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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

**FILE** Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul: House leadership voted for 'police state'

Former Rep. Ron Paul says that even had an amendment to defund some of the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) had passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives, it would have been a "significant symbolic victory," but possibly little more than that. Published July 29, 2013

Virginia Republicans are pressing Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for governor, for answers related to an investigation that touches on GreenTech, a car company he was associated with until he resigned in December. (The Washington Times)

GOP ties McAuliffe to visa probe involving his former car company

Virginia Republicans on Monday called on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe to reveal more information about his former car company's ties to a federal official under investigation about his role in a visa financing program. Published July 29, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) greets supporters after speaking at a tea party rally on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Rand Paul to Chris Christie: You need to talk to more real Americans

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, leading the opposition to drone killing of U.S. citizens and to massive government surveillance of U.S. citizens email and phone records, fired back at fellow Republican Christie Christie, the New Jersey governor, who had attacked the Kentucky Republican for opposing massive government surveillance of U.S. citizens. Published July 26, 2013

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

Rep. Steve King: Young people smuggling drugs across border 'every night'

Rep. Steve King isn't backing down. Mere hours after House Speaker John A. Boehner condemned Mr. King's recent remarks that young illegal immigrants are often drug smugglers, the Iowa Republican and staunch opponent of immigration reform delivered a stem-winding speech on the House floor Thursday to hammer home his point. Published July 25, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, (right) and Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, both see an effort by the Obama adminstration to "pack" the D.C. Circuit Court with left-leaning judges. "With the administration's controversial executive agenda, the president appears to have targeted the D.C. Circuit in hopes he can pack the court and stack the deck to his advantage," Mr. Lee said. (Associated Press)

Obama faces tough fight filling D.C. Circuit Court

President Obama's two nominees for the National Labor Relations Board cleared a Senate committee Wednesday as Republicans accused Mr. Obama of trying to pack the D.C. Circuit Court, a long-simmering battle that could spill over into another ugly floor fight before Congress leaves town in August. Published July 24, 2013

** FILE ** White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jay Carney: Obama not focused on 'pretend scandals'

White House press secretary Jay Carney, previewing a speech on the economy President Obama is to deliver Wednesday, said that Washington needs to focus on things important to the country and not "phony" or "pretend scandals." Published July 24, 2013

Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, has ties to a company dragged into a federal investigation involving a program that grants visas in exchange for foreign investments. (The Washington Times)

Terry McAuliffe's business past again raises questions

Questions about Terry McAuliffe's business dealings resurfaced Tuesday after the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee's former car company was dragged into a federal investigation involving a prominent Obama administration appointee and a program that grants visas in exchange for foreign investments. Published July 23, 2013

Treasury Dept. auditor planning to interview Christine O'Donnell

The Treasury Department auditor now at the heart of the IRS scandal is planning to talk to former GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell about whether her confidential federal taxpayer information was breached in 2010, as congressional investigators vow to press forward with new facts regarding Washington's involvement in the targeting of conservative groups. Published July 21, 2013

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is being investigated by federal prosecutors. (Associated Press)

Christine O'Donnell's case of suspected tax data breach is added to IRS investigation

The Treasury Department watchdog now at the heart of the IRS scandal is planning to re-interview former GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell about whether her confidential federal taxpayer information was breached in 2010, as congressional investigators vow to press forward with emerging facts regarding Washington's involvement in the targeting of conservative groups. Published July 21, 2013

** FILE ** J. Russell George is the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. (Associated Press)

IRS IG: Audit never labeled groups 'conservative' or 'liberal'

The chief watchdog who discovered the extra IRS scrutiny of conservative groups on Thursday rejected Democratic efforts to portray his investigation as partisan, saying Internal Revenue Service officials withheld key information about a lookout list for some liberal groups until last week. Published July 18, 2013

IRS official Lois Lerner leaves a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Ms. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. At left is former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman; at right is Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal S. Wolin. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

No evidence of politics in IRS cases, Oversight Democrats say

A new 36-page memo from Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said that 15 interviews with IRS employees in Washington and Cincinnati have revealed no political motivation or White House involvement in the singling out of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, despite an inspector general's report saying such groups were improperly targeted by the agency. Published July 16, 2013

** FILE ** J. Russell George is the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. (Associated Press)

IRS says tax snooper was no agency worker

Responding to a report in The Washington Times on unauthorized snooping into federal tax records of political candidates and donors, the IRS said Tuesday that a case involving a deliberate breach of privacy was not committed by anyone working for the agency. Published July 16, 2013

**FILE** IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers' questions. (Associated Press)

Oversight Dems on cases of IRS targeting conservative groups: No evidence of politics

A new 36-page memo from Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said that 15 interviews with IRS employees in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio have revealed no political motivation or White House involvement in the singling out of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, despite an inspector general's report saying such groups were improperly targeted by the agency. Published July 16, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe (left), a Democrat, and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, meet before a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project in Richmond on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

McAuliffe holds slight edge over Cuccinelli in Virginia governor's race: poll

A poll released Tuesday suggests that Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II have lost support since January and the number of undecided voters in Virginia is climbing modestly — a signal, pollsters say, that respondents might be dissatisfied with their options in the governor's race. Published July 16, 2013