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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

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (behind) and Cuba's President Raul Castro attend a ceremony at the Mausoleum of the Soviet Internationalist Soldier in Havana in July during Mr. Putin's Latin American tour aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region. (Associated Press)

Cuba move comes as Russia tries to revive ties to Havana

President Obama's surprise economic and diplomatic opening to Cuba Wednesday comes at a time when Vladimir Putin's Russia has been trying to revive Moscow's once-close ties to the Castro regime, a longtime ally of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Published December 17, 2014

Anti-Castro protester Lazaro Lozano (left) argues with a pro-Obama supporter in the Little Havana area of Miami Wednesday in the wake of an Obama administration announcement that could mean a major shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. (Associated Press)

Obama Cuba policy reversal ignites firestorm on Hill, excites U.S. businesses

Casting aside a half-century of foreign policy, President Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. will normalize ties with Cuba, open an embassy in Havana and reduce trade and travel barriers — a seismic shift in America's relationship with the communist island that drew praise from businesses eager to tap into the Cuban market but touched off a bipartisan firestorm on Capitol Hill. Published December 17, 2014

Jeb Bush: Obama's Cuba move 'latest foreign policy misstep'

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was one of many Republicans to criticize President Obama's move on Wednesday to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying the move undermines America's credibility and the "quest for a free and democratic Cuba." Published December 17, 2014

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Jan. 28, 2009.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama 'worst negotiator' since Carter

First President Obama traded five Guantanamo terror detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, now he swapped three Cuban spies for Alan Gross — moves that drew criticism slamming him as the 'worst negotiator' as president since Jimmy Carter. Published December 17, 2014

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is the co-author of a new e-book, "A Shared Vision for a Stronger America." (Associated Press)

Jon Huntsman advises Jeb Bush: 'Gotta play Iowa'

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, whose 2012 presidential bid ended shortly after his third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could easily finish high enough in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses to spur on sufficient momentum for a 2016 run. Published December 17, 2014

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (Associated Press) **FILE**

GOP gets 14-point boost in favorability post-midterms

Favorability of the Republican party jumped 14 points since the GOP's successful performance in the 2014 midterm elections, and more voters now trust Republicans in Congress more than President Obama to handle the nation's major issues. Published December 17, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Political shots fired: Rand Paul hits Jeb Bush over Common Core

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, took a direct shot at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's support for Common Core educational standards Tuesday, shortly after Mr. Bush announced he was actively exploring a bid for the White House in 2016. Published December 17, 2014

Half of American voters could support Hillary Clinton in 2016

Half of American voters say they could see themselves supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2016 and 48 percent oppose her, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll said. Published December 17, 2014

CIA Director John Brennan speaks during a news conference at headquarters in Langley, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Most Americans say CIA treatment of terror suspects justified: poll

Most Americans think the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of terror suspects was justified in a new poll that comes in the wake of a Senate report that detailed some of the techniques and said the agency misled Congress and the White House about its interrogation program. Published December 16, 2014

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., watches at center as President Barack Obama greets New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after speaking to military members and families Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. is at right. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Christie defends Cowboys fandom: 'Worst-kept secret in America'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was spotted sitting with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during the Cowboys' 38-27 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, defended his rooting for Dallas during Townsquare Media's December edition of "Ask the Governor." Published December 16, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Ted Cruz: 'Open question' on whether GOP defunds amnesty next year

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, says it's an "open question" as to whether Republicans will follow through and fight to defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration next year when the GOP will have a majority in the U.S. Senate Published December 16, 2014