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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 ** House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., participate in a news conference after a House Republican conference meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama stiff-arms GOP over shutdown, default talks

President Obama Tuesday again shot down the prospect of direct talks with congressional Republicans to end the standoff over the partial government shutdown and looming federal debt default, just minutes after GOP House Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday called on the president and Senate Democrats to sit down for negotiations as the only way the two sides can reach a deal. Published October 8, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaking ABC's "This Week" on Sunday said that he will not allow a debt increase without winning some concessions on lowering spending. "We are not going down that path. It is time to deal with America's problems. How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem?" (Associated Press)

Debt fight to escalate shutdown showdown; Boehner attaches Obamacare strings

Legislative activity has slowed to a crawl on Capitol Hill as both sides have become entrenched on the spending bills and now the looming debt fight, with House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, saying Sunday that he will insist on conditions being attached to any bill to raise the federal borrowing limit. Published October 6, 2013

Love Sen. Ted Cruz or hate him, he stirs unprecedented political passion

For Democrats, it's simple: Sen. Ted Cruz is the face of the government shutdown and just about everything that is wrong with Washington. Republicans, though, aren't sure: The senator from Texas is either the best — or the worst — thing to happen to the party in years. Published October 6, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Boehner is struggling between Democrats that control the Senate and GOP conservatives in his caucus who insist any funding legislation must also kill or delay the nation's new health care law. Added pressure came from President Barack Obama who pointedly blamed Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House approves retroactive pay for furloughed government workers

Seeking to dent President Obama's refusal to chip away at the government shutdown piece-by-piece, House Republicans passed a bill Saturday to guarantee all federal employees get paid after the government shutdown — including those who have been sent home and aren't on the job. Published October 5, 2013

This black vehicle was allegedly the car police were chasing when they cornered it at 1st Street and Constitution Ave. NE in front of the Hart Office Building near the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 3, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Police chase near White House, Capitol ends with crash, fatal shooting

A woman with a year-old child attempted to crash through the White House perimeter with her car, then led Secret Service and police on a harrowing chase down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol before she was fatally shot Thursday in an incident that rattled nerves and tested Washington's security during the government shutdown. Published October 3, 2013

Some Capitol Hill lawmakers vow to give up their salaries in order to head off public frustration with Congress. Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, (top) is contributing his salary to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, a nonprofit devoted to helping civilian federal and postal employees. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, said, "My view is that we don't get paid if the federal employees don't get paid."

Some lawmakers rush to give up salaries to show solidarity

Seeking to show solidarity with furloughed workers and head off growing public frustration with Congress, some Capitol Hill lawmakers are vowing to give up their salaries until a deal is struck to reopen the government. Published October 2, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., listens to remarks by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as they celebrate the start of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, during an event with other lawmakers and people whose lives have been impacted by lack of health insurance, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid's latest offer for spending deal rejected by Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Democrats are willing to negotiate with House Republicans over future spending if GOP lawmakers agree to fund all government operations and Obamacare through mid-November. Published October 2, 2013

Federal watchdogs are early shutdown victims

Sunshine and oversight were two of the early casualties of the government shutdown, with the agencies charged with watching over the federal government saying they had to furlough employees in order to comply with the shutdown. Published October 1, 2013

** FILE ** Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- Ohio, pauses during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting about the ongoing budget fight on Capitol Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

House rejects restoration of funds during shutdown for veterans, parks

With the government shutdown closing national monuments and sending federal office workers home, House Republicans changed tactics Tuesday and tried to pass individual spending bills that they said would restore money to high-profile programs such as veterans affairs, national parks and the Smithsonian Institution. Published October 1, 2013

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GOP applaud Manchin support of Obamacare delay

Republican lawmakers say they hope that Sen. Joe Manchin III will serve as a guiding light for others in his party after the West Virginia Democrat said he would support a one-year delay of Obamacare's individual mandate — a move that would basically gut the law. Published September 29, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks President Obama. (Associated Press photographs)

House GOP to seek one-year delay in Obamacare on government shutdown bill

House Republicans said Saturday they will try to pass another stopgap spending bill that delays President Obama's health law for one year, in a final effort to try to put a dent in Obamacare before more of it takes effect next week — but Democrats immediately shot the plan down, saying it virtually guarantees a government shutdown. Published September 28, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Ted Cruz now leads GOP presidential pack: poll

Fresh off his 21-hour filibuster against Obamacare funding, a new poll shows that Sen. Ted Cruz has leapfrogged past his potential rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and that GOP primary voters trust him more than their party leaders on Capitol Hill. Published September 27, 2013

Ted Cruz raises profile with filibuster, but fails to sway senators or voters

Sen. Ted Cruz's epic talk energized his tea party supporters and raised his profile ahead of the 2016 presidential contest, but there is little evidence that it fostered a rethink among voters or their elected representatives in the Senate, who said they didn't see an uptick in calls during the 21-hour affair. Published September 25, 2013

Polls show disdain for Obamacare, fewer back shutdown

Polls tend to show that a plurality of voters disapprove of Obamacare, but that they would rather see lawmakers carve out an alternative solution to the law than force a government shutdown to defund it. Published September 24, 2013