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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

Big Mouth Billy Bass spooks would-be burglar at Minn. store

Forget about a guard dog, it could be time for a guard fish. At least there is some new evidence that that could be a smart way to go after a would-be burglar in Minnesota bailed on robbing a store after being spooked by Big Mouth Billy Bass. Published February 6, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Conservatives to host new Freedom Summit in New Hampshire

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is among the 2016 presidential contenders that will headline an inaugural conservative summit in New Hampshire, which will also draw the likes of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and New York real estate mogul Donald Trump. Published February 5, 2014

** FILE ** CVS Caremark. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, file)

CVS to stop selling tobacco at all its stores

CVS is just saying no to tobacco products. The pharmacy chain's parent company — CVS Caremark — announced Wednesday that they would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products on Oct. 1. Published February 5, 2014

From left: Bill Brooks, former assistant secretary of labor; Louis W. Sullivan, former health secretary and Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sara J. Harper are awarded the 2nd annual Black Republican Trailblazer Award by the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Tuesday. (ANDREW HARNIK/THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

GOP honors 'trailblazers' at Black History Month event

The Republican National Committee honored a trio of "trailblazers" at a Black History Month event in Washington on Tuesday, marking the GOP's latest stab at bolstering its national image among minorities in the run-up to the 2014 and 2016 elections. Published February 4, 2014

**FILE** Sandra Fluke introduces President Obama at a campaign event in Denver on Aug. 8, 2012. Fluke is a Georgetown law student who inadvertently gained notoriety when talk show host Rush Limbaugh spoke disparagingly of her testimony before Congress on the issue of contraception and insurance coverage. (Associated Press)

Sandra Fluke, contraception advocate, eyes House race

Sandra Fluke, who tangled memorably with conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh over insurance coverage of birth control services under Obamacare, is laying the groundwork to run for Congress. Published February 4, 2014