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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

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discusses a plan July 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill to move mail to cluster box and curbside delivery in a move to cut costs at the cash-strapped Postal Service by up to $4.5 billion a year. With the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, the tradition of mail delivery to the door could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal in Congress. At left is the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. (Associated Press)

House investigating FEC and IRS communications over tax exempt groups

House investigators this week said they want to see communications between the Federal Election Commission and the IRS that could shed light on whether the two agencies colluded to target conservative organizations, as questions about the IRS targeting scandal expanded. Published August 8, 2013

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, faces a well-funded test from the right. (Associated Press)

Angry bluegrass roots and strong rivals spell trouble for Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

In Washington, Mitch McConnell is the Senate Republicans' floor general and a major power broker. Back home in Kentucky, however, he is possibly the most endangered member of the GOP Senate caucus ahead of next year's midterm elections, as he tries to balance pleasing vociferous right-wing constituents with his role as chief congressional dealmaker. Published August 6, 2013

Rep. Tom Cotton (Associated Press)

Cotton running for Senate in Arkansas with Pryor in GOP's crosshairs

Rep. Tom Cotton officially announced Tuesday that he will challenge Arkansas Sen. Mark L. Pryor for his seat, giving the GOP a prized recruit in the race and raising the party's hopes that his candidacy puts it a step closer to taking over the Senate in the 2014 election. Published August 6, 2013

** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (The Washington Times)

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus protests Hillary Clinton documentary

The head of the Republican National Committee is demanding that NBC and CNN pull the plug on airing an upcoming documentary and a miniseries on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — or risk losing out on the chance to sponsor presidential debates in the 2016 GOP primary election. Published August 5, 2013

** FILE ** Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.N. Ambassador, listens to Obama speak in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, where he made the announcement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Senate OKs Obama pick for U.N. ambassador

The Senate on Thursday approved Samantha Power to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, clearing the decks of all of President Obama's nominees who had stacked up in the face of Republican delays. Published August 1, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks during a committee hearing on Embassy Security on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

With Benghazi in mind, panel approves embassy security bill

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a proposal Thursday that aims to bolster security at U.S. embassies and diplomatic posts around the world in the aftermath of the attacks on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, last year. Published August 1, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul

Senate rejects Paul push to cut Egypt aid

Senate lawmakers sent a clear message Wednesday that they have no plans to cut taxpayer assistance for Egypt in the wake of the military coup against the elected government of President Mohammed Morsi. Published July 31, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Republicans are trying to make something out of nothing regarding conservative groups and the Internal Revenue Service.
(Associated Press)

White House won't confirm visit by IRS counsel at suspicious time

The Obama administration is refusing to say whether a top Internal Revenue Service official visited the White House just before he weighed in on the guidelines used to determine whether a group qualifies for tax-exempt status — raising questions about the role his office played in the agency's targeting of conservatives. Published July 24, 2013

Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia and CEO of the Points of Light volunteer organization, formally entered the Georgia Senate race Tuesday.
(Associated Press)

Nunn's daughter enters Senate race in Georgia

Michelle Nunn formally entered the Georgia Senate race Tuesday, giving Democrats new hope they can compete in the reliably red state and put a dent in Republicans chances of taking over the upper chamber. Published July 23, 2013

Christine O'Donnell, a former Republican candidate for Senate, said the case of Delaware of snooping on her taxes is "an active investigation now." (Associated Press)

Records of Christine O'Donnell tax snooping disappear

Delaware state officials have told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O'Donnell's personal tax records and acknowledged that a newspaper article was used as the sole justification for snooping into the former GOP Senate candidate's tax history. Published July 23, 2013

** FILE ** Liz Cheney, who espouses the neoconservative views of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is challenging Sen. Michael B. Enzi, who has been swiftly endorsed by libertarian Sen. Rand Paul. (Associated Press)

Wyoming GOP primary race for Senate pits neocons vs. libertarians

The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race in Wyoming could erupt into a proxy war in the battle between the libertarian and conservative wings of the party over national security, with Sen. Rand Paul supporting Sen. Michael B. Enzi in his re-election bid against the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Published July 21, 2013

** FILE ** Liz Cheney, who espouses the neoconservative views of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is challenging Sen. Michael B. Enzi, who has been swiftly endorsed by libertarian Sen. Rand Paul. (Associated Press)

Wyoming GOP primary pits neocons vs. libertarians

The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race in Wyoming could erupt into a proxy war in the battle between the libertarian and conservative wings of the party over national security, with Sen. Rand Paul supporting Sen. Michael B. Enzi in his re-election bid against the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Published July 21, 2013