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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

Republican presidential candidates (Left to Right) former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex) stand for the singing of the National Anthem as they arrive on stage for the Florida Republican Presidential Debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, January 26, 2012. This is the second and final debate before the Florida Republican primary on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

Romney, Gingrich clash over immigration in Florida debate

Newt Gingrich played the role of political pinata in the debate here Thursday as his Republican rivals whacked away at his stances on immigration, previous support of a federal health care mandate and recent call for a new moon base — all just five days out from the state's all-important presidential primary. Published January 26, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista wave Jan. 25, 2012, to the large crowd during a campaign stop in Cocoa, Fla. (Associated Press/Florida Today)

Gingrich opens door for illegal immigrants

Fighting to curry favor with Florida's large pool of Hispanic voters, Newt Gingrich on Wednesday called for a guest-worker program for most illegal immigrants, but his campaign could not say whether those people would be on a path to citizenship — the key question in the immigration debate. Published January 25, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gestures during a "Meet the Candidates" forum on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)

Gingrich mocks Romney over 'self-deportations'

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that rival Mitt Romney is living in an "Obama-level fantasy" world if he believes that stronger enforcement of the nation's laws will persuade illegal immigrants to leave the nation voluntarily. Published January 25, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a GOP presidential hopeful, holds a discussion on housing and foreclosure in Tampa, Fla., on Monday. Mr. Romney slammed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for his work with Freddie Mac and called on him to release records from an ethics investigation. (Associated Press)

Romney releases tax records

Caving to calls from his top GOP rival and Democrats to come clean on his tax history, Mitt Romney released some records Tuesday that showed he's earned $42.5 million over the past two years, while shelling out more than $6 million to the IRS and $7 million in charitable donations. Published January 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets audience members after speaking at the National Gypsum Company in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney: Make Obama's State of the Union his last

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney urged voters here to make President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday his last and blamed the Democrat for pushing policies that have raised the nation's unemployment rate, worsened the housing crises and pushed the nation deeper into a sea of red ink. Published January 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich take part in The Republican Candidates Debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., Monday, January 23, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

Romney accuses Gingrich of 'influence-peddling'

Mitt Romney delivered stinging attacks against Newt Gingrich's record and overall character in the debate here Monday, as he looked to halt the wave of momentum the former House speaker is riding from his recent victory in the South Carolina primary. Published January 23, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, arrive for a news conference in North Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at which he announced the suspension of his GOP presidential campaign and his endorsement of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Perry pulls out of race, backs Gingrich

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday morning and endorsed rival Newt Gingrich, further crystallizing the race for the conservative alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney. Published January 19, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum greets his audience at a gathering Tuesday on the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He is trying to convince voters in the run-up to the state's primary Saturday that he is the best conservative in the race. (Associated Press)

Iowa recount may boost Santorum

This could change the narrative a bit: A recount of the Iowa caucus vote could give the former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum the victory over front-runner Mitt Romney, who eked out an eight-vote win in the initial count. Published January 17, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns Jan. 13, 2012, at the University of South Carolina Aiken in Aiken, S.C. (Associated Press)

Top evangelical: Romney 'not Mormon enough' for social conservatives

A leading Southern Baptist figure predicted Friday that Christian conservative leaders won't rally around an alternative to Mitt Romney until after next week's South Carolina primary, while warning that the former Massachusetts governor is "not Mormon enough" for most socially conservative voters. Published January 13, 2012

Romney on illegal immigration and the Dream Act

In an interview last weekend, The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin asked Mitt Romney about the Dream Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrant children and young adults. Published January 11, 2012

Rep. Ron Paul campaigns outside a polling station at Webster School in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Paul backs Romney's record at Bain Capital

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas came to the defense of Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying his Republican presidential rivals are selling out basic free-market conservative principles when they criticize the former Massachusetts governor's time at the helm of Bain Capital. Published January 10, 2012

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters at the Romney for President New Hampshire primary night rally at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Behind Mr. Romney are his sons Tagg (left) and Craig and his wife, Ann. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Romney wins New Hampshire, Paul second

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the nation's first presidential primary Tuesday night, overcoming charges by his conservative Republican rivals that he is a political moderate and a corporate raider to capture a double-digit victory in New Hampshire. Published January 10, 2012

Dixville Notch, N.H., residents (from left) Tanner Tillotson, Peter Johnson and Jacques Couture wait on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the Balsams Grand Resort for the stoke of midnight to cast their votes in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Voters in N.H. head to the polls

New Hampshire voters began casting their ballots at schools and churches Tuesday in the nation's first presidential primary as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich kept up his attacks on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner. Published January 10, 2012

The bearded satirist who calls himself Vermin Supreme heckles Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul after the Texas congressman made a campaign stop at Moe Joe's Family Restaurant in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

'Vermin Supreme' rears his bearded head in New Hampshire

Ron Paul's final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire got off to a wacky start in Manchester on Monday when he was met by a man with a rubber boot on his head and a bullhorn in his hand who eventually challenged him and President Obama to a "panty-wrestling match to decide it all." Published January 9, 2012

One day before the nation's first presidential primary, Rep. Ron Paul met customers at Moe Joe's Family Restaurant in Manchester, N.H., and then worked his way through a crowd of reporters and camera crews. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Santorum, Paul detail Israel, Iran policies

In one of the sharper, more substantive debates of the GOP primary so far, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum brought their foreign policy fight to New Hampshire, outlining dueling visions for the role the United States military should play worldwide — particularly in regards to the nation's relationship with Israel and how best to handle Iran's nuclear programs. Published January 9, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, N.H., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney weakens in N.H. as foes slam jobs record

As voters head to the polls at the New Hampshire presidential primary, Mitt Romney's rivals blasted his record as a venture capitalist while the Republican front-runner's support in polls eroded further. Published January 9, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, listens as he is introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., as he campaigns at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney, confident in conservative support, channels Popeye

Mitt Romney said Saturday he doesn't see a need to take any special steps to unite conservatives behind his presidential bid, saying he already holds "conservative Republican principles," and said he abides by the wisdom of cartoon character Popeye about being himself. Published January 7, 2012

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, left, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, listen to Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, answer a question during a Republican presidential candidate debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Paul digs in heels during GOP debate in N.H.

Rep. Ron Paul fought to protect his top-tier status in the Republican presidential race during Saturday night's debate, ripping into the records of his closest rivals and putting up a feisty defense of his limited government philosophy. Published January 7, 2012