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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

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul (R-K.Y.) speaks at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (C.P.A.C.) held at the Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Rand Paul wins The Washington Times-CPAC 2013 Straw Poll

Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll this past weekend with Sen. Marco Rubio coming in a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders. Published March 16, 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

CPAC 2013: Jindal says growth, not austerity, the best path for GOP

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal challenged the recent Republican drumbeat decrying bloated government spending and deficits Friday, saying that the conservative movement's "obsession with zeroes" and federal spending only serves to narrow the political discourse to its opponents' turf. Published March 15, 2013

Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's executive vice president and CEO, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CPAC 2013: 'We will not be demonized, and we will not be silent,' NRA's LaPierre says

National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre struck a defiant tone during an address Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying that advocates of the Second Amendment will never back down, despite the "elitists" who constantly denigrate and mock them. Published March 15, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 14, 2013. (Associated Press

CPAC 2013: Youth-favorite Rand Paul chastises 'stale and moss-covered' GOP

Fresh off his filibuster that captured the hearts of libertarian conservatives, Sen. Rand Paul told attendees Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the Republican Party has become "stale" and must return to basic constitutional principles if it wants to ignite a political revolution. Published March 14, 2013

**FILE** Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (The Washington Times)

CPAC 2013: Cuccinelli says govt. must speak for those without a voice

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II helped kick off the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference with a measured address that was part rallying cry, part stump speech as the conservative darling gears up his push to become the next governor in what's now a solidly purple state. Published March 14, 2013

House bars state welfare work waivers

The House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday to block the Obama administration's ability to grant states waivers from work eligibility requirements for welfare — a politically-charged issue that the Republicans seized upon during the 2012 presidential campaign. Published March 13, 2013

White House press secretary James Carney listens to a reporter's question during his daily news briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

White House: Secret Service's call to cancel tours

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday it was the Secret Service's decision to cancel tours of the president's home, a week after the spokesman said the White House itself had made the decision after being presented with options. Published March 13, 2013

**FILE** Maryland Democratic Rep. John Delaney speaks Nov. 6, 2012, at an election night victory party in Potomac, Md., after defeating 10-term incumbent Roscoe Bartlett. (Associated Press)

Democratic lawmaker floats higher retirement age for budget deal

Maryland Democratic Rep. John Delaney laid out a series of proposed entitlement reforms Tuesday considered anathema to many of his fellow Democrats —such as raising the retirement age — but ones he said are necessary to balance the nation's long-term budget. Published March 12, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain points toward the crowd during a rally in Henderson, Nev., in 2008. Mr. McCain agreed to take public financing of his campaign and was limited to $84 million. (Associated Press)

Winning Senate seat on $14,000 a day

Successful Senate candidates raised an average of more than $14,000 per day during the last election cycle — a sum that campaign finance reform advocates said shows a system begging for an overhaul. Published March 11, 2013

Jeb Bush: 'Not much daylight' between immigration plans

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, blanketing the Sunday talk shows, vigorously denied charges leveled at him in the past week that he's shifted his views on immigration reform as other Republicans eyeing potential 2016 presidential bids jockey for position on the issue. Published March 10, 2013

After wining and dining some Senate Republicans, President Obama is heading to Capitol Hill this week to try to make more friends in the GOP. (Associated Press)

Buds of skepticism on Obama’s olive branch

Republicans on Sunday said they welcome the White House's new "charm offensive" — even if they are skeptical of the motives behind President Obama's renewed effort to schmooze with some of his administration's harshest critics. Published March 10, 2013

**FILE** David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association, speaks during an exclusive interview with Associated Press reporters in Denver on Feb. 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

NRA embraces Senate bill on mental illness

The National Rifle Association, which has opposed virtually all of President Obama's proposed gun control package, swiftly endorsed a bill rolled out Wednesday intended to strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the hands of those deemed mentally ill. Published March 6, 2013

Post-Newtown Hill hearing targets mental health

Medical experts and advocates told a Capitol Hill forum Tuesday that Congress could close some gaping holes in the country's mental health system virtually overnight, but a key Democratic lawmaker said he didn't foresee any action on the issue in the near future. Published March 5, 2013