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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

On gun control, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , California Democrat, said, "The tragic and horrific shooting in Santa Barbara last week was the latest in a series of reminders of the urgent need to act." (Associated press)

House approves $20 million more for gun background checks

The U.S. House on Thursday passed legislation to provide an additional $20 million to incentivize states to submit more records into the federal instant background-check system, handing gun-control advocates a modest win on the issue after a series of high-profile defeats at the federal level. Published May 29, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks about the pending bipartisan budget compromise struck by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. While the newly minted budget deal is aimed at averting future government shutdowns, Pelosi is disappointed that it fails to include certain unemployment insurance protections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi names five Democratic members to Benghazi panel

Despite not getting the Republican concessions she was seeking, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed a full slate of Democrats to the House's new Benghazi investigative committee, giving the effort a bipartisan boost. Published May 21, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, and his wife Maureen, center, leave Federal court  after a motions hearing in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 19, 2014.  The Republican former governor and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for helping promote his products. They have pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Judge denies motion to dismiss corruption charges against McDonnells

A federal judge on Tuesday denied motions to dismiss most of the corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife and rejected requests the couple be tried separately, leaving the McDonnells with precious few legal options ahead of a scheduled trial date in late July. Published May 20, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, has characterized the new House select committee tasked with investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, as "a hunting mission for a lynch mob." Democrats have yet to decide if they will appoint any members to the panel. (Associated Press)

Democrats quiet on participation in Benghazi investigation

More than a week after the announcement of a House select committee to investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Democrats — who have dismissed the panel as a partisan political witch hunt — have yet to formally say the extent to which they plan to participate in the probe. Published May 18, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. King: 'Wrong' to use Benghazi to go after Clinton

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, said Friday there are many unanswered questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on Benghazi, but that to use the incident to attack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "wrong." Published May 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. responds to questions about threats he has received that are being investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid says he's received threats mailed to his home that he calls "ugly, vile, vulgar" which cite scripture from the Bible. (AP Photo)

Harry Reid taking heat to form select committee on Benghazi scandal

Citing unanswered questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, three dozen Republican senators wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday asking him to reconsider his decision not to name a select committee to investigate the matter in the Senate. Published May 15, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses as he speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, following a Senate Policy Luncheon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Harry Reid: Obama judicial nominee Michael Boggs 'not in the mainstream'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday would not commit to bringing the nomination of Michael Boggs for a federal judgeship in Georgia up for a floor vote if the nomination got through committee, reiterating his personal opposition to the confirmation. Published May 15, 2014

House's top investigator issued a subpoena Thursday demanding that Secretary of State John F. Kerry appear before Congress at the end of this month to answer questions about whether he stonewalled a Benghazi investigation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, pool)

Issa subpoenas Kerry to testify on Benghazi; SecState so far 'unavailable'

Accusing the State Department of bad faith, the House's top investigator issued a subpoena Thursday demanding that Secretary of State John F. Kerry appear before Congress at the end of this month to answer questions about whether he stonewalled a Benghazi investigation. Published May 15, 2014

National Security Adviser Susan Rice (Associated Press/File)

Susan Rice predicts Benghazi panel will come up empty

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Wednesday she isn't aware of anything else the Obama administration has said or done in relation to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that hasn't been made public, and it's hard to imagine what will come of probing the issue further. Published May 14, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. More than 1,000 college students are gathered at Arizona State University this weekend as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University's efforts to advance solutions to pressing world challenges. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Bubba is certain: Hillary 'did what she should have done' on Benghazi

Ex-President Bill Clinton sprang to the defense of his wife Wednesday, insisting that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton responded properly to the September 2012 Benghazi attack just as a select House committee has been charged with investigating what happened. Published May 14, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at her weekly news briefing Friday, May 9, 2014, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. House Democrats stand deeply divided over whether to participate in a Republican-led investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with Pelosi calling the newest probe a "political stunt."  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Pelosi rejects Boehner's latest Benghazi committee offer

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday rejected Republicans' latest proposal for how the body's select committee on Benghazi will operate, potentially putting Democratic participation in the process in jeopardy. Published May 9, 2014

Field of teams: Tea party candidate Ben Sasse (left) and establishment-backed candidate Shane Osborn are opening a new front in Nebraska politics. They are in the middle of a bitter national struggle in the Republican Party between one wing determined to maintain traditional control and insurgents trying to change direction. (Associated Press photographs)

Cornhusker clash: Nebraska sees nasty fight in GOP Senate primary

With less than a week to go, the Nebraska Republican primary race for U.S. Senate has turned into the nastiest political fight in the country, with the two top candidates and their allies accusing each other of everything from using their own children as political shields to betraying the U.S. Navy. Published May 8, 2014