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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

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mike Pence: Religious liberty law has been grossly misconstrued

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his decision to sign a bill that aims to protect religious liberties, but it has sparked an intense backlash from opponents who fear it opens the door for discrimination — particularly against gays and lesbians. Published March 31, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid defends false claims on Mitt Romney taxes in exit interview

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada gave an exit interview with a bang, defending making his false claim that Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes, expressing pride in his reputation for pork-barrel spending, and saying he only ran for re-election in 2010 to spite his critics. Published March 31, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., walks off the stage after speaking at the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Lindsey Graham creating buzz in Iowa, state party chair says

The head of the Iowa GOP said Monday that Sen. Lindsey Graham is creating some buzz in the first-in-the-nation caucus state and making the sort of moves that would suggest the South Carolina Republican is serious about running for president in 2016. Published March 30, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, voted against the GOP budget last week, saying it is irresponsible to pay for U.S. defense by adding to the debt. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul opposes GOP budget, says it's 'irresponsible' to add to debt

Sen. Rand Paul used last week's battle over the federal budget to reinforce his image as the top fiscal hawk in the 2016 presidential field, calling out his colleagues for demanding more military spending without showing how they would pay for it. Published March 29, 2015

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2014, file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body cameras during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. A small number of Cleveland patrol officers will take to the streets Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, equipped with new city-owned body cameras, technology that officials hope will provide more accountability within the troubled department and close the gap of mistrust of police within the community. Cleveland joins a growing roster of big cities that equip officers with body cameras, including Los Angeles, which announced a plan in December to provide them to 7,000 officers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Rand Paul backs police body-camera pilot programs

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is teaming up with a few Democrats to push a measure that would help state and local law enforcement cover the cost of purchasing or leasing body-worn cameras as part of pilot programs that will test whether the equipment could help increase public trust in law enforcement and bolster public safety. Published March 26, 2015

FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. Pegging him as rising opponent in the Republican race for president, rivals of Walker have identified his changing positions on several issues as a potent line of criticism. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Scott Walker's camp says he opposes 'amnesty,' blasts report

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's team is disputing a report in The Wall Street Journal that says he told Republicans in New Hampshire this month that he supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Published March 26, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and his wife Heidi watch as their daughter Caroline, 6, center, high-fives members of the crowd after Cruz announced his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. Also pictured is Catherine Cruz, 4, left. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sen. Ted Cruz, top Obamacare critic, signing up for Obamacare

Fresh off his presidential announcement, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas made another big decision Tuesday: he is signing up for Obamacare, the health insurance program that he vows to scrap if elected to the White House. Published March 24, 2015

Polls show Sen. Ted Cruz is running toward the back of the pack for the 2016 Republican nomination and has work to do to attract fellow Hispanics. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz faces fierce Hispanic backlash over immigration crackdown advocacy

Sen. Ted Cruz announced a bid for the White House on Monday, drawing praise from grass-roots conservatives but a fierce backlash from Hispanic groups that said they were appalled at the prospect of the first Hispanic to announce for president this cycle being such a firm champion of a crackdown on illegal immigrants. Published March 23, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich won a landslide re-election to a second term last year, proving his popularity in a state considered pivotal for a Republican presidential candidate to win. (Associated Press)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich to test 2016 waters on trip to New Hampshire

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will make a foray to New Hampshire this week, testing whether another GOP governor with a reputation for compassionate conservatism and the potential for broad appeal can find a place amid the crowded 2016 presidential field. Published March 22, 2015