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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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Paul LePage Breaks A Woman's Heart By Skipping The Line To Adopt The Dog She Wanted

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:06 AM

Hannah Arsenault had her heart set on adopting a cute 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix she saw on the local shelter's website. Arsenault, 22, recently suffered a sexual assault and told the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal that she hoped the pup, named Jasper, would provide some much-needed...

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Paul LePage Wants A Job In Donald Trump's Administration

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 11:18 AM

Some Republicans are running as far and fast as they can away from Donald Trump, their presumptive presidential nominee. Maine Gov. Paul LePage is not one of them.

The outspoken governor said Wednesday that he's interested in serving in Trump's administration. And if he doesn't get a...

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Prominent Trump Backer Carl Paladino Nearly Lost His School Board Seat To A High School Student

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Things may be going well for Donald Trump these days, but they're a bit rockier for one of his biggest backers, New York politician and real estate mogul Carl Paladino. 

Paladino nearly lost re-election to the Buffalo school board Tuesday, winning by just 107 votes...

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Ted Cruz's Transphobic Campaign Failed Miserably In Indiana

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:52 PM

Megan Robertson was the type of voter Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was trying to win over in Indiana. Robertson supports Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) for president, but she...

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Jesse Watters On Ambushing Me: Bill O'Reilly 'Told Me To Get Her'

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jesse Watters, Fox News' ambush man, appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night to discuss his recent altercation with Huffington Post Washington Bureau...

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Bernie Sanders Promises A Contested Democratic Convention

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 7:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vowed to take his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the party's convention in July, promising not...

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Will 'John From Iowa' Be The Benghazi Witness Who Finally Sinks Hillary Clinton?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 2:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi is flooding the Pentagon with requests for information and interviews that seem like an effort to unnecessarily prolong the investigation rather than extract useful facts, according to a top official at the Defense Department.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen...

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Democrats Remind Nation There's An Easy Way To Stop The Outbreak Of Anti-LGBT Laws

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- In recent weeks, states like North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee have passed legislation allowing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. And that's just the tip of the iceberg: There are more than 100 other such bills pending in 22 states. 

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The Man Card: An American Tradition Of Presidents Using Their Gender To Get Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 10:50 AM

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump previewed his general election attacks against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, accusing the Democratic hopeful of playing up her gender in order to win. 

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Hillary Clinton Wins Pennsylvania's Democratic Primary

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 7:46 PM

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Attacks Minimum Wage Increase... In California

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 1:17 PM

An economic development organization run by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has launched a new radio ad on the other side of the country, bashing California's minimum wage increase and urging businesses to move to Florida instead. 

"It's time to leave California. ... This place is beautiful,...

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North Carolina Republican Urges People To 'Keep Our State Straight'

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 11:01 AM

If state Sen. Buck Newton (R) has his way, North Carolina will be known as the "straight" state. 

"Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight," Newton said at a rally Monday, according to video posted by Progress North Carolina Action. 

Newton was speaking at a rally for supporters of a controversial state law that bars transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity rather than with the gender assigned to them at birth. It also bans cities and localities from passing strong nondiscrimination protections that cover sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Supporters of the new law say it's needed to stop sexual predators from dressing up and entering women's restrooms.

Newton, the Republican nominee for attorney general in the state, said Monday that supporters of the law have to be vigilant and keep their "wives and our sisters and our children" from being exposed "to the sexual predators in the bathrooms."

But sexual assault -- even in a women's restroom -- is still illegal, with or without strong gender identity protections. And states with such protections have not seen a rise in such crimes. Transgender people, however, are far more likely to be harassed in restrooms.

Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed the legislation, which was known as HB2, he and his state have faced intense national backlash. PayPal scrapped plans to expand its business to Charlotte, resulting in a loss of 400 jobs for the city and state. Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and others have canceled planned concerts in the state in the wake of the law. 

High-profile business leaders voiced their opposition to HB2, and now, the NBA says it may pull the 2017 All-Star game from the state unless the law is repealed. President Barack Obama called the law "wrong" Friday and said it "should be overturned." 

McCrory has tried to do damage control in the wake of the criticism, issuing an executive order that he said incorporated the feedback he’s received. The order expands the state’s employment policies to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, but otherwise keeps HB2 and its controversial provisions in place. 

The governor's order has done little to stop the uproar, and on Monday, a group of state lawmakers introduced a bill to repeal the measure.

H/T Talking Points Memo

UPDATE, 4/26/16 -- Newton disputed the charge that he was homophobic because of his "straight" comments in an interview with The News and Observer Tuesday. He said "keep our state straight" meant "keep men out of the ladies' room."

"I never mentioned anything about homosexuality," Newton...

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Snapchat Wants To Make 'Ballot Selfies' Legal On Election Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 1:36 PM

There's a good chance that if you take out your phone to snap a photo of yourself voting on Election Day, an election official will tell you to knock it off. That's because in many states, it's still illegal to share a picture of your ballot. Social media...

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North Carolina Governor Faces Political Backlash For Anti-LGBT Law

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 10:22 AM

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Bernie Sanders' Superdelegate Plan Puts His Progressive Base In A Bind

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 4:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- A day after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lost the New York primary election that he desperately needed to win, there were no signs that he would dial back his campaign against Hillary Clinton before the Democratic convention in July.


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힐러리 클린턴이 뉴욕 경선에서 승리하다

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:15 PM


힐러리 클린턴이 4월 19일에 열린 뉴욕 민주당 예비 선거에서 승리를 거두며, 자신을 두 번 상원 의원으로 만들어 준 주에서 다시 승리를 거두었다.

브루클린 출신인 버니 샌더스는 뉴욕 주를 순순히 내주려 하지 않았지만, 클린턴은 예전부터 여론 조사에서 앞서 나갔다.

샌더스는 뉴욕에서 엄청난 군중을...

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Hillary Clinton Wins New York Primary

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:16 PM

Hillary Clinton handily won New York's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, recapturing the state that twice elected her U.S. senator.

"Today you proved once again, there's no place like...

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Donald Trump Closes Out The New York Primary In The One City That Could've Stopped Him From Running

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 9:46 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Donald Trump made his final campaign stop before Tuesday's New York primary in the city where, in many ways, his presidential bid started.

"What spirit the people of Buffalo have!" Trump exclaimed to huge cheers from the audience downtown at the First Niagara Center, where...

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Hillary Clinton Calls Out Debate Moderators For Ignoring Women's Health

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 11:06 PM

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday for the ninth Democratic debate, and once again, the moderators asked zero questions about abortion or women's reproductive rights. 

The Democratic candidates haven't received a single question on the issue during any of...

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Tennessee Governor Skeptical Of Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bill

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) expressed concern Wednesday about an anti-transgender bathroom bill before the legislature, giving his strongest indication yet that he might not sign it if it reaches his desk.

The legislation would bar transgender students in the state's public schools from using...

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