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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 ** Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker touts job creation in new ad

Locked in a tight re-election fight, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker released a new campaign advertisement touting the latest jobs report as proof that the state is making an economic comeback on his watch. Published August 25, 2014

GOP travel itineraries offer clues to 2016 White House field

While most of his potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination have been busy barnstorming the early primary states, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been missing in action in Iowa and New Hampshire. Published August 24, 2014

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown, a Republican, pounced on incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's support for a bill to spend nearly $3 billion on housing and caring for the illegal immigrant children and families surging into Texas, saying it was unfair to those following the law. (ASsociated Press)

Tea party group weighs backing Brown in N.H. Senate fight

The leaders of national tea party group are in New Hampshire meeting with the candidates running for the U.S. Senate and weighing whether to support former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown — or one of his rivals for the GOP nomination — ahead of the Senate primary next month. Published August 22, 2014

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Debbie Does Diss: DNC chair bucks Obama on immigrants

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has broken with the White House over immigration policy, saying she agrees that deporting children who illegally cross the border alone would send them to "certain death." Published August 21, 2014

Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. (Associated Press)

DNC chief: Sending kids back is 'certain death'

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has broken with the White House over immigration policy, saying she agrees that deporting children who illegally cross the border alone would send them to "certain death." Published August 21, 2014

Gov. Paul LePage has created controversy by criticizing the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in his state. (Associated Press)

Maine's Gov. LePage on shaky ground despite 'unshakable' core

Four years ago, he won office by threading an electoral needle. He has a penchant for going off-color, he has staked out conservative positions dramatically at odds with Maine voters — and now Gov. Paul LePage is one of the most endangered Republican politicians heading into November's elections. Published August 20, 2014

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown, a Republican, pounced on incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's support for a bill to spend nearly $3 billion on housing and caring for the illegal immigrant children and families surging into Texas, saying it was unfair to those following the law. (ASsociated Press)

Scott Brown uses border fight in New Hampshire Senate push

The political battle over the border surge of illegal immigrants is spilling beyond Capitol Hill and onto the campaign trail in the states — with a prime example now playing out here, where Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown is hoping to use the issue to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Published August 4, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a stop in New Hampshire Thursday to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, who is considered a long shot against incumbent Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan. Mr. Christie was heckled by a democrat during his speech. (Associated press)

Chris Christie faces flak on New Hampshire campaign foray

With Democrats deriding the effort as damage control and political rehab, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a foray into the governor's race in this state traditionally critical to a politician eyeing a presidential run. Published July 31, 2014

Top Contender: With the Bridgegate scandal seemingly astern, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to New Hampshire, state of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, to campaign for a presumed 2016 White House bid. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie sidesteps Bridgegate, again tops Republican presidential field

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is once again at the top of the Republican presidential field and, while dented by the Bridgegate scandal that erupted roughly seven months ago, he remains a powerful fundraiser and popular campaigner, including here in New Hampshire, where he will appear on Thursday. Published July 30, 2014

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

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