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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

**FILE** Retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 6, 2007. (Associated Press)

James Jones: Rejecting Keystone pipeline would embolden Putin

Supporters of the giant Keystone XL pipeline, including a longtime top military adviser to President Obama, said Thursday that approval of the stalled Canada-to-Texas project would strengthen the U.S. position in the standoff with Russia over Ukraine and send a clear signal of American support to European allies. Published March 13, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks at a meeting with Democratic female members of Congress to discuss the administration’s economic agenda and minimum wage efforts at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. From left are Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Mn., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama: Raising minimum wage will close gender gap

Seeking to give new momentum to his proposal to raise the national minimum wage, President Obama said Wednesday that hiking the rate to $10.10 an hour will chiefly benefit women, who make up the majority of minimum-wage workers struggling in the economy. Published March 12, 2014

House Oversight Committee Republicans' new report accuses Lois G. Lerner of "reckless handling" of sensitive taxpayer information because she forwarded it from her government account to a private email. (Associated Press)

House panel report concludes that Lerner lied to Congress on IRS targeting

Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS tea party targeting, lied to congressional investigators when she claimed in 2012 that they were not targeting tea party groups, House Republicans charged Tuesday in a new report documenting her role in the scandal. Published March 11, 2014

Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has found himself in the middle of the 2016 presidential conversation, speaks at CPAC2014 in National Harbor, Md. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Despite Ben Carson's speech, gay marriage mostly took a backseat at CPAC

Gay marriage didn't get much attention from the stage at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference, but many in the rank-and-file still fall on the side of defending traditional marriage and say it's an issue on which Republicans should stand firm. Published March 10, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Presidential support for Carson rises

Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he originally planned to enjoy a slower pace in retirement — but the "good Lord" had a different plan, he said. Published March 9, 2014

** FILE ** Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin addresses the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Palin dings Obama, calls for conservative reinforcements in Washington

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called on conservatives Saturday to strengthen their limited government ranks in the midterm election - even if it means replacing GOP lawmakers that have been reluctant to take a more aggressive stance against the Obama administration. Published March 8, 2014

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Bachmann says country will elect 'right' female president

Rep. Michelle Bachmann helped open the final day of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by lambasting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over U.S. foreign policy and the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, while still predicting that the U.S. will elect the "right" woman president in the near future. Published March 8, 2014

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (above) of Pennsylvania, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (below left) and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah are three potential Republican presidential hopefuls who have made the trek to Iowa this year. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, other possible 2016 contenders, have yet to travel to the Hawkeye State this year. (Associated Press photographs)

Santorum: GOP needs positive message to counter Obama

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on Thursday delivered some tough love to conservatives and Republicans, telling them it's easy to blast President Obama but that they'd be better served getting their own messaging in order first. Published March 7, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Perry to conservatives: 'You are the path to the future'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off Day 2 of the Conservative Political Action Conference with a rhetorical nod to President Reagan, declaring "it is a good morning in America" and telling conservatives they control their own destiny in returning the country to first principles. Published March 7, 2014

**FILE** Mike Huckabee speaks during the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting in Washington on Jan. 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Huckabee: U.S. government impeding religious liberty

Former Arkansas governor and erstwhile presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee threw out red meat to social conservatives Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying religious liberty must not be impeded by government and Americans need to remember the United States was founded by God. Published March 7, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Toomey: President Obama doesn't think American law applies to him

Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, told Thursday morning’s crowd at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the defeat of President Obama’s nominee demonstrates that “when we stand up and fight” on principle, “we can actually win.” Published March 6, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, walks onto the stage holding a gun before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday. (Associated Press)

McConnell works to reassure conservatives

Sen. Mitch McConnell assured conservative activists he won't disappoint them if they give him enough troops for the GOP to take control of the Senate in November's elections, as he sought to tamp down a growing rift between tea party activists and top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. Published March 6, 2014

At a Crossroads: Sen. Ted Cruz (left) of Texas, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (center) and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida are among the conference speakers grappling with the question of how to govern while sticking to conservative principles. (Associated Press)

GOP optimism, agenda emerge at CPAC

Gov. Chris Christie fired up the crowd at CPAC Thursday with his call for Republicans to present a positive agenda, while Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio laid out the outlines of what that kind of agenda could look like — and Rep. Paul Ryan sounded like a man who's seriously thinking about running for the White House. Published March 6, 2014

**FILE** NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre at CPAC 2013

NRA's LaPierre: Gun owners won't back down, 'not now, not ever'

NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said Thursday that more Americans are buying guns because the country is in trouble, ripping "political dishonesty and media dishonesty" he says are undercutting the U.S. Constitution and his own organization. Published March 6, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Rubio said the US is the one nation that can rally people around the globe against the rise of totalitarian governments. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rubio: U.S. 'must be involved in leading the world'

Sen. Marco Rubio made a strong pitch for an engaged America around the world in a foreign policy-heavy speech Thursday at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), saying that the United States must be be a world leader — and not a dictator. Published March 6, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Christie attacked the media in his return to the national stage for the first time since a political retribution scandal erupted in his home state.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Christie to CPAC: GOP has to shake contrarian image

One year removed from being snubbed by CPAC, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew a standing ovation from conservative activists Thursday, pointing to his own re-election last year as an example that standing on principle and winning elections are not mutually exclusive. Published March 6, 2014