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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** 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

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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

Obama flip-flops on debt-limit vow

The White House retreated Wednesday from President Obama's vow to veto any short-term increase in the nation's debt limit, opening the door wider to a bipartisan Senate compromise plan to boost borrowing for now in exchange for a promise by Congress to cut spending later. Published July 20, 2011

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama raises $86M more for campaign, DNC

President Obama's campaign team announced Wednesday that he had raised $86 million for his re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the second quarter, blowing past the stated goal of $60 million Democrats had set. Published July 13, 2011

Obama’s flattery of Boehner goes nowhere

Flattering House Speaker John A. Boehner publicly, President Obama on Monday tried to reel in the reluctant Republican House leader to support the president's goal of a large tax increase to help reduce deficits. Published July 11, 2011

Boehner tells Obama ‘no’ on big debt deal

Speaker John A. Boehner told President Obama on Saturday night he will not agree to the president's most ambitious plan for deficit reduction, citing the administration's pursuit of tax increases as one of the main hurdles. Published July 9, 2011

Restive Democrats warn Obama on deficit talks

Turmoil in Democratic ranks spread Friday over President Obama's bid to reduce spending on Social Security and Medicare as part of intensifying deficit-reduction talks with congressional Republican leaders. Published July 8, 2011

Debt deal remains elusive as liberals issue ultimatum

President Obama and top congressional Republicans said significant differences remain after high-stakes talks Thursday at the White House on the government's budget and debt woes, although both sides called the talks constructive and agreed to work through the weekend on a renewed push for a deal. Published July 7, 2011

White House alters policy on letters of condolence

President Obama announced Wednesday he will begin sending condolence letters to next-of-kin of service members who commit suicide in a combat zone, reversing a long-standing policy. Published July 6, 2011

Obama concedes mistakes in Twitter town hall

President Obama admitted Wednesday that he made mistakes in his economic recovery program, including not tackling the housing crisis aggressively enough, during the first Twitter town-hall event at the White House. Published July 6, 2011