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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

hands on: Pastor Joshua Nink prays for Donald Trump after he and wife Melania attend church in Council Bluffs.

Donald Trump sweep in Iowa, N.H. would vex Republican establishment

If things break right here -- a big if -- billionaire businessman Donald Trump is well-positioned to become the first Republican presidential candidate in almost a half-century to string together wins in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary -- a feat that would give him momentum in the race and likely lead to an all-hands-on-deck moment for the establishment wing of the party. Published January 31, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign has stepped up the amount of door-knocking, training sessions and recruiting precinct captains, according to Trump volunteers. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump calls Ted Cruz 'anchor baby in Canada'

Real estate mogul Donald Trump has added a new wrinkle to his line of attack against Sen. Ted Cruz, calling the Texas Republican an "anchor baby" during a campaign stop here on Friday. Published January 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Donald Trump: Risk of holding vets event was worth it

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Friday the risk was worth the reward of skipping the Fox News debate to hold a fundraiser -- in part because Sen. Ted Cruz, his closest rival, got "pummeled." Published January 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with a ring given to him by a group of veterans during a campaign event on the campus of Drake University Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Donald Trump's New Hampshire backers praise vets rally

Less than 12 hours after Donald Trump closed out a rally for military veterans in Iowa, the New York businessman is scheduled to parachute into New Hampshire, where voters started lining hours before a campaign event and praised his decision to skip last night's debate. Published January 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and the GOP establishment have found a common goal in stopping front-runner Donald Trump from coming out on top in the Iowa caucuses. (Associated Press)

Cruz, GOP establishment find common ground against Trump

As much as Sen. Ted Cruz says he despises the GOP establishment, for now he and they have a common goal: to stop Donald Trump, and to try to do it in Iowa, where a Trump victory could clear the way for the billionaire businessman to run the table. Published January 27, 2016

"With me they are dealing with someone who is a little bit different," Donald Trump said. "They can't toy with me like they can toy with everybody else." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump likely to skip Fox News debate; 'not a fan' of Megyn Kelly

Businessman Donald Trump threw a curve ball at his GOP presidential rivals and the rest of the political world Tuesday by announcing that he "most likely" will skip the Fox News sponsored debate Thursday in Iowa, following through on a threat that he would not take part in the final Republican showdown before the caucuses because of moderator bias. Published January 26, 2016

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich of Ohio has stood his ground on support for Common Core and says "it's time to move on" from fighting same-sex marriage. (Associated Press)

John Kasich's poll surge in New Hampshire alarms social conservatives

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's poll surge in New Hampshire has spurred conservatives to warn social issues voters to be wary of him, saying he is one of the worst champions in the Republican presidential field when it comes to hot-button issues such as education and religious liberty. Published January 24, 2016

In this Jan. 19, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks during a campaign stop at the Freedom Country Store in Freedom, N.H. Answering a question this week about climate change during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Cruz was worlds apart from the scientific consensus that sees a world that is warming because of human activity. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rubio camp jabs at Cruz over 'fundraiser with the Washington cartel'

GOP presidential contender Marco Rubio's camp is poking fun at the "Washington cartel" catchphrase that fellow Sen. Ted Cruz is espousing on the campaign trail by pointing out that the Texas Republican is hosting a "Happy Hour" fundraiser Friday at swanky restaurant steps from the U.S. Capitol and the White House. Published January 22, 2016

Jerry Falwell Jr.'s blessing may give Donald Trump edge with evangelicals

Jerry Falwell Jr. said Monday that Donald Trump has lived his life in the spirit of Jesus Christ, giving a major boost to the billionaire businessman as he campaigned at Liberty University -- a bastion of Christian conservatism that has become a must-visit stop for GOP presidential contenders. Published January 18, 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after giving a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump dedicates record-breaking crowd at Liberty U. to MLK

GOP presidential contender Donald Trump paid his respects to Martin Luther King Jr. by dedicating the record-breaking crowd that turned out to see him at Liberty University to the memory of the late civil rights leader. Published January 18, 2016

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Donald Trump vows to protect Christianity at Liberty University

Making the case that he is the GOP establishment's worst nightmare, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump looked to assure the religious right in an address at Liberty University Monday that he would defend their religious liberty and shake up the status quo in Washington. Published January 18, 2016

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz squared off repeatedly during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate Thursday in North Charleston, S.C. (Associated Press)

Trump embraces 'angry' label; Cruz dismisses birther talk in GOP debate

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump embraced the label of "angry" and Sen. Ted Cruz fended off repeated questions about his finances and his eligibility to be president as the two men led the rest of the presidential field in Thursday's debate, amid growing concerns about President Obama's foreign policy. Published January 14, 2016

Donald Trump, left, jokes with Ted Cruz during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ** FILE **

Cruz and Trump trade blows, score points in battle over birther theories

Sen. Ted Cruz pushed back against Donald Trump in the GOP presidential debate Thursday for stoking "birther" questions over his eligibility to be president, saying the law clearly states that he is legally allowed to be president despite being born in Canada. Published January 14, 2016