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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

In this Aug. 18, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaks in Brooklyn Center, Minn., where he presented his plan to replacing President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker vows to 'unleash' U.S. military on terrorists

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker vowed Sunday that he would defeat Islamic terrorism by "unleashing" U.S. military power that has been hamstrung by the Obama administration, part of a series of moves by the Wisconsin governor to convince voters that he has the national security chops to be commander in chief. Published August 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a campaign stop called Politics and Eggs with business leaders and political activist, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Scott Walker vows to defeat Islamic State, reduce Iran's influence

GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker said Friday the United States is at war with radical Islam, calling it a "generational struggle" while vowing to defeat the Islamic State and curb Iran's influence in the world. The Wisconsin governor sought to convince voters that he has the national security chops to serve as the next commander-in-chief. Published August 28, 2015

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Associated Press) **FILE**

Jeb Bush taps Eric Cantor as co-chair of Virginia efforts

Eric Cantor will be named as one of Jeb Bush's three co-chairs in Virginia, marking a high-profile return to the national political scene for the former House majority leader who lost his seat in stunning fashion during last year's primary election. Published August 27, 2015

Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos, who has incredible sway with U.S. Hispanic voters, decried Donald Trump and his stance on immigration at a public event, which promptly got him booted from the room. (Associated Press)

Activist anchor Jorge Ramos uses influence to push immigration agenda

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who has long been as much an activist as a newsman, managed to find himself at the center of an immigration story yet again this week as he went head-to-head with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, getting tossed from a press conference after repeatedly and insistently trying to ask questions. Published August 26, 2015

Four GOP presidential hopefuls sign traditional-marriage pledge

Less than a quarter of the 2016 GOP presidential field has signed a conservative group's pledge to stand up for traditional marriage by supporting a federal constitutional amendment that defends marriage as being between one man and one woman. Published August 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gives a speech on immigration policy, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Rick Santorum on verge of pulling off second 'Full Grassley' in Iowa

Rick Santorum is on pace to have visited all of Iowa's 99 counties this year before Labor Day -- sending a message that he believes his best bet of winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination starts with grinding out a positive result in the Hawkeye State. Published August 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, called GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday "a serious candidate," but said Mr. Trump's immigration plan should be judged on its merits and there it breaks conservative principles. (The Monitor via Associated Press)

Jeb Bush says new fencing won't make border more secure

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush visited a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday and said new fencing won't make the border more secure, as he blasted GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's proposed wall and other get-tough policies as "unrealistic." Published August 24, 2015

Donald Trump's six-page illegal immigration crackdown plan included calls to build more fencing, require illegal immigrants to go home before being readmitted with legal status and to end the policy granting automatic citizenship to almost everyone born in the U.S., including to illegal immigrant mothers. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump pushes birthright citizenship to forefront of political debate

Birthright citizenship, an issue long kicked about in Republican circles, has leaped to the forefront of the political debate, with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading the charge and drawing fierce fire from critics who say he and his fellow candidates are messing with a fundamental principle of American history. Published August 20, 2015

The struggle for Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to stand out in a crowded GOP field is showing up in the polls in Iowa, whose caucuses he won in 2008 due to the strength of evangelical voters. (Associated Press)

Mike Huckabee struggles to reclaim old niche in GOP presidential field

Mike Huckabee's path through the Republican primaries in 2008 didn't involve a lot of competition for the mantle of champion of the social conservatives, but this time the former Arkansas governor is just one of a number of candidates eager to proclaim pro-life, pro-traditional marriage credentials, making it tougher for him to stand out in a crowded field. Published August 13, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Iowa State Fair Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In Iowa, Mike Huckabee backs federal fuel mandate

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday defended his support of a federal fuel mandate that has strengthened Iowa's corn market, saying it is the conservative position to stand up for the farmers that have invested in the system. Published August 13, 2015

Pollsters say Carly Fiorina got the biggest jump from last week's debates. Every major survey, nationally and in key early states, showed positive movement. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina rises up toward Republicans' glass ceiling after strong debate showing

For years, a question lingering over the Republican Party has been whether it was ready for a woman to lead the ticket in a presidential election. Now some are wondering whether Carly Fiorina could be the one to punch through the glass ceiling -- possibly setting up an all-female race against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published August 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Rand Paul warns tea partyers against backing Donald Trump

Sen. Rand Paul questioned Monday how anyone involved with the tea party moving could support Donald Trump, saying the billionaire's track record of supporting Democrats and liberal causes are at odds with the grassroots movement. Published August 10, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich received enthusiastic applause at the Republican presidential debate Thursday when he said he would prefer traditional marriage but added that love and compassion compel an open attitude. (Associated Press)

John Kasich reveals change in Republicans' views of gays

Four years after Republican primary voters showered a video of an openly gay soldier with boos at a presidential debate, Republicans in Ohio applauded when Gov. John Kasich revealed that he had recently attended a same-sex wedding. Published August 9, 2015