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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

House rule changes squander good will

The spirit of bipartisan cooperation didn't survive the first day of the 111th Congress as House Democrats pushed through a package of rule changes Tuesday that the furious Republican minority said trampled their traditional rights to affect legislation. Published January 7, 2009

Madoff scheme may hurt investor protection fund

The industry-financed fund that protects investors from securities fraud will be stretched badly by the $50 billion scandal involving Wall Street investing legend Bernard Madoff and may need a federal bailout, the head of the Securities Investor Protection Corp. said Monday. Published January 6, 2009

Congress digs into Madoff scandal today

Congress gets its first crack today at the $50 billion financial fraud involving Wall Street investing legend Bernard Madoff, with Democrats vowing to use the scandal to spur an overhaul of the government's financial regulatory system. Published January 5, 2009

Labor's 'priority' on back burner

Labor unions invested heavily in Barack Obama's presidential victory, but the return on their investment may be awhile in coming. Published December 29, 2008

Bailout funds face major hurdles

Under fire from the left and the right, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. has a tough fight and few allies as he seeks congressional approval to top off the tank with the second $350 billion from the federal bailout fund. Published December 21, 2008

Liberals lobbying for stimulus plan

A broad coalition of liberal, environmental and labor groups Thursday announced plans to spend up to $5 million to lobby Congress on a massive new economic stimulus plan that would be ready for President-elect Barack Obama to sign the day he takes office Jan. 20. Published December 19, 2008

Coalition spends big for stimulus blitz

A broad coalition of liberal, environmental and labor groups Thursday announced plans to spend up to $5 million to lobby Congress on a massive new economic stimulus plan that would be ready for President-elect Barack Obama to sign the day he takes office Jan. 20. Published December 18, 2008

Madoff scheme hits Jewish charities hard

UPDATED: The collapse of Wall Street legend Bernard L. Madoff's investment empire has generated scandal, bankruptcy, financial panic - and some socially awkward situations. Published December 17, 2008

Illinois rivals Louisiana for most corrupt state

Revelations this week that Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his chief of staff have been charged with trying to sell the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama have sparked a perverse debate over which state is the nation's most corrupt, with partisans rushing to defend the (dis)honor of their native lands. Published December 12, 2008

Lawmakers spar over bailout breakdown

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd Friday urged the White House to act immediately to free up billions of dollars to bail out Detroit's Big Three, a day after the Senate killed a rescue package for the beleaguered car companies. Published December 12, 2008

Bush, Democrats OK $15 billion for Big 3

The White House and senior congressional Democrats reached an agreement on the outlines of a $15 billion taxpayer bailout plan for troubled Detroit automakers General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC. Published December 10, 2008

Rush opposes Durbin's call

Rep. Bobby Rush, a leading black lawmaker from Chicago, said Tuesday he opposed a special election to fill the Illinois Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama, saying the process would take too long and would leave minority candidates at a disadvantage in the race to replace the Senate's only African-American. Published December 9, 2008

UPDATED: Hopes dim for quick auto rescue

UPDATED: The Senate's top Republican poured cold water on plans for a $15 billion taxpayer bailout of Detroit's Big Three on Tuesday, as his Democratic counterpart said hopes for quick passage of the emergency funding bill appeared to be slipping away. Published December 9, 2008

$15 billion auto bailout goes to White House

Congressional Democrats on Monday delivered to the White House an emergency $15 billion taxpayer bailout of Detroit's beleaguered Big Three automakers. Published December 9, 2008

Frank says auto deal could be made today

Rep. Barney Frank, House Financial Services chairman, predicted Monday that a deal for a short-term bailout of the auto industry could be struck by the end of the day, with one last funding issue still to be resolved. Published December 8, 2008

Obama's NSC selection admired by both sides

Tall, square-shouldered and square-jawed, James L. Jones looks like central casting's version of exactly what he is: a straight-talking, straight-shooting Marine. Published December 7, 2008

Bush prods Congress for Big Three bailout

President Bush, acknowledging for the first time publicly that the economy has slipped into a recession, Friday urged Congress to pass a federal rescue plan in the next week to prevent Detroit's Big Three from failing. Published December 6, 2008

Jobs report aids Big Three's bailout case

Detroit's Big Three automakers received a marginally warmer reception Friday on the second day for their Capitol Hill lobbying blitz for a federal bailout, boosted by a new jobs report that showed the nation's economic plight worsening by the day. Published December 5, 2008

Big Three CEOs grovel for bailout

UPDATED: Chastened Big Three auto executives told Congress on Thursday that they are prepared to take painful steps to qualify for a $34 billion federal bailout. Published December 5, 2008