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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Dave Boyer

A patient walks down a hallway at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 11, 2015. The VA hospital is one of the most backed-up facilities in the country. (Associated Press) **FILE**

VA official defends 'flawed' orders on falsifying dates on claims

A top Veterans Affairs official said Monday that the Philadelphia VA office was the only one in the nation to "misinterpret" a memo from headquarters in 2013 that resulted in employees falsifying the dates on veterans' benefit claims to make it appear the VA was handling claims in a timely fashion. Published April 20, 2015

Democrats undermine Obama on free trade

Democrats are "overwhelmingly" opposed to both fast-track trade authority and to the Asian trade deal the administration is negotiating, exposing doubts about President Obama from within his own ranks — and an ever-shrinking number of lawmakers even willing to be persuaded by him. Published April 19, 2015

President Barack Obama listens as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. The leaders discussed Europe's economy, a pending trade pact between the U.S. and Europe, climate change and energy security.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Italy downplays, Obama mum on drowned Christian migrants

The prime minister of Italy, with President Obama at his side, downplayed reports Friday that Christian migrants were targeted for death by Muslims who threw them overboard and drowned them in the Mediterranean Sea during a recent crossing from Libya. Published April 17, 2015

President Barack Obama listened as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during their news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. The leaders discussed Europe's economy, a pending trade pact between the U.S. and Europe, climate change and energy security.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama downplays timing of Iran nuke sanctions

President Obama said Friday his "main concern" in lifting sanctions against Iran is the ability to restore the penalties quickly if Tehran violates the framework deal to curb its nuclear program, saying he's less worried about how those sanctions are lifted at the start. Published April 17, 2015

President Obama speaks to the media before signing the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Associated Press)

Obama signs law on Medicare physician payments

In a rare move, President Obama signed a law Thursday in a Rose Garden ceremony, giving his approval to bipartisan legislation to change the way Medicare pays doctors. Published April 16, 2015

Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Michele Leonhart speaks in Arlington, Va., on July 26, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House mum on DEA chief's future

The White House refused to say Thursday whether President Obama still has confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart after allegations that DEA agents attended cartel-funded sex parties in Colombia. Published April 16, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the University of Notre Dame Leaders Symposium, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Joe Biden places unexpected call to Iowa man

Vice President Joseph R. Biden isn't campaigning in Iowa against Hillary Rodham Clinton, but he's not above making an impromptu phone call to the key caucus state. Published April 16, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald fired back at Congress for punishing the scandal-ridden agency by cutting the president's proposed funding. In remarks to the American Legion's annual convention, he accused lawmakers of using the VA to score political points, making it a place where "the needs of veterans are secondary to ideology." (Associated Press)

VA memo ordered false health care claims to cover up backlog

Another veterans scandal hit the Obama administration Wednesday with the emergence of an internal Veterans Affairs memo that allowed bureaucrats to cook their books and assert they were answering diligently President Obama's call to reduce the backlog of veterans' benefits claims. Published April 15, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall with women bloggers, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. The president is drawing contrasts between his tax policies and those of the Republican leaders in Congress. Obama says he has proposed cutting taxes for working families while Republicans want to cut them for the wealthiest families. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: I'm not a 'tax-and-spend' liberal

President Obama expressed amazement Wednesday that his opponents portray him as a tax-and-spend liberal, and he also gave a plug for the fiscal responsibility of the Clinton administration. Published April 15, 2015

The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Watchdog finds more delays for veterans in Philadelphia VA office

In another black mark for the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs, a watchdog reported Wednesday that the agency's Philadelphia office forces thousands of veterans to wait nearly a year for answers on claims, loses their mail and falsifies dates on benefits claims. Published April 15, 2015