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

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Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Sen. Rand Paul were opponents of President-elect Donald Trump for the Republican nomination, but with the New York billionaire now headed to the White House, the tea party darlings will need to adjust when Mr. Trump takes office. (Associated Press)

Tea party trio seeking their roles in a Trump presidency

They were the toast of the 2010 tea party movement, but Donald Trump's election has left Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Mike Lee searching for new roles as they begin their second terms in office. Published December 29, 2016

Some opponents have begged the courts to step in, saying President Obama's fight against the Islamic State stretches his war powers too far. (Associated Press)

Obama evades Congress, stretches war powers in precedent for Trump

President Obama took office criticizing the expansive wars fought under the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force, but over the past eight years, he has become attached to the two documents and used them to justify expansion of U.S. military action around the globe. Published December 25, 2016

Rep. Keith Ellison says the party needs to empower local activists and parties and drive a progressive agenda that resonates with the working-class voters that ditched Democrats in the 2016 election. (Associated Press)

Keith Ellison's black nationalist past haunts bid to lead DNC

More than a decade after he persuaded Minnesota voters to look beyond his controversial past and reward him with a seat in Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison is now asking national Democrats to do the same as he seeks to lead their party. Published December 21, 2016

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Labor Secretary Tom Perez joins mix of candidates to head DNC

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced Thursday that he is running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, adding another high-profile liberal to the mix of those seeking to rebuild the party after a series of disappointing elections. Published December 15, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to deliver over million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "keep their hands off the American people's earned Medicare benefits." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Bernie Sanders vows Keith Ellison will usher in 'real change' at DNC

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont went to bat Wednesday for Rep. Keith Ellison's bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, saying the status quo is not working and saying the Minnesota Democrat has the gumption to move the party in a different direction. Published December 14, 2016

Watchdog group to file ethics complaint against Keith Ellison

A conservative watchdog group plans to file an ethics complaint Monday against Rep. Keith Ellison, accusing the Minnesota Democrat of improperly using his official congressional resources in his bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Published December 12, 2016

Keith Ellison wins AFL-CIO endorsement

The AFL-CIO on Thursday endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison's bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Published December 8, 2016

Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, takes the stage to address a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, featuring candidates running to be the the next chair of the Democratic National committee, on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Denver. The candidates spoke during the Association of State Democratic Chairs session. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Top Democrat in New Hampshire makes bid to be DNC chair

In his quest to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, New Hampshire's Democratic Party chairman is touting his state's success in fending off the GOP as proof he's best equipped to lead his party back to winning at the national level. Published December 5, 2016