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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

The headquarters of Goldman Sachs in New York City is a looming presence. The investment bank announced Tuesday that it earned $1.05 billion for common shareholders in the second quarter, more than double its profits compared with the same period a year ago. But the amount was well below what analysts were expecting. (Associated Press)

Report raises fresh questions of Goldman Sachs oversight

A committee that included top U.S. banking regulators overturned the finding from a senior bank examiner that investment banking giant Goldman Sachs lacked adequate internal controls to prevent potential conflicts of interest, a watchdog group reported Monday. Published December 29, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses while holding what may be his last news conference of the 113th Congress, though critical legislation is still pending, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

113th Congress narrowly avoids 'least productive' status: report

Thanks in part to a spurt of relative productivity during Capitol Hill lawmakers' recent lame-duck session, the 113th Congress narrowly beat out the 112th in terms of legislation passed to avoid a potential label of "least productive" in modern history. Published December 29, 2014

Police officers salute as the hearse of New York city police officer Rafael Ramos drives along his funeral procession route in the Glendale section of Queens, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'Scared' NYPD officers turning blind eye to minor crimes

In the wake of the murders of two police officers in New York, some NYPD cops are letting minor crimes slide and a two-car response directive from the police union is hindering response times, according to the New York Post. Published December 29, 2014

Ramon Maldonado, of Phoenix, smiles as he holds up his new temporary Arizona driver's license after passing the required tests as he leaves the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Phoenix. Monday marked the first day that about 20,000 immigrants in the country illegally who have received protection from deportation could apply for Arizona licenses. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Obama on immigration: 'Nativist trend' in parts of the Republican Party

President Obama says his recent executive actions granting millions of illegal immigrants temporary amnesty could spur Republicans to work together with Democrats on the issue, but if they solidify what he called a "nativist trend" in parts of the Republican Party, there probably won't be much progress. Published December 29, 2014

President Barack Obama waves to the traveling press as he plays golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: 'I can always do better in every aspect of my job'

President Obama says that he might have to use the veto pen a bit more with a Congress soon to be controlled entirely by the GOP, but that Republicans are also going to be in a position where they have to show they can govern responsibly. Published December 29, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, Bush took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Rick Perry: Jeb Bush 'probably the front-runner' right now

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is openly preparing for a possible run at the White House in 2016, said it's former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush who probably has the edge on the field of possible contenders right now. Published December 24, 2014

In this Dec. 2, 2014, file photo, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters following a closed-door policy meeting at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Big donors favored groups aligned with Democrats in 2014

High-end political benefactors sided more with Democratic-aligned groups that have to disclose their fundraising activities than similar Republican-aligned ones during the 2014 midterm cycle. Published December 24, 2014

Mitt Romney appears before the inaugural Israeli American Council National Conference in Washington on Friday, Nov. 7. (Israeli American Council) ** FILE **

Potential 2016 contenders drop holiday mail in Iowa

In addition to possible fruitcakes and yearly updates from friends and loved ones, some Iowans are also sifting through holiday greetings from at least a handful of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders this year. Published December 24, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Obama approval rating at 20-month high

President Obama got a bout of good news ahead of the Christmas holiday with a new poll showing his approval rating at 48 percent - his highest rating in CNN/ORC polling since May 2013. Published December 24, 2014