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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 - This June 29, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking in Louisville, Ky. Grimes has released her first attack ad, mischaracterizing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s voting record on overhauling Medicare. In the ad, a retired coal miner asks how he and his wife are supposed to afford the extra $6,000 in Medicare costs that McConnell voted for. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Mitch McConnell: Alison Lundergan Grimes peddling Obama Medicare lies

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign released a new television ad Wednesday that ties his Democratic opponent to President Obama and pushes back against the "shaky claims" that the Kentucky Republican voted to increase Medicare premiums on today's seniors. Published July 9, 2014

President Obama will ask Congress for $2 billion to deal with the crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, illegally surge across the U.S.-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

Rep. Edwards: If I were advising Obama, I'd advise him to go to the Texas border

A Maryland Democrat said her advice to President Obama would be that he should visit the Texas border Wednesday during his visit to the Lone Star State to get a first-hand look at the response to the children from Central American countries that are trying to cross into the country illegally. Published July 9, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013. (Associated Press)

Sen. Mark Udall cancels plans to attend Obama fundraiser

Sen. Mark Udall canceled plans Wednesday to appear at a fundraiser in Colorado with President Obama, saying that he could no longer make it home for the event because of changes to his workload on Capitol Hill. Published July 9, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 20, 2014, photo, donated items for immigrant families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are arranged at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Rep. Cueller: Obama should visit border

Rep. Henry Cueller questioned Wednesday whether President Obama's meeting with local officials during his trip to Texas will have any impact on the surge of illegal immigrant children trying to cross into the United States. Published July 9, 2014

Karl Rove, a personable fellow who was deputy chief of staff in George W. Bush's White House and is sometimes credited with being the genius of George W.'s success, turns out to be a big fan of "rectal feeding," as used by the CIA to persuade terror suspects to spill their secrets.  (Associated Press/File)

Rove-founded group funds attack ads against Dem senators in Colo., Ark.

Crossroads GPS, a group co-founded by Karl Rove, announced Tuesday that it is putting nearly $900,000 into attack ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats in Colorado and Arkansas, knocking them for their support of the Obama administration's policies. Published July 8, 2014

**FILE** Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts speaks Nov. 8, 2013, at a campaign appearance in Overland Park, Kan. (Associated Press)

Milton Wolf accuses Pat Roberts of severing ties with Kansas

Milton Wolf started running a radio commercial Tuesday that dings Sen. Pat Roberts for spending more of his time out of the state, as part of his ongoing effort to paint the veteran lawmakers as out of touch with Kansas and desperate to reconnect with voters ahead of the state's primary. Published July 8, 2014

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Rand Paul hires veteran New Hampshire operative for PAC

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky announced Tuesday that he is beefing up his political action committee in New England by hiring Mike Biundo, a seasoned GOP operative from New Hampshire, home to the nation's first presidential primary. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - This May 29, 2014 file photo shows Sarah Palin speaking in New Orleans, La. In an interview, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed that shortly after Palin was nominated as the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, the Obama campaign proposed that Clinton go on the attack against her. Clinton said she refused. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Sarah Palin calls for Obama impeachment

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, said Tuesday that it is time for Congress to impeach President Obama. Published July 8, 2014

**FILE** A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. Since October, the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has made more than 194,000 arrests, nearly triple that of any other sector. Most are from Central America, and many are children. (Associated Press)

Obama to blame for surge of illegal immigrant children: poll

A new poll shows that almost half of likely U.S. voters say that the Obama administration is responsible for the increase in illegal immigrant children from Central America that are trying to cross into the United States. Published July 7, 2014

**FILE** Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a news conference of the Genesis Prize Foundation in Jerusalem on May 22, 2014. (Associated Press)

Bloomberg's gun control group to vet candidates ahead of election

A gun-control group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to start vetting congressional candidates ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, as it looks to ramp up pressure on lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws. Published July 7, 2014