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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

Virginia governor's race turns harsh with McAuliffe's soft campaign ad

A senior Virginia state senator on Tuesday blasted a campaign ad from Democrat Terry McAuliffe as a misleading "example of self-puffery" — a development that comes as Mr. McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II try to soften their public images early in the high-stakes gubernatorial contest. Published May 28, 2013

**FILE** Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld delivers his speech to the crowd during a "Symposium on Values and Consequences" as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of The Washington Times at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington on Oct. 2, 2012. (The Washington Times)

Rumsfeld: 'There is clearly going to be a use for drones'

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday he expects that the use of drone planes will continue to play a significant role in the global "War on Terror," and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should remain open. Published May 23, 2013

**FILE** Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano briefs reporters at the White House on Feb. 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

Napolitano to survey tornado response efforts Wednesday

As of Wednesday morning, FEMA had more than 400 personnel on the ground supporting the response to the tornado that swept through Moore, Okla., earlier this week and claimed at least 24 lives, including those of nine children, while injuring more than 230. Published May 22, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the tea party caucus, speaks during a news conference with tea party leaders about the IRS targeting tea party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Conservatives propose compromise of balanced budget, higher debt limit

Conservative Republicans said Wednesday that they will demand that Congress produce a budget that balances in 10 years in exchange for agreeing to raise the federal debt limit, and that House Speaker John A. Boehner promised as much during a GOP retreat this year. Published May 22, 2013

Rep. James Lankford (Associated Press)

Rep. James Lankford: 'Oklahomans watch out for Oklahomans'

Rep. James Lankford, Oklahoma Republican, said Tuesday morning that the state has actually had fewer tornadoes this spring than in recent years and that it had been a relatively quiet season up until the last few days. Published May 21, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Boehner: Obama admin will get what it needs for Oklahoma

House Speaker John A. Boehner said repeatedly on Tuesday that he will work with the Obama administration to make sure that it has the resources it needs to support Oklahoma in the wake of the deadly tornado that swept through the state Monday. Published May 21, 2013

A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Associated Press)

Obama approves major disaster declaration for Oklahoma

President Obama continued to receive updates overnight on the devastating tornadoes that blew across Moore, Okla., Monday, and he will deliver a statement in the State Dining Room at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Published May 21, 2013

E.W. Jackson, with his wife Theodora (center) and daughter Jacquelyn (right), as he prepares to accept the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia in Richmond in May, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Va. GOP lieutenant governor nominee under fire for comments on abortion, gay rights

Virginia Democrats tried to shift the focus Monday away from their own embattled gubernatorial candidate to newly minted Republican lieutenant governor nominee E.W. Jackson, whose controversial remarks on abortion and gay rights have quickly landed the fiery Chesapeake minister in the national spotlight. Published May 20, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 19, 2011, during his bid for the party's presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul: Fix IRS by shutting it 'once and for all'

Former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas called the recent IRS fiasco troubling — but writes that the only way Congress can protect the freedoms of Americans from a long pattern of suspected IRS abuse is to "shutter the doors" of the agency "once and for all." Published May 20, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli leads Va. slate that's strongly conservative

Virginia Republicans will put up an unquestionably conservative ticket in the fall elections, a prospect delighting the party's base and presenting a crystal-clear contrast with Democrats in what is likely to be the marquee election of 2013. Published May 18, 2013