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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

Tea partyers scoff at 'Occupy' comparisons

Leaders from the anti-spending tea party movement are openly rejecting attempts to liken the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters to their grass-roots movement, saying that the two groups are running in opposite directions. Published October 10, 2011

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Sarah Palin rules out run for president

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin closed the door on a presidential run Wednesday, removing the last big question mark in the Republican presidential field one day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he would take a pass on a White House bid. Published October 5, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces on Tuesday at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., that he will not run for president in 2012. "I have a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon. That's the promise I made to the people of this state when I took office 20 months ago, to fix a broken New Jersey," he said. (Associated Press)

Christie pass on bid brings clarity to GOP field

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision — apparently definitive — Tuesday to pass on a 2012 presidential bid has brought a little more clarity to the fluid GOP primary race and potentially boosted the fortunes of front-runners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, both of whom stood to suffer if Mr. Christie had jumped in. Published October 4, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich outlines his 2012 campaign platform on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Gingrich's new 'Contract': More U.S. oil, fewer jobless

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich rolled out his "21st Century Contract with America" on Thursday that he says would make the United States the world's biggest oil producer, cut unemployment by more than half and gain control of the southern border — all within a matter of years of him taking office, and without cutting government benefits or raising taxes. Published September 29, 2011

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon (Associated Press)

Florida prepared to jump line in GOP primary order

Defying national party officials, a top Florida Republican said Wednesday that the Sunshine State is on the verge of jumping the line and holding its presidential primary Jan. 31, as states jockey to move up in the calendar to increase their influence and clout. Published September 28, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to delegates before a straw poll during the Florida Republican Party Presidency 5 Convention on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Herman Cain wins GOP Florida straw poll; Rick Perry in second place

Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain won the Presidency 5 straw poll in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, delivering a blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's front-runner status and a victory for a candidate who has struggled to transform his grass-roots popularity into strong showings in national polls. Published September 24, 2011

Romney keeps after Perry on immigration

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pressed his attack Friday on conservative concerns over presidential rival Rick Perry's support of favorable tuition rates for some children of illegal immigrants, hitting the three-term Texas governor's claim that critics of the law are simply heartless. Published September 23, 2011

Perry's support of tuition for children of illegals puts him in GOP cross hairs

Rick Perry went out on a limb Thursday by refusing to back off his support as Texas governor for granting in-state tuition to some of the children of illegal immigrants, and painting critics of the law as heartless — remarks that landed him in the cross hairs of his GOP rivals. Published September 23, 2011

Romney, Perry gear up for Round 3

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have ratcheted up their attacks before Thursday’s debate in Florida. Published September 22, 2011

Mitt Romney talks to a supporter after a town-hall meeting in Miami on Wednesday. He discussed his plans to improve the economy and create jobs. (Associated Press)

Romney, Perry take political feud to Florida debate

Rick Perry and Mitt Romney played a rhetorical badminton game in the debate in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, with the two Republican presidential front-runners trading barbs over Social Security, illegal immigration and jobs. Published September 22, 2011

Liberals vow to challenge Obama in Democratic primaries

Worried the liberal voice is being drowned out in the presidential campaign, progressive leaders said Monday they want to field a slate of candidates against President Obama in the Democratic primaries to make him stake out liberal stances as he seeks re-election. Published September 19, 2011

State record on jobs is no guarantee as president

Gov. Rick Perry says that on his watch Texas has created more than 1 million jobs. Former Gov. Mitt Romney touts turning job losses into gains in Massachusetts. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. boasts that his job-growth credentials in Utah trump them both. But records from recent governors turned president show it's difficult to re-create gubernatorial success on a national level. Published September 18, 2011

Trying new pitch, Romney stirs old core-belief doubts

Already dogged by a reputation for political shifts on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney is once again honing a new sales pitch to voters, now casting himself as a real-world "conservative businessman." Published September 8, 2011