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Amanda Terkel
Amanda Terkel is a Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of She is a graduate of Colgate University and can be reached at or on Twitter @aterkel. Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth, here.

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LGBT Group Not Impressed With GOP Candidate's Ad Featuring Her Gay Son

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- GOP House candidate Nan Hayworth released a new ad Wednesday featuring her son, who is gay, assuring voters that his mother is not an "extremist."

"As a gay man, coming to terms with who I am wasn't easy, but my parents love me for who I am...

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Top Senator On African Affairs: Ebola Medical Workers Should Be Guaranteed Return To U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs is calling on the United States to ensure that all Americans who go to West Africa to help fight Ebola be guaranteed the right to return to their home country, attempting to push back on some of...

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Eliot Cutler Staying In Maine Governors Race But Tells Backers To 'Vote Their Conscience'

(13) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- Maine's Independent candidate for governor took a small step back from the race Wednesday, saying his supporters were free to vote for someone else if they don't think he can win. He stressed, however, that he is not dropping out of the race, despite many calls from Democrats...

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Oklahoma Teacher Will Have To Quarantine Herself After Trip To Ebola-Free Rwanda

(135) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- An Oklahoma teacher has agreed to place herself under a 21-day quarantine after she returns from a trip to Africa, even though she is going to a country that has not had any cases of Ebola and is located thousands of miles away from the hot zone in...

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Houston Mayor: Texas Wouldn't Give My Daughter A Driver's License Because She Has 2 Moms [UPDATE]

(408) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 2:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) announced Thursday that the Texas Department of Public Safety had barred her daughter from taking a driving test because the daughter has two moms. Parker, who is the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, wed her longtime partner...

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Americans Are Really Confused About Which African Countries Have Ebola

(84) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 2:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Africa is really big. It's bigger than not only the United States but all of North America.

Yet judging by the reactions of some Americans, it would seem that Africa were nothing but a small country, and any travel there means you likely will get...

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Remember When the U.S. Barred Travelers With HIV? An Ebola Ban Could be Worse.

(92) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican politicians, joined by a few Democrats in tight election races, have stepped up their calls in recent days for a temporary ban on all travelers coming from West Africa -- despite the fact that medical experts say such a measure is...

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Convicted Killer Serving Life In Prison Wants To Replace Michele Bachmann In Congress

(21) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Leonard Richards thinks the voters in Minnesota's 6th congressional district are ready for a change. With Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) retiring, Richards is trying to throw his hat into the ring as an extremely nontraditional candidate -- a convicted murder serving a life sentence in prison.

The St. Cloud...

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Liberians Living In U.S. Fear Ebola Stigma

(11) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- News about the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has hit Liberia harder than any other country, has caused some awkward moments for Liberians living in the United States.

Karen Mygil, a surgeon in Bowie, Maryland, was recently making idle chitchat with her nurses while examining a...

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Mitch McConnell: I Didn't Earn My Millions, I Inherited Them!

(1596) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't deny that he's rich. But what stuck in his craw Monday night was his Democratic opponent's insinuation that he had earned his wealth using his position as senator. An outraged McConnell clarified for debate viewers how he became a millionaire: He...

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Scott Brown Frats It Up. It Goes Exactly As You'd Expect.

(288) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- New Hampshire GOP candidate Scott Brown ditched the usual campaign trail stops on Saturday and instead attempted to bond with a younger, rowdier set of voters at the University of New Hampshire homecoming tailgate.

"I think they realize that he's a guy that can represent them, that...

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Scott Walker Refuses To Say Whether $7.25 An Hour Is Enough To Get By

(356) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin's gubernatorial candidates differed sharply on the minimum wage during their first debate Friday, with Democrat Mary Burke saying it should be increased and Gov. Scott Walker (R) largely avoiding the question and instead focusing on job creation.

Raising the minimum wage has been a top policy issue...

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David Vitter Unhappy With Ebola Aid Strategy Because It 'Focuses On Africa'

(196) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is urging his colleagues to oppose President Barack Obama's request for $1 billion to fight the spread of Ebola, in part because the plan "focuses on Africa" instead of "our own borders."

As of Friday afternoon, WHO put the death toll...

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Outspoken Conservative Glenn Grothman Goes Quiet In House Race

(66) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman gained national attention for his conservative positions. The Republican lawmaker called Kwanzaa a fake holiday, tried to ban public school teachers from mentioning homosexuality and claimed that making money is more important for men than for women....

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North Dakota Patriot Guard Says It Did Not Agree To Be In Rep. Kevin Cramer's Campaign Ad

(32) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- A campaign ad that intended to demonstrate Rep. Kevin Cramer's (R-N.D.) commitment to America's veterans continues to fall apart.

Earlier this week, the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, where much of the ad was shot, said Cramer didn't have permission to record there.

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Outsourcing And Obama Dominate Rowdy First Debate In Georgia Senate Race

(38) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 8:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were not on stage Tuesday night for the first Georgia Senate debate, but they might as well have been.

Republican David Perdue brought up the top Democrats over and over during the hour-long showdown, insisting that his...

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GOP Congressman's Campaign Ad Put Veterans Cemetery At Risk Of Losing Funding

(10) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) was largely unapologetic after having to pull a campaign ad that was shot in a veterans cemetery against the facility's rules, insisting that the spot was "beautiful" and made with the "utmost respect" for veterans.

Cramer recently released a 30-second spot intended...

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GOP Candidate Carl DeMaio Airs New Ad: I'm A 'Proud Gay American'

(29) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:43 AM

House Republican candidate Carl DeMaio is out with a new ad stating that he is openly gay, a reflection of the fact that it's no longer necessarily toxic for a GOP candidate to be gay or support equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

DeMaio is running...

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GOP Congressman Violated Rules By Filming Campaign Ad At Veterans Cemetery

(57) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said he is pulling an ad touting his support for veterans, after state officials in charge of the veterans cemetery where it is was filmed said the rules prohibit the filming of political ads there.

The 30-second spot highlights...

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GOP House Candidate Uses James Foley Execution Footage In Campaign Ad

(24) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican House candidate in Arizona has a new ad up attacking her opponent for being soft on terrorism. The ad features footage from the apparent execution of American journalist James Foley, despite the fact that his family has pleaded with the public not to watch the gruesome...

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