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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

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. Shifting his focus to Washington, Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Gov. Scott Walker: Time for 'new' approach to governing

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that ordinary Americans are tired of the heavy hand of Washington and are yearning for elected leaders to take a "fresh" bottom-up approach to governance that empowers states and localities. Published January 30, 2015

Donald Trump makes his keynote address on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  (AP Photo/Randall Hill)

Trump tells GOP audience: Avoid Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush

New York real estate mogul Donald Trump cautioned Republicans against nominating either former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president in 2016 — sparking a hearty applause and rounds of laughter from the conservatives gathered here for the Iowa Freedom Summit. Published January 24, 2015

CORRECTS ID FROM JOHN MARA TO STEVE TISCH - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Giants executive vice-President Steve Tisch, right, talk before an NFL football game between the Giants and Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Plenty of room for fat cat donors to cozy up to Christie in race against Jeb, Mitt

Republican donors say Chris Christie won't be squeezed out of the Republican presidential race even if Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush dive in because there is plenty of money to go around among the three men viewed as the establishment's candidates and the New Jersey governor has advantages the other two don't have. Published January 20, 2015

So far, the GOP does not have much enthusiasm for a possible third run for the White House by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Associated Press)

Prospect of a 2016 Romney bid fails to inspire GOP

Mitt Romney has shot to the top of GOP primary polls, but the potential for his third presidential bid isn't playing as well among Republican Party leaders and activists who are no longer sold on him, and say he's far from a shoo-in to win their nomination again. Published January 15, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chris Christie, Scott Walker go global in State of the State addresses

Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker managed to carve out space in their respective State of the State addresses this week to delve into international affairs, signaling the importance global politics is expected to play in the 2016 GOP nomination race. Published January 14, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: 'I will be standing here in one year'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowed Tuesday in his annual State of the State Address that he would still be "standing here in one year" — a promise sure to raise questions about his presidential aspirations in 2016. Published January 13, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks at the Heritage Foundation's Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Time to rethink opposition to judicial activism

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that conservatives should not be so fast to attack the courts, saying judges have played an important role in defending the rights of individuals fighting against government overreach. Published January 13, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Ryan says he will not run for president in 2016. Ryan, of Wisconsin, was the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012. There had been much speculation about his ambitions for 2016. But Ryan says in a statement issued Monday that he wants to focus on his work in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Paul Ryan: I'm not running in 2016

Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, announced Monday that he will pass on a 2016 White House bid, saying he wants to focus instead on his job as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which puts him in charge of writing all tax laws. Published January 12, 2015