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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., whose conservative GOP members derailed the Republican health care bill, leaves a closed-door strategy session with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and the leadership as they try to rebuild unity within the Republican Conference, at the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House conservatives prepare for upcoming fiscal fights

House conservatives say they want to see money for President Trump's border wall, a crack down on sanctuary cities and more cash for the Pentagon all tucked into an emergency spending bill Congress must pass later this month. Published April 6, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks with reporters about Democratic objections to the GOP agenda on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 30, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Nancy Pelosi: Donald Trump's defense of Bill O'Reilly is 'sickening'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it is "sickening" that President Trump has come to the defense of Bill O'Reilly following news reports that Fox News has paid five women millions to settle sexual harassment allegations leveled against their star commentator. Published April 6, 2017

House intelligence committee chair steps aside from Russia probe

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced Thursday that he is stepping aside from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election until he can clear himself of "baseless" ethics complaints filed against him by "left-wing activist groups." Published April 6, 2017

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., addresses the media at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) ** FILE **

Gary Peters: Trump must move to oust Syrian President Assad

Sen. Gary Peters on the Senate Armed Services Committee is calling on President Trump to take a "very strong stand" against Syrian President Bashar Assad and pressure Russia to condemn the chemical attacks against government rebels in the ongoing civil war. Published April 6, 2017

Ron Johnson: Border Wall is a 'metaphor' for border security

Sen. Ron Johnson dismissed the notion Thursday that President Trump would be breaking a campaign promise if he doesn't build a border wall along the entire U.S. border, saying he never took that pledge literally. Published April 6, 2017

Sen. Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, called the "nuclear option" a victory for democracy four years ago. Now, with his party in the minority, he is fighting to save the Senate power of the filibuster. (Associated Press)

'Nuclear option' looks much different to senators after parties shift power

When Sen. Jeff Merkley arrived in Congress in 2009, one of his first crusades was to curtail the power of the filibuster, which he thought was halting much of Democrats' wish list under President Obama. Fast-forward to this year and Mr. Merkley is again on a crusade -- this time to save the filibuster from Republicans, who are looking to finish what Democrats started and eviscerate the 60-vote blockade of Supreme Court nominees. Published April 5, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 30, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Speaker Ryan: Revived health care talks still in 'conceptual stage'

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday his GOP troops are having constructive talks on reviving the stalled effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, though cautioned they were still in the "conceptual" stage and hadn't reached an agreement on the thorny issue. Published April 4, 2017

Protesters chant outside the Grayson County courthouse in downtown Sherman, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. In an action called "A Day Without Immigrants," immigrants across the country are expected to stay home from school, work and close businesses to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and way of life. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Groups rallying support for 'Day Without Immigrants' strike

Pro-immigrant groups are organizing a national "Day Without Immigrants" strike in the hopes of highlighting the nation's reliance on immigrant and minority workers and to call for changes to the nation's immigration laws. Published April 3, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise, listen as Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., second from left, accompanied by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., introduces Gorsuch during opening statements on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, at Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet opposes Gorsuch filibuster

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said he will not join the Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, warning the effort will "only further politicize the Supreme Court and prevent the Senate from blocking more extreme judges in the future." Published April 3, 2017

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, accompanied by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, during the committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Sen. Lindsey Graham: GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Gorsuch

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that GOP leaders will go "nuclear" to overcome a filibuster of Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court and blamed Democrats for turning the confirmation of judges into a purely partisan exercise. Published April 3, 2017