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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** Rep. Elijah E. Cummings Maryland Democrat (Associated Press)

Cummings: Full IRS interview shows White House didn't direct tea party targeting

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democrats have released the entire 205-page transcript of an interview with a self-described "conservative Republican" employee in the Cincinnati office of the IRS who says he wasn't aware of any White House involvement in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, nor was there any political motivation in his work. Published June 18, 2013

**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks about gun legislation on April 9, 2013, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington. The Obama administration continued its efforts to pressure Republicans, with Mr. Biden and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaking at the White House, joined by law enforcement officials. (Associated Press)

Biden's gun control vow: 'We will get it'

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Tuesday the fight for congressional action on gun legislation is far from over while outlining unilateral steps the Obama administration has taken to combat gun violence in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings in December. Published June 18, 2013

** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks Jan. 25, 2013, during a roundtable discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. (Associated Press)

White House devoted to sweeping gun control despite 'progress' on violence

The White House on Tuesday is touting a progress report on President Obama's pledge to combat gun violence, in the wake of December's school shooting, that says the administration has "completed or made significant progress" on 21 of 23 executive actions Mr. Obama laid out in January. Published June 18, 2013

** FILE ** The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

IRS supervisor in D.C. admits to overseeing tea party targeting

An IRS supervisor working in Washington told congressional investigators that she personally reviewed applications from groups for tax-exempt status, in testimony that appears to show the agency's scrutiny of conservative groups extended beyond the confines of the office in Cincinnati. Published June 17, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, accompanied by families and friends of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims, including (from left) Jillian, Carlee and Carlos Soto, siblings of Victoria Soto, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on June 13, 2013, the six-month anniversary of the Newtown shooting. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid: Background checks will pass — only question is when

On the eve of the six-month anniversary of the Connecticut school shooting, the White House and congressional leaders vowed to continue pushing for new gun controls — but the aftermath of recent mass shootings suggests such an effort is easier said than done. Published June 13, 2013

Va. gubernatorial candidates differ on debate, too

Just as Virginia Democrats were rounding out their statewide ticket for the fall elections this week, their party standard-bearer, Terry McAuliffe, was objecting to a rule for the first scheduled gubernatorial debate that would allow the candidates to ask each other one question. Published June 13, 2013


Democrats round out statewide ticket in Virginia

Democrats were poised to fill out their slate of statewide candidates in primary elections Tuesday ahead of a fall contest sure to draw heaps of national attention, outside money and national political tea-leaf reading. Published June 11, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

White House presses GOP to confirm ATF chief; Grassley says more answers needed

The White House and former law enforcement officials on Monday urged the swift confirmation of B. Todd Jones to be the permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), renewing a largely dormant battle over gun control six months after December's school shootings in Connecticut. Published June 10, 2013


Winning Va. lieutenant governor would give Democrats leg up

The race to win a job that pays $36,000 a year and requires skills hardly more demanding than the ability to stand for long periods of time is attracting an inordinate amount of attention this year in Virginia. Published June 9, 2013

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel (right) talks with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, prior to testifying before the committee on Thursday. (Associated Press)

New IRS chief sets out to win confidence

The new acting IRS commissioner pledged Thursday to work to safeguard citizens' private information and tax dollars and ensure that the agency acts impartially as it looks to move forward after a bruising few weeks. Published June 6, 2013

J. Russell George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (left) and Gregory Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, watch a "Star Trek" video produced for an IRS conference as they testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding IRS conference spending. (Associated Press)

'Spock' gets starring role at hearing on IRS waste

An IRS manager who starred as "Mr. Spock" in an ill-fated Star Trek motivational video for agency employees was on the hot seat Thursday morning over a recent inspector general's report detailing a $4.1 million IRS conference in California several years ago. Published June 6, 2013

Republican Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has become a thorn in the Obama administration's side, investigating a series of scandals. (Associated Press)

Rep. Darrell Issa's tough oversight part of a long tradition

As congressional Republicans' chief investigator, Rep. Darrell E. Issa is following in the footsteps of his predecessors at the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who often used the post to keep the pressure on presidents of the opposite party. Published June 5, 2013