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Seth McLaughlin

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

Articles by Seth McLaughlin


John Boehner eyes agenda if GOP captures Senate

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday promised tax reform, an intense focus on boosting energy production and creating U.S. jobs, and even hinted at action on immigration, if the GOP wins control of both chambers of Congress in November's elections. Published September 18, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker laughs before taking questions on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Middleton, Wis. Walker accused his Democratic opponent Mary Burke of not doing enough to address the achievement gap for students in Madison public schools, where she is a school board member. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wraps rival in Obama's 'Lie of the Year' in new ad

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin unveiled a television ad Thursday that attacks his challenger Mary Burke for embracing Obamacare and ties her to the "lie of the year" that was used to sell it to voters, as the Republican looks to fire up voters during the homestretch of his tight re-election campaign. Published September 18, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate has abandoned a sweeping Senate bill he helped write. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Eying 2016, Marco Rubio calls for more muscular foreign policy

Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday the U.S. must stiffen its resolve to bolster its military and be prepared to use it to confront bad actors across the globe, shaping international events and heading off threats to the nation's well-being at home. Published September 17, 2014

Seeking to distance herself from President Obama, Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' new campaign ad shows her shooting skeet and declaring "I am not Barack Obama." (Associated Press Photographs)

Democrats in tough races running from Obama

When Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger in Kentucky's Senate race, wanted to distance herself from President Obama, she picked up a gun. Published September 15, 2014

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

Top NRSC official: Senate Republican seats not in 'great danger'

Despite polls showing a tough race for Kansas incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts, the Senate Republicans' campaign arm does not plan to spend any of its money defending GOP-held seats this year, with a senior official saying Thursday they are sticking to playing offense. Published September 11, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

GOP governors in unexpectedly tough re-election battles

While the Republican Party is poised to make major gains in red states in the battle for the U.S. Senate, the situation is flipped in governors' races, where Republicans are facing a tough time defending chief executives who won office in blue states in the Obama backlash of 2010. Published September 10, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is embarking on a three-day trip to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and local business leaders. Analysts see it as a way to brush up on Mr. Christie's foreign policy experience prior to a potential presidential run in 2016. (Associated Press)

Christie making trade mission to Mexico

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicks off a three-day trade mission to Mexico on Wednesday in a trip that will give the potential 2016 presidential contender a chance to burnish his foreign policy credentials abroad and bolster his image with Hispanic voters back home. Published September 2, 2014

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

GOP Senate candidates struggle to score knockout punch

Despite a highly touted class of candidates, Republicans have struggled in a number of conservative states — leaving the fate of the Senate to be fought out over the next two months Published September 1, 2014

Former Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, speaks at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit in Washington on Feb. 10, 2014. (Associated Press)

DeMint: Ted Cruz hotter 2016 commodity than Rick Perry

Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint says that Sen. Ted Cruz would have the upper hand right now in a potential showdown with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Published August 29, 2014