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Dave Boyer

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

Articles by Dave Boyer


Democrats get secret donors to ease out school chief

Philadelphia's Democratic machine is under fire after officials arranged for private, anonymous cash payments to buy out the contract of the unpopular school superintendent in the nation's eighth-largest public school district. Published August 23, 2011

Sentences meted out in Philly 'flash mob' melee

The leader of a Philadelphia teen "flash mob" that assaulted people at random and provoked the mayor to lecture black youths of personal responsibility has been sentenced to confinement in a juvenile detention facility. Published August 19, 2011

U.S. tightens sanctions on Syria

President Obama and other world leaders ramped up pressure Thursday on Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, but the authoritarian regime responded by accusing the West of inciting more violence. Published August 18, 2011

On digital battleground, Obama is armed and dangerous

President Obama holds the early advantage in the digital campaign for re-election, but his Republican challengers aren't ceding any ground in the race to gain an edge through social media and other online strategies. Published August 17, 2011

Obama calls for 'shared sacrifice'

President Obama wrapped up his three-day bus tour of the Midwest on Wednesday by previewing his renewed plans for deficit reduction involving what he called "shared sacrifice." Published August 17, 2011

Obama: Tea-party GOP blocking U.S. recovery

A day after clashing with a tea party activist, President Obama Tuesday told crowds in Iowa that it was "a faction in Congress" that was to blame for blocking economic progress. Published August 16, 2011

President Obama speaks Aug. 15, 2011, during a town hall meeting at Lower Hannah's Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn., during his three-day bus tour devoted to the economy. (Associated Press)

Obama calls for tax hikes, blasts GOP

President Obama launched a Midwestern bus tour devoted to the economy Monday by again calling for tax increases and accusing Republicans who oppose his plans of failing to put the "country first." Published August 15, 2011

**FILE** In this photo from March 20, 2010, young people run down South Street in Philadelphia during a flash mob incident that involved thousands. (Associated Press/The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Philadelphia mayor talks tough to black teenagers after 'flash mobs'

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths "you have damaged your own race," imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest "flash mob" — spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city's tourist and fashionable shopping districts. Published August 8, 2011

Tea partyers exult in Democrats' name-calling

Democrats in Washington have called them terrorists and extortionists, but tea party activists say the name-calling is only proof they are finally having a real impact on the debate over government spending. Published August 4, 2011

President Obama greets attendees after speaking at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Wednesday at a fundraiser on the eve of his 50th birthday. (Associated Press)

Obama: Congress to blame for economy

The chairs of lawmakers departing for their summer recess had barely cooled Wednesday when the White House tried to shift blame onto Congress for the faltering economy. Published August 3, 2011

President Obama walks out Aug. 2, 2011, to deliver a statement at the White House following the Senate's passing of the debt ceiling agreement. (Associated Press)

Obama to celebrate 50th birthday early in Chicago

Fresh from concluding contentious talks with Congress to raise the nation's debt limit, President Obama will fly to Chicago Wednesday to celebrate his 50th birthday at a fundraiser where tea-party activists plan a protest. Published August 2, 2011

**FILE** President Obama lays a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York on May 5, 2011. (Associated Press)

Obamas to visit attack sites on 9/11

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend ceremonies at the Pentagon, at the Manhattan site of the Twin Towers and in rural Pennsylvania to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the White House announced Tuesday. Published August 2, 2011

Obama helps ’12 bid with concessions in debt deal

Political observers could not help but notice that many provisions of the compromise debt deal, such as postponing nearly all spending cuts until 2013 and boosting student aid next year, are tailor-made for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. Published August 1, 2011

Business leaders air growing unhappiness with Obama

As the economic recovery stalls and the debt debate in Washington fuels market uncertainty, business leaders — many of whom were once close to the White House — are increasingly airing their fears that President Obama's policies are stifling job creation. Published July 28, 2011

House panel to probe DNC's Obama ad

A campaign video filmed inside the White House starring President Obama and a meeting organized for party donors there will be the subject of congressional hearings in the near future, the House of Representative's top investigator said. Published July 25, 2011

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DNC targets Hispanic vote with Spanish ad

The Democratic National Committee is devoting its first television ad buy of the 2012 presidential race to a Spanish-language commercial, trying to persuade Hispanic voters in seven swing-state markets that President Obama has not failed them economically. Published July 24, 2011

**FILE** Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida chairs the Democratic National Committee. (Associated Press)

DNC's debut TV ad for 2012 in Spanish

The Democratic National Committee is devoting its first television ad buy of the 2012 presidential race to a Spanish-language commercial, trying to persuade Hispanic voters in seven swing-state markets that President Obama has not failed them economically. Published July 22, 2011