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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

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, on Sept. 7, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama, threatens war to enforce Iran deal

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton tempered her support for President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran by pledging Wednesday that, if elected, she would back it up with the threat of military action, subtly breaking with the war-averse president she served as secretary of state. Published September 9, 2015

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky county clerk's jailing exposes a rift among GOP candidates

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian faith, has become the latest dividing line for the GOP presidential candidates, who still struggle to define the line between legitimate government power and respect for religious views. Published September 8, 2015

Republican senators return to Hill, look to seize 2016 spotlight from Trump

The "summer of Trump" is about to run smack into the return of Congress, as the four senators seeking the Republican presidential nod return to Washington with a massive stage and several high-profile fights they can use to burnish their images as conservative fighters. Published September 6, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful, speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 22, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ted Cruz rips jailing of Kim Davis: 'This is not America'

GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz criticized a federal judge for ordering a Kentucky county clerk to be jailed after she defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Published September 3, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves federal court in New York on Aug. 31, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump: 'Very happy' for Tom Brady

Donald Trump said Thursday that he was "very happy" to learn that a federal judge had tossed out the four-game suspension the NFL had given four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Published September 3, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he has "evolved on numerous issues" including health care, abortion rights and a 14.25 percent tax on the rich. Some tea party conservatives have concerns about his convictions on these and other issues. (Associated Press)

Movement weighs whether Donald Trump is their cup of tea

Tea partyers are torn over Donald Trump, applauding the way he has shaken the Republican Party establishment with his bombastic style and vows to eviscerate the political class in Washington, but wary of his less-than-conservative stances in the past and his friendly ties with the Clintons. Published September 1, 2015

In this Aug. 18, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaks in Brooklyn Center, Minn., where he presented his plan to replacing President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Scott Walker, GOP presidential candidate, vows to 'unleash' U.S. military on terrorists

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker vowed Sunday that he would defeat Islamic terrorism by "unleashing" U.S. military power that has been hamstrung by the Obama administration, part of a series of moves by the Wisconsin governor to convince voters that he has the national security chops to be commander in chief. Published August 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a campaign stop called Politics and Eggs with business leaders and political activist, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

Scott Walker vows to defeat Islamic State, reduce Iran's influence

GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker said Friday the United States is at war with radical Islam, calling it a "generational struggle" while vowing to defeat the Islamic State and curb Iran's influence in the world. The Wisconsin governor sought to convince voters that he has the national security chops to serve as the next commander-in-chief. Published August 28, 2015

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Associated Press) **FILE**

Jeb Bush taps Eric Cantor as co-chair of Virginia efforts

Eric Cantor will be named as one of Jeb Bush's three co-chairs in Virginia, marking a high-profile return to the national political scene for the former House majority leader who lost his seat in stunning fashion during last year's primary election. Published August 27, 2015

Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos, who has incredible sway with U.S. Hispanic voters, decried Donald Trump and his stance on immigration at a public event, which promptly got him booted from the room. (Associated Press)

Activist anchor Jorge Ramos uses influence to push immigration agenda

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who has long been as much an activist as a newsman, managed to find himself at the center of an immigration story yet again this week as he went head-to-head with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, getting tossed from a press conference after repeatedly and insistently trying to ask questions. Published August 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Four GOP presidential hopefuls sign traditional-marriage pledge

Less than a quarter of the 2016 GOP presidential field has signed a conservative group's pledge to stand up for traditional marriage by supporting a federal constitutional amendment that defends marriage as being between one man and one woman. Published August 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gives a speech on immigration policy, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Rick Santorum on verge of pulling off second 'Full Grassley' in Iowa

Rick Santorum is on pace to have visited all of Iowa's 99 counties this year before Labor Day -- sending a message that he believes his best bet of winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination starts with grinding out a positive result in the Hawkeye State. Published August 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, called GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday "a serious candidate," but said Mr. Trump's immigration plan should be judged on its merits and there it breaks conservative principles. (The Monitor via Associated Press)

Jeb Bush says new fencing won't make border more secure

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush visited a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday and said new fencing won't make the border more secure, as he blasted GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's proposed wall and other get-tough policies as "unrealistic." Published August 24, 2015