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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

Obama: Skepticism of government 'healthy'

Democratic leaders have repeatedly tried to cast "tea party" candidates as extremists, but President Obama on Monday said the movement exhibits some of the "healthy skepticism about government" that led to the American Revolution and that is now part of "our DNA." Published September 20, 2010

Sen. Roland W. Burris, Illinois Democrat, is offering an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would lift restrictions on abortions at military hospitals. The Senate votes Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Bill would lift military abortion ban

The National Defense Authorization bill includes an amendment from Sen. Roland Burris that would strike language that bans nearly all abortions in military hospitals. Published September 19, 2010

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican

McCain rips defense bill amendments

The Arizona Republican on Thursday sharply criticized Democratic leaders for trying to piggyback policies regarding gays in the military and illegal immigrants onto a defense bill that authorizes spending for national security programs. Published September 16, 2010

Harry Reid

Reid citizenship plan called an election ploy

Republicans were quick to dismiss the Senate majority leader's plan to grant citizenship to some illegal immigrants who came to the United States when they were children as a political ploy aimed at wooing voters and pro-illegal-immigrant groups before the November election. Published September 15, 2010

Hoyer, other Dems hint of willingness to extend all tax cuts

President Obama on Wednesday clobbered Republicans for holding "hostage" tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans just hours after a top House Democrat, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, signaled a willingness to compromise on an issue that has become the ultimate political football ahead of November's elections. Published September 15, 2010

Senate OKs small-business aid

The Democrat-led Senate on Tuesday overcame months of Republican resistance to push President Obama's small-business assistance bill toward passage, but it failed in a bid to reduce a costly tax-reporting provision on businesses in the new health care law. Published September 14, 2010

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said Monday that he won't countenance any income-tax increases next year.

GOP leader nixes talk of taxing

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday vowed to block income tax hikes on any American next year, daring Democrats and the White House to raise taxes on wealthier taxpayers as the economy limps along. Published September 13, 2010

Boehner willing to limit tax cuts for wealthy

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner signaled Sunday that he is prepared to support President Obama's plan to extend tax cuts for just the lower and middle classes — even if it does not include Republican-backed cuts for wealthier Americans. Published September 12, 2010

**FILE** Pakistani lawyers burn a U.S. flag while rallying in reaction to a small American church's plan to burn copies of the Quran in Multan, Pakistan on Sept. 9, 2010. (Associated Press)

N.Y. imam regrets furor over mosque plan

The imam behind the proposed Muslim mosque and community center near ground zero said Sunday that he would have drawn up different plans if he had known the level of Islamophobia generated by the proposal. Published September 12, 2010

Cruel 'summer' for Dems pitching recovery

Heading into Memorial Day, Democrats were banking on "Recovery Summer" and a public rebranding of their health care overhaul to set right their political fortunes. But coming out of Labor Day and into the home stretch before November's congressional elections, that bet hasn't panned out. Published September 5, 2010

GOP wary of peaking too soon, despite lead

The caution of appearing overconfident comes despite polls released this week showing voters think Republicans are more fit to handle most of the country's pressing issues and that the GOP holds an "unprecedented" lead over Democrats in a new Gallup Poll. Published September 2, 2010

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Similarities superficial in Pa. Senate race

They're both Catholic, middle-aged, Harvard-educated white men - but the similarities end there between the two candidates running for Arlen Specter's U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Published August 30, 2010

The crowd attending the "Restoring Honor" rally, organized by Glenn Beck, is seen from the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Glenn Beck calls on crowd to turn to God

The popular conservative talk show host turned preacher Saturday, telling a large crowd gathered on the National Mall that in order to restore America's honor, it must "turn back to God," as he stood on nearly the same marble steps from which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago. Published August 28, 2010

Rep. Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania Democrat (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Hagel bucks party lines to endorse Sestak

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel crossed party lines again yesterday to endorse Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak, casting the former U.S. Navy admiral and U.S. Senate candidate as someone who is not afraid to buck party leaders on Capitol Hill. Published August 24, 2010

Blagojevich won't dismiss return to politics

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday that he would not rule out a return to politics and that testimony from top national Democrats will clear his name if he is retried on corruption charges. Published August 22, 2010

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks to the media at the Federal Court building, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, in Chicago. A federal jury found Blagojevich guilty on Tuesday of one count of lying to federal agents, and the judge said he intended to declare a mistrial on the more serious remaining 23 counts.  (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Blago's return to politics up in air

Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich said Sunday that he would not rule out a return to politics and that testimony from top national Democrats will clear his name if he is retried on corruption charges. Published August 22, 2010

Republican ad buy indicates plan for targeting foes

Amid projections of nearly 80 House seats potentially in play in November, the National Republican Congressional Committee has announced its first ad purchase of $22 million - spread out over 41 races and offering a window into where GOP strategists think they are likely to pick off Democrat-held seats. Published August 19, 2010

White House touts success of stimulus

The Obama administration says the stimulus worked by creating millions of jobs and staving off a depression - doing so with great transparency. It should be a crowning achievement as Democrats prepare for November's congressional elections. Published August 17, 2010