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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

A man examines a handgun at the Annapolis Gun Show in March. June was the first month since October 2011 to see a year-over-year decrease in the total number of FBI instant background checks. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Gun-purchase surge levels off as concerns fade; Newtown triggered uptick

After hitting an all-time high in December, background checks run through the FBI's national instant check system have declined year-over-year for the first time since October 2011 as fervor after December's Connecticut school shooting and the government's push for new gun controls appears to be waning. Published July 2, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Coburn: Hundreds of IRS employees work full-time on labor union business

The Internal Revenue Service spends millions of dollars a year for 200 employees who actually work full-time on labor-union business even as it furloughs employees and cuts taxpayer advice services under the budget sequester, Congress' chief waste watcher said in a new letter to the tax agency. Published July 2, 2013

Gubernatorial candidate Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says he is focused on Virginia, not social issues such as gay marriage. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Virginia GOP governor candidate Kenneth Cuccinelli rejects attempts to label him on cultural issues

Last week's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage have amplified a split in the Republican Party between social conservatives urging a call to arms and a more libertarian wing that says it's an issue for the states to decide. So in which camp is Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who has defended the state's 2006 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage? Published June 30, 2013

**FILE** IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. (Associated Press)

House committee: IRS official waived rights in denying wrongdoing

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution Friday asserting that the woman at the center of the IRS scandal waived her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when she came before the committee last month. Published June 28, 2013

**FILE** The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Crisis at IRS tied to lack of funding, National Taxpayer Advocate says

The National Taxpayer Advocate says a lack of funding has hampered the IRS's ability to do its job in recent years as news continues to swirl over its targeting of conservative groups — and now progressive ones as well — applying for tax-exempt status. Published June 27, 2013

** FILE ** J. Russell George is the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. (Associated Press)

IRS auditor reaffirms that conservatives, not liberals, were targeted

The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups — a finding that seems to confirm a political bias was at play. Published June 27, 2013

**FILE** Sen. John McCain (Associated Press)

McCain blasts Putin: 'Old KGB Colonel Apparatchik'

Although Russia's foreign minister denied Tuesday that NSA leaker Edward Snowden had ever entered the country, Sen. John McCain said the unfolding drama is "reminiscent of the days of the Cold War." Published June 25, 2013

**FILE** William Temple (left), dressed in a tri-corner hat, cheers for speakers during "Audit the IRS," a tea party rally against the Internal Revenue Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Tea partyers rally at Capitol, blame White House for IRS mess

Thousands of activists rallied outside the Capitol on Wednesday to protest the IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups, with many of the event’s speakers laying the blame for the fiasco squarely at the White House. Published June 19, 2013