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David Sherfinski

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

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Gun control advocates have pushed for the system to be expanded in the wake of mass shootings as a way to keep firearms out of the wrong hands, but statistics provided to The Washington Times show that almost everyone who applies under the system is approved and it hardly matters which party controls the White House. (Associated Press)** FILE **

Current background checks stop very few firearm purchases

Federal background checks are denying gun purchasers under President Obama at about half the rate they did under President Clinton and also at a slower clip than during President George W. Bush's administration, according to data obtained by The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act. Published February 13, 2014

** FILE ** In this Dec. 15, 2012, file photo, shop owner Tamara Doherty paces outside her store just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Moms group: 44 school shootings since Newtown tragedy

Gun-control advocates said Wednesday there have been at least 44 school shootings in the 14 months since the Newtown, Conn., massacre, including 13 since the beginning of 2014, as the activists demanded Congress return to the thorny issue. Published February 12, 2014

** FILE ** Janet A. Napolitano leaves a mixed legacy as secretary of homeland security. Her celebrated response to weather emergencies, for example, is balanced by the unpopular addition of strict airline security measures. (Associated Press)

Napolitano: Sochi security 'quite appropriate,' 'very good'

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the level of security at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is "quite appropriate" and "very good" based on what she has seen and what she's heard from athletes competing there. Published February 9, 2014

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, calls the Justice Department's move "another example of the Obama administration imposing its will on the states."

Holder's same-sex benefits move seen as problematic for some states

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat on Sunday welcomed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s move to extend the application of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage to the Justice Department, while a key Republican said the move could create more strife between the federal government and the states. Published February 9, 2014

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., right, shakes hands with members of the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 in Concord, N.H. King is considered a possible presidential candidate for 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Rep. King: Boehner doesn't want internal fight on immigration in election year

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said resistance from the GOP base after President Obama's State of the Union Address led House Speaker John A. Boehner to put plans for a push to pass immigration reform on ice, and that Mr. Boehner felt it was not worth having an internal party fight over heading into the fall elections. Published February 9, 2014

** FILE ** In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul said Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Democrats should remember President Clinton's sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky before turning their criticism to Republicans' attitudes toward women. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate OKs guns near, but not in, post offices

A Senate committee unanimously passed a measure Thursday to allow people to carry guns on postal service property, but killed a broader push to let gun owners carry their firearms into actual post office buildings. Published February 6, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe overpaid for what aides said was rental of email lists for his inauguration, according to people familiar with campaign financing tactics.

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe rerouted funds for inaugural

The Virginia legislature years ago banned governors from donating excess inauguration funds to political causes, but that hasn't stopped Gov. Terry McAuliffe from finding a way to route $211,000 from his inaugural fund back to his election campaign and the Virginia Democratic Party, disclosure records show. Published February 5, 2014

**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