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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

**FILE** Donald Trump speaks at the 124th Annual Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Novi, Mich., on May 21, 2013. (Associated Press/The Detroit News)

Billionaire battle: Trump vs. Adelson over the future of online gambling

Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate and GOP megadonor, is raising the stakes in the battle over online gambling by throwing his financial muscle behind a national campaign to end Internet gambling altogether. That puts him at odds with a number of fellow billionaires. Published January 19, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. Christie apologized again Tuesday, saying his administration “let down the people we are entrusted to serve” but that it doesn’t define his team or the state. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Defiant Christie taunts critics: Scandal won't hijack agenda

Looking to minimize the damage from two scandals, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie led off his State of the State Address Tuesday by taking responsibility for any mistakes, but also saying he won't allow those — or Democrats in the state legislature — to use the scandals as an excuse to avoid the rest of his agenda. Published January 14, 2014

United States Senator Ted Cruz-R from Texas speaks out against Obamacare at the Texas Public Policy Foundation morning keynote address Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told a conservative conference in Austin Friday that President Barack Obama is lawless, dangerous and terrifying, providing the right-wing rhetoric to his base that makes him so popular in his home state.  (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM

Cruz hires ousted Republican Study Committee director

Sen. Ted Cruz has hired the former executive director of Republican Study Committee to be a member of his inner circle months after he was ousted for allegedly undermining lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Published January 13, 2014

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain: ISIS threatens our homefront. (Associated Press)

McCain, Graham call for more U.S. leadership in Iraq

GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina say that the Obama administration moved too hastily out of Iraq and are calling on the White House and Congress to do more to make sure that al Qaeda-linked extremists do not get a foothold in the Middle Eastern nation. Published January 9, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Sen. Marco Rubio: Marriage is key to eradicating poverty

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that marriage is a key component of reducing the chances of child poverty, but said there is not enough evidence to determine whether the same is true of children being raised by married same-sex couples. Published January 9, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looks out at the crowd at a gathering in Union City, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. A top aide to Christie is linked through emails and text messages to a seemingly deliberate plan to create traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.,  at the base of the George Washington Bridge after its mayor refused to endorse Christie for re-election.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

N.J. Gov. Christie 'outraged' at bridge scandal, says he just learned of aides' behavior

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday he was "outraged" after learning — he said for the first time — that his administration purposely caused a traffic jam that clogged streets in a town at the foot of the George Washington Bridge into New York City as political payback against a mayor refuse to endorse him for re-election. Published January 8, 2014

former NBA star Dennis Rodman during his CNN interview from North Korea.

See Dennis Rodman's epic CNN meltdown defending Kim Jong-un

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman defended his decision to travel to North Korea with several other former NBA players to take part in a game on the birthday of Kim Jong-un, the country's leader, saying it is "all about the game." Published January 7, 2014

No doubt: Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker says he does not regret ruling for gay marriage. (Associated Press)

Gay-marriage test case drags on as others take plunge

More than three years after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of same-sex marriage, supporters of the decision say predictions of disaster have not been borne out, while gay-marriage opponents say they continue to lose ground in the fight because "finger-in-the-wind" Republicans have abandoned the cause. Published December 26, 2013

Sens. Pat Roberts (left) and Sam Brownback, both Kansas Republicans, vow to block White House nominees unless they get answers about a reported transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the federal prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Conservative Sen. Pat Roberts in the tea party's crosshairs

Pat Roberts has amassed one of the most conservative records in the Senate, so it was a surprise to many analysts this year when a Republican primary challenger vowed to run to the three-term senator's right. Published December 25, 2013