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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Ralph Reed: IRS should be abolished, building fumigated, razed

Ralph Reed, the head of Freedom and Faith Coalition, called on social conservatives Friday to help Republicans take over the Senate in the fall election, saying that it would open the door for Congress to pull the plug on the IRS. Published June 20, 2014

Rick Perry

Perry unfazed by the rise of fellow Texan Cruz

Texas Gov. Rick Perry downplayed the idea Thursday that the window may have closed on his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination because of the rise of another Lone Star Republican: Sen. Ted Cruz. Published June 19, 2014

FILE - In this May 3, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Milwaukee. Newly released documents show prosecutors are alleging Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate with outside conservative groups. The documents were filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit challenging the probe by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth. The documents were ordered publicly released Thursday, June 19, 2014, by a federal appeals court judge after prosecutors and the Wisconsin Club for Growth did not object. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

Wisconsin Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme, prosecutors say

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he was the victim of a partisan legal assault after prosecutors released court documents saying that the Republican governor was involved in a "criminal scheme" in which he illegally coordinated fundraising with outside conservative groups in the run-up to his 2012 recall election. Published June 19, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during an evening lecture at the U.S. Naval War College Thursday, June 12, 2014 in Newport, RI. McCain delivered a blistering assessment of the U.S response to the developing military situation in Iraq from the Senate floor earlier on Thursday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

John McCain to stump for Thad Cochran

Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, is headed to Mississippi to campaign Sunday with Sen. Thad Cochran. Published June 19, 2014

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