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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

"While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight's debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. (Associated Press)

RNC pulls out of NBC debate set for February

Responding to the blowback against CNBC's handling of the third GOP debate, the head of the Republican National Committee announced Friday that it was "suspending" its plans to partner with NBC News for a presidential debate next year. Published October 30, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a news conference in Houston, in this Oct. 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz gets mixed review on immigration from Hispanic rights advocate

A Hispanic rights advocate said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz's push to expand legal immigration by granting more green cards and student visas is spot on, but that the Texas Republican is missing the mark when it comes to dealing with the nation's illegal immigrants. Published October 30, 2015

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Jeb Bush backers still supporting ex-governor

Jeb Bush's supporters are sticking with the former Florida governor in the GOP presidential contest, disputing analysts who say his campaign shakeup last week and stumbles in Wednesday's debate have put him on campaign deathwatch. Published October 29, 2015

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, argue a point during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado on Wednesday in Boulder, Colo. (Associated Press)

Candidates sharpen attacks, blast media in third Republican debate

Desperate to stand out as time begins to run short, the Republican presidential candidates lashed out at one another Wednesday in their third presidential debate, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking aim at the new generation of anti-establishment Republicans who have eclipsed them in the polls. Published October 28, 2015

George Pataki dings Republican climate change deniers

Former New York Gov. George Pataki criticized the climate-change deniers in the GOP, arguing that the federal government should provide incentives to entrepreneurs that are seeking ways to curb greenhouse gases. Published October 28, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal talked about defunding Planned Parenthood in his state at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (Associated Press). ** FILE **

Bobby Jindal: Everyone should pay federal tax

Looking to distance himself Wednesday from his GOP rivals, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that every American should have skin in the game when it comes to paying federal taxes and that he will push for that if elected president. Published October 28, 2015

"This budget, if it is paid for, will put $40 billion back into the defense department at a time we need it," Mr. Graham said of the budget. (Associated Press)

Lindsey Graham defends budget deal in GOP debate, Bobby Jindal blasts it

In Wednesday's undercard GOP presidential debate, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina defended his support for a budget deal that lawmakers passed on Capitol Hill earlier in the day, saying it increases spending for the military and will help the national confront the growing threat of radical terrorism. Published October 28, 2015

In the past few weeks, Donald Trump has faced scrutiny for saying that the U.S. has no role in fighting the Islamic State or the ruling regime in Syria, and that it is OK for Russia to strike targets, including U.S.-backed rebels, inside Syria. (Associated Press)

Republican rivals take aim at Donald Trump's 'isolationist' foreign policy

Frustrated with Donald Trump's ability to blunt attacks on his domestic policies, his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination increasingly are taking aim at his approach to foreign policy, arguing that the flamboyant business leader has disqualified himself from consideration as commander in chief because of his "isolationist" views. Published October 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush answers a question after he announced his plan to modify the management of western public lands, during a western policy roundtable, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Rancho San Raffle Park in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen) ** FILE **

Jeb Bush's campaign scales back staff, cuts payroll: report

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is cutting his campaign payroll and shedding some staff as part of an attempt to tighten up his finances and retool his struggling campaign roughly three months out from the start of the nomination race. Published October 23, 2015

Ben Carson's campaign shrugged off the Club for Growth's findings, dismissing its methods and conclusions. (Associated Press)

Ben Carson gets mixed rating from Club for Growth

As GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson surges in polls, his slim public record is getting closer scrutiny, and the Club for Growth is releasing a white paper Thursday arguing the political newcomer has shown promise on cutting taxes and spending, but has made statements on regulations and health care that show he might not be a "pro-growth president." Published October 21, 2015

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat and leading advocate in the House for comprehensive immigration reform, leads a news conference with fellow Democrats on the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive actions to spare millions from immediate deportation on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. Luis Gutierrez calls on NBC to dump Trump from SNL

A leading Hispanic rights advocate called on NBC Tuesday to rethink its decision to have Donald Trump host "Saturday Night Live" next month, warning that it will be a "corporate blunder." Published October 20, 2015