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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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New input: In upcoming GOP presidential debates, CNN has partnered with Salem Media, the nation's largest Christian and conservative news organization. (CNN)

CNN to divide Sept. GOP presidential debate into two parts

Soon after Fox News announced the formatting for the first 2016 GOP presidential debate in August, CNN and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library outlined the criteria for candidates to participate in the Sept. 16 debate in California, which will be divided into two parts -- one with candidates in the top 10 in recent public polling and another with candidates that fall outside the top 10. Published May 21, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mike Huckabee to skip Iowa straw poll

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, says he is skipping this summer's Iowa straw poll, citing the heavy concentration of staff and financial resources "playing to win" in the poll still requires. Published May 21, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jeb Bush: Islamic State 'didn't exist when my brother was president'

Seeking to turn around recent questioning over the 2003 invasion of Iraq, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday questioned President Obama's decision to pull back from the country, arguing the surge created a "fragile but stable" situation Mr. Obama could have built on. Published May 20, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Elizabeth Warren: I'd like to see Hillary Clinton be 'clearer' on trade deal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a leading Democratic opponent of a trade deal with Pacific Rim nations that is being pushed by the Obama administration, says she'd like to see 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton be more clear in her position on it. Published May 20, 2015

House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton using her personal email account for official business. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Benghazi panel subpoenas former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal

The House Select Committee on Benghazi has subpoenaed former White House aide Sidney Blumenthal, whose memos on Libya sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have received renewed attention this week. Published May 20, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks during an interview with The Associated Press in New Orleans, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Scott Walker: I didn't flip-flop on immigration

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said earlier this year that his view has changed on immigration, but he says a flip-flop would be someone who voted a certain way and then did something different. Published May 20, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate, gestures during a town hall type meeting at the Veteran's of Foreign War post in Hudson, N.H., Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) ** FILE **

Chris Christie: Path to citizenship 'an extreme way to go'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the country is an "extreme way to go," acknowledging a change in his position on the issue since 2010, when he supported one. Published May 19, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a town hall meeting at the Lions Club hall with area residents, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Rand Paul: I plan to do 'everything humanly possible' to try stop the Patriot Act

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he plans to do "everything humanly possible" to try to stop the Patriot Act, key provisions of which are due to expire at the end of the month, including Section 215, which the Obama and Bush administrations have used to justify the NSA's phone snooping and bulk data collection programs. Published May 19, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Portsmouth, N.H. across the river from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Monday, May 18, 2015, about his foreign policy plans. Christie made the case Monday for a more active U.S. presence overseas, including a larger military and defended the government's intelligence-collection efforts in a speech laying out his foreign policy platform. The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender used the New Hampshire appearance to criticize the president's approach to the Islamic State militants and the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as well Russia's backing of separatists in Ukraine and China's encroachment in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Christie says Patriot Act should be extended

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Monday for a full extension of the Patriot Act and denounced "exaggerated and ridiculous" fears he said were being drummed up by "civil liberties extremists," saying he found the law to be an indispensable national security tool when he was a federal prosecutor. Published May 18, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at a breakfast ahead of this afternoon's convening of the Georgia Republican Convention, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Athens, (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In N.H., Chris Christie forcefully defends Patriot Act, U.S. intelligence

Citing his post-9/11 experience prosecuting terrorists using tools like the Patriot Act, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday offered a forceful defense of U.S. intelligence and surveillance techniques, saying the ongoing debate over the subject is being dominated by "intellectual purists" worried about theoretical abuses that haven't occurred. Published May 18, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Sparta, N.J. Christie has been holding frequent town halls in the early-voting state of New Hampshire as he prepares for an expected presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Chris Christie to push for strong military, defend U.S. intelligence

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday is once again scheduled to be in the early presidential state of New Hampshire, where he will call for a robust U.S. military and defend government surveillance efforts in his third major policy speech in the Granite State in recent weeks. Published May 18, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters as he heads to the chamber for a procedural vote at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John McCain: Fall of Ramadi 'terribly significant'

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, says the fall of Ramadi to terrorist fighters is 'unfortunately terribly significant' and demonstrates the need for more ground troops in the region. Published May 18, 2015