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Seth McLaughlin

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Articles by Seth McLaughlin

**FILE** Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

IRS letting questions, tea party applications languish; few fixes after abuses revealed

Three months after it became clear that the IRS started targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status and after President Obama installed new leadership to try to fix the agency, dozens of groups are still awaiting a final decision or, in some cases, have withdrawn their applications out of frustration with the process. Published August 13, 2013

N.C. governor signs voter-ID law

North Carolina's Republican governor signed a voter-identification law on Monday in a move that's likely to test the Obama administration's efforts to push back against states after the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Published August 12, 2013

Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

Scarborough: Paul-McConnell relationship is 'marriage of convenience'

Former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough said Friday the remarks that Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager made about his boss show that their relationship is a "marriage of convenience" aimed at boosting Sen. Rand Paul's bid for the presidency in 2016. Published August 9, 2013

Associated Press

Rick Santorum tests his mojo in Iowa

Rick Santorum, the runner-up to Mitt Romney in the overall GOP presidential nomination battle, is back in Iowa on a three-day summer tour this week, checking to see whether he still has any of the magic that helped him win the state's caucuses last year. Published August 8, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Christie on track for big re-election win

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie holds a 58 percent to 30 percent lead, suggesting he is on his well on his way to pancaking Democrat state Sen. Barbara Buono in the November election. Published August 8, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discusses a plan July 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill to move mail to cluster box and curbside delivery in a move to cut costs at the cash-strapped Postal Service by up to $4.5 billion a year. With the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, the tradition of mail delivery to the door could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal in Congress. At left is the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. (Associated Press)

House investigating FEC and IRS communications over tax exempt groups

House investigators this week said they want to see communications between the Federal Election Commission and the IRS that could shed light on whether the two agencies colluded to target conservative organizations, as questions about the IRS targeting scandal expanded. Published August 8, 2013

Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, faces a well-funded test from the right. (Associated Press)

Angry bluegrass roots and strong rivals spell trouble for Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

In Washington, Mitch McConnell is the Senate Republicans' floor general and a major power broker. Back home in Kentucky, however, he is possibly the most endangered member of the GOP Senate caucus ahead of next year's midterm elections, as he tries to balance pleasing vociferous right-wing constituents with his role as chief congressional dealmaker. Published August 6, 2013

Rep. Tom Cotton (Associated Press)

Cotton running for Senate in Arkansas with Pryor in GOP's crosshairs

Rep. Tom Cotton officially announced Tuesday that he will challenge Arkansas Sen. Mark L. Pryor for his seat, giving the GOP a prized recruit in the race and raising the party's hopes that his candidacy puts it a step closer to taking over the Senate in the 2014 election. Published August 6, 2013

** FILE ** Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (The Washington Times)

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus protests Hillary Clinton documentary

The head of the Republican National Committee is demanding that NBC and CNN pull the plug on airing an upcoming documentary and a miniseries on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — or risk losing out on the chance to sponsor presidential debates in the 2016 GOP primary election. Published August 5, 2013

** FILE ** Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.N. Ambassador, listens to Obama speak in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, where he made the announcement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Senate OKs Obama pick for U.N. ambassador

The Senate on Thursday approved Samantha Power to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, clearing the decks of all of President Obama's nominees who had stacked up in the face of Republican delays. Published August 1, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks during a committee hearing on Embassy Security on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

With Benghazi in mind, panel approves embassy security bill

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a proposal Thursday that aims to bolster security at U.S. embassies and diplomatic posts around the world in the aftermath of the attacks on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, last year. Published August 1, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul

Senate rejects Paul push to cut Egypt aid

Senate lawmakers sent a clear message Wednesday that they have no plans to cut taxpayer assistance for Egypt in the wake of the military coup against the elected government of President Mohammed Morsi. Published July 31, 2013