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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

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

President Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday but declined his offer to go to the Mexico border just 500 miles away. (Associated Press)

Rick Perry: Obama showed up after Hurricane Sandy, why not the Texas border?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged President Obama's reasoning for not traveling to the border during a fundraising swing through the Lone Star state, saying Americans expect their commander-in-chief to respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in much the same way he responds to natural disasters. Published July 10, 2014

Majority of Americans want Sarah Palin to simply go away

A new poll found that more than half of the country is sick of hearing from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, who called this week for President Obama's impeachment. Published July 10, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013. (Associated Press)

Sen. Mark Udall cancels plans to attend Obama fundraiser

Sen. Mark Udall canceled plans Wednesday to appear at a fundraiser in Colorado with President Obama, saying that he could no longer make it home for the event because of changes to his workload on Capitol Hill. Published July 9, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 20, 2014, photo, donated items for immigrant families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are arranged at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Rep. Cueller: Obama should visit border

Rep. Henry Cueller questioned Wednesday whether President Obama's meeting with local officials during his trip to Texas will have any impact on the surge of illegal immigrant children trying to cross into the United States. Published July 9, 2014

President Obama will ask Congress for $2 billion to deal with the crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, illegally surge across the U.S.-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

Rep. Edwards: If I were advising Obama, I'd advise him to go to the Texas border

A Maryland Democrat said her advice to President Obama would be that he should visit the Texas border Wednesday during his visit to the Lone Star State to get a first-hand look at the response to the children from Central American countries that are trying to cross into the country illegally. Published July 9, 2014

FILE - This June 29, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking in Louisville, Ky. Grimes has released her first attack ad, mischaracterizing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s voting record on overhauling Medicare. In the ad, a retired coal miner asks how he and his wife are supposed to afford the extra $6,000 in Medicare costs that McConnell voted for. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Mitch McConnell: Alison Lundergan Grimes peddling Obama Medicare lies

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign released a new television ad Wednesday that ties his Democratic opponent to President Obama and pushes back against the "shaky claims" that the Kentucky Republican voted to increase Medicare premiums on today's seniors. Published July 9, 2014

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Rand Paul hires veteran New Hampshire operative for PAC

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky announced Tuesday that he is beefing up his political action committee in New England by hiring Mike Biundo, a seasoned GOP operative from New Hampshire, home to the nation's first presidential primary. Published July 8, 2014

**FILE** Republican strategist Karl Rove speaks March 2, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif. (Associated Press)

Rove-founded group funds attack ads against Dem senators in Colo., Ark.

Crossroads GPS, a group co-founded by Karl Rove, announced Tuesday that it is putting nearly $900,000 into attack ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats in Colorado and Arkansas, knocking them for their support of the Obama administration's policies. Published July 8, 2014