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

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FILE - In this March 8, 2017, file photo, House Paul Ryan, of Wis., speaks during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan said he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people hard hit by the plan. A Congressional Budget Office analysis concluded that older people would likely pay higher premiums under the proposal to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Labeling battle becoming a hurdle in health care reform

For conservatives, it's Ryancare. For Senate Democrats, it's Trumpcare. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, had been trying — without much luck — to get folks to call it the "pay more for less" bill. Published March 19, 2017

Spurred on by the women's marches in January, liberal groups are hoping to tap into liberal angst over President Trump's election by hosting resistance training seminars to spur a national movement to disrupt the president's policies at ever stop of the way. (Associated Press)

Liberal groups host Trump 'resistance training' for change

Hoping to convert liberals' despair at President Trump into action, progressive groups are beginning to host resistance training seminars, saying the anger the president's opponents feel can be channeled into a concrete movement. Published March 8, 2017

In this Jan. 12, 2017, file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)

Senate confirms Ben Carson as HUD secretary

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Ben Carson as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he will oversee federal public housing programs. Published March 2, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. From Missouri to Montana, the nations most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings altogether this week as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trumps early agenda.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. McCaskill promises to hold town hall meetings

Sen. Claire McCaskill is vowing to hold town hall meetings, saying she has never run away from the forums, which have become go-to venues for roasting elected leaders. Published February 28, 2017

Sen. Bernard Sanders "has not closed the door" on a third-party run as supporters rally for a Draft Bernie for a People's Party. (Associated Press)

Sanders under rising pressure to form third party

Democratic Party insiders say efforts to draft Sen. Bernard Sanders to launch a political party are foolish, doomed to fail and could do more to hurt than help the progressive cause. Published February 27, 2017

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

Tom Perez wins hard-fought DNC race to become Democrats' first Latino chairman

Tom Perez was elected Saturday as the first Latino chair of the Democratic National Committee, overcoming stiff opposition from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party and delivering a win for former President Barack Obama, who recruited him for the job. In his first act as chairman he immediately moved to unify Democrats by tapping Rep. Keith Ellison, the preferred pick of progressives, as his deputy chair. Published February 25, 2017