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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

Romney on illegal immigration and the Dream Act

In an interview last weekend, The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin asked Mitt Romney about the Dream Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrant children and young adults. Published January 11, 2012

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters at the Romney for President New Hampshire primary night rally at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Behind Mr. Romney are his sons Tagg (left) and Craig and his wife, Ann. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Romney wins New Hampshire, Paul second

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the nation's first presidential primary Tuesday night, overcoming charges by his conservative Republican rivals that he is a political moderate and a corporate raider to capture a double-digit victory in New Hampshire. Published January 10, 2012

Rep. Ron Paul campaigns outside a polling station at Webster School in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Paul backs Romney's record at Bain Capital

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas came to the defense of Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying his Republican presidential rivals are selling out basic free-market conservative principles when they criticize the former Massachusetts governor's time at the helm of Bain Capital. Published January 10, 2012

Dixville Notch, N.H., residents (from left) Tanner Tillotson, Peter Johnson and Jacques Couture wait on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the Balsams Grand Resort for the stoke of midnight to cast their votes in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Voters in N.H. head to the polls

New Hampshire voters began casting their ballots at schools and churches Tuesday in the nation's first presidential primary as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich kept up his attacks on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner. Published January 10, 2012

One day before the nation's first presidential primary, Rep. Ron Paul met customers at Moe Joe's Family Restaurant in Manchester, N.H., and then worked his way through a crowd of reporters and camera crews. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Santorum, Paul detail Israel, Iran policies

In one of the sharper, more substantive debates of the GOP primary so far, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum brought their foreign policy fight to New Hampshire, outlining dueling visions for the role the United States military should play worldwide — particularly in regards to the nation's relationship with Israel and how best to handle Iran's nuclear programs. Published January 9, 2012

The bearded satirist who calls himself Vermin Supreme heckles Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul after the Texas congressman made a campaign stop at Moe Joe's Family Restaurant in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

'Vermin Supreme' rears his bearded head in New Hampshire

Ron Paul's final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire got off to a wacky start in Manchester on Monday when he was met by a man with a rubber boot on his head and a bullhorn in his hand who eventually challenged him and President Obama to a "panty-wrestling match to decide it all." Published January 9, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, N.H., on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney weakens in N.H. as foes slam jobs record

As voters head to the polls at the New Hampshire presidential primary, Mitt Romney's rivals blasted his record as a venture capitalist while the Republican front-runner's support in polls eroded further. Published January 9, 2012

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, left, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, listen to Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, answer a question during a Republican presidential candidate debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Paul digs in heels during GOP debate in N.H.

Rep. Ron Paul fought to protect his top-tier status in the Republican presidential race during Saturday night's debate, ripping into the records of his closest rivals and putting up a feisty defense of his limited government philosophy. Published January 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, listens as he is introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., as he campaigns at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney, confident in conservative support, channels Popeye

Mitt Romney said Saturday he doesn't see a need to take any special steps to unite conservatives behind his presidential bid, saying he already holds "conservative Republican principles," and said he abides by the wisdom of cartoon character Popeye about being himself. Published January 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shakes hands at campaign town meeting in Salem, N.H., Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Gingrich: Romney win would hurt GOP

As the Republican presidential candidates geared up Saturday for two crucial debates 12 hours apart, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the party's core principles would be undermined if front-runner Mitt Romney wins the nomination. Published January 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns Jan. 6, 2012, at the Keene Public Library in Keene, N.H. (Associated Press)

Santorum takes heat on values

Rick Santorum's reputation as a crusader for conservative social values is getting tested here in New Hampshire, where he's facing down sharp questions from voters about marriage, abortion and how he justifies going to war as a Roman Catholic. Published January 6, 2012

**FILE** Mitt Romney (Associated Press)

Bay Buchanan endorses Mitt Romney

Conservative activist Bay Buchanan endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential bid Friday, saying that the former Massachusetts governor is the kind of person that voters can trust in the White House. Published January 6, 2012

Customers and employees try to catch the attention of Mr. Santorum during his campaign stop at the Tilt'n Diner. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Santorum touts his 'past performance'

Using the same message that catapulted him to a near-win in Iowa, Rick Santorum told New Hampshire primary voters Thursday to ignore the pundits and decide for themselves who the GOP's presidential nominee should be, even as he ramped up attacks on front-runner Mitt Romney. Published January 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talks Jan. 4, 2012, to reporters after a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. (Associated Press)

After Iowa, verbal barbs fly among GOP candidates

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich picked up Wednesday where he left off after his disappointing fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses the night before, questioning the conservative credentials of rival Mitt Romney, who pulled out a paper-thin victory in the Hawkeye State. Published January 4, 2012

Newt Gingrich ditched his "high road" campaign Tuesday, calling Mitt Romney a liar as the presidential contest shifted to upcoming contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. A PAC supporting Mr. Romney has been running anti-Gingrich ads. (Associated Press)

Race shifts to N.H. with Santorum surging, Gingrich fighting back

The excitement inside former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign headquarters grew throughout the evening here Tuesday as it became increasingly clear that he would finish in a virtual tie for first with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Iowa's Republican caucuses. Published January 3, 2012

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. greets people during his tour of businesses in downtown Nashua, N.H., on Monday. The Republican presidential candidate has held more than 140 events in the state, which holds its primary Jan. 10. (Associated Press)

Huntsman makes final push in New Hampshire

Jon Huntsman Jr.'s Monday began like most of his days recently: The former Utah governor pulled on his cowboy boots and headed out to pound the New Hampshire pavement, looking for support for his presidential bid one voter at a time. Published January 2, 2012

Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, is a 2012 target of the Tea Party. (Associated Press)

Tea party looks for strength in numbers

With polls showing the movement's popularity sagging, tea party members from across the country are warning that anyone who thinks they are sleeping in 2012 is in for a rude awakening come Election Day, when they plan to pick up where they left off in 2010 by bolstering their voices for limited government on Capitol Hill. Published December 29, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, gets up on his soapbox to deliver a stump speech during a campaign stop at a feed store in Lancaster, N.H., on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Romney backers join him on stump in New Hampshire

LANCASTER, N.H. | Standing atop a makeshift soapbox in the parking lot of a farm supply store, Mitt Romney made sure to highlight the members of his traveling army, starting with Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former Gov. John H. Sununu - two of this state's most well-known and well-liked political figures. Published December 22, 2011

PIZZA PARLOR POLITICIAN: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential contender, shakes hands with patrons while campaigning at Village Pizza in Newport, N.H. (Associated Press)

Romney boards 'Earn It' bus, fumes past Gingrich

Mitt Romney, back atop the GOP field in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll in Iowa, kicked off his "Earn It" bus tour in New Hampshire on Wednesday with another jab at Republican rival Newt Gingrich, who has been sharply criticizing the former Massachusetts governor's "negative" campaigning. Published December 21, 2011