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David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

** FILE ** In this June 6, 2014, file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a gala prior to the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va. Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Paul Ryan: It's time for 'welfare reform 2.0'

Rep. Paul Ryan, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said one of the priorities he intends on pursuing in his post on the powerful committee is "welfare reform 2.0" to help people stuck in poverty improve their situations. Published December 2, 2014

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is interviewed, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Lebanon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) ** FILE **

Rob Portman taking a pass on 2016 presidential run

GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, considered by some to be a possible dark horse candidate for president, said he won't make a bid for the White House in 2016 and plans to run for re-election. Published December 2, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rand Paul: 'Definitely running for re-election'

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, officially announced Tuesday he is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate even as he contemplates a bid for the presidency in 2016. Published December 2, 2014

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, right, speaks as he carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon" in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP Hill staffer resigns after criticizing Obama's daughters

A Republican staffer on Capitol Hill is resigning amid controversy over her criticizing the conduct of President Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia, at last week's ceremonial pre-Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony, according to several media reports. Published December 1, 2014

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for heart surgery

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning to place a stent in her right coronary artery, the high court said in a statement. Published November 26, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the briefing room of the White House, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Washington, after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama approval dips below 40 percent in new poll

Just 39 percent of American voters approve of President Obama's job performance and are divided on whether he should address the immigration issue if Congress fails to act, according to a new poll. Published November 25, 2014

Michael Brown Sr., center, listens along side Rev. Al Sharpton, right, as Brown family attorney Anthony Gray, left, speaks during a news conference at Greater St. Mark Church Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. Rioting broke out Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of the unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Michael Brown's reps say D.A. 'went out of his way' to discredit him

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Michael Brown, cast doubt on the process behind the Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson as lawyers build the argument that the jury was pushed toward its decision by the prosecuting attorney on the case. Published November 25, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Rand Paul calls for leader outside of politics 'to preach a gospel of hope and prosperity'

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, wrote Tuesday that tensions in communities such as Ferguson, Missouri, are emblematic of larger problems with the country's criminal justice system and the so-called "War on Drugs," pledging to continue the fight for reforms while calling for a leader outside of politics to preach "a gospel of hope and prosperity." Published November 25, 2014