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David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Ted Cruz knocks Obama, 'photo op foreign policy' in blistering speech

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said Wednesday he hasn't seen a "seriousness of purpose" in confronting the Islamic State terrorist group, as the White House sent a request for the authorization for use of military force to fight the group to Congress for consideration. Published February 11, 2015

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (Associated Press/Wyoming Tribune Eagle) **FILE**

Dick Cheney to keynote NRCC March dinner

The House Republicans' campaign arm said Wednesday that former Vice President Dick Cheney will headline their annual March dinner next month. Published February 11, 2015

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, joined by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, center, poses questions to Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's choice to be defense secretary, as he goes before the committee for confirmation to replace Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz: Leave same-sex marriage up to the states

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is renewing a push for legislation that would leave the decision of whether to recognize same-sex marriages up to individual states and said he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment later this year outlining that marriage is a policy question for state legislatures. Published February 11, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves 10 Downing St. after a private meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, England, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Scott Walker political group sets up shop in Iowa

A new political group affiliated with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has set up shop in Iowa as organizational efforts in the early presidential state start grinding into gear. Published February 11, 2015

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring said last year he would not defend the state's ban on gay marriage.   (Associated Press) ** FILE**

Virginia bill orders attorney general to defend state laws in court

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Tuesday designed to require the state's attorney general or a designee to represent the commonwealth in cases challenging the state's laws or the state Constitution, a little more than a year after Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced he would not defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Published February 10, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in Washington in this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Rand Paul to Florida this week for local GOP events

Fresh off a trip to Iowa last weekend, Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is encroaching onto the turf of two potential 2016 GOP presidential rivals later this week and will attend two local Republican events in Florida. Published February 10, 2015

Jeb Bush speaks to the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Cobo Center in Detroit. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Elaine Cromie)

Jeb Bush posts e-mails, first chapter of e-book

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has posted a trove of communications from his time in office to a new website, as well as the first chapter of an e-book that spans the early portion of his time in office as Florida's chief executive. Published February 10, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Dallas County Republicans' Spring Speaker Series, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Chris Christie headed back to Iowa next month for Ag Summit

Organizers announced Monday evening that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will join a host of other potential 2016 GOP hopefuls at the Iowa Agriculture Summit March 7 hosted by entrepreneur and philanthropist Bruce Rastetter. Published February 10, 2015

Virginia State Sen. Charles Carrico, Grayson Republican, supports a bill requiring candidates to win an outright majority in statewide elections, or face runoff votes. (Associated Press)

Virginia Senate bill calls for runoff vote in close elections

Virginia's GOP-led Senate passed a bill Monday that would require candidates for statewide election and for the U.S. Senate to win the outright majority of votes on Election Day or else face a runoff with the second-highest vote-getter. Published February 9, 2015

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, speaks Feb. 9 at the Brookings Institution in Washington. (Brookings Institution)

Bernard Sanders claims far-left lane in Democratic presidential race

Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, who is eyeing a 2016 run as a Democrat for president, staked out an economic agenda Monday that is far to the left of his most liberal colleagues, including advocating a government-run Medicare-for-all health care system. Published February 9, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivers his state budget address at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

Scott Walker to United Kingdom to shore up economic ties

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is heading overseas Monday for a trip to the United Kingdom as he has risen to the top or near the top of recent polling on the 2016 GOP field in the early presidential states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Published February 9, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington in this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Hillary Clinton lapping 2016 Democratic field in New Hampshire

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a sizable lead over possible Democratic rivals in the early primary state of New Hampshire in a new poll, as she takes steps toward a possible 2016 run for president. Published February 9, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, in this Jan. 24, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Chris Christie in Iowa for local GOP event

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to be back in Iowa Monday as the first headline speaker of the Dallas County GOP's Spring Speaker Series. Published February 9, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a Economic Club of Detroit meeting in Detroit Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ** FILE **

Jeb Bush has narrow lead in New Hampshire poll

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leading a host of potential 2016 GOP hopefuls in New Hampshire in a new poll taken immediately after 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced he would not be running again in 2016. Published February 9, 2015