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

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Marco Rubio: GOP should focus on economic issues in 2014 midterms

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Tuesday that the GOP will be in a better position to takeover the Senate in the 2014 election if it sticks with an economic message of small government and low taxes that unites the party — not the emotional social issues that can divide it. Published March 25, 2014

**FILE** Bob Barker is inducted into National Association of Broadcasters hall of fame at the Las Vegas Hilton on April 14, 2008. (Associated Press)

GOP strategist: Bob Barker had hand in David Jolly's Florida win

A media strategist for David Jolly's successful campaign in Florida's recent special congressional election said that part of the reason the Republican emerged victories was that he had a secret weapon: former "Price is Right" game show host Bob Barker. Published March 25, 2014

U Street watering hole celebrates Phelps death

The death of the Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. has spurred a new sales pitch at a local watering hole on historic U Street in the nation's capital. Published March 20, 2014

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, is exploring the possibility of running for senate in his new home state of New Hampshire. The seat is currently occupied by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat. (Associated press)

Brown's bid for New Hampshire's U.S. Senate seat a win-win for GOP

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's bid for a Senate seat in neighboring New Hampshire is shaping up to be a win-win for the GOP — giving the party a chance to unseat first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and, at the same time, forcing Democrats to spend money defending her. Published March 19, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is seen at the RNC winter meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Reince Priebus urges GOP to tone down anti-immigrant rhetoric

Republican Party chief Reince Priebus said Tuesday that the GOP can make big gains among Hispanic voters even if it doesn’t support legalizing illegal immigrants, as long as the party finds better messengers and tones down anti-immigrant rhetoric. Published March 18, 2014

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has received credit for making changes necessary to help the GOP win a special congressional election in Florida last week. (Associated Press)

A year after RNC postmortem: GOP outreach advances, but key voters still distant

Republican officials said Monday that they have improved their nuts-and-bolts campaign and are making big strides in voter outreach — but there is little evidence that it is making a difference in reaching the minorities, women and young voters who are key to winning national elections. Published March 17, 2014

Midland University president and Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse is pictured on campus in this photo from June 5, 2013, in Fremont, Neb. The Senate Conservatives Fund, a national conservative group, has endorsed Sasse in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, setting him up as the race's tea party candidate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

No clear-cut leader in Nebraska Republican primary

Tea party and conservative groups have been able to pick a clear favorite in most of this year's Senate GOP primaries — but that's not the case in Nebraska, where four candidates, all claiming conservative bragging rights, are running. Published March 16, 2014

Republican David W. Jolly won Tuesday in a Florida congressional race in an election emblematic of the new reality of money in politics. (Associated Press)

Florida election emblematic of new reality of money

So much outside money poured into this week's special election in Florida that the battle in the Tampa-area district felt more like a fight for the presidency than a congressional race. Published March 12, 2014

Iowa Republican Party chairman A.J. Spiker.

Former Iowa GOP chief takes post with Rand Paul PAC

The former head of the Iowa Republican Party has taken a job with Sen. Rand Paul's political action committee — providing more evidence that the Kentucky Republican is laying the foundation for a 2016 presidential bid. Published March 10, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

CPAC 2014: Straw poll signals Paul-Cruz showdown for conservative voters

The one-two finish of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in The Washington Times/CPAC straw poll over the weekend cemented their rock star status among grass-roots activists — and signaled that the two tea party favorites are destined for a showdown over which senator will carry the conservative flag in the contest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Published March 9, 2014