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Recent articles by Sean:

McConnell courting Pompeo to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas

The effort to convince the secretary of state to jump into the race could further roil Trump’s tumultuous Cabinet. → Read More

Democratic group to launch ads targeting six GOP senators over shutdown

The group has produced 30-second ads singling out senators potentially facing tough reelections in 2020, escalating the political fight over the longest shutdown in history. → Read More

Senate Republicans stand with McConnell on the sidelines of shutdown fight

The majority leader has effectively ceded the talks to President Trump and the Democrats, even though some GOP senators are nervous about the implications at the polls. → Read More

Scott’s standing among Hispanics faces test with Trump’s demand for wall money

The newly elected senator from Florida deflected questions about anti-immigrant rhetoric and disaster response, but he will encounter votes that will force him to be with or against the president. → Read More

McConnell, Thune notably absent as Trump, House GOP leaders talk about shutdown

Aides to the top Senate Republicans said the men were unaware of Trump’s plans to hold a news conference after meeting with congressional leaders. → Read More

For the first time, GOP women join Senate Judiciary Committee

Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will be on the panel. → Read More

Trump breaks with predecessors, rallies conservatives for government shutdown

“A government shutdown should not be part of the budget negotiation any more than chemical warfare should be a part of war,” says veteran GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander. → Read More

Arizona governor taps Martha McSally to fill Senate seat once held by McCain

McSally, who lost a close race for the state’s other Senate seat in November, is expected to run in a 2020 special election. → Read More

‘Over my dead body’: Giuliani dismisses prospect of Trump interview with Mueller

Giuliani also criticized former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, calling him a “serial liar.” → Read More

Health-care law ruling puts Republicans on the defensive after campaign promises

Democrats are seizing on a Texas judge’s decision to amplify their argument that the GOP wants to deny protection for millions of Americans with preexisting medical conditions. → Read More

Kyl plans to resign Arizona Senate seat, clearing the way for another GOP appointment

The former senator has been serving on a temporary basis in the seat once held by the late John McCain. → Read More

For Arizona governor, McSally’s star dims as possible choice for Senate seat

Gov. Doug Ducey has made no firm decision as he awaits word from appointed Sen. Jon Kyl, but the McSally campaign’s post-election memo undercut her standing. → Read More

Sen. Tim Scott tells fellow Republicans: Do better on judicial nominees

“We should stop bringing candidates with questionable track records on race before the full Senate for a vote,” Scott writes in response to Wall Street Journal editorial on Thomas A. Farr’s nomination to the federal bench. → Read More

Hawley dismisses allegations as political as Missouri official launches inquiry

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a Republican, said he is investigating whether the GOP senator-elect misused public funds to aid his campaign. → Read More

Trump ally who served on voter integrity panel expresses concern about fraud in North Carolina

Other Republicans have remained silent as state officials investigate whether an operative working for GOP candidate Mark Harris illegally collected incomplete ballots from voters. → Read More

George H.W. Bush embodied the Republican Party’s decades-long struggle with race

Bush’s legacy highlights pivotal moments in the party’s fraught history with appealing to a diversifying country. → Read More

The last stand of Congress’s Never Trump brigade

The moves amount to a last gasp from a wing of the GOP that has been unable steer the party away from Trump during the first two years of his presidency. → Read More

Trump judicial nominee Thomas Farr advances in Senate amid racially charged controversy

Vice President Pence cast the tiebreaking vote to help move his nomination. Farr has defended voting laws that a court ruled were designed to disenfranchise minority voters. → Read More

With McCain’s replacement likely to leave, GOP is split over appointing this year’s loser in Senate race

In a private conversation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to consider Rep. Martha McSally, who came up short in her bid for the state’s other Senate seat this year. But some Arizona Republicans have concerns about her. → Read More

‘He’s evolving’: Once a sunny conservative, Rubio goes all-in on Trumpism

The days since the Nov. 6 midterms have cemented the Florida senator’s status as a critic turned defender of the president. → Read More