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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

Presidential contender Donald Trump speaks to the media after arriving by helicopter during the first first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 30, 2015. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump tops another presidential poll

Donald Trump is leading yet another poll for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, in what is expected to be one of the national surveys that could be used to decide who participates in the first GOP debate next week in Ohio. Published July 30, 2015

It remains to be seen whose approach will be most beneficial in the presidential race as Sens. Rand Paul (left) and Ted Cruz remain in a statistical dead heat at about 5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. They are hovering in the middle of the 16-candidate field. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul plays it cool while rival Ted Cruz plays with fire in Senate

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have followed through on their promises to shake things up on Capitol Hill since arriving in Washington, but some political analysts say the recent intraparty warfare shows the two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are split over the best way to give the government a face-lift. Published July 29, 2015

The ascendancy of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may result in several of the previously declared GOP candidates being bumped from the upcoming Fox News debate due to a limit of only 10 candidates being allowed to participate. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's ascendancy may reshuffle debate stage

Donald Trump's entrance into the GOP presidential race has not only booted another candidate from the likely lineup at next month's first sanctioned debate, but it's also denying the laggers any oxygen to draw attention to themselves and try to climb the rungs to the top tier. Published July 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday vowed that if elected, he would take on the political establishment, cut federal spending and shrink the government. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush vows to shake up 'Mount Washington' if elected

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday cast himself as the D.C. outsider capable of shaking up the political establishment, vowing to take on what he labeled the insularity of the very "Mount Washington" where his family has been a fixture for most of the last 35 years. Published July 20, 2015

Donald Trump says negative response to some of his comments from political rivals is a sign that he is sending the right message. "I am not beholden to anyone," the billionaire businessman said. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Brash and belligerent, Donald Trump comes out on top of Republican polls

Since entering the presidential race, Donald Trump has been Godzilla in a china shop, attacking Republicans and Democrats alike, stirring the national debate and, according to a poll released Tuesday, soaring to the head of a crowded Republican field of candidates. Published July 14, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the National Right to Life convention in New Orleans on July 10, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rick Santorum: Immigration should be at forefront of 2016 GOP race

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Monday the issue of legal immigration must be front and center in the 2016 GOP nomination race, arguing that working-class Americans have suffered from the influx of millions of immigrants over the past two decades. Published July 13, 2015

Jeb Bush and fellow establishment candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton are poised to finish the first half of the year with the most donations in a crowded 2016 field. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush blows Hillary Clinton out of the water in early fundraising race

Jeb Bush's campaign and his Right to Rise PAC have raised a combined $114.4 million in the first half of 2015, easily besting the combined $60.6 million raised by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to new numbers released Thursday by the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful's campaign. Published July 9, 2015