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

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Some Capitol Hill lawmakers vow to give up their salaries in order to head off public frustration with Congress. Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat, (top) is contributing his salary to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, a nonprofit devoted to helping civilian federal and postal employees. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, said, "My view is that we don't get paid if the federal employees don't get paid."

Some lawmakers rush to give up salaries to show solidarity

Seeking to show solidarity with furloughed workers and head off growing public frustration with Congress, some Capitol Hill lawmakers are vowing to give up their salaries until a deal is struck to reopen the government. Published October 2, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., listens to remarks by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as they celebrate the start of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, during an event with other lawmakers and people whose lives have been impacted by lack of health insurance, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid's latest offer for spending deal rejected by Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Democrats are willing to negotiate with House Republicans over future spending if GOP lawmakers agree to fund all government operations and Obamacare through mid-November. Published October 2, 2013

Federal watchdogs are early shutdown victims

Sunshine and oversight were two of the early casualties of the government shutdown, with the agencies charged with watching over the federal government saying they had to furlough employees in order to comply with the shutdown. Published October 1, 2013

** FILE ** Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- Ohio, pauses during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting about the ongoing budget fight on Capitol Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

House rejects restoration of funds during shutdown for veterans, parks

With the government shutdown closing national monuments and sending federal office workers home, House Republicans changed tactics Tuesday and tried to pass individual spending bills that they said would restore money to high-profile programs such as veterans affairs, national parks and the Smithsonian Institution. Published October 1, 2013

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GOP applaud Manchin support of Obamacare delay

Republican lawmakers say they hope that Sen. Joe Manchin III will serve as a guiding light for others in his party after the West Virginia Democrat said he would support a one-year delay of Obamacare's individual mandate — a move that would basically gut the law. Published September 29, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks President Obama. (Associated Press photographs)

House GOP to seek one-year delay in Obamacare on government shutdown bill

House Republicans said Saturday they will try to pass another stopgap spending bill that delays President Obama's health law for one year, in a final effort to try to put a dent in Obamacare before more of it takes effect next week — but Democrats immediately shot the plan down, saying it virtually guarantees a government shutdown. Published September 28, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Ted Cruz now leads GOP presidential pack: poll

Fresh off his 21-hour filibuster against Obamacare funding, a new poll shows that Sen. Ted Cruz has leapfrogged past his potential rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and that GOP primary voters trust him more than their party leaders on Capitol Hill. Published September 27, 2013

Ted Cruz raises profile with filibuster, but fails to sway senators or voters

Sen. Ted Cruz's epic talk energized his tea party supporters and raised his profile ahead of the 2016 presidential contest, but there is little evidence that it fostered a rethink among voters or their elected representatives in the Senate, who said they didn't see an uptick in calls during the 21-hour affair. Published September 25, 2013

Polls show disdain for Obamacare, fewer back shutdown

Polls tend to show that a plurality of voters disapprove of Obamacare, but that they would rather see lawmakers carve out an alternative solution to the law than force a government shutdown to defund it. Published September 24, 2013

"I think of instead of the libertarian aspect of the Republican Party being a detriment, I actually think it has come full circle and it really is the way the Republican Party will grow," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, says of his political future. (Associated Press)

GOP's Rand Paul carving out his own campaign path

Despite trying to put distance between himself and his father, Sen. Rand Paul appears to be holding onto the supporters who powered former Rep. Ron Paul through the past two presidential campaigns. Published September 23, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican

Rep. Paul Ryan spurs talk of White House run with book deal

Rep. Paul Ryan — former vice presidential candidate, current Wisconsin congressman and rumored White House candidate for 2016 — has scored a deal for a book, due out in August, commenting on the state of conservatism and the way of the Republican Party's future. Published September 23, 2013