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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, appears to have the inside track to replace Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, as the House Majority Leader now that Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican, has dropped out of the running. (Associated Press)

Kevin McCarthy takes lead in replacing Eric Cantor

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy appears in position to be the next majority leader, as Rep. Pete Sessions dropped out of the running late Thursday after Mr. McCarthy locked up strong support from top Republicans. Published June 12, 2014

**FILE** House Financial Service Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 27, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rep. Hensarling will not run for House Majority Leader

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a favorite among some conservatives in the House, will not seek the job of majority leader in the wake of Eric Cantor's announcing he will step down from the post next month. Published June 12, 2014

** FILE ** Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gestures as he addresses the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va., Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Ken Cuccinelli joins Senate Conservatives Fund as new president

Former Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is the new president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group organized by former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina that has worked to support conservative political candidates across the country — oftentimes against Republican incumbents. Published June 11, 2014

Dave Brat speaks to supporters Tuesday after defeating Republican Congressman Eric Cantor in Tuesday's Republican primary for the 7th Congressional District in Virginia. Mr. Brat, who called his win "a miracle" was not ready to discuss policy with the press Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Unheralded David Brat adjusts to life in the limelight

Even after the little-known, underfunded David Brat took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Tuesday night's Republican primary, the 49-year-old college economics professor still couldn't quite comprehend it. Published June 11, 2014

State Sen. Phillip Puckett denies that he is stepping down in order to receive a position on the Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission, but his move hands control of the chamber to Republicans. (Associated Press)

Senator's resignation puts Va. GOP on path to resolving dispute on Medicaid

Republicans on Monday acted quickly on their newly secured majority in the Virginia Senate, announcing plans to call lawmakers into session to resolve a protracted dispute over Medicaid expansion and the state's budget after the sudden resignation of a crucial Democrat. Published June 9, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 25, 2014. (Associated Press)

Senators on Homeland Security Committee tour U.S.-Canada border

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs joined Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on a helicopter tour of the border between North Dakota and Canada Friday and met law enforcement agents to discuss security issues surrounding the oft-overlooked northern U.S. border. Published June 6, 2014

National Security Adviser Susan Rice (Associated Press/File)

Rice: Bergdahl 'innocent until proven guilty'

National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Friday clarified comments she made Sunday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served the United States "with honor and distinction," saying that his decision to enlist in the Army was honorable. Published June 6, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, during a Joining Forces initiative event to announce "The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness" program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Michelle Obama, Democrat of Illinois...

Buzz is mounting that First Lady Michelle Obama could run for the U.S. Senate. It's certainly not unprecedented — look at former secretary of state and senator from New York Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published June 6, 2014

** FILE ** This May 14, 2014, file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Clinton: 'We demanded the release' of Bowe Bergdahl

Hillary Clinton writes in her new book that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be "hard to swallow" for Americans but the United States was firm in demanding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during such discussions about prisoner swaps. Published June 6, 2014

President Obama appears to be working out while in Poland in these photos posted on Facebook.

P90X creator on Obama workout: 'He's not Putin, thank God'

Tony Horton, the founder of the P90X workout regiment, gave President Obama "a solid B+, maybe an A-" for the president's recent workout at a hotel gym in Poland on a overseas trip that was captured on video. Published June 5, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, pauses during an interview with The Associated Press, Friday, May 3, 2013, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Sen. Angus King: No guarantee from admin. that Gitmo detainees will stay out of fight

Sen. Angus King said Thursday the Obama administration did not offer senators at a closed-door briefing Wednesday assurances or a guarantee that the five former Taliban commanders involved in a prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not return to the fight or pose a threat to the United States or its allies. Published June 5, 2014