April 9, as potential candidates look to shore up their support among social conservatives in the early presidential state. Published March 27, 2015

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to be the next Senate Democratic leader

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who announced Friday he is not running for re-election in 2016, has endorsed Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York to replace him as Democratic leader and declared Friday that Mr. Schumer will indeed replace him in a little less than two years. Published March 27, 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: Not worried about support from GOP backer Foster Friess

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said the wide-open 2016 GOP presidential field would likely narrow into focus after about a few weeks of nominating contests, and that he's not concerned about the prospect of GOP backer Foster Friess, who boosted Mr. Santorum's candidacy in 2012, leaving him for someone else. Published March 26, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker puts on a cap given to him by a member of the New Hampshire Gun Owners Association while answering questions at a training workshop for the New Hampshire state Republican Party in the auditorium at Concord High School Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker lead GOP pack in New Hampshire

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are running first and second in an early look at the 2016 GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire, according to a Suffolk University poll released Thursday. Published March 26, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ted Cruz: 'I'll compromise with Martians'

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is pushing back against critics who say he won't compromise, joking that he'd strike a deal with Martians if the terms were agreeable. Published March 26, 2015