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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

White House press secretary Jay Carney responds during a press briefing at the White House on Sept. 1, 2011, to questions about the flap over the timing of President Obama's address to Congress next week. (Associated Press)

Flap over Obama’s speech date and time settled

The White House dismissed Thursday the flap about the date of President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress as irrelevant "political gamesmanship," even as some Democrats said the president's advisers mishandled the episode. Published September 1, 2011

Obama: From ‘yes we can’ to ‘it takes time’

When he ran for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama sprinkled his campaign speeches with ambitious catchphrases such as "the fierce urgency of now" and "yes we can." Nowadays, he's been trotting out a stump speech with a far less lofty message for voters: You expected too much from me. Published September 1, 2011

Obama enlists business, labor in spending push

A day after enlisting veterans to help him fight congressional Republicans for a second economic stimulus plan, President Obama joined forces with big labor and big business Wednesday to pressure lawmakers for more spending on federal construction projects. Published August 31, 2011

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport in St. Paul, Minn., on Aug. 30, 2011, after addressing the American Legion in Minneapolis. (Associated Press)

Obama’s proposed regs would cost billions annually

In a preview of a battle likely to be waged throughout the fall, President Obama told GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner in a letter Tuesday that the administration is considering seven regulations that would each cost the U.S. economy more than $1 billion per year. Published August 30, 2011

Obama presses Congress on jobs for veterans

President Obama on Tuesday told veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that they have "have earned their place among the greatest of generations" and that Congress has a duty to find more jobs for returning service members. Published August 30, 2011

Multiple disasters put FEMA in a funding bind

The Obama administration is giving itself high marks for its emergency response to Hurricane Irene, except for one problem — the government's disaster fund is going broke. Published August 29, 2011

Obama picks Krueger for economic adviser

A week away from delivering a major speech on jobs and renewing a battle with congressional Republicans on the economy, President Obama on Monday named labor economist Alan B. Krueger of Princeton University to lead his depleted economic team. Published August 29, 2011

President Obama participates in a news conference about Hurricane Irene at the White House on Aug. 28, 2011. (Associated Press)

Obama’s campaign muddled in name game

President Obama's re-election campaign has appropriated for its voter-registration operation the name of an existing group, Project Vote, that has been the target of voter-fraud complaints tied to the much-criticized and now-defunct activist group ACORN. Published August 28, 2011


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