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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 Mayor Pete Buttigieg cooks pork at the Iowa State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

'Not electable': Voters hesitant to support Pete Buttigieg over sexual orientation, youth

Democratic voters here love Mayor Pete, but they may be penalizing him because he's gay. It's not that they hold it against Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, but they fear the rest of the country may not be ready for a 37-year-old, married, openly gay man to sit in the White House, so they are reluctant to help him win the party's presidential nomination. Published August 13, 2019

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, meets with people at the Iowa State Fair, on Saturday, in Des Moines. (Associated Press)

Iowa Democrats want moderate candidate for 2020 election

Some Democrats sound poised to blow a hole in the plot-line that suggests the aggressive far left-wing politics that have dominated the headlines in Washington will rule in Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses next year. Published August 11, 2019

President Donald Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Trump is in the Hamptons to attend a pair of fundraisers before heading to his golf club in New Jersey for vacation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump holding his own in Iowa kernel poll

President Trump is showing his strength in the informal survey of fairgoers, which through Thursday night showed that half of the more than 4,7000 kernels cast had gone for Republicans and half had gone for Democrats. Published August 9, 2019

President Barack Obama steps off his campaign tour bus during an unannounced stop visit at Ossorio Bakery and Cafe, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Cocoa, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Why Democrats are tossing Obama under the bus

Democratic voters are still enamored with former President Barack Obama, but the party's 2020 presidential hopefuls are running away from his policies as fast as they can. Published August 1, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden participates in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Joe Biden comes out swinging in second Democratic debate

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden came into the debate Wednesday itching for a fight and almost immediately scolded Sen. Kamala D. Harris for peddling what he described as a weak health care plan. Published July 31, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Kirsten Gillibrand: Cloroxer in chief?

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wants to do more than bring an end to President Trump's term - she wants to wipe down the White House when he's gone. Published July 31, 2019

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Tulsi Gabbard blasts Kamala Harris over prosecutor past

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii made it clear Wednesday that she is not enamored with Sen. Kamala D. Harris' background as a prosecutor, accusing the California Democrat of failing to stand up for people when it mattered most. Published July 31, 2019

From left, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris clash on health care

Sen. Kamala Harris of California said Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden has been mischaracterizing her health care plan because his campaign team likely hasn't read it. Published July 31, 2019