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David Sherfinski

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

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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a Economic Club of Detroit in Detroit. Stepping closer to a White House bid, Bush is ready to release thousands of emails and the first chapter of a related e-book designed to highlight his leadership style. The Republican said during a Monday conference call he would release the materials on Tuesday. He also cited the support from his family as he eyes the 2016 campaign and said, “My life is totally focused on this.” (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Jeb Bush's new PAC doles out more than $122K in about five weeks

The "Right to Rise" political action committee formed last month by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Friday that it has doled out its "first round" of contributions to conservatives running in 2016 totaling nearly $123,000. Published February 13, 2015

In this May 12, 2014, photo, Kristin Beck, takes a tour inside the Washington Monument in Washington, after a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. Beck, a transgender former Navy SEAL, is planning a primary challenge to Maryland's longest-serving U.S. representative, Democrat Steny Hoyer. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Transgender former Navy SEAL to challenge House's No. 2 Democrat

Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who published a memoir and came out as a transgender woman in 2013, plans to mount a primary challenge to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, to represent the state's 5th congressional district. Published February 13, 2015

Americans split on Obama legacy after Islamic State war request

Even as most Americans want their member of Congress to support President Obama's requested authorization to combat the Islamic State terrorist group, a plurality says Mr. Obama will be remembered more for starting a new war than ending one. Published February 13, 2015

House Speaker William Howell, Stafford Republican, said just as Virginians must make difficult decision every day balancing their checkbooks, so must the House of Delegates (Associated Press)

Senate, House budgets kill McAuliffe's Medicaid expansion

The Virginia House and Senate approved their respective amendments to the current biennial budget Thursday, eliminating the proposed Medicaid expansion included in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed framework and providing for other items such as pay increases for state employees and teachers. Published February 12, 2015

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, center right, smiles during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at City Hall in Philadelphia. Democrats have selected Philadelphia as the site of the party's 2016 national convention, choosing a patriotic backdrop for the nomination of its next presidential candidate. The convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia to host Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday it will hold its 2016 nominating convention in Philadelphia, where it will officially put forward its candidate who will try to succeed President Obama's two terms in office. Published February 12, 2015

David Axelrod, former adviser to President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (AP photos)

David Axelrod: Elizabeth Warren cannot beat Hillary Clinton

One of the chief strategists who guided President Obama to an upset win over then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary says Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts cannot beat Mrs. Clinton in 2016. Published February 12, 2015

Jeb Bush speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Cobo Center in Detroit. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Elaine Cromie)

Jeb Bush tops 2016 GOP field in Virginia

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads a field of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders in Virginia and comes the closest to the Democratic favorite, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a new poll out Thursday. Published February 12, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in Washington in this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Rand Paul: 'Hillary's war' in Libya contributed to rise of Islamic State

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Wednesday that President Obama's strategy in combating the Islamic State terrorist group is not working thus far — but that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton deserves a lot of the blame for tumult in the region as well. Published February 11, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Ted Cruz knocks Obama, 'photo op foreign policy' in blistering speech

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said Wednesday he hasn't seen a "seriousness of purpose" in confronting the Islamic State terrorist group, as the White House sent a request for the authorization for use of military force to fight the group to Congress for consideration. Published February 11, 2015

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (Associated Press/Wyoming Tribune Eagle) **FILE**

Dick Cheney to keynote NRCC March dinner

The House Republicans' campaign arm said Wednesday that former Vice President Dick Cheney will headline their annual March dinner next month. Published February 11, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, joined by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, center, poses questions to Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's choice to be defense secretary, as he goes before the committee for confirmation to replace Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz: Leave same-sex marriage up to the states

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is renewing a push for legislation that would leave the decision of whether to recognize same-sex marriages up to individual states and said he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment later this year outlining that marriage is a policy question for state legislatures. Published February 11, 2015