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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

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is embarking on a three-day trip to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and local business leaders. Analysts see it as a way to brush up on Mr. Christie's foreign policy experience prior to a potential presidential run in 2016. (Associated Press)

Christie making trade mission to Mexico

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicks off a three-day trade mission to Mexico on Wednesday in a trip that will give the potential 2016 presidential contender a chance to burnish his foreign policy credentials abroad and bolster his image with Hispanic voters back home. Published September 2, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat. (Associated Press)

GOP Senate candidates struggle to score knockout punch

Despite a highly touted class of candidates, Republicans have struggled in a number of conservative states — leaving the fate of the Senate to be fought out over the next two months Published September 1, 2014

Former Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, speaks at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit in Washington on Feb. 10, 2014. (Associated Press)

DeMint: Ted Cruz hotter 2016 commodity than Rick Perry

Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint says that Sen. Ted Cruz would have the upper hand right now in a potential showdown with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Published August 29, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul warns against interventionism in Middle East

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the United States cannot be the world's police and is warning against listening to the "interventionists" in both parties, as he argues that their approach to the Middle East has "never been good foreign policy" because it is founded in the idea of "shooting first and asking questions later." Published August 28, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Summer of GOP flip-flops: Jindal, Paul, Rubio change course on key issues

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit Wednesday challenging the federal Common Core education curriculum makes him the latest GOP presidential hopeful to use the dog days of August to recalibrate himself toward the conservative voters who will decide the 2016 Republican presidential nominee. Published August 27, 2014

FILE - This June 21, 2014, file photo shows Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as he speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates including Jindal. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Cruz, Jindal to headline Faith and Freedom Coalition event

Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline a September gathering of social conservatives in Iowa, which is home to one of the most watched Senate races of the midterm elections and the first stop of the 2016 presidential race. Published August 27, 2014