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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

House Speaker John Boehner. (YouTube)

John Boehner previews 'new American Congress' in Christmas poem

The office of Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, released a video Thursday of Mr. Boehner reciting a slightly modified version of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to preview the 114th Congress, which will be sworn in next month and will feature a new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate and a swelling of Mr. Boehner's GOP ranks in the House: Published December 18, 2014

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (AP Photo/Eric Reichbaum) ** FILE **

Colin Powell on Cuba: Time now to turn that 'page of history'

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that it's "time now to turn" the "page of history" on U.S.-Cuba relations, but that pressure on the Castro brothers will remain going into the future in the wake of the announcement that the U.S. will begin to normalize relations with the communist island country. Published December 18, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a laugh in Boston in this Dec. 4, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Hillary Clinton supports Obama on Cuba

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham offered praise for President Obama's announcement of a shift in the United States' relationship with Cuba after a half-century freeze on diplomatic and economic ties. Published December 18, 2014

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (behind) and Cuba's President Raul Castro attend a ceremony at the Mausoleum of the Soviet Internationalist Soldier in Havana in July during Mr. Putin's Latin American tour aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region. (Associated Press)

Cuba move comes as Russia tries to revive ties to Havana

President Obama's surprise economic and diplomatic opening to Cuba Wednesday comes at a time when Vladimir Putin's Russia has been trying to revive Moscow's once-close ties to the Castro regime, a longtime ally of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Published December 17, 2014

Anti-Castro protester Lazaro Lozano (left) argues with a pro-Obama supporter in the Little Havana area of Miami Wednesday in the wake of an Obama administration announcement that could mean a major shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. (Associated Press)

Obama Cuba policy reversal ignites firestorm on Hill, excites U.S. businesses

Casting aside a half-century of foreign policy, President Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will normalize ties with Cuba, open an embassy in Havana and reduce trade and travel barriers — a seismic shift in America's relationship with the communist island that drew praise from businesses eager to tap into the Cuban market but touched off a bipartisan firestorm on Capitol Hill. Published December 17, 2014

Jeb Bush: Obama's Cuba move 'latest foreign policy misstep'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was one of many Republicans to criticize President Obama's move on Wednesday to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying the move undermines America's credibility and the "quest for a free and democratic Cuba." Published December 17, 2014

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Jan. 28, 2009.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama 'worst negotiator' since Carter

First President Obama traded five Guantanamo terror detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, now he swapped three Cuban spies for Alan Gross — moves that drew criticism slamming him as the 'worst negotiator' as president since Jimmy Carter. Published December 17, 2014

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is the co-author of a new e-book, "A Shared Vision for a Stronger America." (Associated Press)

Jon Huntsman advises Jeb Bush: 'Gotta play Iowa'

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, whose 2012 presidential bid ended shortly after his third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could easily finish high enough in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses to spur on sufficient momentum for a 2016 run. Published December 17, 2014