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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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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the federal courthouse Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Chicago, where he changed his plea to guilty in a hush-money case that alleges he agreed to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of past misconduct. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert recovering from stroke

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI in a hush money case, suffered a stroke last month and is currently recovering in a hospital. Published December 17, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks to students during a campaign stop at the Community College, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Bernie Sanders' campaign crosses 2 million donations mark

Sen. Bernard Sanders' presidential campaign has now received more than 2 million contributions, outpacing all other non-incumbent candidates and putting him close to where President Obama was during his 2012 re-election campaign. Published December 17, 2015

This photo provided by ABC shows guest Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, with host Jimmy Kimmel, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. The ABC show airs every weeknight, 11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET. (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)

Donald Trump: 'I've been a little bit divisive'

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said this week that he's been a "little bit divisive" and that he'd like to see the Republican party come together. Published December 17, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 33 points: poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a 33-point lead over Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont in a new national poll on the 2016 Democratic presidential field, with nearly three-quarters of Democrats reporting a favorable opinion of Mrs. Clinton. Published December 17, 2015

A man fires a handgun at Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range in Sandy Springs, Ga., on Jan. 4, 2013. (Associated Press)

Most Americans oppose so-called assault weapons ban: poll

Most Americans oppose a ban on military-style, so-called assault weapons for the first time in more than 20 years of ABC News/Washington Post polling, according to a survey released Wednesday. Published December 16, 2015

In this Dec. 8, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during a campaign event at Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta. Donald Trump and  Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can’t wait forever. State filing deadlines would give the two Republicans until about March 2016 to launch independent or third-party campaigns, experts said. That would give a well-financed campaign enough time to gather sufficient signatures on petitions so the candidate could appear on the ballot in every state.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Ben Carson calls for declaration of war against Islamic State

Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson wants Congress to issue a formal declaration of war against the Islamic State terrorist group as part of a multi-step plan to combat the group, also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL, and protect the United States. Published December 15, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a rally Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Most Republicans support Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban: poll

About six in 10 Republicans support 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States, though about the same percentage of Americans overall do not support it, according to a new poll. Published December 15, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump hits new high at 38 percent in national poll

Real estate mogul Donald Trump has hit a new high at 38 percent in a poll released Tuesday -- the second national poll in as many days to show Mr. Trump with his highest-ever level of support in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Published December 15, 2015

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas greet each other on stage during a Sept. 9, 2015, rally on Capitol Hill in Washington organized by Tea Party Patriots to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump, Cruz pacing GOP field in Iowa: Poll

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are running almost neck-and-neck in the early state of Iowa, with Mr. Trump leading Mr. Cruz by one point in a new poll and the rest of the 2016 GOP presidential field well back. Published December 14, 2015

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, gestures as he speaks during a panel discussion on"Climate Change and Financial mMarkets"at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget north of Paris, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (AP Photo. (AP PhotoMichel Euler)

Watchdogs file complaints over Bloomberg-backed ads

Several campaign finance watchdog groups are complaining to the FCC that TV stations are not using the name of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to identify the sponsor of ads being run by a Bloomberg-backed super PAC. Published December 10, 2015