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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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Unabomber lawyer to defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on taxpayers' dime

The Boston marathon bombing suspect has added to his legal defense team a prominent death penalty lawyer who has worked on high-profile cases such as the Unabomber and the gunman who killed six and wounded 13, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson in 2011. Published April 30, 2013

**FILE** NBA center Jason Collins poses during the Boston Celtics' media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Jason Collins becomes first active openly gay NBA player

Jason Collins, an NBA center who ended this season with the Washington Wizards, says he's gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete playing in one of the leagues considered to be the "Big Four" of major North American professional sports. Published April 29, 2013

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Lautenberg pushing explosives restrictions

With new gun controls unlikely, Democrats have turned their attention to explosives, saying the Boston Marathon bombings should prompt Congress to require background checks for buying explosive materials. Published April 25, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats try to shift budget onus to GOP

After several years of complaining that Congress didn't have a budget, Republicans are now the ones holding up the 2014 budget process. Published April 23, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid shelves expanded gun-purchase background check legislation

Senate Democrats shelved their gun control bill Thursday, saying that despite passionate pleas from families whose children died in December's Connecticut rampage, they cannot muster enough votes to pass any of the major new restrictions they had hoped for. Published April 18, 2013

** FILE ** Sens. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, arrive on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (Associated Press)

Senate shoots down background checks for guns, angers Obama

Senators dealt a devastating blow to gun control efforts Wednesday, defeating the background check compromise that was the centerpiece of President Obama's post-Newtown push for stiffer laws and leaving advocates struggling to figure out what to do now. Published April 17, 2013

* *FILE ** Handguns are displayed at the table of David Petronis (standing with rifle) of Mechanicville, N.Y.,  who owns a gun store, during the heavily attended annual New York State Arms Collectors Association Albany Gun Show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 26, 2013. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court won't hear New York gun law challenge

As the debate over gun rights heats up on Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to hear a challenge to a key provision of New York state's restrictive gun laws. Published April 15, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, tempered a proposal by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, that would have expanded checks to virtually all private gun sales. (Associated Press)

Senators draw line at private gun sales; compromise to test ideals

With chances iffy for winning a broad expansion of background checks in the Senate this week, gun control advocates face a tough choice: Hold out for a wide-ranging bill and risk killing it altogether, or find the stomach for a watered-down approach that ensures at least something passes. Published April 15, 2013

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington on April 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

Reid warns of 'unreasonable extremists' in gun debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, kicked off Monday's session by saying the victims of December's Connecticut shooting rampage deserve a vote on gun legislation and warning of "unreasonable extremists" who may try to derail or delay the process. Published April 15, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, announces on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gun-rights leader: 'We snookered the other side' on Toomey-Manchin

A prominent gun-rights advocate claims his group's staff was in the room during the drafting of the recently unveiled proposal to expand gun-purchase background checks and said that "we snookered the other side — they haven't figured it out yet." Published April 14, 2013