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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

Absentee ballots to decide N.Y. race

The first electoral clash of the age of Obama finished in a dead heat, with uncounted absentee ballots now to decide the fate of the intensely watched race for an open House seat in upstate New York. Published April 1, 2009

N.Y. House race in spotlight

Upstate New York's 20th Congressional District is home to the famed Saratoga Race Track, but it's been a long time since a local stakes race has attracted this much national attention. Published March 31, 2009

Grassley: Budget freeze to stop 'socialism'

The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday said an across-the-board freeze on federal spending is needed to reel in President Obama´s massive budget plan, signaling a more active Republican stance in fighting the president's agenda. Published March 24, 2009

Grassley: Obama budget step toward 'socialism'

President Obama's budget of tax hikes to pay for massive new spending programs is a "move toward socialism" that will stifle a creative free market, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said in an interview Monday. Published March 23, 2009

Tax code escalates as Dems' tool

For the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress, the power to tax is increasingly becoming the power to get their way on policy matters big and small. Published March 23, 2009

House passes 90 percent bonus tax

Working at breakneck speed, the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to impose a 90 percent tax on bonuses given to top officials at companies that received tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer bailout money. Published March 19, 2009

Republicans slam WH handling of AIG

Republican lawmakers Thursday launched some unusually direct attacks on President Obama for his handling of the economy and the furor involving bonuses paid to bailed-out insurance giant American International Group. Published March 19, 2009

AIG chief asked for return of bonuses

UPDATED: The head of embattled insurance giant American International Group told Congress Wednesday that he had personally asked AIG employees to voluntarily give back part of about $165 million in bonuses, payouts that were made even as the company was getting more than $170 billion in taxpayer bailout aid. Published March 19, 2009

AIG CEO says employees starting to return bonuses

UPDATED: The embattled head of AIG told a congressional panel Wednesday that he had asked employees to return some $165 million in bonuses but said he had concluded he had no legal option to cancel them altogether. Published March 18, 2009

Democrats to tap tax code to curb AIG

UPDATED: The Obama administration and Congress looked to the tax code to claw back bonuses given to traders at insurance giant American International Group Inc. while softening the losses for victims of Bernard Madoff. Published March 18, 2009

GOP gunning for vulnerable Dodd

Five-term Connecticut Sen. Christopher J. Dodd unexpectedly has emerged as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats heading into the 2010 election cycle, with a new poll, a new challenger and new ethics problems all surfacing in recent days to give Republicans hope for taking the seat. Published March 18, 2009

Democrats mull end run for Obama

"Reconciliation" is proving a divisive word on Capitol Hill, where it could trigger one of the biggest partisan brawls of the year. Published March 17, 2009

GOP rips talk of 2nd stimulus

Sensing a political opening, congressional Republicans on Thursday said talk of a possible second stimulus spending program for the battered U.S. economy was proof that President Obama's first $787 billion stimulus effort had failed to do the job. Published March 13, 2009

Two confirmed to Justice Dept. posts

The Senate approved the nomination of two top Justice Department officials Thursday, overcoming reservations from some conservative Republicans about the choices. Published March 12, 2009

Senate passes omnibus bill

The first major spending bill of the new Obama administration came stuffed with some old-fashioned pork as a $410 billion omnibus bill covering a slew of federal agencies won final approval Tuesday in the Senate. Published March 11, 2009

$900M Dulles rail deal back on track

UPDATED: The decades-long effort to bring Metrorail service to Washington Dulles International Airport reached a major milestone Tuesday when officials finalized a deal for $900 million in federal funding. Published March 10, 2009

Dulles rail project to get federal funds

Virginia officials and the U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday will participate in a ceremony sealing the approval of $900 million in federal funding for a long-awaited rail line to Washington Dulles International Airport. Published March 9, 2009

House approves mortgage revision

Struggling homebuyers would get new leverage to force banks to renegotiate their mortgages under a bill that passed the House on Thursday on a vote of 234-191. Published March 6, 2009