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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

Jerry Falwell Jr.'s blessing may give Donald Trump edge with evangelicals

Jerry Falwell Jr. said Monday that Donald Trump has lived his life in the spirit of Jesus Christ, giving a major boost to the billionaire businessman as he campaigned at Liberty University -- a bastion of Christian conservatism that has become a must-visit stop for GOP presidential contenders. Published January 18, 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after giving a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump dedicates record-breaking crowd at Liberty U. to MLK

GOP presidential contender Donald Trump paid his respects to Martin Luther King Jr. by dedicating the record-breaking crowd that turned out to see him at Liberty University to the memory of the late civil rights leader. Published January 18, 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Donald Trump vows to protect Christianity at Liberty University

Making the case that he is the GOP establishment's worst nightmare, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump looked to assure the religious right in an address at Liberty University Monday that he would defend their religious liberty and shake up the status quo in Washington. Published January 18, 2016

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz squared off repeatedly during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate Thursday in North Charleston, S.C. (Associated Press)

Trump embraces 'angry' label; Cruz dismisses birther talk in GOP debate

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump embraced the label of "angry" and Sen. Ted Cruz fended off repeated questions about his finances and his eligibility to be president as the two men led the rest of the presidential field in Thursday's debate, amid growing concerns about President Obama's foreign policy. Published January 14, 2016

Donald Trump, left, jokes with Ted Cruz during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Cruz and Trump trade blows, score points in battle over birther theories

Sen. Ted Cruz pushed back against Donald Trump in the GOP presidential debate Thursday for stoking "birther" questions over his eligibility to be president, saying the law clearly states that he is legally allowed to be president despite being born in Canada. Published January 14, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio and his super PACs are spending $5.1 million for 7,000 ads scheduled to run this month in Iowa. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton 'disqualified' from being commander in chief

Republicans blasted President Obama's "rosy" economic outlook in this week's State of the Union address and used the sixth debate of the primary season Thursday night to tie Hillary Clinton to his defense policies, saying she would continue his "disaster" for American leadership. Published January 14, 2016

Rand Paul won't be on the main stage for Thursday night's Republican debate. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina bumped from main stage at next Republican debate

Sen. Rand Paul and businesswoman Carly Fiorina missed the cut for this week's prime-time Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Fox Business Network announced Monday, dealing a blow to their presidential aspirations three weeks out from the first binding votes in the Republican nomination race. Published January 11, 2016

Donald Trump, left, and Ted Cruz joke about remarks Cruz has made about Trump's temperament during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz running circles around the GOP field in Iowa: poll

Businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are locked in a tight race for first place in Iowa, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that showed the two 2016 GOP presidential candidates are easily outpacing their closest rivals three weeks out from the state's caucuses. Published January 11, 2016

Then-Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks with moderators at an economic forum, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) **FILE**

Undecided voters give hope to struggling candidates

Six months, six debates and unprecedented media attention still haven't been enough for GOP voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, most of whom say they still haven't completely decided who they'll back when the voting starts Feb. 1. Published January 10, 2016

Grandstanding: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (with microphone) is vying with his fellow GOP hopefuls to sound the toughest on border security and terrorism, decreeing "America is off track." (Associated Press)

GOP hopefuls take aim at Islamic State, Obama, each other in campaign ads

GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum, the winner of the 2012 Iowa caucus, launched his first campaign ad this week characterizing Sen. Ted Cruz, the current Iowa front-runner, as a Mr. Rogers-like figure better suited for reciting lines from children's books than tackling terrorist threats. Published January 5, 2016