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

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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael T. McCaul says President Obama's plan to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. may allow Islamic State operatives to sneak into the country among those seeking freedom. (Associated Press photographs)

McCaul: End Obama refugee plans

The head of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Monday that members of the Islamic State have explored entering the United States through the refugee resettlement program, a claim that could ramp up additional pressure on President Obama to rethink his plan to resettle 10,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Published December 7, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump called for a total and complete ban on Muslims entering the United States, upping the ante of previous calls to profile Muslims and spy on mosques in the wake of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump calls for ban on Muslims entering U.S.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump proposed Monday a complete and total ban on Muslims entering the United States in response to recent terrorist attacks, drawing an immediate rebuke from nearly every quarter for trampling on the religious freedom that is the founding principle of America. Published December 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, during the Rising Tide Summit at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)

Ted Cruz seizes lead for first time in Iowa: poll

For the first time in the 2016 presidential race, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is the top pick of likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, according to a Monmouth University poll. Published December 7, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions demand immigration information on California attackers

The shootings this week in California are escalating the debate on Capitol Hill over terrorism and immigration, and two of the Senate's most vocal opponents of President Obama's approach to both issues are now demanding the administration shares the immigration history of the San Bernardino attackers. Published December 4, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argues for treatment rather than incarceration for those who commit drug crimes. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie strong in New Hampshire on drug addiction issue

The drug issue in recent presidential elections has chiefly involved pot activists pushing for legalization, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hoping to tap a different strain of the drug vote, making an appeal for compassion and treatment as he tries to woo a growing number of families affected by their relatives' addiction. Published December 1, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump works the crowd at the conclusion of his second campaign visit to Georgia at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum while a member of the crowd holds up the former flag of the state on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Macon, Ga.  (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

National Black Church Initiative calls for Donald Trump to drop out of 2016 race

A national coalition of black churches on Tuesday called on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race, saying the New York billionaire is campaigning on a divisive message that runs counter to its history of fighting to "overcome racism and racist ideology." Published December 1, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow) **FILE**

Donald Trump not a 'free market conservative,' critics say

Donald Trump's political and economic philosophies are starting to come into sharper focus, and some Republicans say the presidential candidate is shaping up to be more of a populist than anything else. Published November 25, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and presidential candidate, is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press/File)

Hawks in Congress clamor to lead war authorization against Islamic State

Presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham demanded Wednesday that Congress debate and pass a new authorization for an open-ended war against the Islamic State, as lawmakers on Capitol Hill increasingly clamored to put their own stamps on the way the U.S. is fighting in the Middle East. Published November 18, 2015

People wait in line to enter the migrant and refugee registration camp in Moria, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, in this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)

Honduras stops Syrians with fake passports headed for U.S.: report

Police in Honduras have detained five Syrians they said were trying to reach the U.S. using stolen Greek passports, Reuters reported Wednesday in another development likely to hurt President Obama's efforts to welcome Syrian refugees. Published November 18, 2015