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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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FILE - In this March 6, 2014, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. Pitching himself as an ally to Silicon Valley,  Rubio proposed in an appearance on Monday, March 10, 2014, giving cellphone companies more access to government-controlled airwaves as part of a package of pro-business initiatives he said would create "thousands upon thousands of high-paying jobs." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Judd Gregg, N.H. Republicans host private reception for Marco Rubio

Former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg is among a group of Republicans hosting a private reception for Sen. Marco Rubio in New Hampshire next month, putting another potential 2016 presidential candidate in the state that is home to the nation's first primary. Published April 22, 2014

President-elect Barack Obama (right) meets with Sen. John McCain on Nov. 17 at Obama's transition office in downtown Chicago. (Associated Press)

McCain: Obama fails to grasp the 'importance of American leadership'

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday that President Obama's approach to foreign affairs shows he does not appreciate the importance of American leadership and said the Democrat boxed himself in by vowing on the campaign trail to reduce the nation's military footprint across the globe. Published April 22, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul will speak at the Freedom Summit, an event that confirms to locals that the 2016 primary season has begun in New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

Freedom Summit unofficial start to '16 GOP primary

Some of the top names in the speculation over the GOP's presidential nomination battle will converge on New Hampshire on Saturday for the inaugural "Freedom Summit," an event that locals say confirms that the 2016 primary season has already begun in this critical state. Published April 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, once seen as a champion for conservatives and a possible candidate for House speaker, now is struggling to hold on to his leadership. (Associated Press)

Eric Cantor falls hard from good graces of conservatives

Conservatives are increasingly targeting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, arguing that he has abandoned conservative principles and protesting his planned meeting with moderate and liberal Republicans. Published April 9, 2014

**FILE** House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., with House GOP leaders, speaks with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. At left is Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Eric Cantor pressured to skip conference by moderate GOP group

The head of a conservative advocacy group is calling on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to turn down an invitation to attend a conference being hosted by a moderate Republican organization, warning that by going, Mr. Cantor could hurt his standing with the GOP's grassroots leaders. Published April 9, 2014

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, said that Edward Snowden has been loyal to his country by "letting the American people know that their government was getting out of hand." (Associated Press)

GOP congressman: Empower states to legalize marijuana

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, one of the GOP's earliest champions of marijuana legalization, says his party should field a presidential candidate who will support states' rights to legalize pot. Published April 8, 2014