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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** Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat, is seen Sept. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Impeachment talks revving up Democratic base: DCCC

The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Tuesday that the House GOP's threats of suing or impeaching President Obama have been a fundraising boon for Democrats — putting them on stronger footing financially as they gear up for the homestretch of the 2014 election. Published July 29, 2014

Former Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri argues he was the victim of a "political assassination" and says he stands by point that the probability of pregnancy in the cases of rape are less than it would be otherwise. Shortly after winning his party's nomination for the Senate in August 2012, Mr. Akin said in a radio interview that women's bodies could somehow block an unwanted pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

Achin' for Akin: Democrats praying for GOP Gaffes in midterms

Desperately looking to fire up their base, Democrats are on the hunt for the next Todd Akin — a loose-talking Republican candidate who can be cast as being so far outside of the mainstream that they tarnish the GOP's image and dampen its chances of taking over the Senate. Published July 28, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors Association, says his fellow GOP state chief executives are getting the job done. (Associated Press)

GOP 2014: Republican governors cite their economic stewardship

Heading into the 2014 election, the GOP is casting its slate of governors as turnaround artists, saying they've led their states out of recession by embracing lower taxes, putting people back to work and ensuring businesses are helped — not hampered — by their policies. Published July 27, 2014

After winning Tuesday's Republican primary , businessman David Perdue immediately turned his focus to his Democratic rival Michelle Nunn, painting her as an Obama ally and saying she has to "defend the failed policies of the last six years." (Associated Press Photographs)

Perdue, Nunn square off in race for Georgia's open Senate seat

Hours after his narrow victory in the Georgia GOP Senate primary, businessman David Perdue turned his attention Wednesday to his general election matchup with Democrat Michele Nunn in what is shaping up to be one of the most watched races of the 2014 midterm elections. Published July 23, 2014

FILE - In this June 29, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes wave to supporters at at rally in Louisville, Ky. Warren is quickly becoming a top Democrat fund-raising and campaigning powerhouse. Since March, she has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky and has trips planned in July for West Virginia and Michigan. It’s a hefty schedule for a freshman senator who not long ago was teaching law at Harvard.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Alison Lundergan Grimes hits Mitch McConnell over jobs

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes started running a new television ad on Tuesday in which an unemployed coal minor questions whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing all he can to put people back to work. Published July 22, 2014

Businessman David Perdue at his own election-night watch party in Atlanta. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia GOP Senate primary runoff

Businessman David Perdue won the Georgia Senate Republican primary runoff race, advancing to the general election where he will square off against Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the marquee races of the 2014 Midterm Elections that could tilt control of the upper chamber. Published July 22, 2014

Businessman David Perdue at his own election-night watch party in Atlanta. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff locked in dead heat

Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue were locked in a tight battle in Tuesday's runoff for the Republican Senate nomination to face Democrat Michelle Nunn in one of the marquee races of the 2014 general election that could tilt control of the upper chamber. Published July 22, 2014

GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

With less than four months to go before Election Day, Orange County Republicans in California are confident that at least two of the four Asian-American GOP women running in high-profile local and state races will emerge victorious, helping to change the face of the party overnight. Published July 16, 2014

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Iowa conservatives attack Christie's record

Conservative critics are welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the early caucus state of Iowa Thursday by attacking his record of signing off on "liberal" justices to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Published July 16, 2014

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, formerly the mayor of Anchorage, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to win his Senate seat in 2008. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 2010 Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller and former Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan are vying for the opportunity to challenge Begich for his seat in November. Alaska's primaries will be held on Aug. 19. (Associated Press)

Alaska tops wildcard races across the West

The road to a Republican majority in the Senate could hinge on what happens in Alaska, where Sen. Mark Begich is fighting for his political life and, like other vulnerable Democrats, is trying to distance himself from President Obama and some of Mr. Obama's unpopular policies. Published July 16, 2014

** FILE ** In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photograph, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering in Trenton, N.J., after he signed into law a bill that would extend the cap on arbitration awards to New Jersey's police and firefighters. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

Conservative group hits Christie on judicial picks, ahead of Iowa visit

A conservative group is welcoming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Iowa this week by accusing him of supporting "liberal" judges in the Garden State — as it looks to raise questions about whether conservatives can trust the Republican to ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run. Published July 15, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said that Republican employment policies have helped people in his state, among others. However, the statistics he cited fail to take into account those people who have given up trying to find work entirely, thereby reducing the overall tallies of the unemployed.  (Associated Press)

Unemployment at state levels dip due to worker loss

Republican governors eying a potential 2016 presidential run are touting their state economies as success stories, saying the conservative policies that they've pushed have brought their unemployment rates under control and put people back to work. Published July 15, 2014

"What I think would have prevented that from happening is sufficient border security on the ground," Sen. Marco Rubio says. (Associated Press)

Rubio: Senate immigration bill won't stop border surge

Sen. Marco Rubio says the immigration bill he helped push through the Senate would not have stopped the surge of children crossing the southwestern border illegally, breaking with his "Gang of Eight" co-authors who are urging the bill's passage. Published July 14, 2014

Chris Christie leading N.H. GOP presidential field; Mitt Romney lingers large

A new Granite State-WMUR poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are the top picks of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the clear favorite among likely Democratic primary voters. Published July 11, 2014