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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

** FILE ** J. Russell George is the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. (Associated Press)

IRS says tax snooper was no agency worker

Responding to a report in The Washington Times on unauthorized snooping into federal tax records of political candidates and donors, the IRS said Tuesday that a case involving a deliberate breach of privacy was not committed by anyone working for the agency. Published July 16, 2013

**FILE** IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. (Associated Press)

Oversight Dems on cases of IRS targeting conservative groups: No evidence of politics

A new 36-page memo from Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said that 15 interviews with IRS employees in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio have revealed no political motivation or White House involvement in the singling out of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, despite an inspector general's report saying such groups were improperly targeted by the agency. Published July 16, 2013

IRS official Lois Lerner leaves a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Ms. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. At left is former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman; at right is Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal S. Wolin. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

No evidence of politics in IRS cases, Oversight Democrats say

A new 36-page memo from Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said that 15 interviews with IRS employees in Washington and Cincinnati have revealed no political motivation or White House involvement in the singling out of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, despite an inspector general's report saying such groups were improperly targeted by the agency. Published July 16, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe (left), a Democrat, and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, meet before a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project in Richmond on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

McAuliffe holds slight edge over Cuccinelli in Virginia governor's race: poll

A poll released Tuesday suggests that Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II have lost support since January and the number of undecided voters in Virginia is climbing modestly — a signal, pollsters say, that respondents might be dissatisfied with their options in the governor's race. Published July 16, 2013

The "March for Jobs" rally sponsored by the Black American Leadership Alliance on Monday was the first broad, organized rally in the nation's capital on the issue since House Republicans held a strategy session last week on immigration reform. (Associated Press)

Activists: Reform to cost blacks jobs

Hundreds of activists rallied near the U.S. Capitol on Monday, arguing the country cannot afford an immigration overhaul bill that would pave the way for more low-wage foreign workers in a sluggish economy while Americans are still struggling to find work. Published July 15, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

House drops food stamps, passes ag-only farm bill

House Republican leaders powered through a slimmed-down farm bill Thursday, dropping the food stamp program from the measure and leaving the rest of the bill, which maintains the farm subsidies system that props up U.S. agriculture. Published July 11, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Immigration reform unlikely this year with House GOP approach

House Republican leaders struck out on their own path on immigration Wednesday, saying they don't trust President Obama to secure the borders and rejecting the broad approach the Senate took in favor of tackling the issue in pieces — a move that severely dims chances for a final deal this year. Published July 10, 2013

Cuccinelli unworried by legal probes of Va. governor

Neither embezzlement charges against Virginia's former Executive Mansion chef nor ongoing federal and state investigations into Gov. Bob McDonnell's gift disclosures will be enough to weigh down the gubernatorial campaign of Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, political observers say. Published July 8, 2013

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Gabrielle Giffords ends 7-state tour to restart talks on gun limits

Advocates for tighter gun-purchase background checks are hopeful the Senate will take another shot at a measure before year's end, but seven months after the Connecticut school shootings, it's unclear whether Democratic leaders will make their members take another politically difficult vote ahead of the 2014 midterms. Published July 7, 2013

"It's clear what he is, an old apparatchik KGB colonel, and he's not interested in better relations with the United States. ... We've got to have a much more realistic approach to Russia and Putin in order to comport with the realities of their relations with us."

Russian official says Snowden should go to Venezuela

A top Russian official suggested Sunday that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden should accept Venezuela's offer of asylum, while American officials said that any such granting of a safe haven would be taken as a direct swipe against the United States. Published July 7, 2013

**FILE** IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. (Associated Press)

IRS's Lerner will testify if granted immunity: attorney

The House oversight committee is treading cautiously as it decides how to move ahead with its investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, saying it will consider trading immunity to Lois Lerner in exchange for testimony about how her bureau singled out tea party groups' nonprofit status applications for extra scrutiny. Published July 3, 2013

A man examines a handgun at the Annapolis Gun Show in March. June was the first month since October 2011 to see a year-over-year decrease in the total number of FBI instant background checks. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Gun-purchase surge levels off as concerns fade; Newtown triggered uptick

After hitting an all-time high in December, background checks run through the FBI's national instant check system have declined year-over-year for the first time since October 2011 as fervor after December's Connecticut school shooting and the government's push for new gun controls appears to be waning. Published July 2, 2013