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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

A run for the White House in 2016 would require Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, to step down from his new position as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. (Associated Press)

From high perch, Paul Ryan weighs his options

As the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee and a potential candidate near the top of early polling on 2016, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would be the theoretical "next in line" for the party to tap for a White House run. Published January 1, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. Long criticized as the party of old white men, Republicans are seeing a diverse group of people step up for possible contention in the 2016 presidential race. This class of contenders could include Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who are both Hispanic, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the first Indian-American governor in the U.S., Carly Fiorina, a female business leader and Ben Carson, an African-American neurosurgeon.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Marco Rubio: Jeb Bush won't affect my decision on 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, reiterated that the possible presidential candidacy of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush isn't going to affect his own decision-making on a White House run in 2016. Published December 31, 2014

Sens. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat (right), and Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican (left), asked about federal policy and the usage of simulator towers in a joint letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. (Associated Press)

Congress demands answers on feds' cellphone tracking by simulator towers

The chairman and ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee want answers from the Obama administration on cell-site "simulators" reportedly used by law enforcement to track criminal suspects that have the potential to capture information on cellphones in their vicinity. Published December 31, 2014

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., right, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, following a House GOP caucus meeting. Scalise acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists. Scalise served in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared at a 2002 convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. Now he is the third-highest ranked House Republican in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Boehner: Scalise has my 'full confidence' amid supremacist scandal

House Speaker John A. Boehner is standing by one of his top lieutenants after reports surfaced that Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, spoke at an event in 2002 hosted by a group associated with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Published December 30, 2014

New recruits bow their heads for a moment of silence for deceased officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu during a New York Police Academy graduation ceremony, Monday Dec. 29, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Nearly 1000 officers were sworn in as tensions between city hall and the NYPD continued following the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of officers Ramos and Liu. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Police deaths soar 24% in 2014 with ambush attacks leading cause

Law enforcement fatalities in the United States rose 24 percent in 2014 to 126 and ambush-style attacks were the No. 1 cause of felonious officer deaths for the fifth straight year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Published December 30, 2014

The headquarters of Goldman Sachs in New York City is a looming presence. The investment bank announced Tuesday that it earned $1.05 billion for common shareholders in the second quarter, more than double its profits compared with the same period a year ago. But the amount was well below what analysts were expecting. (Associated Press)

Report raises fresh questions of Goldman Sachs oversight

A committee that included top U.S. banking regulators overturned the finding from a senior bank examiner that investment banking giant Goldman Sachs lacked adequate internal controls to prevent potential conflicts of interest, a watchdog group reported Monday. Published December 29, 2014

President Barack Obama waves to the traveling press as he plays golf with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: 'I can always do better in every aspect of my job'

President Obama says that he might have to use the veto pen a bit more with a Congress soon to be controlled entirely by the GOP, but that Republicans are also going to be in a position where they have to show they can govern responsibly. Published December 29, 2014

Police officers salute as the hearse of New York city police officer Rafael Ramos drives along his funeral procession route in the Glendale section of Queens, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. Ramos and his partner, officer Wenjian Liu, were killed Dec. 20 as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'Scared' NYPD officers turning blind eye to minor crimes

In the wake of the murders of two police officers in New York, some NYPD cops are letting minor crimes slide and a two-car response directive from the police union is hindering response times, according to the New York Post. Published December 29, 2014

Ramon Maldonado, of Phoenix, smiles as he holds up his new temporary Arizona driver's license after passing the required tests as he leaves the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, in Phoenix. Monday marked the first day that about 20,000 immigrants in the country illegally who have received protection from deportation could apply for Arizona licenses. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Obama on immigration: 'Nativist trend' in parts of the Republican Party

President Obama says his recent executive actions granting millions of illegal immigrants temporary amnesty could spur Republicans to work together with Democrats on the issue, but if they solidify what he called a "nativist trend" in parts of the Republican Party, there probably won't be much progress. Published December 29, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses while holding what may be his last news conference of the 113th Congress, though critical legislation is still pending, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

113th Congress narrowly avoids 'least productive' status: report

Thanks in part to a spurt of relative productivity during Capitol Hill lawmakers' recent lame-duck session, the 113th Congress narrowly beat out the 112th in terms of legislation passed to avoid a potential label of "least productive" in modern history. Published December 29, 2014