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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

**FILE** Piers Morgan, host of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 2011. (Associated Press)

White House raises bar for flooded website

The constitutional right to petition the government for a redress of citizens' grievances, from deporting CNN anchor Piers Morgan to building a U.S. Death Star to seceding from the Union, just got a little more burdensome. Published January 16, 2013

Mike Fiota, manager at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa., replaces Jan. 15, 2013, one of five used military style rifles — all that are available — into a rack that usually has more than twenty new models for sale. Fiota says the few there are on consignment from individuals. (Associated Press)

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In proposing sweeping gun regulations Wednesday, President Obama said there are limits to gun owners' constitutional rights when the health and safety of the public are threatened. Published January 16, 2013

"This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe," President Obama said Wednesday as he and Vice President Joseph R. Biden announced their legislative and executive agenda to curb gun violence in America. (Associated Press)

Obama: U.S. will be ‘judged’ on guns

In one of the most far-reaching gun control proposals in decades, President Obama on Wednesday unveiled plans to ban military-style so-called assault weapons, limit ammunition clips to a maximum of 10 bullets, require universal background checks for all gun purchasers and announced 23 executive actions designed to address gun crime, mental health and school safety. Published January 16, 2013

The departure of Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar and other Cabinet members gives oil and gas leaders optimism that President Obama's energy and environmental policies will be friendlier to the industry during his second term. (Associated Press)

Interior’s Salazar helps empty Obama’s Cabinet

Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar's resignation doesn't just leave another open spot in President Obama's Cabinet. The departure of the former senator from Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the administration's energy and environmental policies in a second term — particularly oil and gas drilling on federal lands. Published January 16, 2013

Legionnaires of France's 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment, based in Orange, France, deploy at the airport in Bamako, Mali. An official at France's Defense Ministry says the country will "gradually deploy" a total of 2,500 troops to Mali, and the French president says the military operation will last until security has been restored and African forces are ready to take charge. (AP Photo/Arnaud Roine, French Army Communications Audiovisual Office [ECPAD])

U.S. aiding French in Mali

Entering a more visible phase of counterterrorism operations in Northern Africa, the White House said Tuesday it is sharing intelligence with France and considering a request to provide military aid in the French fight against Islamist extremists in Mali. Published January 15, 2013

President Obama listens to reporters' questions in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama recruits children to push gun bans

Acting just a month after the Connecticut school shootings, President Obama will unveil a sweeping package of gun controls Wednesday and will challenge Congress to ban high-capacity magazines and military-style semi-automatic rifles involved in recent shooting rampages. Published January 15, 2013

President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama looking for some friends in GOP

President Obama lamented his loneliness in the White House on Monday and said he would have more friends in Washington if Republican lawmakers weren't so afraid of blowback from conservative media. Published January 14, 2013

** FILE ** In this undated file image from a video posted on Islamic militant websites, a man identified as French security agent Denis Allex pleads for his release from the Somali militant group al-Shabaab who have been holding him for nearly a year. (AP Photo, File)

Obama acknowledges involvement in Somalia raid

President Obama ordered U.S. forces to support French troops in a failed mission to rescue a hostage in Somalia, Mr. Obama notified Congress on Sunday. Published January 13, 2013

** FILE ** A Marine sentry stands guard at the White House on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, an indication that President Obama is working in the West Wing. (Associated Press)

Obama puts debt deal on shoulders of lawmakers

The White House this weekend rejected Senate Democrats' push for President Obama to do an end run around Congress and raise the government's borrowing limit, saying he won't test the limits of executive power and that it's up to lawmakers to strike a deal. Published January 12, 2013

** FILE ** Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

Newark Mayor Booker files for N.J. Senate

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising star in New Jersey Democratic politics, has taken a step toward a possible bid in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Frank J. Lautenberg. Published January 11, 2013

**FILE** David M. Walker, president and chief executive officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation (The Washington Times)

‘Truth … in between’ on raising debt ceiling

In the renewed battle over raising the nation's borrowing limit, President Obama says the government must take on more debt unconditionally to pay for the bills that Congress has racked up, while congressional Republicans counter that spending cuts must be included to break what they say is a ruinous cycle of endless borrowing. Published January 10, 2013

The Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta, who was to deliver the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration, withdrew from the ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, after gay and lesbian groups protested anti-gay remarks he had made in the 1990s. (Associated Press)

Pressure from gays pushes pastor off inaugural agenda

The pastor chosen to deliver the benediction at President Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after gay-rights groups complained that he once referred to homosexuality as a "sin." Published January 10, 2013

President Obama (right) and his chief of staff, Jack Lew, confer. Mr. Lew, who previously served as the president's Office of Management and Budget chief, is said to be under consideration for Treasury secretary. (Associated Press)

Obama to nominate Lew for Treasury post

President Obama will announce Thursday afternoon his nomination of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to serve as Treasury secretary, a White House official confirmed. Published January 10, 2013

President Obama shakes hands with Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, the president's choice to be the next secretary of state, as he makes the announcement at the White House on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. If Mr. Kerry is confirmed by his fellow senators, a special election will be held to fill his Senate seat. (Associated Press)

Questions abound as Obama restocks his Cabinet

President Obama will begin his second term with a much different leadership team than his first four years, with several of the key chairs in his Cabinet room yet to be filled. Published January 7, 2013

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) greets acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell after attending a news conference at the White House on Monday, at which President Obama announced that he is nominating his deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism and John O. Brennan (left) as the CIA chief. (Associated Press)

Nominations pick fight with GOP

Chuck Hagel faces a tough confirmation fight, but rejecting President Obama's pick to head the Pentagon would be an almost unprecedented act for the Senate, which has rarely rejected a Cabinet nominee chosen from within its own ranks. Published January 7, 2013

**FILE** President Obama speaks at the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama nominates 33 judicial picks, urges Senate to act

After a lackluster record of nominating judges in his first term, President Obama greeted the 113th Congress on Thursday by renominating 33 judicial candidates who failed to be confirmed in the last Congress. Published January 3, 2013

President Obama waves as he deplanes from Air Force One upon his arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The president is back in Hawaii for vacation after a tense, end-of-the-new-year standoff with Congress over the "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama signs defense measure he once vowed to veto

Backing down on a threatened veto, President Obama signed into law a $633.3 billion defense bill with an attached statement in which he serves notice to Congress that he will interpret the law as he sees fit on issues ranging from the transfer of terrorism detainees to military chaplains' objections to the new policy on gay service members. Published January 3, 2013