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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

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**FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

DOJ reaches largest-ever federal government settlement over auto loan discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Friday that the government has reached a $98 million settlement agreement with Detroit-based Ally Financial over discriminatory auto lending practices — the federal government's largest auto loan discrimination settlement in history. Published December 20, 2013

** FILE ** Actress Glenn Close arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Moffett Field, Calif. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Actress Glenn Close plays starring role touting mental health bill

With a boost from some Hollywood royalty Wednesday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly bullish about the likelihood they’ll be able to boost mental health spending in response to the Newtown school shooting, even as Democrats vowed not to let that spoil their push for a broader crackdown on gun ownership. Published December 18, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary nominee  Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Democrats begin a drive this week to muscle a half dozen of President Barrack Obama's Republican-opposed nominees through the Senate after clamping shackles on traditional minority party rights in last month's power play against the GOP. Republicans, however, still have some tools for grinding the Senate's work to an excruciatingly slow crawl. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate confirms Obama pick Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security secretary

The Senate approved Jeh Johnson as the fourth Homeland Security secretary, giving him the reins at a department that, more than a decade after its creation, is still unstable and trying to figure out its role in the massive federal bureaucracy. Published December 16, 2013

** FILE ** In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. smiles during an interview in his office in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

Senate pulls all-nighter as GOP protests rules change

The U.S. Senate remained in session overnight debating executive nominations as Republicans protested Senate Democrats' recent move to change chamber rules to require a simple majority vote to confirm presidential nominations, excepting U.S. Supreme Court nominations. Published December 12, 2013

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, to discuss the introduction of a legislative package of major mental health reforms.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

GOP Rep. Murphy rolls out mental health legislation

Rep. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania Republican, unveiled legislation Thursday he says will help fix nation's broken mental health system and empower families and individuals to get treatment for those who need it, as lawmakers grapple with possible legislative remedies to help stop gun-related violence. Published December 12, 2013

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) consoles kicker Cade Foster (43) after he missed a field goal against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

George Bush consoles Alabama kicker Cade Foster: You will be stronger

Cade Foster, the University of Alabama kicker who struggled in the team's shocking loss to Auburn last week, says he got some high-profiled support, in addition to backing from teammates: A letter of encouragement from President George W. Bush. Published December 12, 2013

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Black supremacist no longer employed at DHS: report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has parted ways with a black supremacist, who has called for the mass killing of white people, after placing him on administrative leave four months ago pending an administrative review. Published December 12, 2013

Whistleblowers said Alejandro Mayorkas gave special treatment to some Democrats who were advocating for EB-5 investor visas for companies they backed. (Associated Press)

Despite questions, Senate panel backs top Homeland nominee

Senate Democrats pushed through committee President Obama's pick to become the No. 2 official at Homeland Security on Wednesday, dismissing warnings about an ongoing probe of the nominee's role in a visa program that has raised security concerns about politically connected foreigners using it to buy citizenship. Published December 11, 2013

DRAMA: Moves by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) and his staff to expedite visas ensnared President Obama's nominee to be the No. 2 Homeland Security official, Alejandro "Ali" Mayorkas (right), whose appointment is to be reviewed by the Senate on Wednesday.

VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners

EXCLUSIVE: The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Times. Published December 10, 2013

A move by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, to include a nonremovable metal parts provision in the plastic gun ban bill was blocked. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Senate approves 10-year extension of ban on plastic guns

The Senate voted Monday to extend a ban on undetectable plastic guns for 10 years just hours before the act was scheduled to expire, but advocates lamented that it didn't go far enough and vowed to push forward to expand it in the near future. Published December 9, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a GOP fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

As the unemployed wait, lawmakers debate about extended benefits

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are fighting over whether to extend unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month — a top priority for President Obama — and appear at odds over how exactly to pay for the approximately $26 billion that a one-year extension would cost. Published December 8, 2013

"Iran is perilously close to crossing the nuclear threshold," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. "History will judge all of us on whether we succeed or not in rising to meet this greatest of all challenges." (Associated Press)

Israel's Netanyahu still wary of West's deal with Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that any agreement with Iran to halt the Islamic republic's nuclear program must also include a change in its "genocidal policy," and that economic sanctions on the country must continue to the extent that they can. Published December 8, 2013

President Ronald Reagan (seated) and Chief of Staff James A. Baker III are pictured in the Oval Office of the White House. (University of Texas)

Former Reagan aide James Baker: President regretted apartheid veto

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who served as President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, said Sunday he's sure the 40th president regretted vetoing an anti-apartheid bill — a veto that Congress ultimately overrode in 1986. Published December 8, 2013