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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

"We object to Common Core because the federal government has no right imposing curriculum, imposing content standards in local classrooms when these decisions have always been made by local parents, by teachers, by local leaders," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the CPAC conventiongoers, sparking applause from the crowd. (Associated Press)

Common Core opposition unites 2016 hopefuls at CPAC, with Jeb Bush lone outlier

Likely GOP presidential contenders' calls to scrap Common Core are evoking frustration among Republicans who support the education initiative at the state level: They say the learning standards are not a power grab by the federal government and express concern that the political aspirations of a few could thwart educational improvements for millions of children nationwide. Published March 1, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pauses while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pence: It's time to 'dramatically increase defense spending'

Capping the the second to last day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that it is time to rebuild the nation's military to confront bad actors around the world and to protect the nation. Published February 28, 2015

Iraqis hold a protest a day after Islamic State militants posted an online video showing them smashing rare ancient artifacts in a museum, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The protesters held a banner denouncing the destruction of the artifacts and call upon the Iraqi government to protect archeological sites in the country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Islamist terrorism biggest threat to U.S. national security: TWT/CPAC poll

Conservatives say Islamist terrorism is the biggest threat to U.S. national security, trumping the dangers of more traditional enemies such as Iran or Russia, according to The Washington Times/CPAC flash poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Published February 27, 2015

Possible 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida listens to questions as he speaks to area residents in Hollis, N.H., on Feb. 23, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sen. Marco Rubio knocks 'Obama-Clinton' foreign policy

Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday the nation must play a larger role in confronting bad actors on the world stage, blaming the "Obama-Clinton" foreign policy for making the nation less safe. Published February 27, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks Feb. 26, 2015, during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

Conservatives troubled by Rubio’s immigration push

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized GOP congressional leaders Thursday, saying they have been tone-deaf when it comes to the conservative calls to defund President Obama's executive amnesty. Published February 26, 2015

Golden Isles Tea Party member William Temple, of Brunswick, Ga., takes a moment for a portrait on the first day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. This event, which is billed as the nation's largest gathering of conservatives, runs Feb. 25-28, 2015. (Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr. for The Washington Times)

CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is not scheduled to appear here at CPAC until Friday, but there is already a movement already underway to stage an informal protest when he hits the stage. Published February 26, 2015

"No one of us is any better than any other one of us. Everyone has gifts, everyone wants to live a life of dignity and purpose and meaning, and everyone can do that," Carly Fiorina said. (Associated Press)

Carly Fiorina's supporters create Super PAC 'Carly for America'

Looking toward the 2016 White House race, supporters of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced Tuesday that they were rolling out a Super PAC on her behalf, as they look to strengthen her likely bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Published February 25, 2015

Carly Fiorina waves after speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

CPAC is a vice presidential stage for some seeking Republican ticket

Beneath the preening for the Republican presidential nomination at the Conservative Political Action Conference is a fight for the second spot on the ticket, though it's a battle none of the potential candidates will admit to trying to win. Published February 25, 2015

GOP observers say it will be a challenge for Jeb Bush to win over the conservatives that turn out for CPAC. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush to audition at CPAC for conservatives wary of his GOP establishment ties

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush returns this week to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, marking one of the earliest chances he has had since he announced he was exploring a presidential bid to face a major gathering of grass-roots conservative activists, many of whom are wary of his ties to the GOP establishment. Published February 24, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calls for another pension overhaul

With New Jersey's fiscal health and his presidential aspirations on the line, Gov. Chris Christie outlined part of a plan Tuesday for fixing the state's retirement system, a day after a judge punched a hole in his push to divert money from it to help balance the state budget. Published February 24, 2015

GOP financial strategist Spencer Zwick, who was the national finance chair for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, said that the Republicans' 2016 candidate must take a moderate stance on immigration that advocates a pathway to citizenship. (Associated Press)

GOP must embrace pro-immigration policy, big donors say

GOP conservatives believed they had won the illegal immigration fight last year when congressional leaders embraced a deportation crackdown, but big-money donors are mounting a counterattack, saying the Republican Party must nominate a pro-legalization candidate if it is to win the White House in 2016. Published February 23, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner have tussled with their right flank over how best to advance a conservative agenda at the Capitol. (Associated Press)

Boehner, McConnell to skip CPAC, underscoring tensions between GOP leadership, grass roots

The Conservative Political Action Conference is the biggest annual gathering of Republican leaders and conservative activists, but neither Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor House Speaker John A. Boehner is scheduled to make the 10-mile drive from Capitol Hill to speak to CPAC this year, underscoring the lingering tensions between Republican Washington leadership and the party's grass roots. Published February 23, 2015