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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

** FILE ** Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Democratic Party opponent of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (Associated Press)

Democrat Grimes backs Keystone XL pipeline in Kentucky Senate race

Republicans say that red-state Democrats who have come out in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project ahead of the 2014 election not only shows they have been right on the issue all along, but it also underscores how powerless those Democrats are to persuade President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Published April 24, 2014

FILE - In this April 9, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters about gun control at the Capitol in Washington. To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. Reid has been relentless in his criticism against the wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch (kohk), who fund a network of conservative groups. Now, Republicans are adjusting their plans and going after the 74-year-old Democratic Senate leader.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Harry Reid using tax dollars to fight Koch brothers, La. GOP chair charges

The head of the Louisiana GOP filed a federal ethics complaint Wednesday against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, claiming the Nevada Democrat has misused taxpayer money for campaign purposes ahead of the 2014 midterm elections as part of his ongoing crusade against GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch. Published April 23, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat. (Associated Press)

Senate races are close in Southern states, poll shows

With six months to go before the 2014 midterm elections, a new poll shows that the national political environment is working in the GOP's favor in crucial Senate races in the South that could decide which party controls the Senate, but that Democrats are still keeping the races close. Published April 23, 2014

FILE - In this March 6, 2014, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. Pitching himself as an ally to Silicon Valley,  Rubio proposed in an appearance on Monday, March 10, 2014, giving cellphone companies more access to government-controlled airwaves as part of a package of pro-business initiatives he said would create "thousands upon thousands of high-paying jobs." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Judd Gregg, N.H. Republicans host private reception for Marco Rubio

Former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg is among a group of Republicans hosting a private reception for Sen. Marco Rubio in New Hampshire next month, putting another potential 2016 presidential candidate in the state that is home to the nation's first primary. Published April 22, 2014

President-elect Barack Obama (right) meets with Sen. John McCain on Nov. 17 at Obama's transition office in downtown Chicago. (Associated Press)

McCain: Obama fails to grasp the 'importance of American leadership'

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday that President Obama's approach to foreign affairs shows he does not appreciate the importance of American leadership and said the Democrat boxed himself in by vowing on the campaign trail to reduce the nation's military footprint across the globe. Published April 22, 2014