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David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. From left are, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Americans want congressional GOP, not Obama, to lead country: poll

In the wake of a 2014 midterm election cycle that saw Republicans re-take control of the U.S. Senate and pad their already sizable majority in the House, a majority of Americans now want congressional Republicans, not President Obama, to have more influence over the direction of the nation in the next year. Published November 11, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance Veterans' Day program at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Charles Slate) LOCAL PRINT OUT (MYRTLE BEACH HERALD OUT, HORRY INDEPENDENT OUT, CAROLINA FOREST CHRONICLE, GEORGETOWN TIMES OUT)

Rick Perry in South Carolina: 'You'll see me again'

Even if Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn't end up running for president, it sounds like he's at least planning to visit the early presidential primary state of South Carolina again. Published November 11, 2014

President Barack Obama nominates former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary as he makes a statement to reporters at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would succeed Eric Shinseki, the retired four-star general who resigned last month as the scope of the issues at veterans' hospitals became apparent. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Robert McDonald: Firings have begun at Veterans Affairs

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said Tuesday that firing processes have begun for employees flagged for disciplinary action in the wake of recent issues with the department that have seen veterans shuttled to secret waiting lists, among other things. Published November 11, 2014

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks Governor-elect Greg Abbott's victory celebration in Austin, Texas.  (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Mengwen Cao)

Rick Perry: Decision on presidential run to come next year

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing the early waters for a possible 2016 presidential campaign during a swing through New Hampshire this week, but doesn't plan to make a final decision on a run until the spring of next year, according to the Associated Press. Published November 10, 2014

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after voting at Briarwood Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Austin Anthony)

Rand Paul: War against Islamic State 'is now illegal'

In a new opinion piece, Sen. Rand Paul says President Obama must come to Congress to start a war and that he acted against the Islamic State without "true constitutional authority" since the country was not under attack at the time. Published November 10, 2014

U.S .Sen. Angus King, right, speaks Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Portland, Maine during an event where he endorsed independent Eliot Cutler, center, for Maine governor. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

Angus King: Democrats have become 'party of government itself'

Sen. Angus King, Maine independent, said Monday that one of the issues of the midterms was that the Democratic party has become the party of "government itself" — and said such a perception could pose a problem for someone like former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the would-be Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination. Published November 10, 2014

In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks to the news media in Weston, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 'We know we're right on the issues'

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, said the electoral success the party has enjoyed during presidential years "doesn't translate" in other elections and has announced a complete review of precisely where Democrats went wrong on Tuesday. Published November 10, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks in Washington. The 2016 presidential race was about the new Republican-controlled Congress even before the 2014 polls closed. As the GOP rout became clear late Tuesday, would-be Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton was granted a ready-made foil in the Republican-led Congress that begins next year just as a handful of high-profile senators seized on their new status as a springboard into 2016. Key Republican governors, meanwhile, have already begun to distinguish themselves from unpopular congressional leaders in both parties. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Ted Cruz: Net neutrality is 'Obamacare for the Internet'

Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday blasted net neutrality as "the biggest regulatory threat to the Internet" in reaction to President Obama's request to the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules of the road. Published November 10, 2014

Senator-elect, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.), delivers his victory speech to supporters during the GOP election night gathering at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, in Denver, Colo., on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. Gardner beat his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Mark Udall. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Cory Gardner warns of Democratic wave in 2016 if GOP doesn't lead

Sen.-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado said Friday the GOP risks squandering the gains the party made in the 2014 midterms almost immediately if they don't use their forthcoming majority in the U.S. Senate and increased majority in the House wisely. Published November 7, 2014

Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ed Gillespie concedes close Senate race in Virginia

Republican Ed Gillespie said Friday he has conceded the U.S. Senate race in Virginia to Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner, ending a shockingly close contest that many had long written off as a likely win for Mr. Warner in his bid for a second term. Published November 7, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pauses as he addresses supporters during his Election Night rally in this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, file photo, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) ** FILE **

North Carolina Republicans can't quit Mitt Romney, poll shows

As the 2016 presidential race on the Democratic and Republican sides now begins in earnest, a new poll shows North Carolina GOP voters might not quite be ready to move on from 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who narrowly carried the state two years ago. Published November 7, 2014

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Steve King: Every Republican I know of ran on full Obamacare repeal

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, acknowledged Friday that while President Obama isn't going to sign a full repeal of his health care law, Republicans who want to vote on repeal are simply following through on their campaign pledges. Published November 7, 2014