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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

** FILE ** President Obama visits the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla., in March 2012. (Associated Press)

GOP starts end run on Keystone to force decision by Obama

House Republicans took the first step Tuesday toward forcing approval of Keystone XL pipeline, with a subcommittee passing a proposal that aims to green-light the massive project without President Obama's approval. Published April 16, 2013

Legal gay marriage no longer a 'losing proposition'

After South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson's embrace of gay marriage last week, activists who have made the issue a litmus test for Democratic Party officeholders are cranking up the heat on the three remaining holdouts among Democrats in the Senate. Published April 14, 2013

Joyce Tarnow, 74, of Florida displays a sign against amnesty in defiance of demonstrators Wednesday.

Immigration activists say it's time to deliver; thousands rally in D.C.

Thousands of immigrant rights activists rallied on the lawn in front of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, saying Hispanic voters delivered for President Obama last year and now want to cash in on his promise to legalize many of the estimated 11 million in the U.S. illegally. Published April 10, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, talks March 7, 2013, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul to blacks: Give GOP a second look

Sen. Rand Paul urged a predominantly black crowd at Howard University on Wednesday to give the Republican Party a second look, saying the big government agenda that Democrats have pursued over the past four years has stunted economic growth and led to staggering levels of unemployment in the black community. Published April 10, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (Associated Press)

Paul speech a test for 'new' GOP

Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to speak Wednesday at Howard University in a high-profile visit that will test the tea party favorite's claim that his libertarian message can travel anywhere and help bolster the GOP's image on the national stage. Published April 8, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks as (not shown) Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen testify on homeland threats and agency responses before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Ex-Sen. Lieberman urges 'limited' U.S. strikes on Syria

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman says the time has come for a "limited campaign of U.S.-led air strikes" that target Syrian President Bashar Assad's planes, helicopters and missiles, in order to bolster the rebel forces trying to topple him. Published April 3, 2013

** FILE ** A road lined with vehicle barriers marking the U.S-Mexico border in New Mexico is the spartan territory for Border Patrol agents. (Associated Press)

Agents fear immigration deal won’t stop illegal border crossers

While lawmakers wrestle over the final details of a comprehensive immigration bill, a new poll shows 6 in 10 GOP voters are opposed to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants — highlighting the tricky politics of the issue for Republicans on Capitol Hill. Published April 3, 2013

National School Shield Task Force director Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference at National Press Club in Washington on April 2, 2013. The National School Shield program is a framework to arm security guards in any school system who want to be part of the program. (Associated Press)

NRA-funded task force wants more armed personnel in schools

Four months after the Sandy Hook school shooting, a task force set up by the National Rifle Association issued a school safety report Tuesday that calls for more trained and armed personnel on school grounds, arguing the faster someone responds with a gun during an attack, the more lives can be saved. Published April 2, 2013

Huckabee, Santorum urge GOP not to go soft on social issues like gay marriage

The last two Republican winners of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses say that the GOP will shoot itself in the foot if it softens its stance on social issues such as same-sex marriage — countering calls from others within the GOP ranks who say that is one way for the party to broaden its national appeal. Published April 1, 2013