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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 Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets with Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran, Iran. Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country's main oil refinery and claimed to regain partial control of a city near the Syrian border Wednesday, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by militants who diplomats fear may have abducted some 100 foreign workers. Al-Maliki, meanwhile, struck an optimistic tone after soldiers abandoned their posts in the wake of the initial offensive, promising his nation would teach the attackers a "lesson." "We have now started our counteroffensive, regaining the initiative and striking back," al-Maliki said. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

U.S. lawmakers growing weary of Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki

There is a growing sentiment in Washington that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is part of the problem, not the solution, when it comes to unifying the Middle Eastern nation and leading its response to the Islamic militants threatening to spin Iraq into chaos. Published June 19, 2014

**FILE** Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

Bobby Jindal pulls Louisiana out of Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced plans Wednesday to pull his state out of the nationwide Common Core education standards and scrap the accompanying tests — putting him at odds with the his state legislature, the business community and his handpicked leader of the state's department of eduction, who said the governor can't unilaterally scrap the standards. Published June 18, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, flanked by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., left, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Support for repealing death tax grows in the House

Is the "death tax" on the verge of dying? Forbes reported Wednesday that there is now enough support in the GOP-controlled House to pass a bill that would kill the controversial levy on personal fortunes. Published June 18, 2014

Tea party, establishment at odds over future of GOP

Six years after the end of the George W. Bush administration, Republicans remain at odds internally over the direction of the party, struggling between pushes for purity and electability. Published June 17, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a customer signing copies of her new book "Hard Choices," at Harvard Book Store, Monday, June 16, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hillary: Illegal immigrant children must be sent home

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that U.S. should send a clear message that the illegal immigrant children who have been surging across the border will be sent home. Published June 17, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Lawmakers predict no government shutdown this year

Two of the lawmakers who have been deeply involved in bipartisan efforts aimed at reducing annual deficits said Tuesday that they do not expect a government shutdown this year. Published June 17, 2014