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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** Gene Sperling, director of the Economic Council, stands on the South Lawn of the White House before President Obama observes a moment of silence on Sept. 11, 2013, as they mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. (Associated Press)

White House repeats demand for more jobless benefits

As President Obama rang in 2014 in Hawaii, the director of his National Economic Council said Wednesday there would be "no better New Year's resolution for Congress" than to make its first legislative priority restoring emergency unemployment benefits for the estimated 1.3 million people who were cut off Dec. 28. Published January 1, 2014

** FILE ** Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Supreme Court justice: Remember Judiciary in appropriations talks

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts used his year-end report on the federal judiciary to remind Congress about the financial belt-tightening going on in the courts, saying they have been strained by across-the-board spending cuts and flat budgeting in recent years. Published January 1, 2014

President Barack Obama raises his glass for a toast by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon during a luncheon at the United Nations, Thursday, Sept.  23, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Cheers to 'one of the worst' years in history

"In both the executive branch and Congress, Americans witnessed an unwinding of the country's founding principles and of their government's most basic responsibilities. The rule of law gave way to the rule of rulers." Published December 31, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican (Associated Press)

Royce camp: GOP Rep. never filed to run in wrong district

The re-election campaign of Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, is pushing back on a report from the Sacramento Bee that Mr. Royce filed to run for re-election in the wrong congressional district last week. Published December 30, 2013

"What we found out is that people just didn't trust government that they were going to stop there," says Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who co-sponsored gun control legislation that failed this year. (Associated Press)

Website lets high-volume gun dealers skip background checks

Hundreds of high-volume private gun dealers are transferring tens of thousands of firearms every year over the Internet without conducting background checks, according to a report from the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns based on an investigation conducted from August to October. Published December 25, 2013

Artur Davis (Associated Press)

Former Rep. Artur Davis won't run for Wolf's seat

Former Rep. Artur Davis, a Democrat-turned-Republican who represented Alabama in Congress and now calls Northern Virginia home, says he will not run for the seat of retiring Rep. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican. Published December 23, 2013

**FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

DOJ reaches largest-ever federal government settlement over auto loan discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Friday that the government has reached a $98 million settlement agreement with Detroit-based Ally Financial over discriminatory auto lending practices — the federal government's largest auto loan discrimination settlement in history. Published December 20, 2013

** FILE ** Actress Glenn Close arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Moffett Field, Calif. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Actress Glenn Close plays starring role touting mental health bill

With a boost from some Hollywood royalty Wednesday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly bullish about the likelihood they’ll be able to boost mental health spending in response to the Newtown school shooting, even as Democrats vowed not to let that spoil their push for a broader crackdown on gun ownership. Published December 18, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary nominee  Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Democrats begin a drive this week to muscle a half dozen of President Barrack Obama's Republican-opposed nominees through the Senate after clamping shackles on traditional minority party rights in last month's power play against the GOP. Republicans, however, still have some tools for grinding the Senate's work to an excruciatingly slow crawl. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate confirms Obama pick Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security secretary

The Senate approved Jeh Johnson as the fourth Homeland Security secretary, giving him the reins at a department that, more than a decade after its creation, is still unstable and trying to figure out its role in the massive federal bureaucracy. Published December 16, 2013

** FILE ** In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. smiles during an interview in his office in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

Senate pulls all-nighter as GOP protests rules change

The U.S. Senate remained in session overnight debating executive nominations as Republicans protested Senate Democrats' recent move to change chamber rules to require a simple majority vote to confirm presidential nominations, excepting U.S. Supreme Court nominations. Published December 12, 2013

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, to discuss the introduction of a legislative package of major mental health reforms.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP Rep. Murphy rolls out mental health legislation

Rep. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania Republican, unveiled legislation Thursday he says will help fix nation's broken mental health system and empower families and individuals to get treatment for those who need it, as lawmakers grapple with possible legislative remedies to help stop gun-related violence. Published December 12, 2013

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) consoles kicker Cade Foster (43) after he missed a field goal against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

George Bush consoles Alabama kicker Cade Foster: You will be stronger

Cade Foster, the University of Alabama kicker who struggled in the team's shocking loss to Auburn last week, says he got some high-profiled support, in addition to backing from teammates: A letter of encouragement from President George W. Bush. Published December 12, 2013

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Black supremacist no longer employed at DHS: report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has parted ways with a black supremacist, who has called for the mass killing of white people, after placing him on administrative leave four months ago pending an administrative review. Published December 12, 2013

**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)

Despite questions, Senate panel backs top Homeland nominee

Senate Democrats pushed through committee President Obama's pick to become the No. 2 official at Homeland Security on Wednesday, dismissing warnings about an ongoing probe of the nominee's role in a visa program that has raised security concerns about politically connected foreigners using it to buy citizenship. Published December 11, 2013