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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

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Jim Gilmore excited for 'substantive' early debate

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he is looking forward to taking part in Thursday's early debate, making the case that the so-called "kiddie's table" could prove to be a better venue for having an adult conversation on the nation's most pressing issues. Published August 5, 2015

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Immigration, Planned Parenthood produce consensus at GOP forum

Republican presidential hopefuls dodged the thorniest issues on immigration Monday, saying the immediate priority is to secure the border while handling the size of legal immigration and final decisions on the 11 million illegal immigrants already here must wait until enforcement has been restored. Published August 3, 2015

Presidential contender Donald Trump speaks to the media after arriving by helicopter during the first first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, on July 30, 2015. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump tops another presidential poll

Donald Trump is leading yet another poll for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, in what is expected to be one of the national surveys that could be used to decide who participates in the first GOP debate next week in Ohio. Published July 30, 2015

It remains to be seen whose approach will be most beneficial in the presidential race as Sens. Rand Paul (left) and Ted Cruz remain in a statistical dead heat at about 5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. They are hovering in the middle of the 16-candidate field. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul plays it cool while rival Ted Cruz plays with fire in Senate

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have followed through on their promises to shake things up on Capitol Hill since arriving in Washington, but some political analysts say the recent intraparty warfare shows the two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are split over the best way to give the government a face-lift. Published July 29, 2015

The ascendancy of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may result in several of the previously declared GOP candidates being bumped from the upcoming Fox News debate due to a limit of only 10 candidates being allowed to participate. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump's ascendancy may reshuffle debate stage

Donald Trump's entrance into the GOP presidential race has not only booted another candidate from the likely lineup at next month's first sanctioned debate, but it's also denying the laggers any oxygen to draw attention to themselves and try to climb the rungs to the top tier. Published July 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday vowed that if elected, he would take on the political establishment, cut federal spending and shrink the government. (Associated Press)

Jeb Bush vows to shake up 'Mount Washington' if elected

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday cast himself as the D.C. outsider capable of shaking up the political establishment, vowing to take on what he labeled the insularity of the very "Mount Washington" where his family has been a fixture for most of the last 35 years. Published July 20, 2015