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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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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 file photo, New York Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio embraces his son Dante, left, daughter Chiara, second left, and wife Chirlane McCray after polls closed in the city's primary election in New York. De Blasio and his wife settled in the Park Slope neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York largely because they felt that their interracial relationship would be accepted there, the mayor-elect has said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

The GOP's secret campaign weapon: NYC's uber-liberal new mayor Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio's win in New York City's mayoral race has put the Democrat in charge of the nation's largest city and smack in the middle of the nation's largest media market —giving him an unmatched platform both to pursue liberal policies and to cause all sorts of headaches for his party's leaders in Washington. Published November 28, 2013

The GOP hopes to pin Obamacare on Iowa Rep. Bruce L. Braley, the Democratic candidate to replace Sen. Tom Harkin, as the surest way to claim the seat in 2014. (Associated Press)

In Iowa, GOP hopes are high to win U.S. Senate seat with Harkin retirement

The pending retirement of longtime Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, has given the Iowa GOP its first real shot in three decades at picking up an open Senate seat — and Republicans are hoping to ride the growing unrest over Obamacare to victory next year over Rep. Bruce L. Braley, the leading Democratic contender. Published November 24, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan (right), Wisconsin Republican, talks with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad after presenting him with a cheesehead hat during Mr. Branstad's birthday bash and fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Back in Iowa, Ryan finds himself at a political crossroads

Despite being on the losing 2012 presidential ticket, Rep. Paul Ryan's White House prospects have not dimmed in Iowa, where Republican insiders say he will get a strong look in the 2016 caucuses if he takes a crack at the nation's top elected office. Published November 17, 2013

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs visited Capitol Hill to pitch her idea for independent species research. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Texas calls for aid to put science into the Endangered Species Act

SOLUTION MAKERS: A top Texas official says it's time to improve the science that determines which animals get listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, calling on Congress to create a $50 million fund for independent research that also would factor in the economic damage to communities when a species is designated for protection. Published November 11, 2013

Newsmaker interview with Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Texas comptroller hits GOP for alienating women

The top elected woman in Texas gave the Republican Party a tongue-lashing Wednesday, saying her party showed in this week's off-year elections that it can be clueless when it comes to connecting with women voters. Published November 6, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's overwhelming victory Tuesday gives him a high-profile launching pad to make the case that he should be Republican Party's standard bearer in the 2016 presidential race. (Associated Press)

Christie's big win in New Jersey a bright spot for Republicans

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday, giving Republicans a bright spot in an off-year election and demonstrating how the GOP can win in blue states and potentially positioning himself as a counterweight to the tea party in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Published November 5, 2013

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie steps from the booth after voting in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Christie is facing Democratic challenger Barbara Buono in Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Christie cruises to victory ahead of 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday, giving Republicans a bright spot in an off-year election, while all eyes turned to Old Dominion. Published November 5, 2013

New Jersey first lady, Mary Pat Christie, laughs as husband, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, jokes with the media after they voted in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Christie is facing Democratic challenger Barbara Buono in Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Christie's victory could transform national Republican Party

Move to the right or try to pull the GOP away from the tea party and toward the center? That is the question Gov. Chris Christie will face if he trounces his way to victory Tuesday in New Jersey's gubernatorial race and turns his attention to the prospect of a 2016 presidential bid. Published November 4, 2013

** FILE ** In this Oct. 29, 2013, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Superstorm Sandy-damaged home of John and Angela Ciangiotto in Union Beach on the one-year anniversary of the storm. (Associated Press)

Christie jabs at Congress on anniversary of Sandy for slow recovery

One year after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie marked the day by mourning those lost in the storm, thanking volunteers, police and firefighters — and taking another swipe at Congress for bogging down the recovery effort. Published October 29, 2013

Chris Christie

Look what the storm blew in: A political revival for Chris Christie, if not GOP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's warm welcome of President Obama last year, in the midst of early efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy, hurt the Republican governor with some conservatives, but polls show it has been a resounding success in his state, which has received billions of dollars in federal aid and where he is poised to win re-election next week. Published October 28, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Mitch McConnell calls Obamacare an 'expensive joke'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the plagued Obamacare rollout has been "absolute chaos" and a sign of what's to come from the controversial law, which he called an "expensive joke." Published October 24, 2013

GOP loses more young, minority and female voters after shutdown

The Republican Party's 2012 election postmortem concluded it needed to do a better job reaching women, minorities and young voters. They are failing on each score — and the government shutdown set them back even more. Published October 22, 2013