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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

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a customer signing copies of her new book "Hard Choices," at Harvard Book Store, Monday, June 16, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hillary: Illegal immigrant children must be sent home

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that U.S. should send a clear message that the illegal immigrant children who have been surging across the border will be sent home. Published June 17, 2014

Say no to Iran helping in Iraq, Sen. Menendez pleads with White House

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Tuesday that working with Iran should not be part of the Obama administration's response to the al-Qaeda inspired fighters that are threatening the stability of Iraq and the Middle East. Published June 17, 2014

** FILE ** In this Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth, File)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry knocks President Obama on immigration

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that the Obama administration has dropped the ball on border security and must improve diplomatic relations with Central American nations to stem the surge of illegal immigrants trying to cross the nation's southern border. Published June 17, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, seeking a seventh six-year term, faces a runoff June 24 against a Tea Party-backed rival, whom he won't debate. (Associated Press)

Ad faults Thad Cochran for avoiding Chris McDaniel debate

A tea party-aligned super PAC plans to blast out a picture Friday of Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, on the side of a milk carton, as part of its ongoing campaign to get the veteran lawmaker to debate his challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, before their showdown in a runoff election June 24. Published June 12, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Center for New Security's Eight Annual National Security Conference in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Ryan: Fiscal reform key to U.S. national security

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday that the United States must get its fiscal house in order if it hopes to rebuild its military and restore the nation's credibility on the world stage, in a speech that is sure to stoke speculation that the Wisconsin Republican is looking to beef up his foreign policy credentials ahead of a likely 2016 White House bid. Published June 11, 2014

Picking sides: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is putting himself on the same page as grass-roots conservatives who fear Common Core education standards are part of an effort to inculcate liberal ways of thinking in students. (Associated Press)

Bobby Jindal hustles away from controversial Common Core as 2016 nears

Looking to bolster his national image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential bid, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is hitching his wagon to the growing movement against the nationwide school standards known as Common Core, which have become a lightning rod for the tea party and other conservative activists. Published June 8, 2014

Chris McDaniel addresses his supporters as his son Cambridge, 7, joins him on the stage at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss., on election night. With a third candidate on the ballot, neither Mr. Cochran nor Mr. McDaniel managed to get at least 50 percent plus one vote, the threshold to win outright and avoid a June 24 runoff.
(Associated Press)

Grass-roots zeal favors tea party's McDaniel over Cochran in Mississippi runoff

The tea party and its allies took a major step toward getting their first win over a high-profile incumbent in the 2014 primary season after state Sen. Chris McDaniel forced six-term Sen. Thad Cochran into a three-week runoff that political analysts say will boil down to turnout — likely favoring the challenger and his ardent supporters. Published June 4, 2014