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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

Mark Burrell, right, and a man who said he goes by the name Abundis, left, light marijuana joints Monday, May 1, 2017, during a May Day protest in Seattle. The two men identify with constitutionalist and libertarian ideals and had been arguing with counter protesters when they decided to smoke pot together with their opponents. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) **FILE**

Marijuana use climbed in 2017: Study

A new study from Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) found that twice as many people are smoking pot on a daily basis than a decade ago. Published September 14, 2018

Former President Barack Obama speaks to a full crowd in Foellinger Auditorium Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. Obama will receive a medal for the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government at a private ceremony following the speech.(Stephen Haas/The News-Gazette via AP)

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama criticism of Trump bound to backfire

Sen. Lindsey Graham pushed back Friday against former President Obama's criticism of the Trump administration, saying that if Mr. Obama wants Mr. Trump to win a second term, the Illinois Democrat should keep reminding voters about his time in the White House. Published September 7, 2018

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 15, 2018, file photo, U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., asks a question of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she testifies to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Carper is defending his voting record during three terms in the Senate against challenger Kerri Lynn Harris, a political newcomer and progressive community activist waging a grassroots campaign to try to unseat him. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Tom Carper fends off Kerri Harris in Delaware Senate primary

Democratic Sen. Tom Carper fended off an outsider challenger Thursday in the Delaware primary, bucking the trend of liberal activists coalescing around minority candidates to oust long-established white men. Published September 6, 2018

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, center, celebrates victory over U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., in the 7th Congressional House Democratic primary, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Civil war looms for Democrats after left-wing upsets: 'This is just the beginning'

Liberal activists said Ayanna Pressley's platform helped energize voters, giving her a 17-point margin of victory over Rep. Michael Capuano, the second longtime Democratic lawmaker to fall in a primary this year to a more liberal candidate. It's also vastly different than the platform Democratic leaders are selling. Published September 5, 2018

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, talks about the approaching midterm election during an interview with The Associated Press, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Washington. Bannon told the Associated Press that if the elections were held today, he believed the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats and the House of Representatives, but argued there was time to turn that around.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Steve Bannon's open revolt against GOP establishment sputters

Steve Bannon entered the 2018 election cycle vowing to run primary challengers against nearly every Republican incumbent, looking to shake the party establishment to its core. The establishment, however, appears to have won. Published August 29, 2018