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David Sherfinski

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

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Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning as the Washington Nationals play the Miami Marlins on opening day at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Monday, April 1, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Now batting for the AFL-CIO … Bryce Harper?

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper's ribs may be aching a bit, but he's apparently healthy enough for the AFL-CIO to tout a clip of him speaking about his father, a union ironworker — part of an hour-long film, "Being Bryce," that debuted on ESPN earlier this week. Published May 2, 2013

A White House official says President Barack Obama will name a longtime fundraiser to run the Commerce Department and a top economic adviser as the next U.S. Trade Representative. The Commerce nominee is expected to be Penny Pritzker, left, shown in a Oct. 4, 2010, file photo and The U.S. Trade Representative is expected to be Mike Froman seen in an Oct. 8, 2010, file photo. Obama will announce both nominations from the White House Thursday morning May 2, 2013, before departing for Mexico. (AP Photo/File)

Obama to tap Pritzker for Commerce, Froman as Trade Rep.

President Obama will tap Penny S. Pritzker, a businesswoman from Chicago, to be the next Secretary of Commerce and Michael Froman as the next U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday morning, a White House official said. Published May 2, 2013

Markey's GOP opponent touts his 'real world' experience

Massachusetts has a deep blue tint when it comes to politics, but the GOP vowed Wednesday to make the most of the special election to fill the state's Senate seat previously held by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Published May 1, 2013

**FILE** Gabriel Gomez (center), Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, gives a thumbs up as he takes to the stage next to his daughter Olivia (left), 13, before addressing an audience at a watch party in Cohasset, Mass., on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, after winning the GOP primary. (Associated Press)

Markey, Gomez to square off for Kerry's Mass. Senate seat

U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey easily defeated fellow Rep. Stephen F. Lynch in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry and will be the favorite against Republican Gabriel Gomez in a special election to take place June 25. Published May 1, 2013

(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

NRA loses court fight on law banning under-21 sales

A federal appeals court on Tuesday narrowly rejected a request from the National Rifle Association to rehear a case challenging the constitutionality of federal laws banning licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to people younger than 21. Published April 30, 2013

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Monday, April 29, 2013. (Associated Press)

Bill Clinton: Immigration bill should get 70 votes in the Senate

Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday he believes that an immigration reform bill will pass overwhelmingly in the Democratic-controlled Senate and faces a more uphill climb in the Republican-led House, but that it would ultimately get through Congress. Published April 30, 2013

** FILE ** Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Bill Clinton channels Joe Biden: Shotgun better for self-defense

Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that people are much better off buying a shotgun than a so-called assault weapon if they're trying to protect themselves in their homes — channeling a line repeated emphatically by Vice President Joseph R. Biden earlier this year. Published April 30, 2013

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Unabomber lawyer to defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on taxpayers' dime

The Boston marathon bombing suspect has added to his legal defense team a prominent death penalty lawyer who has worked on high-profile cases such as the Unabomber and the gunman who killed six and wounded 13, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson in 2011. Published April 30, 2013

**FILE** NBA center Jason Collins poses during the Boston Celtics' media day at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

Jason Collins becomes first active openly gay NBA player

Jason Collins, an NBA center who ended this season with the Washington Wizards, says he's gay, becoming the first openly gay athlete playing in one of the leagues considered to be the "Big Four" of major North American professional sports. Published April 29, 2013


Lautenberg pushing explosives restrictions

With new gun controls unlikely, Democrats have turned their attention to explosives, saying the Boston Marathon bombings should prompt Congress to require background checks for buying explosive materials. Published April 25, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats try to shift budget onus to GOP

After several years of complaining that Congress didn't have a budget, Republicans are now the ones holding up the 2014 budget process. Published April 23, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid shelves expanded gun-purchase background check legislation

Senate Democrats shelved their gun control bill Thursday, saying that despite passionate pleas from families whose children died in December's Connecticut rampage, they cannot muster enough votes to pass any of the major new restrictions they had hoped for. Published April 18, 2013

** FILE ** Sens. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, arrive on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (Associated Press)

Senate shoots down background checks for guns, angers Obama

Senators dealt a devastating blow to gun control efforts Wednesday, defeating the background check compromise that was the centerpiece of President Obama's post-Newtown push for stiffer laws and leaving advocates struggling to figure out what to do now. Published April 17, 2013