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David Sherfinski

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

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FILE - This July 27, 2014 file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and her husband, Syed Farook, as they passed through O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The attack in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead represented a type of extremist plot law enforcement authorities consider exceedingly difficult to detect: a conspiracy between close family members. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

Expanded background checks wouldn't have stopped recent gunmen, study finds

Expanding gun background checks to include all sales — the crux of President Obama's new executive gun control push — would not have stopped the firearms from reaching the hands of recent mass shooters, according to studies and experts who have looked at the issue. Published January 4, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in this Dec. 29, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Donald Trump: 'Pretty soon, you won't be able to get guns'

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday slammed President Obama's plans for executive action on gun control, saying that pretty soon, people won't be able to get guns and that the president is more interested in golfing than forging consensus on the issue. Published January 4, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures towards a supporter after speaking during a rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Donald Trump will 'cut the head off ISIS and take their oil,' first TV ad says

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump released his first television ad of the campaign Monday -- a 30-second spot that says he'll "quickly cut the head off" the Islamic State terrorist group and take their oil and touts his proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States. Published January 4, 2016

President Obama seeks to lay the groundwork for his last year in office by pushing longstanding goals on gun control and climate change to fruition. However, poor relations with Congress may upset his plans. (Associated Press)

Obama's gun control push undercut by fall in prosecutions

The administration has overseen a striking drop in prosecutions of gun crimes, winning only about 6,000 convictions in 2015 -- down more than 15 percent from five years ago, and giving added weight to claims by gun rights groups that President Obama has failed to enforce the laws already on the books. Published December 31, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his home in Upperco, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Top staffers resign from Ben Carson's presidential campaign

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson's communications director and campaign manager have resigned from his presidential campaign, marking a chaotic end of the year for Mr. Carson and his efforts to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination and the White House. Published December 31, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. smiles as he talks to members of the media following his speaking at Rastrelli's Tuscany Special Events Center in Clinton, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Marco Rubio ad: Obama 'more respectful' to Ayatollah than Netanyahu

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says in a new television ad that President Obama is more respectful to the ayatollah of Iran than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the 2016 GOP presidential contender lists the threats currently facing the United States around the world. Published December 30, 2015