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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

Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blasts Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made it clear Thursday that he no longer supports the nationwide K-12 school stands known as Common Core, which have become a lightning rod for the GOP base. Published May 29, 2014

** FILE ** This Feb. 4, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss, center, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Mississippi mud-slinging of Cochran, McDaniel turns off voters

Henry Barbour, a major player in Mississippi Republican politics, says he never would have stood behind Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election push so quickly if not for the early onslaught by out-of-state tea party groups eager to slay the veteran lawmaker. Published May 29, 2014

** FILE ** Phil Robertson addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Thursday, May 29, 2014. Several thousand Republicans gathered for the event. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

GOP must find God, 'Duck Dynasty' star warns

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" television series, warned the GOP that it "can't be right for America if you are wrong with God." Published May 29, 2014

With his wife Elaine Chao, left, looking on, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell addresses his supporters following his victory in the republican primary, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Mariott Louisville East in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Sen. McConnell challenges Grimes to 'Lincoln-Douglas' debates

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday challenged his Democratic rival Allison Lundergan Grimes in the high-profile Kentucky Senate race to join him in three "traditional Lincoln-Douglas" style debates, saying it will give voters to get a clear view of their thinking before the airwaves are blanketed with campaign ads. Published May 21, 2014

U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes gave her victory speech at her primary election night celebration at the Carrick House in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Lexington Herald-Leader, Pablo Alcala)

Democrat Grimes vows to answer to voters, not president, in new ad

Fresh off her primary win, Alison Lundergan Grimes rolled out her first television ad in her general election campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, casting herself as a post-partisan figure who is ready to shake things up in Washington and is not going to be a rubber stamp for any president. Published May 21, 2014

With his wife Elaine Chao, left, looking on, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell addresses his supporters following his victory in the republican primary, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Mariott Louisville East in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

McConnell wins Kentucky Senate primary in landslide

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to "crush" the tea party in this primary election season, and the Kentucky Republican did his part Tuesday night by winning a landslide primary victory over businessman Matt Bevin — the latest victory for the Republican establishment. Published May 20, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won a primary victory over businessman Matt Bevin.  (AP Photo/Daily News, Miranda Pederson)

GA, KY primaries key to GOP control of Senate

Republicans on Tuesday will cast votes in the two states where they are most vulnerable heading into November's elections — Georgia and Kentucky — where primaries could leave the GOP champions bruised as they prepare to face strong female Democrats. Published May 19, 2014

Social conservatives wary of RNC convention in Las Vegas

Social conservatives say the Republican Party should deny Las Vegas's bid to host its 2016 presidential convention after the Nevada Republican Party erased from its platform the pro-life and traditional-marriage language. Published May 18, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Michael K. Simpson, Idaho Republican (Associated Press)

Outside interests spend big in Idaho Republican primary

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce looks to keep its perfect primary record intact on Tuesday when Idaho voters head to the polls to decide between GOP establishment favorite Rep. Michael K. Simpson or tea party-backed political novice Bryan Smith. Published May 18, 2014

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

Sen. Marco Rubio calls former Gov. Charlie Crist a 'phony'

Looking to help raise money for the Florida GOP, Sen. Marco Rubio is labeling former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who has jumped between parties and is running again for the governor's mansion, as a "phony." Published May 13, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, spoke out Tuesday in favor of gradually raising the retirement age, which currently sits at 67, and transitioning Medicare to a voucher system. (associated press)

Sen. Marco Rubio takes on entitlement reform

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that Congress has a responsibility to tackle entitlement reform sooner rather than later, making him the latest of the likely 2016 Republican presidential contenders to say it is time for the party to address the thorny subject head-on. Published May 13, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Steve King: Ambassador Stephens' autopsy should be made public

Rep. Steve King said Thursday that he hopes the public gets a glimpse of the autopsy report for J. Christopher Stephens, the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during the select committee investigation into the attacks on diplomatic posts in Benghazi. Published May 8, 2014

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, joined at right by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., responds to a point from Democrats on the panel as lawmakers work on the creation of a special select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. House Republicans on Wednesday moved toward an election-year special investigation of the deadly attack, brushing aside Democratic concerns over the panel's scope and composition. The Obama administration, meanwhile, accused Republicans of "political motivation" after they issued a fundraising email linked to the Benghazi probe. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House votes to create special panel for Benghazi investigation

Saying they were tired of administration stonewalling, House Republicans voted Thursday to create a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi — but drew only scant support from Democrats who rallied around President Obama and called the probe a partisan inquisition. Published May 8, 2014