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Seth McLaughlin

Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Sen. Rand Paul (Associated Press)

Paul speech a test for 'new' GOP

Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to speak Wednesday at Howard University in a high-profile visit that will test the tea party favorite's claim that his libertarian message can travel anywhere and help bolster the GOP's image on the national stage. Published April 8, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks as (not shown) Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen testify on homeland threats and agency responses before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Ex-Sen. Lieberman urges 'limited' U.S. strikes on Syria

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman says the time has come for a "limited campaign of U.S.-led air strikes" that target Syrian President Bashar Assad's planes, helicopters and missiles, in order to bolster the rebel forces trying to topple him. Published April 3, 2013

** FILE ** A road lined with vehicle barriers marking the U.S-Mexico border in New Mexico is the spartan territory for Border Patrol agents. (Associated Press)

Agents fear immigration deal won’t stop illegal border crossers

While lawmakers wrestle over the final details of a comprehensive immigration bill, a new poll shows 6 in 10 GOP voters are opposed to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants — highlighting the tricky politics of the issue for Republicans on Capitol Hill. Published April 3, 2013

National School Shield Task Force director Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference at National Press Club in Washington on April 2, 2013. The National School Shield program is a framework to arm security guards in any school system who want to be part of the program. (Associated Press)

NRA-funded task force wants more armed personnel in schools

Four months after the Sandy Hook school shooting, a task force set up by the National Rifle Association issued a school safety report Tuesday that calls for more trained and armed personnel on school grounds, arguing the faster someone responds with a gun during an attack, the more lives can be saved. Published April 2, 2013

Huckabee, Santorum urge GOP not to go soft on social issues like gay marriage

The last two Republican winners of Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses say that the GOP will shoot itself in the foot if it softens its stance on social issues such as same-sex marriage — countering calls from others within the GOP ranks who say that is one way for the party to broaden its national appeal. Published April 1, 2013

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Ashley Judd will not run for Senate in Kentucky

Actress Ashley Judd announced Wednesday she will not run for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, ending hopes within some Democratic circles that her star power would give her a chance of knocking off Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election. Published March 27, 2013

** FILE ** A Customs and Border Protection agent patrols by car along the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., in April 2010. (Associated Press)

Immigration agreement 'very close' in Congress; guest workers still a hurdle

Members of the “Gang of Eight” tasked with carving out a comprehensive immigration package said Wednesday that they hope to file a bill when they return to Washington from their Easter break, and suggested that they are on the verge of a deal between business and labor leaders on visas for low-skilled workers. Published March 27, 2013

**FILE** Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds smiles Nov. 29, 2012, in Pierre, S.D., at a press conference where he announced he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2012. (Associated Press)

GOP infighting begins over S.D. Senate race

The head of the Senate Conservative Fund said Wednesday that the group will not support former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tim Johnson, the Democrat who announced this week he will not seek re-election in 2014. Published March 27, 2013

Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz threaten hold on gun restrictions

Pushing back against the Obama administration's call for stricter gun control laws, Republican Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are threatening to block any legislation they think tramples on the Second Amendment - marking the latest salvo from a trio of lawmakers who have been busy banding together to assert their vision on the direction of their party. Published March 26, 2013