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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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**FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

E-mails: 'Political pressure' in Gulf Coast visa case

President Obama's pick to be the next No. 2 at the Department of Homeland Security was involved in "political pressure" to influence a visa case linked to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's former car company, according to e-mails released Friday — documents that may contradict testimony nominee Alejandro Mayorkas gave last month to a Senate committee. Published August 9, 2013

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe speaks Aug. 9, 2013, at the Battleground Forum at the Prince William campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Va. McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli met in another non-debate forum, a format that's become common among Virginia's two scandal-scarred candidates for governor. (Associated Press)

Va. gubernatorial rivals trade shots in debate

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli mixed nasty with nice Friday morning as they made their pitches to a business-friendly crowd in Manassas at the latest forum in a campaign many have labeled a "race to the bottom" for both candidates' incessant attacks on one another's policy positions and personal character. Published August 9, 2013


Weiner, McAuliffe are 'headaches' for Clinton, GOP says

She's been keeping a low profile, but Republicans say Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential ambitions can only be hurt by the heavily covered recent stories involving her scandal-plagued friend Anthony D. Weiner's sexcapades in New York and her close confidant Terry McAuliffe's tangles with federal regulators over a former business enterprise. Published August 7, 2013

**FILE** House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), Virginia Republican (Associated Press)

Eric Cantor: House will address immigration 'according to our terms'

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the House of Representatives will vote on a series of immigration bills in the fall, but wouldn't commit to a vote on a measure similar to what the Senate has passed that provides a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. Published August 4, 2013

** FILE ** Terry McAuliffe speaks during the Falls Church City Democratic Committee fundraising dinner at the Falls Church Community Center, in Falls Church, Va., Sunday, April 3, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

McAuliffe associate removes car claim from Web; no record of Defense Department approval

A firm funding the car company founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has claimed on its website for months that its MyCar electric vehicle had been approved by the Defense Department "for U.S. military installations worldwide" — but government officials say they have no record of such an approval. Published August 4, 2013

A Yemeni soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Security forces close access roads, put up extra blast walls and beef up patrols near some of the 21 U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington ordered closed for the weekend over a "significant threat'' of an al Qaeda attack. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Congressional leaders agree on drastic response to al Qaeda terrorist threat

Key Democratic and Republican members of Congress said Sunday that the terrorism threat reportedly triggered by an intercepted message between senior al Qaeda operatives is the most serious threat in years, with some warning that the threat is an indication the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks still poses a significant danger to the U.S. Published August 4, 2013

** FILE ** House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress exempts itself from Obamacare, can keep subsidized plans

Members of Congress and their staffs won't face potentially massive hikes in their health care premiums next year as many had feared because of a clause in President Obama's health care overhaul — causing at least one Republican senator to ask, literally, "What the flip?" Published August 2, 2013

**FILE** Terry McAuliffe (The Washington Times)

SEC investigating company co-founded by Terry McAuliffe

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the green car company founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over concerns that it allegedly guaranteed returns for its investors. Published August 2, 2013

**FILE** Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, goes to the floor for a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 31, 2013. (Associated Press)

McCain: Immigration crucial to GOP 2016 hopes

Sen. John McCain appears cautiously optimistic that the House of Representatives will ultimately pass some kind of immigration reform — and says that the GOP is doomed in the 2016 presidential contest if the effort fails. Published August 2, 2013

** FILE ** B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

Senate approves Jones as permanent ATF director

After the intense lobbying of one senator and an hourslong wait for another to fly in from North Dakota, the U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to confirm B. Todd Jones as permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, fulfilling a major priority for President Obama in his response to the Connecticut school shootings. Published July 31, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26, 2013, after the weekly Republican policy luncheon. (Associated Press)

GOP Sen. Bob Corker: Obamacare defunding plan a 'silly effort'

Sen. Bob Corker became the latest member of the GOP to dismiss an effort by a rump group of congressional Republicans to oppose any new spending bills that include money to implement or enforce President Obama's health care overhaul. Published July 30, 2013

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

McDonnell to return all gifts from businessman

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he plans to return all the gifts a donor supplied Virginia's first family — ending months of legal wrangling and a smattering of calls for his resignation. Published July 30, 2013