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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

** FILE ** This April 17, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama approval rating nears his lowest since 2009

Forty-one percent of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing, said the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor quarterly survey — bumping up against the president's lowest ratings since April 2009. Published April 28, 2014

**FILE** In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo, newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., waits to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lousiana Rep. McAllister won't seek re-election: report

Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, who was caught on surveillance video released earlier this month kissing a married former staffer, told a newspaper Monday he will finish out his current term but will not seek re-election. Published April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm indicted on charges of tax, mail fraud, perjury

Federal prosecutors on Monday accused Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, of flouting state and federal tax laws in a 20-count indictment, which an FBI official said showed the lawmaker lived by a the new motto of “fraud, perjury and obstruction.” Published April 28, 2014

Pat Kirchner of Kankakee, Ill., is an example that it's not only men who are interested in the National Rifle Association and gun rights issues. Women, including Sarah Palin, made their voices heard at the annual meeting in Indianapolis over the weekend.

NRA set to battle Bloomberg's gun control lobby to secure support from women

Organizers behind Everytown for Gun Safety, the new advocacy group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, say one of their top priorities is to turn guns into a women's issue, akin to abortion or health care, and mobilize mothers ahead of the midterm elections in November. Published April 27, 2014

The Rev. Franklin Graham, seen with the Rev. Billy Graham, says his 90-year-old father would "certainly like to meet (President-elect Barack Obama) and pray with him." (Associated Press)

Graham: 'God has already done a universal background check on us'

Rev. Franklin Graham, the keynote speaker at Sunday's prayer breakfast at the NRA's annual meeting, responded to calls for him to express his previously stated support for universal background checks on gun purchases by deferring to a higher power. Published April 26, 2014

**FILE** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Associated Press/Naples Daily News, Scott McIntyre)

Sarah Palin: 'Waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists' in her administration

Sarah Palin fired up a crowd of thousands inside Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night to kick off the National Rifle Association's "Stand and Fight Rally," saying Americans' constitutional rights as envisioned by the founding fathers are under attack and policies like gun-free zones constitute "stupid on steroids." Published April 26, 2014

**FILE** Tom Ridge (Associated Press/Fox News Sunday)

Tom Ridge quits Bloomberg's gun control group

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has resigned from Michael I. Bloomberg's new gun control group, delivering a setback for the former New York City Mayor soon after he announced that he plans to spend $50 million on efforts associated with the group and this year's midterm elections. Published April 26, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, April 25, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Jindal lashes out at Obama, Holder, Bloomberg at NRA forum

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal closed out the NRA lobbying arm's leadership forum at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday with a no-holds-barred fusillade on people such as former New York City Mayor Michael I. Bloomberg and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who he says want to fundamentally alter the ideological foundation of the country. Published April 25, 2014

** FILE ** Gov. Mike Pence waves after speaking at the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Friday, April 25, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Indiana Gov. Pence: Cure to country's ills won't come from D.C.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said the cure for the country's ills are more likely to come from state capitals than Washington, D.C., delivering an uncompromising defense of states' rights in his speech Friday at the NRA lobbying arm's leadership forum. Published April 25, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Friday, April 25, 2014, in Indianapolis. Several potential Republican contenders for president planned on courting gun-rights supporters at the convention Friday. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Rubio offers strong defense of gun rights

INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday praised the National Rifle Association for defending the Second Amendment rights of individuals and families across the nation that the Florida Republican said are under attack from the Obama administration. Published April 25, 2014