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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow) **FILE**

Donald Trump not a 'free market conservative,' critics say

Donald Trump's political and economic philosophies are starting to come into sharper focus, and some Republicans say the presidential candidate is shaping up to be more of a populist than anything else. Published November 25, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and presidential candidate, is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press/File)

Hawks in Congress clamor to lead war authorization against Islamic State

Presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham demanded Wednesday that Congress debate and pass a new authorization for an open-ended war against the Islamic State, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill increasingly clamored to put their own stamps on the way the U.S. is fighting in the Middle East. Published November 18, 2015

People wait in line to enter the migrant and refugee registration camp in Moria, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, in this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)

Honduras stops Syrians with fake passports headed for U.S.: report

Police in Honduras have detained five Syrians they said were trying to reach the U.S. using stolen Greek passports, Reuters reported Wednesday in another development likely to hurt President Obama's efforts to welcome Syrian refugees. Published November 18, 2015

President Barack Obama passes then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before delivering a policy address on events in the Middle East at the State Department in Washington on May 19, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pro-Christie group dings Obama, Clinton on ISIS approach

A pro-Chris Christie group is about to release the first hard-hitting political ad taking President Obama to task over the Paris terrorist attacks, saying he and "second mate" Hillary Rodham Clinton have botched the fight against the Islamic State. Published November 18, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a speech Tuesday vowed to lead an international coalition against terrorists, with his campaign saying he's got the chops to do it thanks to 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

'Insider' GOP presidential candidates tout experience in wake of Paris attacks

Lagging GOP presidential candidates are moving to capitalize on the Paris terrorist attacks driving national security to the fore, making the case that their extensive government experience — a negative to many voters — is now a boon as the country searches for a leader to combat the Islamic State. Published November 17, 2015

"This is not my time," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on Fox News, adding he was not ready to endorse one of his rivals. (Associated Press)

Bobby Jindal suspends 2016 presidential campaign

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday that he is suspended his presidential campaign, making him the third current or former governor to drop out of a race where outsiders have been all the rage. Published November 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

John Kasich, Ohio governor, envisions big role for Kurds in U.S.-led efforts to combat ISIS

GOP presidential candidate John Kasich said Tuesday that Kurdish fighters have a pivotal role to play in the United States' push to defeat the Islamic State and bring stability to the Middle East, as the Ohio governor looked to put his imprint on the renewed debate over how best to combat international terrorism following last week's attacks in Paris. Published November 17, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, addresses the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Team Clinton attacks Cruz Iowa ally as anti-immigrant

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign panned Sen. Ted Cruz's decision Monday to welcome an endorsement from one of the GOP's most adamant opponents of illegal immigration, saying it shows how "how extreme and anti-immigrant today's Republican Party has become." Published November 16, 2015

In this Nov. 12, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Bring on Trump, and Ben Carson, too. That’s what Democratic insiders are saying about the Republican outsiders who sit solidly atop preference polls in the race for the GOP nomination for president.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Donald Trump mocks Macy's struggles

Businessman Donald J. Trump is poking fun at Macy's recent financial struggles, suggesting the department store chain is losing ground because of its decision to stop selling his ties and other Trump apparel. Published November 16, 2015

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, proposed hiking taxes on businesses that hire illegal immigrants. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

Steve King endorses Ted Cruz's presidential bid

Rep. Steve King threw his political muscle Monday behind Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid, giving the Texas Republican a powerful surrogate in Iowa, where the caucus will kick off the nomination race in February. Published November 16, 2015