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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

President Barack Obama speaks at the 'ConnectED to the Future', in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.  The president will travel to Las Vegas Friday, a Democratic official said, heightening anticipation that he will announce executive orders on immigration this week. The president is expected to take administrative steps to protect as many as 5 million people in the country illegally from deportation, and grant them work permits. Republicans are vehemently opposed to the president's likely actions, with some conservative members threatening to pursue a government shutdown if Obama follows through on his promises to act on immigration before the end of the year. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Americans oppose executive action on immigration, 48 percent to 38 percent: poll

As President Obama prepares to outline later this week his long-expected move to grant legal status to potentially millions of illegal immigrants in the country, a new poll says Americans aren't necessarily with him on acting alone, though a majority does favor an eventual pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally. Published November 19, 2014

In this May 13, 2014, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Marco Rubio headed to Louisiana for Bill Cassidy this weekend

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, is set to become the latest potential 2016 presidential contender to head to Louisiana in support of GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, who will face Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a Dec. 6 runoff. Published November 19, 2014

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Steve King to host 'Iowa Freedom Summit' in January

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, is hosting an event in January dubbed the "Iowa Freedom Summit," with several possible GOP presidential contenders in 2016 scheduled to attend. Published November 18, 2014

Vermont incumbent U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., celebrates his re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Andy Duback) ** FILE **

Peter Welch on Keystone XL pipeline: Congress acting like a 'playing board'

Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont Democrat, says Congress is short-circuiting the standard review process in taking up legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and that the project has gotten bogged down in the politics of the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana. Published November 18, 2014

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, held by low-wage contract workers. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Keith Ellison: No mandate for GOP; electorate 'has a lot of complicated things that it thinks'

Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, said Tuesday that Republicans don't have a mandate after a midterm election cycle in which they took back control of the Senate and picked up about a dozen seats in the House — pointing to low voter turnout and successful ballot initiatives on raising the minimum wage as evidence of a nuanced electorate. Published November 18, 2014

Mark Begich concedes Alaska Senate race to Dan Sullivan

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich conceded the Senate race in Alaska to Republican Dan Sullivan on Monday, ensuring the GOP will have at least 53 seats in the U.S. Senate when the new Congress is sworn in next month. Published November 18, 2014

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question from the media during a press conference at the conclusion of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama should wait for GOP-led Congress to act on immigration: poll

As President Obama weighs moving unilaterally to grant legal status to potentially millions of illegal immigrants, 46 percent of Americans say he should wait for action from a new GOP-led Congress and 42 percent say he should act now. Published November 17, 2014

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker shakes hands after speaking at his campaign party Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in West Allis, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Scott Walker: 'You have to be crazy to want to be president'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker - who recently won his third election in four years and is openly considering a presidential bid - still thinks that "you have to be crazy" to want the top job at the White House. Published November 17, 2014