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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

President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama struggles to justify Syria attack to skeptical Americans, Congress

The White House on Tuesday began to lay out a public justification for a possible bombing of Syria, saying the nation's use of chemical weapons is a threat to U.S. interests — a scenario that opens the door to military strikes that wouldn't require authorization from Congress or the United Nations. Published August 27, 2013

**FILE** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivers the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Palin endorses push to defund Obamacare

Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has thrown her support behind the effort to defund Obamacare, saying the "beast must be stopped." Published August 27, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Sen. Bob Corker predicts military strike against Syria

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Monday that he expects U.S. will be involved in some sort of military response to the suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Published August 26, 2013

** FILE ** Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a ceremonial signing of a water fund bill on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's job-poaching pitch targets Missouri

Looking to lure more employers to his state, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running commercials in Missouri in which he touts the business-friendly climate that he has helped carve out and dings the Show-Me State's Democratic governor for blocking tax cuts Published August 22, 2013

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Hillary Clinton is winning the name game for the 2016 presidential election

A slow August in political news has created a vacuum that the press and pundits are filling with Clinton-watch: the guessing game as to whether Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president in 2016, when she might announce and what effect her proto-campaign is having on President Obama's ability to govern. Published August 20, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Cruz: Thanks but no thanks to Canadian citizenship

While insisting he has no beef with Canada, the land of his birth, Sen. Ted Cruz announced his plans Tuesday to rip up his Canadian citizenship in order to help quell the growing controversy over whether he is eligible to run for president. Published August 20, 2013

GOP votes to bar CNN, NBC from hosting primary debates

The Republican National Committee voted Friday to bar NBC and CNN from sponsoring GOP primary debates in the 2016 election, ramping up pressure to stop the networks from running programs focused on Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published August 16, 2013

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Republicans huddle on their ground game

GOP leaders had hoped this week's summer meeting in Boston would focus on preparations for 2016 and efforts to improve the party's ground game — but leaders are finding they can't avoid the thorny policy issues, including immigration, that have deeply divided Republicans in Washington and nationwide. Published August 14, 2013

**FILE** Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

IRS letting questions, tea party applications languish; few fixes after abuses revealed

Three months after it became clear that the IRS started targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status and after President Obama installed new leadership to try to fix the agency, dozens of groups are still awaiting a final decision or, in some cases, have withdrawn their applications out of frustration with the process. Published August 13, 2013

N.C. governor signs voter-ID law

North Carolina's Republican governor signed a voter-identification law on Monday in a move that's likely to test the Obama administration's efforts to push back against states after the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Published August 12, 2013

Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

Scarborough: Paul-McConnell relationship is 'marriage of convenience'

Former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough said Friday the remarks that Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager made about his boss show that their relationship is a "marriage of convenience" aimed at boosting Sen. Rand Paul's bid for the presidency in 2016. Published August 9, 2013