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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

**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

**FILE** Rep. Elijah E. Cummings Maryland Democrat (Associated Press)

Cummings: Full IRS interview shows White House didn't direct tea party targeting

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democrats have released the entire 205-page transcript of an interview with a self-described "conservative Republican" employee in the Cincinnati office of the IRS who says he wasn't aware of any White House involvement in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, nor was there any political motivation in his work. Published June 18, 2013

**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks about gun legislation on April 9, 2013, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington. The Obama administration continued its efforts to pressure Republicans, with Mr. Biden and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaking at the White House, joined by law enforcement officials. (Associated Press)

Biden's gun control vow: 'We will get it'

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Tuesday the fight for congressional action on gun legislation is far from over while outlining unilateral steps the Obama administration has taken to combat gun violence in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings in December. Published June 18, 2013

** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks Jan. 25, 2013, during a roundtable discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. (Associated Press)

White House devoted to sweeping gun control despite 'progress' on violence

The White House on Tuesday is touting a progress report on President Obama's pledge to combat gun violence, in the wake of December's school shooting, that says the administration has "completed or made significant progress" on 21 of 23 executive actions Mr. Obama laid out in January. Published June 18, 2013