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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

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Chris Christie

Iowa conservatives attack Christie's record

Conservative critics are welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the early caucus state of Iowa Thursday by attacking his record of signing off on "liberal" justices to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Published July 16, 2014

GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

With less than four months to go before Election Day, Orange County Republicans in California are confident that at least two of the four Asian-American GOP women running in high-profile local and state races will emerge victorious, helping to change the face of the party overnight. Published July 16, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said that Republican employment policies have helped people in his state, among others. However, the statistics he cited fail to take into account those people who have given up trying to find work entirely, thereby reducing the overall tallies of the unemployed.  (Associated Press)

Unemployment at state levels dip due to worker loss

Republican governors eying a potential 2016 presidential run are touting their state economies as success stories, saying the conservative policies that they've pushed have brought their unemployment rates under control and put people back to work. Published July 15, 2014

** FILE ** In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photograph, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering in Trenton, N.J., after he signed into law a bill that would extend the cap on arbitration awards to New Jersey's police and firefighters. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

Conservative group hits Christie on judicial picks, ahead of Iowa visit

A conservative group is welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Iowa this week by accusing him of supporting "liberal" judges in the Garden State — as it looks to raise questions about whether conservatives can trust the Republican to ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run. Published July 15, 2014

"What I think would have prevented that from happening is sufficient border security on the ground," Sen. Marco Rubio says. (Associated Press)

Rubio: Senate immigration bill won't stop border surge

Sen. Marco Rubio says the immigration bill he helped push through the Senate would not have stopped the surge of children crossing the southwestern border illegally, breaking with his "Gang of Eight" co-authors who are urging the bill's passage. Published July 14, 2014

Chris Christie leading N.H. GOP presidential field; Mitt Romney lingers large

A new Granite State-WMUR poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are the top picks of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the clear favorite among likely Democratic primary voters. Published July 11, 2014

Majority of Americans want Sarah Palin to simply go away

A new poll found that more than half of the country is sick of hearing from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, who called this week for President Obama's impeachment. Published July 10, 2014

President Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday but declined his offer to go to the Mexico border just 500 miles away. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry: Obama showed up after Hurricane Sandy, why not the Texas border?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged President Obama's reasoning for not traveling to the border during a fundraising swing through the Lone Star state, saying Americans expect their commander-in-chief to respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in much the same way he responds to natural disasters. Published July 10, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013. (Associated Press)

Sen. Mark Udall cancels plans to attend Obama fundraiser

Sen. Mark Udall canceled plans Wednesday to appear at a fundraiser in Colorado with President Obama, saying that he could no longer make it home for the event because of changes to his workload on Capitol Hill. Published July 9, 2014

President Obama will ask Congress for $2 billion to deal with the crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, illegally surge across the U.S.-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

Rep. Edwards: If I were advising Obama, I'd advise him to go to the Texas border

A Maryland Democrat said her advice to President Obama would be that he should visit the Texas border Wednesday during his visit to the Lone Star State to get a first-hand look at the response to the children from Central American countries that are trying to cross into the country illegally. Published July 9, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 20, 2014, photo, donated items for immigrant families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are arranged at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Rep. Cueller: Obama should visit border

Rep. Henry Cueller questioned Wednesday whether President Obama's meeting with local officials during his trip to Texas will have any impact on the surge of illegal immigrant children trying to cross into the United States. Published July 9, 2014