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David Sherfinski

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

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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks in Louisville, Ky., in this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo. Grimes will face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the general election for U.S. Senate.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Alison Lundergan Grimes shoots skeet in new campaign ad

Taking a page from Sen. Joe Manchin III's 2010 campaign playbook, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, shoots skeet in her most recent television campaign ad while insisting that she's "not Barack Obama." Published September 15, 2014

Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert wrote a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki on Tuesday, citing reports that officials at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System had kept a "secret list" of patient requests in order to conceal the fact that some patients were being made to wait more. "As a direct result of such practices, the deaths of over 40 veterans have come to light," they wrote in the letter. (associated press photographs)

Both parties in Congress have red lines for Syria

Congress appears ready to give President Obama the $500 million he wants to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels, possibly as soon as next week, but anything beyond that remained murky, including whether lawmakers will back the commander in chief if he expands airstrikes to include targets in Syria. Published September 11, 2014

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the newly-formed Select Committee on Benghazi, walks down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 30, 2014, after final votes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Benghazi select committee to hold open hearing next week

The House select committee on Benghazi will hold its first public hearing next week as family members and advocates took to the Hill Wednesday urging lawmakers and the public to keep pressing for more answers on the circumstances leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack and its aftermath. Published September 10, 2014

Despite GOP gains in several other races, Republican Ed Gillespie trails incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark R. Warner by a double-digit margin in Virginia. (associated press)

Republican groups show little interest in Gillespie's Senate run in Virginia

Republicans have closed gaps in Senate races across the country, but Virginia — a swing state where the GOP should be more competitive — has proved to be the exception, with longtime party operative Ed Gillespie failing to make headway against freshman Sen. Mark R. Warner. Published September 7, 2014

This Aug. 27, 2014 photo from a broadcast ad shows Boots McMaster, the bulldog owned by Henry McMaster the Republican who is running for South Carolina lieutenant governor,  in Charleston, S.C. With dogs in almost half of American homes, a number of South Carolina political candidates this year are featuring the family pet dog in ads, on web sites and on Facebook pages. College of Charleston political scientist Gibbes Knotts says such ads help to humanize a candidate but probably are not that effective in winning votes. Ads that contrast candidates - negative ads - tend to work better, Knotts says. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Dem interest groups working to close massive gap in air wars

Republican interest groups have dominated the campaign ad wars so far this campaign, but Democrats began to reclaim some ground in August, according to an analysis this week from the Wesleyan Media Project. Published September 5, 2014

A top Kansas election official ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor will remain on the ballot for the race for U.S. Senate, despite Mr. Taylor abruptly  withdrawing from the election. (Associated Press)

U.S. Senate candidate staying on ballot in Kansas after trying to drop out

Kansas' top election official ruled Thursday that a Democratic candidate who tried to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate will remain on the ballot, complicating the hopes of independent candidate Greg Orman, who is trying to defeat longtime incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Published September 4, 2014

**FILE** Republican 7th District congressional candidate Dave Brat gives a statement prior to a Rotary Club breakfast in Richmond, Va., on June 17, 2014. Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in last week's Republican primary. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

FreedomWorks endorses Brat in race for Cantor's old seat

Republican Dave Brat secured his second endorsement in two days from a leading national conservative advocacy group, with FreedomWorks for America lauding him Wednesday as a "liberty candidate" in the race to replace former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Published September 3, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, answers reporters' questions as he leaves the Federal Courthouse in Richmond with his daughter Rachel McDonnell, left, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. On the right is one of McDonnell's lawyers, Daniel Small. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, have been on trial under federal corruption charges. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)

Prosecution rests in McDonnell case

After calling its final rebuttal witness Thursday morning, the prosecution rested its case in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Published August 28, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, second from left, arrives at federal court with his attorneys Danial Small, left, Henry Asbill second from right, and John Brownlee, right,  Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Richmond, Va.,  The defense in his corruption case is expected to rest today. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Lawyers in McDonnell case haggle over bribery definitions

Jurors in the federal corruption case against Bob McDonnell are being asked to consider whether the former Virginia governor took gifts and loans in exchange for performing "official acts," but late Thursday lawyers were still haggling over how that term should be defined. Published August 28, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen arrive at the U.S. District Court in Richmond on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, for his and his wife Maureen's bond hearing and arraignment on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 on federal corruption charges. Federal prosecutors allege that the McDonnells accepted more than $165,000 worth of loans and gifts from Jonnie Williams, the former head of Star Scientific Inc.  (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)  MAGS OUT

Tales of marital dysfunction key to McDonnell defense strategy

The daughter of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified that her mother's depression went back as far as 20 years as her father grew increasingly absorbed in his political career — the latest in a series of uncomfortable disclosures that have laid bare the McDonnells' most intimate marital troubles as a defense against the federal corruption charges they face. Published August 27, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, second left, and his daughter Cailin, left, arrive at Federal Court with attorney Henry Asbill, right, in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.  McDonnell is in his fifth day of testimony in his corruption trial. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell: No attempt to mask relations with Williams

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday flatly denied attempting to conceal or mask his relationship with wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., parrying a barrage of direct questions from the prosecution in his public corruption case. Published August 26, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gives his daughter, Cailin Young, a kiss as they with (from left) attorney Daniel Small, attorney Henry W. Asbill, son-in-law Chris Young and attorney John L. Brownlee wait to cross the street on the way to the federal courthouse in Richmond, Tuesday where his federal corruption trial continues into its fifth week. (Associated Press photographs)

Questions remain as Bob McDonnell cross examination ends

Prosecutors completed their questioning of Bob McDonnell on Tuesday, establishing during cross examination what has turned out to be a largely circumstantial case against the former Virginia governor accused of public corruption. Published August 26, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell walks through a group of media representatives as he leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Virginia, Monday. (Associated Press)

McDonnell cross-examination marked by tense exchanges about family, finances

The prosecution kicked off its cross-examination of Bob McDonnell Monday with a barrage of questions about personal finances aimed at undercutting the former Virginia governor's account that he was unaware of gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman and that he provided nothing in exchange. Published August 25, 2014

Mourners light candles at a memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, Theo Murphy, left, of Florissant, Mo., and his brother Jordan Marshall, 11, light candles at a memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo., where where unarmed Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. A small group of people, who preferred to remain anonymous,laid roses along the middle of the road that stretched about 60 yards. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT (Associated Press)

White House reconsiders military-grade weapons for local law enforcement

Lawmakers are welcoming the White House's decision to review the program that allows for the transfer of military-grade weapons to local law enforcement in the wake of recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, which is steeling for the Monday funeral of the unarmed black teen killed on Aug. 9. Published August 24, 2014