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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

** FILE ** Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan. (The Washington Times)

Warner backs push to revive deficit plan

Sen. Mark Warner said Thursday that he believes Republicans and Democrats in Washington still can hammer out a long-term, deficit-reduction deal this year, despite election-year posturing and the partisan gridlock that has handcuffed Congress in recent months. Published February 2, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (left) talks with an unidentified man after arriving at Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Lutz, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gingrich dismisses Dole, McCain, Romney as moderates

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, responding Sunday to criticism from 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole, said that a "moderate" like Mr. Dole can't beat President Obama next fall. Published January 29, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich walks Jan. 25, 2012, to a stage for a forum at Univision Network Studios in Doral, Fla. (Associated Press)

Gingrich unimpressed with Obama speech

Newt Gingrich on Wednesday dismissed President Obama's State of the Union speech the previous night as little more than election-year fodder. Published January 25, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks Jan. 24, 2012, during an event at the Cambier Park Bandstand in Naples, Fla. (Associated Press)

Gingrich: Pelosi comments 'hysterical'

Newt Gingrich, responding Wednesday to comments from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that he has no shot at winning the presidency, said his campaign makes his former House colleague and other Democrats "hysterical." Published January 25, 2012

Rep. Allen B. West, Florida Republican

West: Yes, Obama is 'the food-stamp president'

Rep. Allen B. West took to the airwaves Monday to defend former House Speaker Newt Gingrich against charges from a top Democrat that Mr. Gingrich used racist "code words" to fuel his double-digit win over the weekend in the South Carolina Republican primary. Published January 23, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with wife Callista, speaks at a rally on Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, S.C., after Mr. Gingrich won the state's GOP presidential primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gingrich applauds Romney's decision to release returns

A beaming Newt Gingrich, fresh off a 12-point win in South Carolina's Republican primary on Saturday night, applauded rival Mitt Romney's decision to release his tax returns, saying the focus in the GOP contest could return to "more important issues." Published January 22, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, after losing to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary election. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Romney will release tax returns on Tuesday

On the morning after a big loss in South Carolina, a chastened Mitt Romney began trying to restart a stalled presidential campaign, saying he intends to move quickly to correct a "mistake" he made in not disclosing his tax returns. Published January 22, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Scott: GOP survivor will be a better candidate

South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott hasn't given his highly-coveted endorsement in this week's Republican presidential primary in his state, but the first-term congressman said in an interview Wednesday he had no problems with the rough-and-tumble tone of the race so far, saying it will benefit the party's eventual nominee next fall. Published January 18, 2012

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman answers a question during a Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Huntsman ratchets down expectations in N.H.

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, trailing well behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the polls, no longer is predicting an outright victory in Tuesday's GOP primary in New Hampshire. Published January 8, 2012

Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican

Lugar makes pitch for support from tea party

Sen. Richard G. Lugar, facing a tough battle for renomination in his own party next year, said Republicans could lose his seat in Indiana if he isn't the nominee. Published December 25, 2011

In this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, photo provided by NBC News, Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, appears on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington. House Republicans said Sunday they oppose a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill that extends a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for just two months and said congressional bargainers need to write a new version lasting a longer time. "It's pretty clear I and our members oppose the Senate bill," Boehner said, adding, "I believe two months is just kicking the can down the road." (AP Photo, NBC News, William B. Plowman)

Boehner rejects deal on payroll tax

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Sunday rejected the Senate's bipartisan compromise short-term payroll-tax extension deal, reigniting a nasty legislative fight and once again raising the chances that a $1,000-per-year tax increase on families will take effect in two weeks. Published December 18, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives for a rally at Missouri Valley Steel in Sioux City, Iowa, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo)

Romney shows emotional side, criticizes Obama over Iraq pullout

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, often criticized as a candidate who has difficulty connecting emotionally with voters, talked about the importance of love and family in an unusually personal interview Sunday. Published December 18, 2011

High court to ponder Texas redistricting

When Texas came out of the 2010 U.S. Census with the biggest demographic prize in the nation - four shiny new congressional seats - everyone knew the stage was set for another bare-knuckled political fight for control of those districts. Published December 14, 2011

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (gov.idaho.gov)

Idaho governor: States can build pipeline without federal government

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said the Republican governors of the Midwestern states who back the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline should bypass the federal government altogether and make the agreements necessary to get the $7 billion project up and running. Published December 13, 2011

'Newt's forte is glib,' Santorum says

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum predicted Sunday that conservatives who have fueled Newt Gingrich's rise to the top of the GOP presidential field will rethink their support once they learn more about the former House speaker's record. Published December 11, 2011

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) and former Sen. George Allen, who also was governor of the commonwealth, greet each other after the AP Day at the Capitol senatorial debate at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Allen: Kaine not serious about wooing tea partyers

Former Virginia Gov. George Allen, now running for the U.S. Senate, said in an interview Thursday that fiscal-minded voters and tea party activists won't support his Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine, in their expected showdown next year — despite Mr. Kaine's claims in a debate between the two Wednesday. Published December 8, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican

Paul, second in new poll, confident about Iowa

Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican fresh off a new Iowa poll showing him pulling ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for second among GOP voters in Iowa, said Sunday he is confident he can compete with current Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich. Published December 4, 2011