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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

Sen. Rand Paul's unequivocal opposition to some of the names floated for key posts in the next presidential administration was the first sign that Donald Trump can't count on the Republican majority in Congress to toe the line for him. (Associated Press)

Senate Republicans won't commit to supporting Trump's Cabinet nominees

Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that he would do whatever necessary -- including joining a filibuster by Senate Democrats -- to block confirmation of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees if he taps someone like John R. Bolton or Rudolph W. Giuliani for secretary of state. Published November 16, 2016

Outgoing Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks with reporters along with Nevada's newly elected Congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Sen. Harry Reid calls on Trump to rescind appointment of Steve Bannon

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday the election of Donald Trump to the White House has sparked a wave of hate crimes across the nation and called on the New York Republican to rescind his recent appointment of Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist. Published November 15, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 76, has not faced a serious challenge since she took her leadership post in 2003. (Associated Press)

Nancy Pelosi on the ropes? House Democrats delay leadership vote

House Democrats have delayed a scheduled vote this week on their leadership team for the incoming Congress -- giving some of the lesser-known members of the caucus more time to make their case that the party needs a face-lift in the wake of the general elections. Published November 15, 2016

Sean Spicer (Associated Press/File)

Republicans plot to expand on election wins in 2018

Republicans are already plotting how to harness the massive turnout operation that powered Donald Trump to victory last week and to deploy it in 2018, when a favorable map could give the party a chance to expand its Senate majority. Published November 14, 2016

Republican Donald Trump started his presidential campaign in the summer of 2015 as a 100-1 long shot and remained a decided underdog right up to Election Day. (Associated Press)

Early Trump backer could ride wave in Virginia governor's contest

Donald Trump's stunning victory has already emboldened his political acolytes, who are now searching for other races to prove his brand of Republicanism can win — and Virginia's governor's race is shaping up as ground zero. Published November 13, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a campaign state at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Donald Trump wins over GOP critics

Conservative leaders on Wednesday embraced president-elect Donald Trump and claimed some credit for helping craft his victory, saying that focusing on the Supreme Court and abortion helped rally the GOP to his cause. Published November 9, 2016

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pro-life groups claim victory in 2016 election

Pro-life groups claimed victory in the 2016 election, saying their army of foot soldiers helped power President-elect Donald Trump into the White House and protect the GOP majority in the Senate. Published November 9, 2016

Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ben Sasse, anti-Trump Republicans, adjust to post-election reality

Sen. Ben Sasse spent months sounding the alarm on Donald Trump's presidential bid, but Wednesday the Nebraska Republican switched gears, congratulating the New York businessman on becoming president-elect and vowing to hold him accountable for conservative promises he made on the campaign trail. Published November 9, 2016

Buttons supporting presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fill a table for sale at an election night party for Democrats Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Hillary Clinton keeps her hopes alive with Nevada win

Hillary Clinton defeated Republican Donald Trump in Nevada in the GOP presidential race, defending a state that had backed Democrats in back-to-back presidential elections, and keeping her White House hopes alive. Published November 9, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's split with Donald Trump bolstered his image among some Republicans, but alienated grass-roots activists. (Associated Press)

Kasich's political future linked to rejection of Trump

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's political future is going to be linked to his decision to dump Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, breaking his pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, and solidifying his image as a polarizing figure that appears eager to put his imprint on the party. Published November 8, 2016

Sen Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and onetime White House hopeful, kept his promise to not vote for Donald Trump by backing independent Evan McMullin. (Associated Press)

NeverTrump bloc casts ballots for McCain, Romney, others

For Republicans who disavowed Donald Trump's candidacy, the final day of the 2016 general election closed out in much the same way the race started: with them unable to stomach the idea of casting a vote for either Mr. Trump or Hillary Clinton. Published November 8, 2016