David Sherfinski

Trump says China will take down trade barriers

President Trump on Sunday predicted a “great future” for both China and the U.S. amid an escalating trade dispute, saying China would take down its trade barriers because it’s “the right thing to do.” “President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on …

Gun advocates sue Deerfield, Illinois, for ban on semiautomatic assault rifles

Gun-rights advocates on Thursday sued an Illinois village over its new ban on military-style semiautomatic “assault” rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines, saying the ordinance not only stops purchases but could lead to confiscations. The ban passed by the Deerfield Village Board earlier this week “flies in the face of …

Andrew Cuomo complains about tax breaks for wealthy, signs off on New York loopholes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has complained that the federal tax overhaul approved last year gave tax cuts to wealthy people who didn’t need the assistance. But the budget deal he signed last week includes loopholes designed to give those same wealthy people tax breaks, in what even some liberal …

Nearly 3 million gun-purchase background checks ran in March

Nearly 2.8 million gun-purchase background checks were processed last month, according to FBI data released Tuesday — an indication that renewed talk of gun control in the wake of February’s Parkland school massacre is fueling a record nationwide firearms buying spree. Close to 335,000 more checks were run through the …

Judge rules lawsuit filed against Massachusetts attorney general can move forward

Amid an 18-month-long court fight, a federal judge recently ruled that a lawsuit accusing Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of improperly tightening the state’s strict assault-style weapons ban on her own can move forward. Four firearms retailers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation originally brought the suit in September 2016, …

House GOP to take another stab at balanced budget amendment

House Republicans are eyeing a vote on a balanced budget amendment when lawmakers return to Washington from their spring recess, taking another stab at a longtime GOP priority that’s eluded them for more than three decades. The vote, which could take place next month, is part of a deal struck …

Officials charge eight Rhode Island suspects in alleged ‘lie and try’ gun cases

Federal and state prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against eight Rhode Island residents who they said lied on their background checks in order to buy guns, marking the latest prosecutions as the Trump administration steps up efforts to enforce gun laws already on the books. In at least some of the …

Special interest groups win big under new spending bill

Republicans and Democrats sparred over which party emerged victorious from the $1.3 trillion spending bill fight, but the real winners are thousands of interest groups — including wealthy foreign investors, striped bass fishing enthusiasts and cranberry researchers — to whom the bill doles out some serious assistance. Medical marijuana advocates …

Gun debate takes center stage in midterm political ads

The gun debate increasingly is dominating the political ad wars, with the rate of commercials featuring the issue running twice as high as that of the last national election — and Second Amendment supporters remain firmly in control. Nearly 12 percent of all political ads run from the beginning of …

Louise Slaughter, Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York, dies

WASHINGTON — An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year-old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus…