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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, face federal charges for receiving gifts in exchange for political favors, which the couple denies. (associated press)

McDonnell trial to test definitions of political corruption

The defense of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has always hinged on several key arguments. For example, the more than $165,000 in loans and gifts from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. might have been unseemly — even worthy of an apology to the state — but it wasn't illegal. Published July 27, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, speaks during a "United we Dream" rally on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Senate Dems wary of immigration politics

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat who has certainly not been afraid to criticize members of his own party on the issue of immigration, said one needs only to look at the Senate to find Democrats who are positioning themselves on immigration with their own political hides in mind. Published July 25, 2014

U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS) gestures prior the launch of Soyuz-FG  rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)

Astronauts: ‘We should get ourselves to Mars'

Chocolate pudding cake is one favorite outer space food; humans are likely to encounter life from another planet; astronauts are adept at recycling their own urine into drinking water. Published July 24, 2014

**FILE** Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Inhofe: Illegal minors in Oklahoma 'at the invitation of the president'

Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, said President Obama shouldn't get any new funding to deal with the U.S.-Mexico border crisis until he reverses the policy of allowing certain illegal immigrant children to apply to defer their removal proceedings. Published July 24, 2014

Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Grijalva: Anti-trafficking law 'line in the sand for many of us'

Rep. Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, said keeping in place a 2008 law intended to curb trafficking of Central American children is enough for many congressional Democrats to hold the line on legislation dealing with the crisis of unaccompanied children streaming into the country at the southern border. Published July 24, 2014

** FILE ** R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (Associated Press)

CBP Commissioner: Border is 'more secure and more safe'

The new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection said the U.S.-Mexico border is "more secure and more safe," as the White House has touted a drop in the number of unaccompanied children arriving there in recent weeks. Published July 24, 2014

**FILE** New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Associated Press)

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo's office interfered with, pressured corruption commission: report

A commission established in July 2013 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to try to root out corruption in state politics was reportedly beset by persistent interference from Mr. Cuomo's own office, which successfully pressured the commission into withdrawing a subpoena after it was discovered the governor was a major client of the firm in question. Published July 23, 2014

Netanyahu's spokesman: Safe to fly to Israel

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel does airport security "very, very well" and that he hopes American airlines will be back flying into the country soon. Published July 23, 2014

David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)

Perdue strategy: Run against Reid, Obama, Pelosi

Republican David Perdue, who on Tuesday defeated Rep. Jack Kingston in a primary run-off in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, said Wednesday he plans to run against Democrats' policies over the last six years in the fall general election. Published July 23, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican. (Associated Press photographs)

Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he believes that more classified information on the recent downing of the Malaysian jetliner should be released and that the incident is at least indirectly tied to the Russian government. Published July 23, 2014