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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

President Barack Obama walks across Pennsylvania Avenue from Blair House to the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, after visiting a holiday party. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House: GOP ‘playing politics’ with pipeline

The White House Friday blasted House Republicans for "playing politics" with a new proposal that ties an extension of payroll tax cuts to the approval of a massive new oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Published December 9, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama supports ‘morning-after’ pill restriction

President Obama said Thursday he was not involved in his administration's decision to block over-the-counter sales of the Plan B morning-after pill to girls under age 17, but said he supports the action "as the father of two daughters." Published December 8, 2011

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared in front of reporters Dec. 7, 2011, to answer questions after meeting at the White House about border issues, including the Keystone oil pipeline project. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama says he’ll block GOP pipeline maneuver

President Obama vowed Wednesday to reject Republican efforts to attach approval of a U.S.-Canadian oil pipeline project to legislation that would cut payroll taxes for millions of Americans. Published December 7, 2011

President Obama gestures while speaking about the economy on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: Wealth gap is defining issue for Americans

Speaking in the Kansas town where former President Teddy Roosevelt took a radical turn a century ago, President Obama Tuesday said the growing gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is "the defining issue of our time." Published December 6, 2011

President Obama urges Republican lawmakers to extend the payroll-tax cut in remarks to reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama seizes advantage on payroll-tax cut

Republicans are increasingly divided over whether to extend this year's payroll-tax cut into next year, leaving a political opening that President Obama moved to seize Monday by accusing the GOP of ignoring middle-class families' needs and unveiling a White House countdown clock ticking off the seconds until taxes get higher. Published December 5, 2011


‘Carter’ is new GOP epithet for Obama

Perhaps it's a risk for any incumbent Democratic president running for re-election, but President Obama now finds himself being compared by Republicans to former President Jimmy Carter. Published December 4, 2011

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

Democrats push back against voter identification laws

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, saying that voter fraud in the U.S. is almost nonexistent, vowed Thursday to "get photo IDs into the hands" of people in states with Republican-sponsored voter-ID laws. Published December 1, 2011

President Obama speaks Nov, 21, 2011, at the White House before signing legislation that will provide tax credits to help put veterans back to work. (Associated Press)

Obama takes tax pitch to ‘must-win’ state of Pa.

The White House is billing President Obama's trip Wednesday to Scranton, Pa., as an opportunity to talk about tax cuts, but the location just happens to be crucial to his re-election chances next year. Published November 29, 2011

Gen. Lloyd Austin (left), the top U.S. commander in Iraq, looks on as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) shakes hands with the James Jeffrey, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, upon Mr. Biden's arrival in Baghdad on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Biden on surprise visit to Iraq before U.S. pullout

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Tuesday night to meet with Iraqi officials and thank U.S. troops in advance of the year-end drawdown. Published November 29, 2011

** FILE ** In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Central High School in Manchester, N.H. The failure of Congress' supercommittee adds a new dimension to the 2012 political contests by drawing political battle lines around broad tax increases and massive spending cuts that are now scheduled to begin automatically in 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Obama steers clear of deficit panel failure

President Obama has distanced himself from the congressional supercommittee — politically and geographically — in a strategy aimed at avoiding political risk rather than putting his leadership on the line for a long-shot deal, analysts say. Published November 24, 2011

President Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week-old, 45-pound turkey, at the White House on Nov. 23, 2011, the day before Thanksgiving. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga. (Associated Press)

Obama pardons turkey — unilaterally

Declaring "we can't wait to pardon these turkeys," President Obama Wednesday gave two birds the traditional presidential reprieve from a sentence to be the centerpiece at a Thanksgiving dinner table. Published November 23, 2011

President Obama gestures Nov. 22, 2011, as he heads to shake hands with the crowd at Central High School in Manchester, N.H., following an address where he remarked on the American Jobs Act. (Associated Press)

Protesters disrupt Obama N.H. speech

Hecklers apparently connected with the Occupy Wall Street movement interrupted President Obama's speech Tuesday at a high school in Manchester, N.H. Published November 22, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner announced  new sanctions against Iran on Monday for the purpose of pressuring Tehran to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program. The Treasury Department also named  the Central Bank of Iran  as a primary money-laundering "concern." (Associated Press)

U.S. puts new sanctions on Iran

The Obama administration imposed new sanctions against Iran on Monday, coordinating with Britain, Canada and France to pressure Tehran to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program. Published November 21, 2011

First lady Michelle Obama (right) speaks Nov, 21, 2011, at the White House before President Obama (left) signs legislation that will provide tax credits to help put veterans back to work. (Associated Press)

White House blames GOP in supercommittee stalemate

Upon President Obama's return to Washington from a nine-day trip abroad, the White House on Monday blasted Republican lawmakers for the impending failure of the congressional supercommittee to agree on a deficit-reduction plan. Published November 21, 2011

Obama backs Boeing in $21.7B deal

President Obama, seeking to highlight the job-creating potential of his nine-day trip to Asia, attended a signing ceremony Friday for a $21.7 billion deal between Boeing and Indonesia's largest domestic airline. Published November 17, 2011

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Bullet strikes White House window

Police were searching for a 21-year-old man Wednesday after a bullet struck a window at the White House and another round was found on the exterior of the executive mansion. Published November 16, 2011

President Obama reviews the troops with Federation Guard Maj. John Cottis (left) during an official arrival ceremony on Nov. 16, 2011, at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. (Associated Press)

Obama vows U.S. will stay strong in Pacific

Announcing a new U.S. troop deployment in Australia, President Obama said Wednesday the move does not mean the United States fears China's increasing militarization. Published November 16, 2011

President Obama greets a crowd at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Field in Honolulu on Tuesday before flying to Australia. Republicans are chiding the president for the time he's spending abroad as a budget deadline nears. (Associated Press)

GOP rebukes absent Obama

As President Obama jetted off to another tropical locale Tuesday, some lawmakers accused him of abandoning Washington at a critical juncture in congressional negotiations to reduce deficits and keep the government running. Published November 15, 2011