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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics and Capitol Hill, and spent eight years on the foreign desk as senior diplomatic correspondent. He is currently the deputy editor for politics. In addition, he has reviewed books and written feature stories for the newspaper and authored The Times' weekly chess column since 1993. He is also senior writer for Washington GolfStyles, a monthly publication covering the Mid-Atlantic golf scene.


Articles by David R. Sands

Tax-cut extension deal takes shape on Hill

The White House and Republicans in Congress edged ever closer to a deal Sunday on at least a temporary extension of all of the George W. Bush-era tax breaks that are due to expire at the end of the year. Published November 14, 2010

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat

Ethics panel sets Monday hearing for Rangel

A House panel has set a Monday morning date to hear the ethics case against New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel, former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and long one of the most influential black lawmakers in Congress. Published November 12, 2010

Deficit report favors 'do-nothing Congress'

Buried inside the wide-ranging blueprint put out this week by the respected co-chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan commission to slash the federal deficit is a powerful argument for doing nothing. Published November 11, 2010

Deficit panel's Rx: 'Cancer' surgery

The chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission tipped their hand Wednesday, releasing a stark, sweeping proposal to rein in federal debts and deficits with cuts to spending programs, Social Security and Medicaid benefits and an increase in the retirement age over the next four decades from 65 to 68. Published November 10, 2010

Draft deficit-reduction proposal targets Social Security, tax breaks

A sweeping draft proposal offered by the Democratic and Republican chairmen of President Obama's deficit reduction commission Wednesday endorsed a string of painful measures to rein in the government deficit, including reduced cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients, Medicare cuts and ending or curbing popular tax breaks such as the home mortgage interest deduction. Published November 10, 2010

Rhee to resign from D.C. schools

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will step down Wednesday as head of the city's troubled public school system, ending a 3½-year tenure during which she became a symbol of urban education reform nationally but a deeply polarizing figure in the city she served. Published October 12, 2010

President Obama makes remarks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama takes hard line on tax cuts

President Obama used his first press conference in months to draw a sharp line with congressional Republicans on economic policy and the fate of expiring tax cuts passed under predecessor President George W. Bush. Published September 10, 2010

**FILE** Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller makes phone calls from his law office in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Aug. 26, 2010. Miller, 43, stunned political pundits this week with his 1,688-vote lead over Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in the Republican primary. (Associated Press)

Murkowski concedes to Miller in Alaska primary

Little-known Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller has won the Republican Senate nomination in Alaska after incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded the race Tuesday evening. Published August 31, 2010

Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, celebrates with his wife, Susan Dagget, at an election party on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in Denver after winning the Democratic primary. (AP Photo)

Bennet survives, Buck wins in Colorado

Sen. Michael Bennet, President Obama's candidate, fended off a challenge from Bill Clinton favorite Andrew Romanoff on Tuesday to win the Colorado Democratic Senate primary and avoid the fate of other endangered incumbents this primary season. Published August 10, 2010

McMahon pins down primary win

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has easily won a three-way Republican primary to run for the seat of retiring Connecticut Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd. Published August 10, 2010

GOP hopefuls raise support, fewer funds

In some key races that may decide control of Capitol Hill this fall, it's coming down to a battle of Democratic money versus Republican momentum. Published July 25, 2010

GOP's Brown to back banking bill

President Obama's push for a major overhaul of the nation's banking regulatory structure picked up a key vote Monday when Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown announced he would vote for the bill. Published July 12, 2010

** FILE ** Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich.

O'Malley trails behind Ehrlich in Maryland

Republican challenger Robert Ehrlich now leads Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in the rematch of their 2006 gubernatorial contest, according to a new poll released Friday. Published July 2, 2010

Top financial group resigned to reform

Hours after exhausted House and Senate conferees approved a sweeping financial regulatory reform package at daybreak Friday, one influential industry group announced it was prepared to learn to live with the results. Published June 25, 2010

South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley makes remarks during a televised debate in Columbia, S.C. She took the early lead as the state's GOP voters went to the polls on Tuesday. She was an obscure state lawmaker just months ago, but now she is the odds-on favorite to be South Carolina's first female governor. (Associated Press)

Haley, Scott triumph in S.C.

South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley confirmed her status as a rising Republican star, easily winning a runoff election for the GOP nomination to succeed Gov. Mark Sanford. Published June 22, 2010

S.C. Democrats' hopes ride on nasty GOP fight

As executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, Nathan Daschle can expertly spin his party's chances of winning any of the 37 gubernatorial races on tap this fall. Published June 6, 2010

Davis, Griffith struggling in Alabama races

Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, seeking to become Alabama's first black governor, and Republican Rep. Parker Griffith, trying to hold his seat after switching parties late last year, both faced steep uphill climbs as the results were being tallied in the state's primary contests last night. Published June 1, 2010

Rules push on interns worries college chiefs

A group of university presidents and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are expressing alarm over what they fear could be a coming crackdown by the Obama administration Labor Department on popular student internship programs. Published May 30, 2010

Coats, Burton win primaries in Indiana

Two Republican stalwarts in Indiana fought their way onto the November ballot as former Sen. Dan Coats won the GOP primary to reclaim his old seat and 14-term Rep. Dan Burton barely survived against a slew of strong challengers in the state's 5th District. Published May 5, 2010

Kiev sees payoff for Russian naval deal

Ukraine's controversial decision to allow a Russian naval fleet to remain in the country for another 25 years should bring a big payoff for the country's finances, help secure a critical new funding package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and even deepen Kiev's ties to Western Europe, a top Ukrainian official said in an interview. Published April 26, 2010