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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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**FILE** Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting member of Congress (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C.'s gun debates a preview of national fights

Gun control legislation got a much closer look over the last year in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings — but the District and gun rights activists have been fighting their own battle on the issue for the better part of a decade. Published January 2, 2014

Jammies and cocoa: The newest Organizing for Action outreach calling for the public to "talk" about Obamacare has inspired unintentional comedy in the social media realm. (ORGANIZING FOR ACTION)

Never-ending nightmare: 6 in 10 have horrible health care exchange experience

Six in 10 uninsured Americans who visited one of Obamacare's health care exchange website in the last three months say their experience was mostly negative, as the White House touts new enrollment numbers and tries to mitigate fallout from the disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov. Published January 2, 2014

** FILE ** In this Sept. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign warning of the coming assault weapons ban in Maryland is next to AR-15 semi-automatic rifles at the Annapolis Gun Show. "You see people who've bought guns, you see older people. This is not about what everybody thinks it is. This is a plan to disarm America," said Neil Kravitz of Appalachian Promotions. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Six in 10 favor ban on semi-automatic weapons: poll

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters favor a ban on semi-automatic, military-style weapons, which have gotten heightened attention in the wake of recent mass shootings, while just 18 percent think there should be a complete handgun ban in the U.S. Published January 2, 2014

FILE - This Aug. 12, 2013 file photo shows New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking in New York. Bloomberg made a $350 million pledge to Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Philanthropy in 2013 made a comeback in large donations with the nation’s wealthiest donors giving more than $3.4 billion to charity, according to a new tally of the top 10 gifts of 2013 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Bloomberg jumps into hot Hawaii Democratic primary

Former New York City Mayor Michael I. Bloomberg, who departed office Wednesday and handed the reins of the Big Apple to Mayor Bill de Blasio, is headed to Hawaii Thursday to headline a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz. Published January 2, 2014

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is among the red-state Democrats who will be challenged during her re-election campaign about her support of President Obama's judicial nominees. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Conservative group ad blitz targets Dems over Obamacare

The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity wasted little time firing off one of the first big salvos in 2014 ahead of the November midterm elections, targeting three Democratic senators up for re-election with a seven-figure television ad campaign on President Obama's troubled health care law. Published January 2, 2014

**FILE** Gene Sperling, director of the Economic Council, stands on the South Lawn of the White House before President Obama observes a moment of silence on Sept. 11, 2013, as they mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. (Associated Press)

White House repeats demand for more jobless benefits

As President Obama rang in 2014 in Hawaii, the director of his National Economic Council said Wednesday there would be "no better New Year's resolution for Congress" than to make its first legislative priority restoring emergency unemployment benefits for the estimated 1.3 million people who were cut off Dec. 28. Published January 1, 2014

** FILE ** Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Supreme Court justice: Remember Judiciary in appropriations talks

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts used his year-end report on the federal judiciary to remind Congress about the financial belt-tightening going on in the courts, saying they have been strained by across-the-board spending cuts and flat budgeting in recent years. Published January 1, 2014

President Barack Obama raises his glass for a toast by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon during a luncheon at the United Nations, Thursday, Sept.  23, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Cheers to 'one of the worst' years in history

"In both the executive branch and Congress, Americans witnessed an unwinding of the country's founding principles and of their government's most basic responsibilities. The rule of law gave way to the rule of rulers." Published December 31, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican (Associated Press)

Royce camp: GOP Rep. never filed to run in wrong district

The re-election campaign of Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, is pushing back on a report from the Sacramento Bee that Mr. Royce filed to run for re-election in the wrong congressional district last week. Published December 30, 2013

"What we found out is that people just didn't trust government that they were going to stop there," says Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who co-sponsored gun control legislation that failed this year. (Associated Press)

Website lets high-volume gun dealers skip background checks

Hundreds of high-volume private gun dealers are transferring tens of thousands of firearms every year over the Internet without conducting background checks, according to a report from the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns based on an investigation conducted from August to October. Published December 25, 2013

Artur Davis (Associated Press)

Former Rep. Artur Davis won't run for Wolf's seat

Former Rep. Artur Davis, a Democrat-turned-Republican who represented Alabama in Congress and now calls Northern Virginia home, says he will not run for the seat of retiring Rep. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican. Published December 23, 2013

**FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

DOJ reaches largest-ever federal government settlement over auto loan discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced Friday that the government has reached a $98 million settlement agreement with Detroit-based Ally Financial over discriminatory auto lending practices — the federal government's largest auto loan discrimination settlement in history. Published December 20, 2013

** FILE ** Actress Glenn Close arrives for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awards Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Moffett Field, Calif. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Actress Glenn Close plays starring role touting mental health bill

With a boost from some Hollywood royalty Wednesday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are increasingly bullish about the likelihood they’ll be able to boost mental health spending in response to the Newtown school shooting, even as Democrats vowed not to let that spoil their push for a broader crackdown on gun ownership. Published December 18, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary nominee  Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Democrats begin a drive this week to muscle a half dozen of President Barrack Obama's Republican-opposed nominees through the Senate after clamping shackles on traditional minority party rights in last month's power play against the GOP. Republicans, however, still have some tools for grinding the Senate's work to an excruciatingly slow crawl. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Senate confirms Obama pick Jeh Johnson as Homeland Security secretary

The Senate approved Jeh Johnson as the fourth Homeland Security secretary, giving him the reins at a department that, more than a decade after its creation, is still unstable and trying to figure out its role in the massive federal bureaucracy. Published December 16, 2013