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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

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** FILE ** In this Tuesday, July 16, 2013, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, flanked by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, uses binocular as he watches military exercise near Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on Sakhalin Island, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, Pool)

Putin to sanction McCain, Durbin, White House officials: report

Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to respond to the White House's imposing sanctions on Russian officials by releasing his own sanctions list of U.S. officials that will reportedly include U.S. Sens. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and John McCain, Arizona Republican. Published March 18, 2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a presentation at  Green Applications on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Gordonsville, Va.  Graphic art company Green Applications is planning to open a facility in Orange County, creating more than 320 jobs. McAuliffe announced Friday that the company plans to invest $9.75 million to establish its first Virginia operation in Gordonsville. Officials say the company will design, screen print, produce and distribute graphic art on heat transfers and apparel. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)

New PAC offers 'private' access to Va. Gov. McAuliffe for as little as $50K

Got $50,000? Then you, too, can attend a "private evening reception" with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who wasted little time after Virginia's General Assembly session gaveled to a close to launch a political action committee that offers such meetings with the governor in exchange for high-end donations. Published March 18, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. (Associated Press)

DNC chairwoman: I'll take 'difference' with GOP on health care

Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz defended President Obama's health care overhaul Tuesday by saying she'd "take the difference" between the Democratic position on the subject over the Republican one heading into the midterm elections. Published March 18, 2014

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (Associated Press)

RNC 'autopsy' authors: 'Tremendous progress' from a year ago

Five members of an independent panel tasked by the Republican National Committee after a disappointing 2012 election cycle with figuring out what the party needs to do going forward report "tremendous progress" on several key fronts from when they issued their postmortem one year ago. Published March 17, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is seen at the RNC winter meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

RNC goes on offensive with ad buys in 14 targeted states

The Republican National Committee has launched a six-figure ad buy in 14 targeted states where the GOP hopes to flip Senate seats this fall in a campaign called "Create Your American Dream" that shows voters of various ages and races speaking about issues most important to them. Published March 17, 2014

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

Ron Paul: 'Washington does not care about our privacy'

Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, accused politicians like Sen. Dianne Feinstein of hypocrisy Monday, saying she only began caring about privacy issues once she recently accused the CIA of snooping on Senate Intelligence Committee staff computers. Published March 17, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Christopher Murphy, Connecticut Democrat. (Associated Press)

Sen. Murphy: Putin 'making this up as we go along'

Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, said Monday that Crimeans' voting Sunday to split off from Ukraine and join territorial Russia isn't necessarily a win for Russian President Vladimir Putin because of the rest of Ukraine's desire to align with the west and become part of the European Union. Published March 17, 2014

** FILE ** Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's surgeon general nominee. (AP Photo/courtesy of Brigham and Women's Hospital)

White House 'recalibrating strategy' on Obama's surgeon general nominee

The White House said Monday it is “recalibrating the strategy” on trying to get approval of President Obama’s pick to be the next surgeon general after the National Rifle Association announced its opposition and support began to slip among Senate Democrats. Published March 17, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and the Senate GOP leadership answer questions following a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is at right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Barrasso: 'Nothing flies, nothing shoots, nothing works' in Ukrainian military

Sen. John Barrasso said Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told him over the weekend that the country is in desperate need of international assistance and is wielding a decimated, virtually nonexistent military as Crimean voters overwhelmingly chose to secede from the country and align with Russia. Published March 17, 2014

Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy

With delay of surgeon general, NRA flexes election-year clout in Senate

Pressure from the National Rifle Association is helping delay the nomination of President Obama's nominee to be the U.S. surgeon general as the influence of the gun rights group adds another factor to what figures to be a difficult midterm election season for Democrats. Published March 16, 2014