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David Sherfinski

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

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ted Cruz to conservatives: 'Our values are fundamentally American'

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas fired up a roomful of social conservatives Friday, urging them to hold fast to their values with a little more than a month left until this year's midterm elections and opening up about how faith influenced the lives of his parents. Published September 26, 2014


Bloomberg can't find enough anti-gun candidates to support

Former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's gun control group announced a round of candidate endorsements this week, but his plan to pour $50 million into gun control efforts appears to be struggling to find campaigns to back in nationally watched races. Published September 25, 2014

Tom Cotton goes first-person in new radio ad

In an Arkansas Senate race that has drawn attention for a deluge of creative advertising, Republican Tom Cotton tries to keep it simple in a new radio ad, speaking in the first person in the 60-second spot about freedom, Arkansas and "moral clarity." Published September 25, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. speaks during a town hall forum in Reston, Va, Monday, Sept 8. 2014. Warner and his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie made their pitches to northern Virginia's tech community at the town hall forum. The Northern Virginia Technology Council hosted the town hall forum. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Mark Warner up 9 over Ed Gillespie in Virginia Senate race: poll

A new poll shows Democratic Sen. Mark Warner leading Republican challenger Ed Gillespie by nine points, 48 to 39 percent, among likely voters in a U.S. Senate race in Virginia that has thus far managed to stay largely under the radar. Published September 25, 2014

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Redskins owner Dan Snyder gives $25K to Virginia Gov. McAuliffe's PAC

As some in Congress push to strip the NFL of its tax-exempt status over the Washington Redskins' team name, team owner Daniel Snyder has apparently found a political ally in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recently giving $25,000 to Mr. McAuliffe's Common Good VA political action committee. Published September 24, 2014

File - In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo Republican Arkansas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton, right, speaks in Little Rock, Ark., after being endorsed by Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, left, in his race against Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor. Arkansas voters have been bombarded with political ads for the state's Senate race that started more than a year ago when Republicans identified the race as a possible key to winning control of the Senate. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Cotton up five in Arkansas Senate race: poll

A new poll gives GOP Rep. Tom Cotton a five-point lead in his bid to oust incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas in one of the most closely-watched U.S. Senate races this year. Published September 23, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm, who repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and declined to resign, now finds himself leading former Democratic councilman Domenic Recchia. (Associated Press)

Only in New York: Indicted congressman set to win re-election

Once left for dead by many on Capitol Hill amid looming federal charges, embattled Rep. Michael Grimm, New York Republican, is running neck-and-neck with his Democratic challenger in a bid for a third term amid a fusillade of attacks by national Democrats looking to flip the seat. Published September 22, 2014

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, during a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Ed Royce: Congress sending message it won't approve ground troops

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Congress was sending a message when it voted to train and equip Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State before heading home, likely until after the November midterms. Published September 19, 2014

Tourists visit the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

GOP favorability rebounds, close to pre-shutdown levels

With less than two months until November's midterm elections, the Republican party's image has regained the loss it took amid the partial shutdown of the federal government last year, Gallup said. Published September 18, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said President Obama must come to Congress to authorize strikes in Syria. (Associated Press)

Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Published September 18, 2014