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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website before moving on to editing and reporting stints at Roll Call, the Hill and InsideSources. He returned to The Times in 2016.


Articles by David Eldridge

States eye ‘sin’ taxation as salvation for budgets

Cash-strapped state lawmakers across the country are looking at raising "sin" taxes on everything from traditional vices, like smoking cigarettes and imbibing alcohol, to more recently vilified habits like drinking sugary sodas and hitting the tanning salon. Published January 16, 2011

States redrawing political maps

The new battle lines literally haven't even been drawn on the map yet, but the political jostling is well under way in states that will gain and lose U.S. House seats in 2012 because of congressional redistricting. Published January 10, 2011

FILE - In this file photo made March 12, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is interviewed at his office in Washington. New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

Neutrality on Net, but not in sphere of politics

Setting the stage for a likely court battle and a showdown with Republicans in the new Congress, a sharply divided Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved sweeping Internet regulations designed to promote "net neutrality" and deliver on a key campaign promise of President Obama. Published December 21, 2010

Divided FCC approves ‘net neutrality’ plan

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved sweeping new Internet regulations, defying Republican lawmakers and giving President Obama a victory on one of his key campaign promises. Published December 21, 2010

FCC set to OK rules on Internet

With the Obama administration on the verge of embracing new "network neutrality" rules increasing government oversight of the Internet, it's difficult to tell who objects more: Republicans who denounce the move as a federal power grab or Democrats who dismiss the reforms as too weak to do the job. Published December 20, 2010

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is trying to move a mosque project away from ground zero in New York City.

King mulls hospital site for ground zero mosque

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, in an effort to quiet criticism of Muslims in the U.S., is quietly looking into moving the ground zero mosque to a less controversial Manhattan location, according to news reports Sunday. Published December 19, 2010

Saudi king may move ground zero mosque

Saudi King Abdullah, in an effort to quiet Muslim criticism in the United States, is quietly looking into moving the ground zero mosque to a less controversial Manhattan location, according to news reports surfacing Sunday. Published December 19, 2010

Democrats win in N.Y., Minnesota

Democrats captured the nation's last contested gubernatorial and House races Wednesday, a small consolation prize in a year of major Republican gains. Published December 8, 2010

President Obama speaks to the news media Monday after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders about a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. He said "there are things that I do not like" about the compromise with Republicans in exchange for an unemployment insurance extension. (Associated Press)

Deal reached on tax cuts, jobless

Brushing aside calls from his own political base to take a stand, President Obama last night announced a deal with congressional Republicans that will extend expiring Bush-era tax cuts — even those for the wealthiest filers — for two years in exchange for a 13-month extension of unemployment benefits. Published December 6, 2010

Obama: Deal on tax cuts coming

President Obama, speaking at a Winston-Salem community college in North Carolina Monday, said a deal was in the works with congressional Republicans to extend income tax cuts first passed under President George W. Bush and predicted that "no ordinary American" would pay more in taxes in 2011. Published December 6, 2010

New FCC plan to oversee Internet draws GOP fire

Attracting immediate fire from congressional Republicans, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a modified "net neutrality" plan that would expand the federal government's power to regulate traffic over the Internet. Published December 1, 2010

FCC head presses ahead on Internet regs

In the latest evidence that the November elections are forcing a new political pragmatism on the White House, President Obama's chairman of the Federal Communications Commission outlined a revised plan to regulate Internet traffic on Wednesday that is more friendly to business interests. Published December 1, 2010

Bush slams WikiLeaks’ releases in webcast

A relaxed, wisecracking George W. Bush slammed WikiLeaks, defended the Wall Street bailout and praised the Obama administration's Afghanistan policy in a wide-ranging webcast released late Monday with billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Published November 30, 2010

Tiger stuck in the rough, needs new game

For years, Tiger Woods was a top-10 fixture on celebrity marketing power rankings alongside A-list stars. Today, in the Davie-Brown Index, he ranks somewhere in the 2,000s, beside troubled singer Amy Winehouse, rocker Tommy Lee, early '80s TV star Erik Estrada and Horatio Sanz. Published November 24, 2010

Work continues to excavate what could become the foundation for a new nuclear power plant near the existing nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle (background), located in Waynesboro, Ga.

Nuclear demand on hold

With political support now on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, nuclear energy's long-awaited American "renaissance" is lacking one positive factor: the economy. Published November 14, 2010

Centrist Blue Dogs ousted from House

Voter anger at out-of-control government spending and mounting debt ironically proved toxic for many of the most fiscally conservative Democrats in Tuesday's midterm vote. Published November 3, 2010

Whose crystal ball will prove the clearest?

The candidates aren't the only ones competing Tuesday: The pollsters, pundits and party chiefs who are paid to gauge, as accurately as possible, the country's political temperature have a lot riding on the results as well. Published October 31, 2010

** FILE ** Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, addresses his supporters on Saturday, May 22, 2009, in Honolulu after defeating two Democrats in a special election to fill the House seat vacated by Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who resigned from Congress to run for governor. Stacey Djou (left), Mr. Djou's wife, holds their daughter Alli as daughter Tori (bottom left) and son Nick (far right) look on. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Rove’s group ramping up ad buys in target races

Going into the final week before the midterm elections, a conservative advocacy group has reported $6 million worth of ad buys in races across the country — including some contests that had been considered safely Democratic. Published October 27, 2010

Texas Dems’ hopes for big gains fading in polls

With a well-funded, centrist Houston mayor running for governor at the top of the ballot, Texas Democrats were hopeful that the party would defy expectations in the 2010 midterm elections and knock off the nation's second-longest-serving governor in one of the nation's reddest states. Published October 25, 2010


In Pa. rematch, Burns struggles to ride wave

In the district long held by the now-deceased Democratic Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Republicans were hoping for a better showing in November after an embarrassing loss in a closely watched special election in May. Published October 18, 2010