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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

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

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, joined at right by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., responds to a point from Democrats on the panel as lawmakers work on the creation of a special select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. House Republicans on Wednesday moved toward an election-year special investigation of the deadly attack, brushing aside Democratic concerns over the panel's scope and composition. The Obama administration, meanwhile, accused Republicans of "political motivation" after they issued a fundraising email linked to the Benghazi probe. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House votes to create special panel for Benghazi investigation

Saying they were tired of administration stonewalling, House Republicans voted Thursday to create a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi — but drew only scant support from Democrats who rallied around President Obama and called the probe a partisan inquisition. Published May 8, 2014

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton: No reason for further Benghazi probe

As the U.S. House of Representatives moved toward organizing a select committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she's "absolutely" satisfied with the information that's come out and said there's no reason to go any further. Published May 7, 2014

House Republicans clear way for Benghazi investigation

House Republicans cleared the way Wednesday for a special investigative committee to look into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, pushing the resolution establishing the probe through the House Rules Committee and setting up a full House vote later this week. Published May 7, 2014

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks at the Republican party of Wisconsin State Convention Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Sen. Ron Johnson: "Sad fact is that sanctions haven't worked"

Sen. Ron Johnson, a member of the Foreign Relations committee, said Sunday that sanctions against Russia haven't worked while Eliot Engel, the ranking member on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said even an implicit threat of Iran-like sanctions has changed the calculus of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Published May 4, 2014

Ayotte: 'Not too late' on Benghazi: 'We have to get to the bottom of this'

Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Sunday she's glad House Speaker John A. Boehner has called for a select committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya and that there has been important work done on the issue in relevant committees but that the investigation thus far has been "disjointed." Published May 4, 2014

** FILE ** Tommy Vietor, White House National Security Council spokesman.

Former NSC spokesman on Benghazi talking points: 'Dude, this was like two years ago'

Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said this week that changing administration talking points on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi wasn't anything out of the ordinary and that a newly unearthed email showing a top national security aide coaching others on how to respond to questions on the attack "tells us nothing new." Published May 2, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Sen. Tom Coburn: Why not raise minimum wage to $20, $25, or $100?

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said he doesn't believe in a national minimum wage, and if Democrats wanted to prove a point with their Wednesday vote on the issue, they might as well have put the threshold at $100 per hour. Published May 1, 2014