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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

Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum responds to a question as he meets with reporters at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Monday, April 14, 2014. Santorum, who finished third in 2012 in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary, the first in the South, was attending several political events in the state. He said it will be next year before he makes a decision on making another run for the presidency. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Santorum: Obama didn't want to face me in 2012

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said Tuesday that President Obama's re-election team told him privately that they didn't want to face him in the general election in 2012. Published April 29, 2014

** FILE ** U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm speaks at a news conference in a park next to federal court, Monday, April 28, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Staten Island Republican was arrested earlier in the day and pleaded not guilty to a 20-count federal indictment that includes charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Boehner: Grimm should be held to 'highest ethical standard'

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that Rep. Michael Grimm's decision to step down from the House Financial Services committee in the wake of getting charged with tax fraud and other crimes on Monday was the right one, but stopped short of calling for his resignation. Published April 29, 2014

John Kerry backtracks on Israel 'apartheid' remark

Secretary of State John F. Kerry says if he could go back, he would not have used the word "apartheid" in the context of discussing Israel and the need for a two-state solution in its conflict with Palestine. Published April 29, 2014

President Obama reacts during an Oval Office meeting in this file photo. (White House photo/Pete Souza) ** FILE **

Obama approval rating at lowest of presidency, poll shows

Forty-one percent of Americans approve of President Obama's job performance — the lowest such rating of his presidency registered in a Washington Post-ABC News poll — and 52 percent disapprove. Published April 29, 2014

**FILE** In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo, newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., waits to be sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lousiana Rep. McAllister won't seek re-election: report

Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, who was caught on surveillance video released earlier this month kissing a married former staffer, told a newspaper Monday he will finish out his current term but will not seek re-election. Published April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm indicted on charges of tax, mail fraud, perjury

Federal prosecutors on Monday accused Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, of flouting state and federal tax laws in a 20-count indictment, which an FBI official said showed the lawmaker lived by a the new motto of “fraud, perjury and obstruction.” Published April 28, 2014

** FILE ** This April 17, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama approval rating nears his lowest since 2009

Forty-one percent of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing, said the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor quarterly survey — bumping up against the president's lowest ratings since April 2009. Published April 28, 2014

Pat Kirchner of Kankakee, Ill., is an example that it's not only men who are interested in the National Rifle Association and gun rights issues. Women, including Sarah Palin, made their voices heard at the annual meeting in Indianapolis over the weekend.

NRA set to battle Bloomberg's gun control lobby to secure support from women

Organizers behind Everytown for Gun Safety, the new advocacy group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, say one of their top priorities is to turn guns into a women's issue, akin to abortion or health care, and mobilize mothers ahead of the midterm elections in November. Published April 27, 2014

**FILE** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Associated Press/Naples Daily News, Scott McIntyre)

Sarah Palin: 'Waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists' in her administration

Sarah Palin fired up a crowd of thousands inside Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night to kick off the National Rifle Association's "Stand and Fight Rally," saying Americans' constitutional rights as envisioned by the founding fathers are under attack and policies like gun-free zones constitute "stupid on steroids." Published April 26, 2014

The Rev. Franklin Graham, seen with the Rev. Billy Graham, says his 90-year-old father would "certainly like to meet (President-elect Barack Obama) and pray with him." (Associated Press)

Graham: 'God has already done a universal background check on us'

Rev. Franklin Graham, the keynote speaker at Sunday's prayer breakfast at the NRA's annual meeting, responded to calls for him to express his previously stated support for universal background checks on gun purchases by deferring to a higher power. Published April 26, 2014