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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

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** FILE ** In this Aug. 5, 2014, file photo, former New York  Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomes leaders to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

NRA launches ad campaign against Michael Bloomberg

The National Rifle Association this week is launching an ad campaign targeting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has pledged to spend up to $50 million to boost candidates who back gun control initiatives this year. Published August 20, 2014

FILE - This Sept. 12, 2013 file photo shows President George W. Bush speaking during an energy conference at the Bush Institute in Dallas. Bush will talk with daughter Jenna Bush Hager about his first-ever art exhibit on NBC's "Today" show Friday, April 4, 2014. His portraits of 24 world leaders include Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama. The paintings will be shared with the "Today" audience. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

George W. Bush takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, calls out Bill Clinton

President George W. Bush is the latest politician — or former politician — to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media campaign started to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that has led to millions of dollars in donations for the ALS Association. Published August 20, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his attorney, Henry Asbill (left). After more than three weeks of his trial, Mr. McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday against charges that he and his wife, Maureen, traded more than $165,000 in gifts and loans for undue access. (Associated Press)

McDonnell testifies Williams received no special favors

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday his administration did little to help a wealthy businessman who plied his family with gifts and loans other than offer the routine access afforded to any state resident — the cornerstone of his defense against federal corruption charges. Published August 20, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, Obama met with top advisers at the White House to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Mo., two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obamacare fading as top GOP ad issue in key Senate races: report

Republicans in competitive Senate races across the country are backing off their reliance on Obamacare as their top weapon against Democrats on the airwaves, with a leading GOP pollster saying the health care overhaul isn't going to be the most important issue for the fall midterms. Published August 19, 2014

FILE - This June 29, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking in Louisville, Ky. Grimes has released her first attack ad, mischaracterizing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s voting record on overhauling Medicare. In the ad, a retired coal miner asks how he and his wife are supposed to afford the extra $6,000 in Medicare costs that McConnell voted for. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

McConnell camp hits Grimes over campaign bus costs

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign is hitting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for renting a bus acquired by her father's company for less than what other like services would charge — a discrepancy legal experts say could be considered an illegal in-kind contribution. Published August 19, 2014

This Dec. 31, 2013, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol in early morning light in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Senate Dems' campaign arm raises $7.7 million in July: report

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is maintaining its fundraising advantage over its Republican counterpart, raising $7.7 million in July and finishing with $32 million on hand for the fall general election push, The Associated Press reported. Published August 19, 2014

Protesters march on Tuesday for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb. (Associated Press)

Eric Holder promises fair, thorough investigation of Ferguson shooting

Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, simmered Tuesday ahead of a scheduled visit from U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and as prosecutors prepared to present evidence to a grand jury in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Published August 19, 2014

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat (Associated Press)

Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Obama doesn't need to come to Ferguson

In announcing that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. would travel to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, President Obama on Monday gave no indication that he personally would be visiting the town in the immediate future — and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is fine with that. Published August 19, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, President Barack Obama met with top advisers at the White House Monday to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Mo., two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama appeals for calm from protesters, law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri

Attempting to quell the ongoing turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama called Monday for protesters and law enforcement to find a peaceful way forward after demonstrations over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager that have been marred with images of violence and military-style force in the streets. Published August 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid breaks the bank to save Democrats' Senate majority

Senate Majority PAC, far and away the biggest-spending super political action committee of the election cycle — at nearly $25 million — has begun pouring millions of dollars into Michigan, Iowa and Colorado, signaling just how quickly Democrats have shifted to defense heading into November's elections. Published August 15, 2014

** FILE ** U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm speaks at a news conference in a park next to federal court, Monday, April 28, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Staten Island Republican was arrested earlier in the day and pleaded not guilty to a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

DCCC, NRCC up with first ad buys of campaign cycle

The campaign arms for Democrats and Republicans in the House are out with their first independent expenditure ads of the cycle, signifying an early unofficial start to the fall campaign season. Published August 12, 2014

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. President Obama defeated Romney. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Romney pollster to GOP: Don't bank on 'enthusiasm gap'

Neil Newhouse, the pollster for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said in a new memo that signs are pointing toward a possible Republican wave in the fall — but cautioned the party that relying too much on "voter enthusiasm" could be perilous. Published August 11, 2014