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David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaks at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi: Israel has not lost moral authority

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that Israel has not lost its moral authority in the ongoing conflict in Gaza but that she hopes the fighting can be stopped. Published July 22, 2014

** FILE ** This Sept. 4, 2013, file photo shows Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. speaking with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Murphy: Israel must be wary of Hamas using civilian deaths for recruitment

Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, said Tuesday that Israel's military objectives in the conflict in Gaza notwithstanding, the country needs to be aware that rising civilian casualties could simply serve the long-term interests of Hamas as a recruitment tool. Published July 22, 2014

United States Senate GOP candidate Jack Kingston delivers a short speech during a press conference and campaign stop in the lobby of the office building at the Augusta Daniel Field Airport Monday, July 21, 2014 in Augusta, Ga. Tuesday, Kingston and David Perdue will be in a run-off primary election for the opportunity to go up against Michelle Nunn for the Senate seat. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Sara Caldwell)

Rep. Kingston: Best check on Obama is GOP-led Senate

Rep. Jack Kingston, Georgia Republican, said Tuesday that a planned lawsuit against President Obama over his executive actions is a step in the right direction, but that the best check on Mr. Obama would be a Republican-led U.S. Senate. Published July 22, 2014

** FILE ** This March 11, 2014, file photo shows Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, speaking to reporters after an all-member classified briefing on Ukraine on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Royce: International community must take a stand against Putin

Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday that the United States must lead not only an international diplomatic coalition against Russia and Vladimir Putin, but an economic one as well that will truly force Mr. Putin's hand. Published July 21, 2014

Israeli Defense Forces tweeted this picture of rockets over London to justify its Gaza invasion.

Israel gets blunt justifying Gaza invasion

The official Twitter account for the Israeli Defense Forces on Monday sent out a picture of the London skyline being bombarded with missiles and the caption "What would you do?" Published July 21, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press)

Mitch McConnell: Detain children 'humanely,' send them home

Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the United States needs to demonstrate that it can secure the southern border before tackling comprehensive immigration reform, and part of that entails detaining unaccompanied minors and sending them back home. Published July 21, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 18, 2014. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, Pool)

Obama, Netanyahu talk by phone over Gaza war

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Sunday by phone for the second time in three days about the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the White House said. Published July 20, 2014

Sorrow: Ukrainian emergency workers carry a victim's body in a bag at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, located near the village of Hrabove. (Associated Press)

Pressure mounts on Vladimir Putin for access to Ukraine crash site

Pro-Russia separatists seized control of recovered bodies from the downed Malaysian airliner Sunday in eastern Ukraine as U.S. and international officials urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in the rebels so investigators could have unimpeded access to the crash site. Published July 20, 2014

In this Saturday, July 12, 2014 photo, Palestinian medics wheel an injured man on a stretcher into the Shifa hospital after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City. In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizen again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Kerry: Hamas must agree to cease-fire

Amid new reports of casualties in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Hamas needs to immediately agree to a cease-fire as Israeli ground troops continue a three-day offensive. Published July 20, 2014

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

McCaul: Putin responsible for downed flight

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says Russian President Vladimir Putin bears direct responsibility for the downing of the passenger jet over eastern Ukraine last week. Published July 20, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,  speaks, during a joint press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates are committed to abiding by the results of the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the election runoff ballots possible. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Kerry: 'Pretty clear' that system to shoot down plane was transferred from Russia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there's strong evidence that the missile system used to bring down the Boeing 777 over territory in eastern Ukraine was transferred from Russia to separatists occupying the area but stopped short of assigning direct blame to Moscow for the downing of the plane. Published July 20, 2014

Pat Larracas of Los Angeles walks through the third level of Airforce One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. (Garrett Cheen/Special to The Washington Times)

U.S.-Russia relations now at frosty Cold War-levels

U.S.-Russian relations have now officially devolved to Cold War-era levels, said Senate Intelligence chairwoman as she urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "man up" on the downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet. Published July 20, 2014

**FILE** Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou in San Francisco on Jan. 4, 2013. Fed up with traditional taxis, city dwellers are tapping their smartphones to hitch rides from strangers using mobile apps that allow riders and drivers to find each other. Internet-enabled ridesharing services such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar are expanding rapidly in San Francisco, New York and other U.S. cities, billing themselves as a high-tech, low-cost alternative to cabs. (Associated Press)

Northern Virginia cab companies ask judge to halt Uber, Lyft operations

A group of eight taxicab and limousine companies operating in Northern Virginia have asked a judge to order ride-sharing app companies Uber and Lyft stop operating in the state, alleging that they have not secured the necessary permitting and have ignored a cease and desist order from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Published July 18, 2014