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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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(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 1:14 AM


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Slain Reporter's Father Fears For His Safety As He Takes Up Gun Control Activism

(8) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Andy Parker, the father of murdered WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, renewed his call Friday for politicians to enact "reasonable"...

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(6) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 12:57 AM


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Slain Reporter's Father Demands 'Coward' Politicians Take Up Gun Control

(66) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, is demanding that politicians restrict access to firearms, saying...

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Considering 2018 Senate Run

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 9:08 AM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday he may run for Senate in 2018, which would pit him against Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). 

"I'm thinking about it very strongly," LePage told conservative radio host Howie Carr. 

In January, LePage also told Carr that he...

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Joe Biden Rallies DNC Members Behind Iran Deal

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden gave an impassioned pitch in support of the Iran nuclear deal during a conference call with top Democratic Party officials Wednesday, the latest in the administration's aggressive public relations campaign around the accord.

"The idea that there's...

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Pentagon Set To End Ban On Transgender Service Members In May

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is set to lift its ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the military...

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Donald Trump Supporter Tells U.S. Citizen Jorge Ramos To 'Get Out Of My Country'

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 9:50 AM

A Donald Trump supporter put his ignorance on full display Tuesday, telling Univision journalist Jorge Ramos, a U.S. citizen, to "get out of my country."

Trump threw Ramos out of his press conference Tuesday afternoon after Ramos attempted to ask a question without being called on. Ramos, a popular and respected Spanish-language anchor, was trying to ask the reality TV host and GOP presidential candidate about his plan to deport all undocumented immigrants. Trump told Ramos to "go back to Univision."

"This guy stands up and starts screaming," Trump added. "He's obviously a very emotional person."

Univision later posted video of what happened after Ramos was escorted into the hall by security: A Trump supporter confronted him and said, "You were very rude. It's not about you. Get out of my country."

Ramos noted that he's a U.S. citizen and the man responded, "Well, whatever. No, Univision, no. It's not about you." 

"It's not about you. It's about the United States," Ramos replied.

Ramos was eventually allowed back into the press conference, where he and Trump had an extended back-and-forth about immigration. Watch it here:

Ramos tweeted Wednesday morning that what he did Tuesday is what journalists do: "I am a reporter and my job is to ask questions. No, we are not going to sit down and we're not going to go."

Trump has been sore at Univision ever since the network decided not to broadcast his Miss USA pageant, citing his "insulting" remarks about Mexican immigrants in June.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump said during his campaign announcement speech. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

After Univision said it wouldn't air the pageant, Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against the network.

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Maine Drug Addiction Clinic To Close, Blaming Gov. Paul LePage's Policies

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 11:33 AM

A drug addiction treatment center in Sanford, Maine, has announced it is closing, blaming the policies of Gov. Paul LePage (R) for its decision.

"We're in the business of treating the disease of addiction," Charles Faris, president and CEO of Massachusetts-based Spectrum Health Systemssaid in a statement Monday....

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Joe Biden Worried Hillary Clinton Isn't Credible On Income Inequality

(23) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- If Vice President Joe Biden decides to jump into the presidential race, his decision will be driven, he has said in recent conversations, by a belief that Hillary Clinton's background won't allow her to be a credible messenger when it comes to income inequality, which Biden...

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NOM Funneled Millions To Fight Maine Marriage Equality, But Had Only One Big Donor From The State

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:49 AM

The National Organization for Marriage's campaign to overturn the marriage equality law in Maine had just one major donor from the state, according to newly released campaign finance documents released by court order. 

In 2009, NOM funneled more than $2 million to the group Stand...

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Scott Walker Says There Are A 'Handful Of Reasonable, Moderate Followers Of Islam'

(5) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) admitted Friday that not every Muslim in the world is a terrorist, saying there are a "handful" of "reasonable" people out there.

An attendee at Walker's event in Derby, New Hampshire, noted that President Barack Obama's administration tends to avoid characterizing the fight against terrorism as a fight against Islam.

"If you're fighting a war, you've got to identify who the enemy is loud and clear," said Walker. "We've said it repeatedly: It's radical Islamic terrorism."

