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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

Jeb Bush and fellow establishment candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton are poised to finish the first half of the year with the most donations in a crowded 2016 field. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush blows Hillary Clinton out of the water in early fundraising race

Jeb Bush's campaign and his Right to Rise PAC have raised a combined $114.4 million in the first half of 2015, easily besting the combined $60.6 million raised by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to new numbers released Thursday by the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful's campaign. Published July 9, 2015

Clinton emails reveal Blumenthal influential in crafting diplomacy

A cache of 3,000 pages of emails released by the State Department revealed that Hillary Rodham Clinton's off-the-books adviser Sidney Blumenthal was more deeply involved in crafting diplomacy at the agency than previously disclosed, while top White House officials knew early on that she was using a private email account to conduct business as secretary of state. Published July 1, 2015

Donald Trump, host of the television series "The Celebrity Apprentice," mugs for photographers at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2015. NBC on June 29, 2015, said that it is ending its business relationship with Trump, now a Republican presidential candidate, because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

Donald Trump: NBC didn't fire me -- I quit

Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed his recent split with NBC over comments he made about Mexican immigrants, saying he is focusing his attention on his presidential campaign. Published July 1, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Rick Perry blasts Obama for reopening U.S., Cuba embassies

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry slammed the Obama administration's decision to reopen embassies in the United States and Cuba, saying the move underscores the president's misguided approach to global affairs and is unlikely to help the people living under the Castro regime. Published July 1, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush greets local residents during a backyard meet and greet, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Washington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released 33 year of tax returns Thursday as part of an effort to cast himself as the most transparent candidate running for president in 2016. The returns were posted on his jeb2016.com campaign website. Published June 30, 2015

Former President George H.W. Bush is pitching for presidential campaign cash on behalf of son Jeb and warns supporters in jest that his wife, Barbara, is "The Enforcer." "Trust me, you don't want her following up," he said. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush donors get George H.W. pitch as candidates race fundraising deadline

With the clock ticking on the end-of-the-month fundraising deadline, former President George H.W. Bush is fishing for dollars on behalf of his son, Jeb Bush, telling potential donors that it is "imperative" that the former Florida governor's White House campaign closes out the first quarter in a robust fashion. Published June 29, 2015