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David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, following a Senate policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Harry Reid: Mitch McConnell 'is a lump of coal'

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid knocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's views on fossil fuels by calling Mr. McConnell himself "a lump of coal." Published April 15, 2015

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks to a small group of journalists Wednesday afternoon Dec. 10, 2014, while in Atlanta for a veterans small business convention at the Georgia World Congress Center. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)  ** FILE **

VA contractors improperly accessed network from China, India: IG report

Department of Veterans Affairs employees reacted with "indifference, little sense of urgency, or responsibility" on a possible cyberthreat incident when they allowed contractors to work remotely in China and India in 2013, a report from the VA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) said. Published April 15, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton takes notes during a roundtable with educators and students at the Kirkwood Community College's Jones County Regional Center, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Monticello, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hillary Clinton was asked about private email by Congress two years ago

Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked by congressional investigators more than two years ago whether she had used a private email account while serving as the nation's top diplomat, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Published April 15, 2015

During Wednesday's "veto session," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to move on several amendments, including one extending the time police may store license plate data to 60 days, a notion running afoul of privacy advocates. (Associated Press)

Terry McAullife data storage plan irks privacy lobby

Proposed changes from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to legislation dealing with surveillance technology and ethics are expected to receive substantial attention when lawmakers return to Richmond Wednesday for a one-day "veto session" to accept or reject the governor's amendments and vetoes. Published April 14, 2015

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waves to supporters with his wife Jeanette, after he announced that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Marco Rubio: 'Significant differences' with Obama in experience, background

Sen. Marco Rubio, who on Monday officially announced that he's running for president in 2016, says he'll have plenty of experience by the time Inauguration Day 2017 rolls around, saying there are significant differences in that regard between himself and another first-term U.S. senator who was elected president. Published April 14, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the National Rifle Association convention Friday, April 10, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Ted Cruz: Next 20 months will be like 'Lord of the Flies'

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Monday predicted chaos for the next 20 months, saying the "bullies and tyrants of the world" have sized up President Obama and determined that he is "no credible threat whatsoever." Published April 13, 2015

Clay Aiken. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) ** FILE **

Clay Aiken praises Hillary Clinton for '90s health care push

Past "American Idol" runner-up and 2014 congressional candidate Clay Aiken praised former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday as the "forebearer and forerunner" of health care reform, citing her work on the issue as first lady. Published April 13, 2015

In this image taken from video posted to on Sunday, April 12, 2015, Hillary Rodham Clinton announces her campaign for president. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady enters the race in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama. (Hillary For America via AP)

Hillary Clinton hits the road for Iowa — in a van

Former Secretary of State and newly announced presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to be in the early presidential state of Iowa this week — and is traveling there by van. Published April 13, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves the stage at the end of his news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama approval underwater in Colorado, Iowa, Virginia

Majorities of voters in three states likely to be crucial in the 2016 presidential election disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, according to results from a poll released Monday. Published April 13, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about U.S. policy in Iraq, Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the National Defense University in Washington, in advance of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Washington, next week. The vice president was to discuss Iraq’s political and military progress, and the work that lies ahead to defeat ISIL and forge a more inclusive Iraq.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

'Draft Biden' director: Americans want someone 'who is human'

The leader of an organized movement to draft Vice President Joseph R. Biden into the 2016 presidential race said Friday that Americans want someone who is "human" and declined to say whether he would support former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if Mr. Biden doesn't run. Published April 10, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a breakfast meeting, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) ** FILE **

Rick Perry: 'Both parties have gutted our defenses'

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling out both Democrats and Republicans for what he described as depleted armed forces and an aging military infrastructure, saying the two parties have "treated our defense forces as a pawn in a budgetary game of chicken." Published April 10, 2015