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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivers a Veterans Day address at a campaign event, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Justice Democrats turn knives on 'scared' Pete Buttigieg

Moving to stunt Pete Buttigieg's rise in the 2020 presidential race, the far-left of the Democratic Party is sharpening its attacks against the South Bend, Indiana, mayor -- casting him as a calculated, silver-tongued politician who has shown he will not be a warrior for their causes. Published November 13, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to reporters before the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Air wars: 2020 Democrats battle for Iowans' attention as caucuses close in

The battle for dominance in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is heating up on television in Iowa, where candidates are jockeying for the precious attention of viewers against a sea of ads for disco-themed retirement planning, custom-crafted dentures, baking supplies, street chicken tacos and other products and services. Published November 6, 2019

"We have made sure we are exceedingly inclusive," Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said. The next Democratic debate is Nov. 20. (Associated Press)

Tom Perez: Democratic debate criteria set in advance to ensure fairness

The head of the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that he "strongly" disagrees with criticisms that the party has put its finger on the scale in the 2020 presidential primary race, saying the debate criteria were set explicitly in advance to make sure the entire field got a "fair shake." Published November 6, 2019

In this July 15, 2019 file photo, from left, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., respond during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, to remarks by President Donald Trump after his call for the four Democratic congresswomen to go back to their "broken" countries. All are American citizens. Pressley, the only one of the four who has yet to back any of the Democrats seeking the party's nomination for president in 2020, told the Associated Press, Monday, Nov. 4, that several top party candidates are seeking her endorsement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Pressley breaks with 'Squad,' backs Warren in 2020

Rep. Ayanna Pressley has split with the rest of "The Squad" by throwing her support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a fellow Massachusetts Democrat, in the 2020 presidential race. Published November 6, 2019

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

DNC Chair 'strongly' disagrees with debate criteria critics

The head of the Democratic National Committee said Wednesday that he "strongly" disagrees with criticisms that the party has put its finger on the scale in the 2020 presidential primary race, saying the debate criteria were set explicitly in advance to make sure the entire field got a "fair shake." Published November 6, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg stand on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg show strength at fabled Iowa dinner

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg won the crowd over at the Iowa Democratic Party's fabled fall dinner -- all while outlining competing visions for the best way forward for the party and the nation. Published November 1, 2019

Then-U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks with former heroin addict Chris Overka at a meeting at the Hillsborough County Superior Court, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H., to hear about its drug court program. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack questions who can take a punch in 2020 race

Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Friday that it too early to tell whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren or any of the candidates -- except for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden -- can "take a punch" in the 2020 Democratic presidential race. Published November 1, 2019

Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joins striking Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 members for a speech on the picket line outside Oscar DePriest Elementary School on the West Side, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Elizabeth Warren's anti-filibuster crusade threatens to backfire on Democrats

If Sen. Elizabeth Warren got her way and the Senate filibuster were eliminated, it's likely Congress already would have gutted Obamacare, allocated billions of more dollars to President Trump's border wall and even erased the Massachusetts Democrat's own brainchild idea, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which grew out of the Wall Street collapse a decade ago. Published October 23, 2019