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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

**FILE** Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, center, flanked by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., left, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Support for repealing death tax grows in the House

Is the "death tax" on the verge of dying? Forbes reported Wednesday that there is now enough support in the GOP-controlled House to pass a bill that would kill the controversial levy on personal fortunes. Published June 18, 2014

**FILE** Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

Bobby Jindal pulls Louisiana out of Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced plans Wednesday to pull his state out of the nationwide Common Core education standards and scrap the accompanying tests — putting him at odds with the his state legislature, the business community and his handpicked leader of the state's department of eduction, who said the governor can't unilaterally scrap the standards. Published June 18, 2014

Tea party, establishment at odds over future of GOP

Six years after the end of the George W. Bush administration, Republicans remain at odds internally over the direction of the party, struggling between pushes for purity and electability. Published June 17, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Lawmakers predict no government shutdown this year

Two of the lawmakers who have been deeply involved in bipartisan efforts aimed at reducing annual deficits said Tuesday that they do not expect a government shutdown this year. Published June 17, 2014

**FILE** Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. (Associated Press)

Former Rep. Ron Paul warns about getting more involved in Iraq

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul says the United States should not listen to the same voices that "lied us into the Iraq war" and are now calling for "us to re-invade Iraq to deal with the disaster caused by their invasion." Published June 17, 2014

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