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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by David Sherfinski

Texas Gov. Rick Perry answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press at the historic Texas Governor's Mansion, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rick Perry: 'Oops' won't be on my obituary

As Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues laying the groundwork for a possible run at the White House in 2016, he says he's confident he can get past one of the moments that doomed him in his 2012 run. Published December 11, 2014

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. (AP Photo/Olivia Harris, Pool, File)

Dick Cheney: CIA torture report is 'full of crap'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a strong proponent of the enhanced interrogation program run by the CIA post-9/11, called the report released this week by Senate Democrats on the program a "terrible piece of work" and "deeply flawed." Published December 11, 2014

Jennifer Deasy shoots a pistol at the target range at Niagara Gun Range in North Tonawanda, N.Y., Thursday June 26, 2008. Americans can keep guns at home for self-defense, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the justices' first-ever pronouncement on the meaning of gun rights under the Second Amendment. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Support for gun rights at highest point in two decades

Support for gun rights is higher than it's been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting. Published December 10, 2014

This April 2014 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a Gunnison sage grouse with tail feathers fanned near Gunnison, Colo. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Dave Showalter, File)

GOP secures environmental policy riders on grouse, Clean Water Act in spending bill

Included in the massive, $1.1 trillion bill unveiled late Tuesday that would fund most of the government through next fall are several policy "riders" on energy and the environment supported by Republicans, adding fuel to what is already shaping up to be a fight between the GOP and the Obama administration over environmental policies next year. Published December 10, 2014

Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA director. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

Former CIA directors, officials: Interrogations saved lives

In the wake of Senate Democrats' releasing their report on the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program, former CIA directors and officials are blasting the report as essentially a partisan attack on the agency. Published December 10, 2014

Rick Perry: 'People think we're going to run' for president

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering another run for president after a 2012 campaign that came to be largely defined by his "oops" moment during a primary debate, said people are expecting him to throw his hat into the ring again. Published December 10, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton laughs when asked what would be good qualities for a "First Gentleman" during a question and answer session at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Howard Dean: If Hillary Clinton runs, I will support her

Former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean is throwing his support behind a would-be presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, writing that Mrs. Clinton is "by far the most qualified person in the United States to serve as president." Published December 10, 2014

A grass-roots effort to draft Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016 may upend the supposed inevitability of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming the eventual Democratic nominee. (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren may upset Hillary Clinton inevitability

A coalition of powerful liberal groups said Tuesday they may launch a formal campaign urging their hero, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to seek the White House in 2016, adding more intrigue to the party's presidential primary process and casting doubt on the popular narrative that Hillary Rodham Clinton will cruise to the Democratic nomination. Published December 9, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the Saban Forum in Washington,  Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Biden says the U.S. will be "relentless" in its efforts to bring the killers of an American photojournalist to justice.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Joe Biden: No decision on 2016 yet, but there's 'plenty of time'

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Tuesday that he plans to make a decision on a presidential run sometime next year and that his current job wouldn't preclude his developing the organization needed for such an endeavor. Published December 9, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at an annual convention of port authorities, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Houston. The vice president visited Houston to urge port authorities to keep upgrading their facilities.  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Joe Biden on torture report: We're strong enough to say, 'we made a mistake'

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday hailed the release of a report detailing the techniques the CIA used to interrogate terrorism suspects after 9/11, saying its release speaks to the United States' strength as a country because it's willing to open up about its mistakes. Published December 9, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 214 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Highland Heights, Ky. Paul hinted in an interview Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, that he smoked marijuana in his youth, adding that voters should not confuse his push for reduced criminal penalties for drug offenses as an endorsement of drug use. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Rand Paul: I won't vote for spending bill that funds amnesty

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that he plans to vote against a government spending measure if it provides funding for President Obama's plan to grant temporary legal status for more than 4 million illegal immigrants in the country. Published December 9, 2014

Kentucky Senators Rand Paul, left, and Mitch McConnell address the media during a news conference following Mr. McConnell's victory in the republican primary on May 23 in Louisville, Ky. Columnist Christine O'Donnell says all Republicans must work together as both Tea Partyers and establishment Republicans need an attitude adjustment. (Associated Press)

Mitch McConnell: 'Almost certainly' endorsing Rand Paul in 2016

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll "almost certainly" be endorsing the would-be 2016 presidential campaign of his fellow Kentuckian Sen. Rand Paul, just a few election cycles removed from when Mr. McConnell backed Mr. Paul's primary opponent in 2010. Published December 9, 2014