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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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Va. gubernatorial candidates differ on debate, too

Just as Virginia Democrats were rounding out their statewide ticket for the fall elections this week, their party standard-bearer, Terry McAuliffe, was objecting to a rule for the first scheduled gubernatorial debate that would allow the candidates to ask each other one question. Published June 13, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, accompanied by families and friends of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims, including (from left) Jillian, Carlee and Carlos Soto, siblings of Victoria Soto, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on June 13, 2013, the six-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid: Background checks will pass — only question is when

On the eve of the six-month anniversary of the Connecticut school shooting, the White House and congressional leaders vowed to continue pushing for new gun controls — but the aftermath of recent mass shootings suggests such an effort is easier said than done. Published June 13, 2013


Democrats round out statewide ticket in Virginia

Democrats were poised to fill out their slate of statewide candidates in primary elections Tuesday ahead of a fall contest sure to draw heaps of national attention, outside money and national political tea-leaf reading. Published June 11, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

White House presses GOP to confirm ATF chief; Grassley says more answers needed

The White House and former law enforcement officials on Monday urged the swift confirmation of B. Todd Jones to be the permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), renewing a largely dormant battle over gun control six months after December's school shootings in Connecticut. Published June 10, 2013


Winning Va. lieutenant governor would give Democrats leg up

The race to win a job that pays $36,000 a year and requires skills hardly more demanding than the ability to stand for long periods of time is attracting an inordinate amount of attention this year in Virginia. Published June 9, 2013

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel (right) talks with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, prior to testifying before the committee on Thursday. (Associated Press)

New IRS chief sets out to win confidence

The new acting IRS commissioner pledged Thursday to work to safeguard citizens' private information and tax dollars and ensure that the agency acts impartially as it looks to move forward after a bruising few weeks. Published June 6, 2013

J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (left) and Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, watch a "Star Trek" video produced for an IRS conference as they testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding IRS conference spending. (Associated Press)

'Spock' gets starring role at hearing on IRS waste

An IRS manager who starred as "Mr. Spock" in an ill-fated Star Trek motivational video for agency employees was on the hot seat Thursday morning over a recent inspector general's report detailing a $4.1 million IRS conference in California several years ago. Published June 6, 2013

Republican Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has become a thorn in the Obama administration's side, investigating a series of scandals. (Associated Press)

Rep. Darrell Issa's tough oversight part of a long tradition

As congressional Republicans' chief investigator, Rep. Darrell E. Issa is following in the footsteps of his predecessors at the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who often used the post to keep the pressure on presidents of the opposite party. Published June 5, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe (left), a Democrat, and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, meet before a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project in Richmond on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

Va. gubernatorial candidates spar on transparency

Terry McAuliffe and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II used a forum in Richmond on Thursday hosted by an open-government watchdog group to ding one another on, perhaps fittingly, on a purported lack of transparency thus far in the Virginia governor's race. Published May 30, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell's decision to restore felons' civil rights a switch for GOP

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will automatically restore civil rights to nonviolent felons in Virginia on a conditional, case-by-case basis, signifying an evolution of sorts on criminal justice policy among some factions of the Republican Party. Published May 29, 2013

Virginia governor's race turns harsh with McAuliffe's soft campaign ad

A senior Virginia state senator on Tuesday blasted a campaign ad from Democrat Terry McAuliffe as a misleading "example of self-puffery" — a development that comes as Mr. McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II try to soften their public images early in the high-stakes gubernatorial contest. Published May 28, 2013

**FILE** Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld delivers his speech to the crowd during a "Symposium on Values and Consequences" as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of The Washington Times at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington on Oct. 2, 2012. (The Washington Times)

Rumsfeld: 'There is clearly going to be a use for drones'

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday he expects that the use of drone planes will continue to play a significant role in the global "War on Terror," and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay should remain open. Published May 23, 2013