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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Newsmaker interview with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Texas comptroller hits GOP for alienating women

The top elected woman in Texas gave the Republican Party a tongue-lashing Wednesday, saying her party showed in this week's off-year elections that it can be clueless when it comes to connecting with women voters. Published November 6, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's overwhelming victory Tuesday gives him a high-profile launching pad to make the case that he should be Republican Party's standard bearer in the 2016 presidential race. (Associated Press)

Christie's big win in New Jersey a bright spot for Republicans

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday, giving Republicans a bright spot in an off-year election and demonstrating how the GOP can win in blue states and potentially positioning himself as a counterweight to the tea party in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Published November 5, 2013

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie steps from the booth after voting in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Christie is facing Democratic challenger Barbara Buono in Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Christie cruises to victory ahead of 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday, giving Republicans a bright spot in an off-year election, while all eyes turned to Old Dominion. Published November 5, 2013

New Jersey first lady, Mary Pat Christie, laughs as husband, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, jokes with the media after they voted in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Christie is facing Democratic challenger Barbara Buono in Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Christie's victory could transform national Republican Party

Move to the right or try to pull the GOP away from the tea party and toward the center? That is the question Gov. Chris Christie will face if he trounces his way to victory Tuesday in New Jersey's gubernatorial race and turns his attention to the prospect of a 2016 presidential bid. Published November 4, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 29, 2013, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Superstorm Sandy-damaged home of John and Angela Ciangiotto in Union Beach on the one-year anniversary of the storm. (Associated Press)

Christie jabs at Congress on anniversary of Sandy for slow recovery

One year after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie marked the day by mourning those lost in the storm, thanking volunteers, police and firefighters — and taking another swipe at Congress for bogging down the recovery effort. Published October 29, 2013

Chris Christie

Look what the storm blew in: A political revival for Chris Christie, if not GOP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's warm welcome of President Obama last year, in the midst of early efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy, hurt the Republican governor with some conservatives, but polls show it has been a resounding success in his state, which has received billions of dollars in federal aid and where he is poised to win re-election next week. Published October 28, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Mitch McConnell calls Obamacare an 'expensive joke'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the plagued Obamacare rollout has been "absolute chaos" and a sign of what's to come from the controversial law, which he called an "expensive joke." Published October 24, 2013

GOP loses more young, minority and female voters after shutdown

The Republican Party's 2012 election postmortem concluded it needed to do a better job reaching women, minorities and young voters. They are failing on each score — and the government shutdown set them back even more. Published October 22, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, walks to the floor from a closed-door meeting with Republican senators at the Capitol  on Wednesday. Mr. McConnell and his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, reached last-minute agreement to avert a possible default on government debt. (Associated press photographs)

Congress agrees to end shutdown

Moving with stunning speed, Congress voted Wednesday to end the 16-day government shutdown and avert the potential for the first major debt default in U.S. history in a deal that gave President Obama most of what he sought — an open government and more borrowing authority without denting Obamacare. Published October 16, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican: "What the focus should be is on making Washington, D.C., listen to the American people and respond to the very real harms that Obamacare is causing to millions of people." (Associated Press)

Three months of ups and downs for Cruz

After spending the past few months spearheading the effort to defund Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz relented Wednesday, saying he would not get in the way of a bipartisan spending bill that reopens the federal government and increases the nation's borrowing limit. Published October 16, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is followed by reporters as he walks on  Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Washington. Sen. McConnell and his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate passes budget deal; bill heads to House

Congress was racing Wednesday night to approve legislation ending the 16-day-old government shutdown and avert the potential for the first major debt default in U.S. history in a deal that gave President Obama most of what he sought — an open government and more borrowing authority without denting Obamacare. Published October 16, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gestures as he talks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Washington. Leaders reached a last-minute agreement to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Cruz said he would not try to block the agreement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate leaders announce agreement to end shutdown, raise debt

Top senators struck a deal Wednesday to reopen the government and extend the federal government's borrowing authority into next year and both sides of the Capitol are hoping for quick action to reassure nervous financial markets eyeing a Thursday deadline set by the Treasury Department. Published October 16, 2013