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David Sherfinski

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

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden shakes hands with Neil Heslin (center), whose son Jesse Lewis died at the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., after Biden spoke in New York's City Hall Blue Room on March 21, 2013. Relatives of shooting victims from Newtown, Conn., stood with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (right) and Biden as they spoke in favor of an assault weapons ban. (Associated Press)

Stage set for Senate gun control debate; background checks are sticking point

Senate Democrats said Thursday they will take up gun control immediately after a two-week Easter vacation, and said the bill they'll bring to the chamber floor will include universal background checks for all firearms sales and a crackdown on gun trafficking and straw purchases. Published March 21, 2013

Spending rider undercuts Obama gun push

Language tucked away in the voluminous stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the year clashes with the Obama administration's efforts to trace guns used in crimes in the wake of the December shooting rampage in Connecticut, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday. Published March 21, 2013

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NRA joins lawsuit against New York gun law

The National Rifle Association said Thursday that the group has joined the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association in a lawsuit challenging the state's new law banning so-called assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to a maximum capacity of seven rounds. Published March 21, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein to introduce gun, magazine bans as separate measures

Senate Democrats said Tuesday they'll push the gun debate to the full Senate floor in April, though they dealt a major blow to gun control advocates when they decided not to include bans on sales of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in the main bill. Published March 19, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: House group 'essentially in agreement' on immigration reform

House Speaker John A. Boehner and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer both said Tuesday that a bipartisan group of eight House members are essentially in agreement on comprehensive immigration reform, and Mr. Hoyer said he expects a final agreement to be reached "in the near term." Published March 19, 2013

In this Sunday, March 17, 2013, photo provided by CBS News, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington. Priebus says the party will spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of paid staffers into communities to talk with Hispanic, black and Asian voters. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

GOP road map: Immigration reform, fewer debates, $10M for minority outreach

Republican leaders spent three months studying their 2012 election defeat and on Monday announced they were beat on nearly every aspect of politicking, from money to message to manpower, and said one immediate change should be to embrace immigration reform — a lightning-rod issue that nearly tore the party apart under the George W. Bush administration. Published March 18, 2013

** 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

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

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

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

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

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

**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