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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

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda talk on the sideline before an NFL wildcard playoff football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Chris Christie to hit the road for GOP governors' inaugurations

Fresh off his Dallas Cowboys' win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to go on an unrelated victory lap of sorts, traveling to a number of gubernatorial inaugurations of Republicans he helped guide to victory in the fall. Published January 5, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington in this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Jeb Bush on gay marriage: Ought to be a 'state decision'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Sunday that gay marriage should be a "state decision," weighing in on the thorny social issue that could figure prominently in the 2016 GOP presidential nominating contest. Published January 5, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington in this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Jeb Bush heads to Greenwich Wednesday for fundraiser

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is headed to Greenwich, Connecticut, Wednesday to raise money for a newly announced leadership PAC as he tests the waters for a possible presidential bid, according to an invitation to the event. Published January 5, 2015

Carly Fiorina, former Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard, speaks to the Restore America rally in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday. Her visits to early caucus and primary states has left an impression that she's testing the waters for a potential dark-horse candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential race. (Associated Press)

Ahead of 2016, RNC spox leaves for Carly Fiorina's PAC

The Republican National Committee's deputy communications director is leaving to work for the political action committee of businesswoman Carly Fiorina as Ms. Fiorina ponders a possible White House bid in 2016. Published January 2, 2015

From high perch, Paul Ryan weighs his options

As the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee and a potential candidate near the top of early polling on 2016, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would be the theoretical "next in line" for the party to tap for a White House run. Published January 1, 2015

Sens. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat (right), and Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican (left), asked about federal policy and the usage of simulator towers in a joint letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. (Associated Press)

Congress demands answers on feds' cellphone tracking by simulator towers

The chairman and ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee want answers from the Obama administration on cell-site "simulators" reportedly used by law enforcement to track criminal suspects that have the potential to capture information on cellphones in their vicinity. Published December 31, 2014

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. Long criticized as the party of old white men, Republicans are seeing a diverse group of people step up for possible contention in the 2016 presidential race. This class of contenders could include Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who are both Hispanic, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the first Indian-American governor in the U.S., Carly Fiorina, a female business leader and Ben Carson, an African-American neurosurgeon.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Marco Rubio: Jeb Bush won't affect my decision on 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, reiterated that the possible presidential candidacy of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush isn't going to affect his own decision-making on a White House run in 2016. Published December 31, 2014

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., right, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, following a House GOP caucus meeting. Scalise acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists. Scalise served in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared at a 2002 convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. Now he is the third-highest ranked House Republican in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Boehner: Scalise has my 'full confidence' amid supremacist scandal

House Speaker John A. Boehner is standing by one of his top lieutenants after reports surfaced that Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, spoke at an event in 2002 hosted by a group associated with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Published December 30, 2014

New recruits bow their heads for a moment of silence for deceased officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony, Monday Dec. 29, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Nearly 1000 officers were sworn in as tensions between city hall and the NYPD continued following the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of officers Ramos and Liu. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Police deaths soar 24% in 2014 with ambush attacks leading cause

Law enforcement fatalities in the United States rose 24 percent in 2014 to 126 and ambush-style attacks were the No. 1 cause of felonious officer deaths for the fifth straight year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Published December 30, 2014