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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

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush greets local residents during a backyard meet and greet, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Washington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released 33 year of tax returns Thursday as part of an effort to cast himself as the most transparent candidate running for president in 2016. The returns were posted on his jeb2016.com campaign website. Published June 30, 2015

Former President George H.W. Bush is pitching for presidential campaign cash on behalf of son Jeb and warns supporters in jest that his wife, Barbara, is "The Enforcer." "Trust me, you don't want her following up," he said. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush donors get George H.W. pitch as candidates race fundraising deadline

With the clock ticking on the end-of-the-month fundraising deadline, former President George H.W. Bush is fishing for dollars on behalf of his son, Jeb Bush, telling potential donors that it is "imperative" that the former Florida governor's White House campaign closes out the first quarter in a robust fashion. Published June 29, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks in Scottsdale, Ariz., in this May 15, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Mike Huckabee on gay marriage: 'I will not acquiesce to an imperial court'

Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, pounced on the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage Friday, saying the justices cannot "repeal the laws of nature" and vowing that he will "not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch." Published June 26, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful, greets supporters in Central, S.C., on June 1, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Supreme Court ruling shifts health care battle to 2016 presidential race

The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Obamacare subsidies shifts the battle from the courts and Congress to the 2016 presidential contest, where GOP hopefuls insisted Thursday they'll take their case to voters and turn the election into a final referendum on the health law. Published June 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington in this April 29, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz: Time to defeat 'Washington cartel'

Sen. Ted Cruz took aim Wednesday at lawmakers of both parties, including GOP leaders and his Republican presidential rivals, for being part of the "Washington cartel" that has fattened the pockets of deep-pocketed special interests at the expense of hard-working Americans. Published June 24, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. Republicans making their pitch to be the party's 2016 presidential nominee aimed to out-do each other Saturday in arguing that President Barack Obama is a failed leader. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to run for president

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined the 2016 GOP presidential race Wednesday, putting him in the unique position of being the youngest candidate in the crowded field, while also owning one of the longest resumes of public service. Published June 24, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Rand Paul agrees with calls from S.C. leaders to remove Confederate flag

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky broke his silence Tuesday on the Confederate battle flag controversy in South Carolina, saying he agrees with the calls from Gov. Nikki Haley and other elected leaders for the flag to be pulled down from a monument at the state Capitol. Published June 23, 2015

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Pro-Rand Paul PAC attacks Jeb 'Bailout Bush'

A pro-Rand Paul Super PAC is out with a new "Bailout Bush" digital advertisement Monday that criticizes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his position on the 2008 Wall Street bailout and accuses him of taking a bailout of his own when his father was president. Published June 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Social-issues voters doubt Jeb Bush' viability

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will have a difficult time gaining traction among the religious conservative voters who make up a sizable chunk of the Republican primary electorate, attendees said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference last week, designed to give social-issues voters a chance to test the Republican Party presidential hopefuls. Published June 21, 2015