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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

This Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court's decision this past week not to interfere with the state's strict abortion law, provoked outrage from liberals and cheers from many conservatives. President Joe Biden assailed it. But the decision also astonished many that Texas could essentially outmaneuver Supreme Court precedent on women's constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats scramble to scrap filibuster, codify Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court's decision to let stand a Texas ban on most abortions has sent Democrats scrambling to safeguard abortion rights and to prevent the law from becoming a blueprint for other states. Published September 5, 2021

In this Aug. 5, 2021, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., prepares to chair a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

White House downplays Manchin’s hesitation on $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday he is still confident that President Biden's push for a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package can survive after Sen. Joe Manchin III urged his colleagues to put the brakes on the package, citing concerns about the price tag and inflation. Published September 5, 2021

President Joe Biden speaks about the end of the war in Afghanistan from the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s challenges mount with fallout from chaotic Afghanistan exit

As the dust settled from the chaotic U.S. troop pullout, the politics of war and withdrawal revved up in Washington with President Biden declaring the end of the 20-year mission an "extraordinary success" and Republicans ripping his decision to leave Americans behind in Afghanistan. Published August 31, 2021

President Joe Biden pauses as he listens to a question about the bombings at the Kabul airport that killed at least 12 U.S. service members, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s political fate tied to Taliban

President Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal -- and along with it, his own political fate -- now rests in the hands of the Taliban, which just spent the last two decades at war with the U.S. and now finds itself in control and better armed than ever. Published August 26, 2021

Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, departs the Capitol after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., appointed him to lead the new select committee to investigate the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, in Washington, Thursday, July 1, 2021. The probe will examine what went wrong around the Capitol when hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke into the building, hunted for lawmakers and interrupted the congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Select Committee seeks Trump records as part of Jan. 6 probe

The head of the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack issued a sweeping round of demands for information from the executive branch related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and former President Donald Trump's push to discredit the results of the 2020 election. Published August 25, 2021

In this May 29, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and his daughter Ivanka Trump, right, watch as former football player Herschel Walker, center, throws football's during White House Sports and Fitness Day on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The U.S. Senate nomination in a premier battleground like Georgia should be a plum political prize, but a year before Republican voters choose a nominee for the 2022 midterms, they have no clear options. The wildcard is whether football hero Herschel Walker runs and brings the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump-backed Herschel Walker files to run for Senate seat in Georgia

Former football star Herschel Walker has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, signaling he is preparing to make his first foray into running for public office in a high-profile 2022 contest. Published August 24, 2021

A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies over the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday, further tightening their grip on the country as panicked workers fled government offices and helicopters landed at the U.S. Embassy. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) **FILE**

Afghanistan craters Biden approval rating

President Biden's approval rating has plummeted amid the unfolding mess in Afghanistan, with a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll showing just 41% of voters approve of his performance in office. Published August 24, 2021