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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

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

FILE - This May 29, 2014 file photo shows Sarah Palin speaking in New Orleans, La. In an interview, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed that shortly after Palin was nominated as the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, the Obama campaign proposed that Clinton go on the attack against her. Clinton said she refused. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Sarah Palin calls for Obama impeachment

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, said Tuesday that it is time for Congress to impeach President Obama. Published July 8, 2014

**FILE** Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts speaks Nov. 8, 2013, at a campaign appearance in Overland Park, Kan. (Associated Press)

Milton Wolf accuses Pat Roberts of severing ties with Kansas

Milton Wolf started running a radio commercial Tuesday that dings Sen. Pat Roberts for spending more of his time out of the state, as part of his ongoing effort to paint the veteran lawmakers as out of touch with Kansas and desperate to reconnect with voters ahead of the state's primary. Published July 8, 2014

**FILE** Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a news conference of the Genesis Prize Foundation in Jerusalem on May 22, 2014. (Associated Press)

Bloomberg's gun control group to vet candidates ahead of election

A gun-control group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to start vetting congressional candidates ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, as it looks to ramp up pressure on lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws. Published July 7, 2014

**FILE** A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. Since October, the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has made more than 194,000 arrests, nearly triple that of any other sector. Most are from Central America, and many are children. (Associated Press)

Obama to blame for surge of illegal immigrant children: poll

A new poll shows that almost half of likely U.S. voters say that the Obama administration is responsible for the increase in illegal immigrant children from Central America that are trying to cross into the United States. Published July 7, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida favors a more aggressive U.S. military campaign to combat Islamic militants in Iraq. (Associated Press)

ISIL's rise forces GOP 2016 hopefuls to weigh in on intervention

The rise of Islamist guerrillas in Iraq is forcing 2016 GOP presidential contenders to pick sides in the ongoing debate over whether the invasion of Iraq was worth it and whether the U.S. should re-engage in the Arab nation's mounting problems. Published July 2, 2014