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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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A person dressed as Santa greets guests during a Christmas-themed campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, whose campaign is offering a signature Christmas sweater for $65. (Associated Press)

Presidential candidates offer campaign stocking stuffers

Christmas doesn't usually scream "presidential campaign" -- but a number of 2016 White House hopefuls are eager for Santa to put their hats, sweatshirts and trinkets under your tree this year. Published December 23, 2015

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks in Des Moines, Iowa.  Graham has announced Monday he is ending his bid for the GOP nomination. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

DNC: Lindsey Graham's failed bid reflects GOP's misguided immigration views

The Democratic National Committee pounced on Sen. Lindsey Graham's decision Monday to pull out of the 2016 GOP presidential race, saying it is symbolic of how the GOP has scrapped its Hispanic outreach efforts and plans to support "comprehensive immigration reform." Published December 21, 2015

"Sen. [Rand] Paul and Sen. [Ted] Cruz are both isolationist," Sen. Lindsey Graham said, arguing that the United States should go after ISIS in Iraq and Syria and reinstate the NSA's controversial bulk metadata program. (Associated Press)

Lindsey Graham drops out of presidential race

Sen. Lindsey Graham is the latest GOP presidential candidate to fall, ending his campaign Monday after he failed to win public support among Republican primary voters for a more hawkish foreign policy abroad and a more liberal approach to global warming and immigration back at home. Published December 21, 2015

"People like what I say, people respect what I say," Donald Trump said, kicking off the prime-time debate in Las Vegas, sponsored by CNN. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump defends Muslim ban as security dominates Republican debate

Donald Trump defended his call for a halt on Muslim visitors to the U.S., taking credit for having ignited a needed conversation over the roots of terrorism, as he and the rest of the Republican presidential field faced off Tuesday in their final debate of the year with fear of another terrorist attack growing among the electorate. Published December 15, 2015

GOP presidential contender Donald Trump laughed off the idea Tuesday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a "tough guy" in a testy exchange between the rivals in the GOP presidential debate. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump mocks 'tough guy' Jeb Bush

GOP presidential contender Donald Trump laughed off the idea Tuesday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a "tough guy" in a testy exchange between the rivals in the GOP presidential debate. Published December 15, 2015

"We have to have a more realistic foreign policy and not a utopian one where we say, 'Oh, we are going to spread freedom and democracy and everybody in the Middle East is going to love us.' They are not going to love us," said Sen. Rand Paul. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul warns against toppling Syria's Bashar Assad

GOP presidential contender Rand Paul distanced himself from several of his rivals Tuesday by warning against the United States pushing to militarily topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Published December 15, 2015

Marco Rubio speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Ted Cruz vs. Marco Rubio becomes key dynamic in race during GOP debate

The GOP presidential field wrestled over the issue of the nation's surveillance programs, with Sens. Ted Cruz defending his opposition to the bulk collection of telephone data under the Patriot Act against charges that his stance left the nation less safe. Published December 15, 2015

"Sen. [Rand] Paul and Sen. [Ted] Cruz are both isolationist," Sen. Lindsey Graham said, arguing that the United States should go after ISIS in Iraq and Syria and reinstate the NSA's controversial bulk metadata program. (Associated Press)

Lindsey Graham says Ted Cruz, Rand Paul are 'isolationists'

GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he has been calling for more American combat troops to be sent into the Middle East to destroy the Islamic State before it was the hip thing to do in the GOP presidential race and criticized fellow Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for not echoing that sentiment. Published December 15, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, said as president he would "do whatever is necessary" to defeat the Islamic State, including arming Kurdish forces and stepping up airstrikes. He left the door open for U.S. boots on the ground. (Associated press)

Ted Cruz says he'd arm Kurds, step up airstrikes to destroy Islamic State

Facing criticism over his anti-terror plans, GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday he would wipe out the Islamic State by stepping up airstrikes and arming Kurdish forces to handle the ground work — though he left the door open for U.S. troops. Published December 10, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a town hall meeting at Furman University on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Ted Cruz: 'I do not agree' with Trump's Muslim moratorium

Sen. Ted Cruz moved Tuesday to put some distance between himself and fellow presidential hopeful Donald Trump, pushing back against the billionaire businessman's call to halt Muslim visitors to the U.S. as part of a controversial anti-terror plan. Published December 8, 2015

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael T. McCaul says President Obama's plan to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. may allow Islamic State operatives to sneak into the country among those seeking freedom. (Associated Press photographs)

McCaul: End Obama refugee plans

The head of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Monday that members of the Islamic State have explored entering the United States through the refugee resettlement program, a claim that could ramp up additional pressure on President Obama to rethink his plan to resettle 10,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Published December 7, 2015