"It is a war against not only America and Israel, it's a war against Christians, it's a war against Jews, it's a war against even the handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam who don't share the radical beliefs that these radical Islamic terrorists have."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, quickly condemned Walker's remarks Friday afternoon.

"These types of inaccurate statements reflect a lack of understanding of Islam and Muslims that is, frankly, not presidential," CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw said. "If Mr. Walker believes only a 'handful' of Muslims are moderate or reasonable, then he is ignoring the very clear reality that violent extremists murder more Muslims than they do people of any other faith."

Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement to HuffPost that the governor understands that "the majority of ISIS's victims are Muslims."

"Muslims who want to live in peace -- the majority of Muslims -- are the first target of radical Islamic terrorists," she said. "Under the Obama-Clinton foreign policy doctrine, we’ve been abandoning our traditional Muslim allies in the Middle East and allowing ISIS, al Qaeda, and Iran to fill the void.”

In February, Obama told CNN that while there is "a particular problem that has roots in Muslim communities," "we do ourselves a disservice in this fight if we are not taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject this ideology." 

This story has been updated with a comment from Walker's spokeswoman.

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Women Who Have Run For President Know What Hillary Clinton And Carly Fiorina Are In For

(9) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 10:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- When Democrat Pat Schroeder explored a run for president in 1987, she encountered plenty of people who were excited that she could become the first woman in the Oval Office. 

But Schroeder, who was then a congresswoman from Colorado, nevertheless had trouble raising money. Those...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Spreads Jeb Bush's 'Anchor Babies' Comment Via Text Message

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign tried to make sure as many people as possible heard former Florida...

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Without Birthright Citizenship, We'd Be Missing These Great Americans

(25) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 10:41 AM

The 14th Amendment guarantees that people born in the United States are automatically granted the right to be citizens of this country, regardless of whether their parents are also citizens. 

But in recent days, many Republican presidential candidates have said it's time to revisit that privilege, which has been around...

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John Kasich Wants To Get Rid Of Teachers' Lounges

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 1:23 PM

 Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said that if he had his way, there would be no more teachers' lounges in schools across the country.

"If I were not president, but if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers' lounges, where they sit together and worry about, oh woe is us," Kasich, who is running for the GOP nomination for president, said Wednesday, during an appearance at an education summit in New Hampshire. 

His comments provoked a sharp response from Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who pointed out that teachers actually use lounges for activities like eating their lunch. The union has endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. 

National Education Association Lily Eskelsen García also went after Kasich. 

“In Ohio, John Kasich took resources out of public school classrooms to provide vouchers for private schools that don't provide opportunity to every child, slashed public school funding by half a billion dollars, and expanded unaccountable for-profit charter schools that misspent millions while producing some of the worst outcomes in the nation," she said. "Educator's will absolutely discuss how they can overcome these obstacles to help their students, as well as hold elected leaders accountable."

Kasich also bemoaned teachers' unions, saying, "I'll tell you what the unions do unfortunately too much of the time. There’s a constant negative comment, 'They're going to take your benefits, they're going to take your pay.'"

According to HuffPost Pollster, Kasich currently stands in 10th place in the GOP primary. 

This piece has been updated with comments from the NEA.

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Russ Feingold Comes Out For $15 Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold endorsed gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour Tuesday in his first major policy speech of the campaign.

"To me, this is fundamental,” Feingold said. "Low wages mean increased reliance on assistance programs, and less purchasing power for...

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Racist Fears Have Long Driven Attempts To Restrict Birthright Citizenship

(24) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 9:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- Prominent figures in the Republican Party in recent days have expressed renewed interest in repealing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which would take away the automatic right of those born in the United States to become citizens of the country. Even a number of the

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A Good Chunk Of GOP Field Wants To Repeal The 14th Amendment

(137) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the fall of 2010, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most hawkish anti-immigrant voices in Congress, launched a legislative campaign to end the scourge of "anchor babies," as he called them.

The target was the 14th Amendment, which grants everyone born in the United...

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America's Oldest Veteran Dies, One Month After Meeting Obama

(3) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 2:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Emma Didlake, the nation's oldest known veteran, died on Sunday, one month after visiting...

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