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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

Majority of Americans don't want Syria intervention: poll

As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepares to mark up a specific resolution authorizing military strikes in Syria Wednesday, a new poll shows a majority of Americans oppose the United States' intervening in the war-torn country. Published September 4, 2013

**FILE** U.S. Sens. John McCain (left) and Lindsey Graham talk during a press conference in Cairo on Aug. 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Wrong move almost ensures Israeli-Iranian war

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that a wrong move in Syria almost ensures a war between Israel and Iran, challenging President Obama to articulate his case for military intervention in the region and telling his congressional colleagues to come up with a plan. Published September 3, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 19, 2011, during his bid for the party's presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul: Military force against Syria 'reckless,' 'immoral'

Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, used his weekly column to argue strenuously against military intervention in Syria, accusing Congress of allowing itself to be used as "window-dressing" for an "imperial president." Published September 3, 2013

** FILE ** In this March 1, 2013, file photo Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., participates in a news conference at an airport in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Iran, Hezbollah 'could possibly strike' Israel, Sen. Robert Menendez says

Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday morning that Iran and Hezbollah "could possibly" strike Israel, depending on how the United States gets involved in Syria, but that the consequences of inaction are far too great not to act. Published September 3, 2013

President Obama (left) and Vice President Joseph R. Biden arrive in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington to make a statement about the ongoing situation in Syria. Mr. Obama said that he has decided the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack but that he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Syrian state media call Obama's move a 'retreat'

A Syrian state-run newspaper published a front-page article Sunday declaring President Obama's decision to wait for congressional authorization to launch any military strikes a signal of "retreat" by the United States. Published September 1, 2013

** FILE ** Republican Sens. John McCain (left) of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina confer on Feb. 14, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

McCain and Graham invited to White House to talk Syria

President Obama has invited two of the Senate's leading Republican voices on foreign military affairs to the White House as he tries to make his case to Congress for the use of military force in Syria. Published September 1, 2013

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

Some GOP lawmakers skeptical Congress will OK military force in Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry predicted Sunday that the U.S. Congress would not "turn its back" on the Syrian people and U.S. allies in the Middle East, but two leading Republicans on Capitol Hill said prospects for support for the use of military authorization are dim. Published September 1, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry makes a statement about Syria at the State Department in Washington on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

John Kerry: Evidence of nerve agent sarin in Syria

Secretary of State John F. Kerry pledged Sunday that the Obama administration will persuade Congress to authorize the use of military force in Syria, attempting to bolster his case with new information that traces of the deadly nerve gas sarin was found in Damascus. Published September 1, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. (Associated Press)

Congress in no rush to return for Syria decision

Faced with the most momentous foreign policy vote in years, Congress has decided on the go-slow approach, with leaders saying they will take their time in deciding whether to approve retaliatory strikes against Syria. Published August 31, 2013

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 35 percent of those surveyed viewed Gov. Bob McDonnell unfavorably. (associated press)

Virginia voters split on McDonnell's trustworthiness

New poll numbers show Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's popularity plummeting among Virginia voters, even as the GOP's gubernatorial nominee began running an ad Thursday distancing himself from the man he hopes to replace. Published August 22, 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)

Virginians don't like their candidates for governor

More Virginia voters by a wide margin say they will vote for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe or Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II than say they like them, according to poll results released Wednesday amid an uncharacteristically toxic campaign. Published August 21, 2013

**FILE** Terry McAuliffe (The Washington Times)

Longtime Va. GOP adviser endorses McAuliffe

Boyd Marcus, a longtime Republican adviser and strategist in Virginia who has worked for former Gov. James S. Gilmore III and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, threw his support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday. Published August 20, 2013

Politicians' candor can cause them grief when caught on tape

Politicians, often attempting to distinguish themselves from their opponents and galvanize their supporters, are increasingly getting tripped up over language or ideas at odds with the image they've created for the general public's consumption. Published August 20, 2013

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the new Democratic governor, no fan of the civility-in-government movement, calls Mr. Black's measure "counterproductive and mean-spirited" and had threatened to veto it if the legislation passed. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Longtime GOP strategist Boyd Marcus backs Democrat Terry McAuliffe

Boyd Marcus, a longtime Republican adviser and strategist in Virginia who has worked for former Gov. James S. Gilmore III and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, threw his support behind Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday. Published August 20, 2013

The cumulative budget surplus under Gov. Bob McDonnell has been the largest for any administration in state history. (associated press)

Bob McDonnell reports nearly $2B cumulative surplus

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday that the state accumulated the largest cumulative budget surplus of any administration in state history — a feat that comes as an ongoing gifts scandal threatens to overshadow the Republican lame duck's final months in office. Published August 19, 2013

The Republican Governors Association has given more than $4.6 million in contributions and in-kind donations to GOP gubernatorial candidate Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, shown speaking Tuesday at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

Fundraising, attack ads stir up Va. governor's race

The typically sleepy pre-Labor Day lull during Virginia election years has been upended this season by a deluge of ads and fundraising on behalf of Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who are vying to become the Old Dominion's 72nd governor. Published August 14, 2013