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

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Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain: ISIS threatens our homefront. (Associated Press)

McCain, Graham call for more U.S. leadership in Iraq

GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina say that the Obama administration moved too hastily out of Iraq and are calling on the White House and Congress to do more to make sure that al Qaeda-linked extremists do not get a foothold in the Middle Eastern nation. Published January 9, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Sen. Marco Rubio: Marriage is key to eradicating poverty

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that marriage is a key component of reducing the chances of child poverty, but said there is not enough evidence to determine whether the same is true of children being raised by married same-sex couples. Published January 9, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looks out at the crowd at a gathering in Union City, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. A top aide to Christie is linked through emails and text messages to a seemingly deliberate plan to create traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.,  at the base of the George Washington Bridge after its mayor refused to endorse Christie for re-election.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

N.J. Gov. Christie 'outraged' at bridge scandal, says he just learned of aides' behavior

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he was "outraged" after learning — he said for the first time — that his administration purposely caused a traffic jam that clogged streets in a town at the foot of the George Washington Bridge into New York City as political payback against a mayor refuse to endorse him for re-election. Published January 8, 2014

former NBA star Dennis Rodman during his CNN interview from North Korea.

See Dennis Rodman's epic CNN meltdown defending Kim Jong-un

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman defended his decision to travel to North Korea with several other former NBA players to take part in a game on the birthday of Kim Jong-un, the country's leader, saying it is "all about the game." Published January 7, 2014

No doubt: Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker says he does not regret ruling for gay marriage. (Associated Press)

Gay-marriage test case drags on as others take plunge

More than three years after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of same-sex marriage, supporters of the decision say predictions of disaster have not been borne out, while gay-marriage opponents say they continue to lose ground in the fight because "finger-in-the-wind" Republicans have abandoned the cause. Published December 26, 2013

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Sens. Pat Roberts (left) and Sam Brownback, both Kansas Republicans, vow to block White House nominees unless they get answers about a reported transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the federal prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Conservative Sen. Pat Roberts in the tea party's crosshairs

Pat Roberts has amassed one of the most conservative records in the Senate, so it was a surprise to many analysts this year when a Republican primary challenger vowed to run to the three-term senator's right. Published December 25, 2013

Iowa Republican Party chairman A.J. Spiker.

GOP civil war rages in Iowa as Ron Paul supporter fights establishment

The same rift between insurgent Republicans and old-line party establishment figures that is rattling Washington is also playing out in states such as Iowa, where open warfare has broken out between veteran GOP operatives and the state party chairman, an ally of former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Published December 24, 2013

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination. Koskinen, 74, is a retired corporate and government official with experience managing numerous organizations in crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell to oppose Obama's IRS pick Koskinen

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that he will oppose President Obama's pick to be the next head of the scandal-plagued IRS because of the recent rule change Senate Democrats muscled through regarding the confirmation of presidential nominees and because of the ongoing investigation into the additional scrutiny the Internal Revenue Service gave to conservative groups. Published December 19, 2013

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and other Republicans walk to a closed-door GOP meeting before the Senate moves to pass a modest, bipartisan budget bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The bill is designed to keep Congress from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House, Senate GOP differ in approach to support of budget deal

While most House Republicans backed the new budget deal, Senate Republicans balked — underscoring the tricky election-year politics that face the GOP as it tries to show it can govern in Washington, while facing angry base voters back home. Published December 18, 2013

Dr. Ben S. Carson (Courtesy of Dr. Carson)

Dr. Ben Carson disavows efforts at presidential draft

Looking to cash in on Dr. Ben Carson's ballooning popularity among conservatives, some independent groups are soliciting his growing fan-base for money — all without the doctor's permission. Published December 13, 2013

Walking through a basement corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is pursued by reporters on the morning after a budget deal was worked out between Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. After Ryan presented his plan to the House Republican Conference this morning, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders signaled support for the deal, which was one of a few key measures left on Congress' to-do list near the end of a bruising year that has produced a partial government shutdown, a flirtation with a first-ever federal default and gridlock on President Obama's agenda. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends

By clearing the decks of the bipartisan budget deal, some political observers say, the GOP establishment is banking on the idea that giving up ground in the spending battle now will pay off over the long run by allowing Republicans to avoid getting punished for another government shutdown. Published December 12, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, where he vehemently rebuked conservative groups who oppose the pending bipartisan budget compromise struck by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Boehner said the GOP leadership has had enough tea party-driven intransigence in Congress and he doesn’t care what they think. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House budget bargain faces Senate filibuster; Republicans line up to oppose

Overcoming vocal opposition from both ends of the spectrum, the House of Representatives easily passed a bipartisan budget proposal that aims to prevent another government shutdown for the next two years, clearing the way for it to be approved by the Senate and quickly signed into law by President Obama. Published December 12, 2013

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, told John Koskinen that he is "very favorably disposed toward your nomination and want to see you confirmed" to head the IRS. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

IRS nominee gets GOP support

The ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Wednesday he will support President Obama's nominee to become the next head of the scandal-plagued IRS — an announcement that bodes well for John Koskinen's confirmation by the Senate. Published December 11, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left,  joined by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes reporters' questions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, as House Republicans signaled support for a budget deal worked out yesterday between Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Rep. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The budget deal was one of a few major measures left on Congress' to-do list near the end of a bruising year that has produced a partial government shutdown, a flirtation with a first-ever federal default and gridlock on President Obama's agenda. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget

Tea party groups and fiscal conservatives wasted no time Wednesday in savaging a bipartisan budget agreement negotiated between House Republicans and Senate Democrats, drawing an unusually angry response from House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. Published December 11, 2013