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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

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**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a new conference following a meeting at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 23, 2013. (Associated Press)

Boehner puts brakes on immigration reform

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday flatly ruled out even entering into negotiations with the Senate on that chamber's immigration bill, signaling that the issue is dead for this year — and setting up major hurdles for any action before the midterm elections. Published November 13, 2013

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., right, accompanied by his wife Carolyn, on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 113th Congress began. As a Republican, freshman Yoho cares about the Republican Party’s image and fate. But what he especially cares about is a tiny sliver of the GOP: about 22,000 primary voters who lean heavily conservative, and who secured his spot in the House of Representatives. Yoho is hardly alone. Many other House Republicans owe their elections to similarly small and ideologically intense electorates. These GOP lawmakers pay far less attention to the party’s national reputation. And that deeply frustrates activists trying to build broad, national coalitions to elect a Republican as president in 2016 and beyond. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

GOP closes electability gap

In just six weeks, Republicans have completely erased a 9-point deficit in a generic congressional ballot question and are now running even with Democrats. Published November 13, 2013

** FILE ** Republican Ken Cuccinelli holds back tears as he gives his concession speech in Richmond, Va., after losing the governor's race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Cuccinelli: More time on Obamacare could have swung election

A week after coming up short in his bid for governor, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli penned a thank-you note to supporters Tuesday, writing that a few more days of talking about the botched roll-out of President Obama's health care overhaul could have been enough to push him over the top in his close race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Published November 12, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

Poll: N.C. Senate race a dead heat

A new poll shows Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, virtually tied with potential Republican challengers in her 2014 re-election bid and her disapproval ratings spiking over the last few months. Published November 12, 2013

Richard Durbin (Associated Press)

Durbin open to changes to fix Obamacare

The second-ranking Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday he'd be "open to discussing changes" in President Obama's health care law and that "a couple more sentences" would have clarified Mr. Obama's promise to Americans that they could keep their insurance plans under the law. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius enters the navigator room with Southside Medical Center CEO Dr. David Williams on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson)

Obamacare enrollment well short of expectations: report

Fewer than 50,000 people had signed up for insurance through the troubled website as of last week — far short of the administration's goal of 500,000 for October, the Wall Street Journal reports. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama points to a member of the audience at a meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, May 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Democrats go to war for Obamacare; demand Issa withdraw subpoena

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling on Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, to withdraw a subpoena he issued to compel U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify on the rollout of President Obama's health care overhaul. Published November 11, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry pauses during a press conference at the end of the Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The talks failed to reach an agreement, but Mr. Kerry said Tehran and six world powers had made "significant progress." (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Kerry: Obama prepared to use force in Iran after nuclear talks collapse

Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the Obama administration's carrot-and-stick approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying Sunday that the conciliatory strategy needs to be given a chance to work — while vowing that the U.S. is prepared to use force if necessary to keep the Islamic republic from developing a nuclear bomb. Published November 10, 2013

** FILE ** Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting in Sde Boker, Israel, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Mr. Netanyahu said that Israel would do all it could to keep world powers from striking a "bad and dangerous" deal with Iran over its nuclear program. (AP Photo/David Buimovitch, Pool)

Netanyahu on Iran: 'No deal is better than a bad deal'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized the outlines of a U.S.-led international plan to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons program, saying it sounded as if Iran would be trading a nominal drawdown in enriched uranium in exchange for significant concessions on sanctions. Published November 10, 2013

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, accompanied by his wife, Dorothy, announces his transition team Wednesday at the Capitol in Richmond. Any spending plans he has will have to be approved by a Republican-weighted General Assembly with its own agenda. (associated press)

Terry McAuliffe's vague campaign promises face cold realities in Virginia

Having collected less than 50 percent of the vote in the Virginia governor's race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe can hardly claim a mandate and now faces the tough task of filling in the details of a vague political agenda in the face of a strong Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic Party for which he has spent most of his life working in various unelected roles. Published November 6, 2013

Republican candidate for Virginia Governor Ken Cuccinelli walks through the room where his election night party will be held an hour before polls close with his son Jack in downtown Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Turnout brisk in Virginia election, few problems reported

Early turnout on Election Day was brisk, with elections officials reporting few issues Tuesday amid signs that as voter participation could eclipse 2009 rates despite a governor's race that's become infamous for its negativity. Published November 5, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli: Tea-leaf reading is for the pundits

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who cast his own ballot in the Virginia governor's race Tuesday morning, says he's still making calls to undecided voters and that reading tea leaves on any broader implications for the race is best left to the professional prognosticators. Published November 5, 2013