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David Sherfinski

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

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, during a Joining Forces initiative event to announce "The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness" program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Michelle Obama, Democrat of Illinois...

Buzz is mounting that First Lady Michelle Obama could run for the U.S. Senate. It's certainly not unprecedented — look at former secretary of state and senator from New York Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published June 6, 2014

** FILE ** This May 14, 2014, file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Clinton: 'We demanded the release' of Bowe Bergdahl

Hillary Clinton writes in her new book that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be "hard to swallow" for Americans but the United States was firm in demanding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during such discussions about prisoner swaps. Published June 6, 2014

President Obama appears to be working out while in Poland in these photos posted on Facebook.

P90X creator on Obama workout: 'He's not Putin, thank God'

Tony Horton, the founder of the P90X workout regiment, gave President Obama "a solid B+, maybe an A-" for the president's recent workout at a hotel gym in Poland on a overseas trip that was captured on video. Published June 5, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, pauses during an interview with The Associated Press, Friday, May 3, 2013, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Sen. Angus King: No guarantee from admin. that Gitmo detainees will stay out of fight

Sen. Angus King said Thursday the Obama administration did not offer senators at a closed-door briefing Wednesday assurances or a guarantee that the five former Taliban commanders involved in a prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not return to the fight or pose a threat to the United States or its allies. Published June 5, 2014

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Public split on prisoner/POW exchange with Taliban: Poll

A new survey shows likely voters are effectively split on whether they agree with the United States' decision to exchange the transfer of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last prisoner of war in the U.S. conflict in Afghanistan. Published June 4, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a Democratic caucus lunch.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid: 'We rescue our soldiers first and ask questions later'

Amid growing questions surrounding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the chamber floor Wednesday to offer a vigorous defense of the Obama administration's actions and ask rhetorically whether critics of the prisoner exchange would rather see the Taliban mete out justice than the U.S. military. Published June 4, 2014

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Blackburn: 'Leave no man behind' why people are upset about Benghazi

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, said Wednesday that the military's "leave no man behind" ethos at play in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is partly why Americans are upset about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Published June 4, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., listens at right as the committee's Vice Chairman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, following a closed-door committee briefing.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Sen. Saxby Chambliss asks Obama to declassify detainee info

Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he's written a letter to President Obama urging Mr. Obama to declassify — to the extent he can — information on the five Taliban commanders recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay in the swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Published June 4, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Nelson: 'Real question' of prisoner swap if Bergdahl deserted

While emphasizing he was not prejudging the circumstances under which Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken by the Taliban, Sen. Bill Nelson said Tuesday that there's a "real question" of whether the prisoner swap should have been made if Sgt. Bergdahl deserted. Published June 3, 2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 2, 2014. Carney was asked about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  from Afghanistan and a sweeping initiative by the Obama administration to curb pollutants blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Carney: Obama administration made Bergdahl rationale clear to Congress

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the administration has made it clear to members of Congress why they bypassed a rule requiring 30 days of notification for prisoner transfers such as the moving of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. Published June 3, 2014

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama scored a rare win in his 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a Senate panel approved giving him the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to shutter the facility. Levin hailed the defense bill provision as a significant change in the long standoff between the Obama administration and bipartisan congressional opponents over the post-Sept. 11 prison for terror suspects. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Sen. Levin: Congress 'should not be surprised' by Bergdahl swap

Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that President Obama put Congress "on notice" in December that he intended to exercise his powers to negotiate detainee transfers. Published June 3, 2014