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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Donald Trump threatens to scramble the election map

Donald Trump has done exactly what he promised: He has scrambled the election map, putting into play states that have been out of the Republican Party's reach for a generation, but he also risks losing states that have long been GOP strongholds. Published June 1, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters and bikers at a Rolling Thunder rally at the National Mall in Washington, Sunday, May 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Incumbents in GOP tepid on Trump

There are signs that the "ostrich effect" is spreading inside the halls of Congress, where Senate Republicans running for re-election in tight races are putting distance between themselves and Donald Trump — with some wary of even mentioning his name. Published May 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Trump torpedoes talk of debate with 'second-place' Sanders

After some fevered speculation, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump closed the door Friday on a one-on-one debate with Sen. Bernard Sanders ahead of the June 7 California primary, saying it would be "inappropriate" to share the stage with the loser of the Democratic primary and help networks that have not been generous to charities. Published May 27, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Hartnell College, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Salinas, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Trump questions Clinton's temperament to be president

Donald Trump said Thursday the inspector general's findings challenging claims Hillary Clinton made about the use of a secret email server is more evidence that former secretary of state lacks the "temperament" to be president. Published May 26, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves during a campaign event in Lawrenceville, N.J., on May 19, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump, RNC roll out team for joint fundraising effort

Likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee rolled out Tuesday a list of big-time fundraisers who will help raise cash for the fall elections, as the billionaire businessman takes another step away from the self-funded nature of his primary campaign. Published May 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton is 3 inches taller than the average American woman, according to this year's reports. (Associated Press)

Hillary's latest tall tale

Separated by at least 7 inches in height, presidential contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to test the adage that "size matters," according to researchers, who have found that voters, whether they acknowledge it or not, are often influenced by a candidate's physical stature and overall appearance. Published May 23, 2016

Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks with legislators at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on May 18, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

RNC has 'zero' concerns about Gary Johnson candidacy

The Republican National Committee is dismissing the idea that presumptive Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson's third-party candidacy could cut into Donald Trump's chances of winning the White House in the fall election. Published May 23, 2016

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, speaks before the Tennessee Republican Party's 2016 Statesmen's Dinner in Nashville on May 13, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sen. Bob Corker downplays VP talk amid Trump visit

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday he has no reason to believe that Donald Trump is considering him as a possible running mate following a meeting with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in New York City. Published May 23, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Lawrenceville, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Donald Trump fires back at Robert Gates: 'Not a big fan of his'

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump brushed aside concerns raised this week about his candidacy by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying he's "not a big fan" of Mr. Gates and that he "knows nothing about me." Published May 20, 2016

Despite building a border wall at the U.S. southern border with Mexico being a major part of his campaign, some top Republican officials say it's doubtful that the campaign cornerstone will make the party's platform, to be crafted this summer. (Associated Press)

GOP: Trump's border wall unlikely to be part of party platform

Building a border wall has become the signature of Donald Trump's campaign, but some top GOP officials say it's doubtful his pledge will make it into the party's platform this summer, raising questions about just how much influence the Republican nominee will have over the agenda. Published May 18, 2016