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David Sherfinski

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

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**FILE** Rep. Raul Labrador, Idaho Republican (Associated Press)

GOP ditches plan to tie debt ceiling to Obamacare, Keystone

Republican leaders have concluded they cannot pass a debt limit increase that also requires building the Keystone XL pipeline or repealing a provision of Obamacare, leaving some in the GOP saying they should just let a clean hike pass with mostly Democratic votes. Published February 5, 2014

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Ben Carson to speak at CPAC 2014

Dr. Ben Carson will be a featured speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March, joining other confirmed guests such as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida at the annual gathering of grassroots conservatives. Published January 30, 2014

FILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Sources say the 20-term California Democratic will retire.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rep. Henry Waxman to retire, end 40 years on Hill

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the California Democrat who turned top liberal priorities into laws on everything from the environment to health care, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of this year, bringing to a close a momentous 40-year career on Capitol Hill. Published January 30, 2014

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and nose tackle Chris Neild during the second half Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senators try to sack NFL's non-profit status

Sens. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, and Angus King, Maine Independent, have started a push to end the not-for-profit status for the National Football League, saying it's only fair to taxpayers. Published January 30, 2014

** FILE ** New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, greets emergency personnel before a news conference about snow removal in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio joins Bloomberg gun group

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and pledged to "force this issue on the national stage" as advocates try to keep the issue alive. Published January 30, 2014

** FILE ** This May 9, 2012, file photo shows Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Rep. Grimm apologizes for threat to break reporter 'in half'

Rep. Michael Grimm apologized Wednesday for threatening a television reporter a day earlier, but watchdog groups are still calling for the House ethics committee to investigate the New York Republican, arguing his behavior violated the chamber rules. Published January 29, 2014

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting, Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Mike Huckabee leads 2016 GOP contenders in new poll

Huckabee is the choice for 16 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a new survey from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush close behind. Published January 29, 2014

Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, center and his wife Korie, talk with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Rep. Paul Ryan: 'Keeping my options open' for 2016

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee, said Wednesday morning that he's "keeping his options open" for a potential presidential run in 2016. Published January 29, 2014

** FILE ** David Axelrod

David Axelrod: 'Organized policy from the beginning' to thwart Obama

Echoing a sentiment floated by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday, former White House adviser David Axelrod said Wednesday that the kind of obstacles President Obama is facing pales in comparison to those that dogged former President George W. Bush. Published January 29, 2014

** FILE ** President Barack Obama has lunch with members of the congressional leadership in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, May 16, 2012. The president served hoagies from Taylor Gourmet, which he purchased after a small business roundtable earlier in the day. Seated, clockwise from the president, are: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Speaker John Boehner.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Americans say the state of our union is...pretty darn weak

Americans hold a deeply pessimistic view of the country in a new poll released ahead of President Obama's State of the Union Address, with more than six in 10 saying the country is headed in the wrong direction and 70 percent dissatisfied with the economy. Published January 28, 2014