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Abby Huntsman
Co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC.

Entries by Abby Huntsman

Six Year Blues

(30) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Almost every president in recent history has experienced what I like to call "The six-year blues." For Reagan it was Iran-Contra, for Clinton it was Monica Lewinsky, and for George W. Bush, it was Iraq and Afghanistan.

President's Truman and Johnson decided they didn't want to run for a second...

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A New Year's Millennial Must

(16) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 8:22 AM

In general, the youth in our country are alarmingly apathetic to politics. Sure, there have been moments of greater participation, such as the opposition to the Vietnam War in the 1960's. But overall the younger generation has remained uninterested in the political process.

Even with social media and a...

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Why the Auto Bailout Could Win Obama the Election

(393) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 11:08 PM

2012 has been a crazy election cycle filled with gaffes, unpredictable debates (Big Bird, really?), super PACs, and even some real substance along the way (debatable). But, as we wind down with just two short weeks to go, what's really going to decide things? Surprisingly, the math says it just...

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Opportunity Lost

(51) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Well America, here we are -- with early voting having already started and final debates and final arguments around the corner. We now sit with deep anticipation as to who will hold the reigns as our President and Leader of the Free World. It seems like it has been an...

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Paul Ryan's Biggest Shortcoming No One's Talking About

(857) Comments | Posted August 12, 2012 | 10:43 PM

Over the weekend, Mitt Romney unveiled his choice of a Vice Presidential running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. The pick has been called everything from "bold" and "energizing" to "risky" and "out of the mainstream." But, no matter how you shake out politically, I think we can all agree Rep....

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Mitt Romney ne se serait pas présenté s'il avait su qu'il devrait donner ses feuilles d'impôts

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 8:28 AM

Depuis l'annonce de sa candidature pour le poste de gouverneur du Massachusetts en 2002, Mitt Romney s'était toujours refusé à rendre public ses feuilles d'imposition et il pensait bien ne jamais devoir à le faire, comme l'ont confié au Huffington Post plusieurs dirigeants et anciens dirigeants de la...

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Mitt Romney Never Thought He'd Have To Release Tax Returns: Bain Sources

(20803) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 3:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise,...

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Romney's Tax Returns Could Cost Him the Election

(1319) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 8:41 AM

In the spring of 2008, President Obama was facing the most difficult challenge of his campaign -- his association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright, the pastor at Obama's local church and the man who presided over his wedding to Michelle, was increasingly seen as a polarizing political figure. As part...

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Do Employers Discriminate Against Veterans?

(87) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 6:16 PM

Veterans are respected, but deeply misunderstood, according to a recent survey conducted by The Mission Continues, a national veterans service nonprofit, and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions.

One of the reasons for the disconnect lies in the fact that many people maintain the perception that veterans return...

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Child-Free By Choice: Is It Ok For Women To Not Want Kids?

(193) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 5:54 PM

Everyone's talking about this month's cover of the Atlantic, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All." In the essay, author Anne-Marie Slaughter argues that women still can't be successful at both career and family and feel fulfilled. Unlike Slaughter, some women don't want it all. They...

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Third Time's a Charm for Obama

(421) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 10:14 PM

For weeks the Obama campaign (and the always-relevant Super PACs) has hammered Romney for being a "job destroyer" and "Wall St. Guy" with little focus on anything else. It seemed you couldn't turn the TV on without seeing another shuttered factory, purportedly at the expense of Romney and his investors....

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Obama Has Some Explaining to Do

(351) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Economists estimate that 110,000 jobs need to be added each month just to accommodate the rising population and keep the unemployment rate steady. So, as we continue to evaluate the dismal jobs report for the month of May, with 8.2 percent unemployment and only 69,000 new jobs created...

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Is the Media's ADD Hurting Our Country?

(35) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 10:42 PM

The advent of the Internet, and the sending of the first "email," back in the 1980s, was the first step in transforming modern human communication. Those first messages, which represented a more efficient way of communication, were the beginning of a transformation. Now, just 30+ years later, more than

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Trying to Fix a Broken Arm With a Band Aid

(40) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 2:01 PM

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, only 6 percent of Americans think Congress is doing a good or excellent job (amazingly, just slightly above the margin of error!). Many would point to the country's frustration with a body unable to pass even the most trivial of legislation, and...

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Time for the Final (Etch-A) Sketch

(76) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Mitt Romney and his team need to get back to the drawing board, period. With the primary season all but finished, as Romney moves inexorably closer to the magic number of 1,144, it is time for him and the GOP to begin defining a compelling general election narrative that presents...

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Does 5-4 Really Matter?

(605) Comments | Posted April 1, 2012 | 11:05 PM

On Friday, the Supreme Court voted on the constitutionality of the national health care overhaul (also known as ObamaCare, or, according to the GOP, the Obama abomination). As we wait for the ruling, no one can help but to speculate on how a 5-4 verdict against the law might impact...

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We Need More Heels Running Around Capitol Hill

(93) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:59 PM

"[I]t will come, but I shall not see it ... It is inevitable. We can no more deny forever the right of self-government to one-half our people than we could keep the Negro forever in bondage. It will not be wrought by the same disrupting forces that freed the slave,...

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Santorum's Hail Mary

(63) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 8:25 PM

The climb to the summit continues to get steeper for Santorum, as he struggles to gain enough consistent momentum to take the nomination before (or even at) the convention in Tampa later this summer. Clearly, a miracle or two will need to take place, as the narrative and mathematics continue...

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The Gingrich Dilemma

(236) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 8:26 AM

Why staying in the race could actually benefit the party.

Why not drop out of the race on a high after taking a strong finish in your home state of Georgia? This move seemed only natural and the likely scenario for Speaker Newt Gingrich, with no real path to victory...

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Republicans, Be Bold!

(477) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 6:22 AM

Does anyone else find it interesting that respected GOP leaders such as Governors Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels, among others (Sarah Palin), have not yet endorsed a candidate? And even those that have endorsed (e.g., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor) seem lukewarm at best? Beyond individuals, it seems the GOP...

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