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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.

Entries by Amanda Terkel

White House Won't Comment On Petition To Deport Justin Bieber

(735) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 7:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Disappointing thousands of people who signed a petition to deport Justin Bieber, the White House announced Friday that it would not be taking a stand on the issue.

"Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one," wrote the White House.

On Jan....

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Drone Pilots Are Suffering From Low Morale: GAO Report

(147) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- The negative attention on drone strikes appears to be taking a toll on the people who control these unmanned aircraft, with a new government report finding that Air Force drone pilots are suffering from low morale.

The Government Accountability Office report, released this week, looked...

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William Bryk, Brooklyn Attorney, Running For Senate In Alaska, Idaho, Oregon

(16) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 12:27 PM

William Bryk lives in Brooklyn and has never been much farther west than Buffalo. But that's not stopping him from running for U.S. Senate this year in Alaska -- and Idaho and Oregon.

"I'm just making myself available to the people of more than one state," Bryk...

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Embattled Anti-Abortion Doctor, Struggles To Raise Reelection Funds

(46) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), who managed to win reelection in 2012 despite the revelation that he once pressured his mistress to get an abortion, is struggling to raise funds this year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press‎ reports that in the first three months of 2014,...

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Alaska GOP Legislator Apologizes For Calling Breastfeeding 'Smart And Sexy'

(48) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican legislator in the Alaska state House apologized Tuesday for touting the benefits of breastfeeding by calling it "smart and sexy."

On Monday evening, a press release went out from the Republican majority in the House reading, "Smart and Sexy: Legislature Encourages Hospitals to Promote...

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Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession

(2391) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Wisconsin Republicans will vote next month on whether they support allowing the state to secede from the United States of America.

Last month, one of the Republican caucuses in the state passed a resolution asserting the state's right to secede.

According to Daniel Bice at the Milwaukee Journal...

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Tennessee Republicans Shoot Down $2 Million For Untested Rape Kits

(380) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 1:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican majority in the Tennessee state Senate voted this week against a Democratic amendment that would allocate $2 million to start clearing the state's backlog of untested rape kits, arguing that the state must first do a full accounting of all the untested kits.

On Thursday,...

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Black Female Lawmakers Object To Army's 'Discriminatory' Ban On Certain Hairstyles

(29) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 2:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- The 16 women in the Congressional Black Caucus sent Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a letter Thursday objecting to the Army's ban on certain hairstyles, which has been criticized as racially biased against black women.

The Army recently released Regulation 670-1, which...

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Angus King May Switch Sides And Caucus With Senate Republicans After 2014 Elections

(208) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who currently caucuses with Democrats, said he is open to switching sides and joining Republicans if they retake the Senate in the midterm elections.

I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine,” King told The...

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Derrick Gordon Comes Out As Gay

(411) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, publicly came out on Wednesday, becoming the first openly gay male NCAA Division 1 basketball player.

"I've always loved sports, but always felt I had to hide and be someone that I'm not," said Gordon,...

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Obamacare Bars Discrimination Based On Gender Identity But Not Sexual Orientation: HHS Official

(303) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act is the first federal law to provide protection against sex discrimination in health care. LGBT advocates have been hoping that the Obama administration would interpret Section 1557, the law's civil rights provision, to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals as well.

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Former GOP Senator Stars In New Ad Promoting Marriage Equality

(48) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) stars in a new ad making the conservative case for the legalization of same-sex marriage, as a federal appeals court prepares to take up the issue.

"I was raised here, Cody, Wyoming," says Simpson in the spot. "It was a town of western values:...

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Scott Walker Under Fire For Hiring Spokeswoman Who Supports Abortion Rights

(101) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is standing by his decision to hire a campaign spokeswoman who supports reproductive rights, despite coming under fire from social conservatives.

Last month, Walker's reelection campaign hired Alleigh Marre, 25. In February 2011, she wrote on her now-removed personal blog that she...

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Local Republican Caucus Passes Resolution Allowing Wisconsin To Secede

(887) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:54 AM

A group of Republicans in Wisconsin want to make sure that if they get fed up with the rest of the country, the Badger State can go it alone.

Last month, one of Wisconsin's eight regional Republican caucuses passed a resolution asserting the state's right to secede,...

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Harry Reid Hit As 'Brain Dead,' 'Off His Meds' By Conservatives After Koch Criticisms

(1306) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has sure touched a nerve.

In recent weeks, the soft-spoken former boxer has been aggressively criticizing Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have thrown millions into conservative and Republican causes. He's gone so far as to call...

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Head Of GOP Campaign Committee Takes To Senate Floor To Read Charles Koch's Op-Ed

(529) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Charles Koch's Wall Street Journal op-ed defending the millions he's thrown into the political system hit the Senate floor on Thursday, when the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee praised the mega-donor and read the entire piece into the congressional record.

NRSC head Sen. Jerry...

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Glenn Grothman, Ultra-Conservative Wisconsin Lawmaker, Will Run For Congress

(282) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- Glenn Grothman, one of the Wisconsin state Senate's most conservative members, announced Thursday morning that he intends to run for Congress. He will challenge moderate Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) in the 6th congressional district.

In a statement, Grothman cited his frustration with "a federal government that...

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Nebraska High School Student's Speech On Gender Stereotypes Barred From TV Showcase (UPDATE)

(39) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:08 PM

UPDATE: 6:01 p.m. -- The NSAA reversed its decision Wednesday afternoon, after significant outcry and attention to the issue. In a statement, the organization said Barth will now be allowed to perform his poetry program without having to make any changes.

"The intent of my...

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Black Female Soldiers Criticize Army's New Hairstyle Rules As Racially Biased

(1464) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army is facing criticism for its new appearance and grooming regulations, which some soldiers say unfairly target black women's hair.

Army Regulation 670-1 was released Monday, with rules on tattoos, hairstyles, grooming and uniforms for soldiers.

One of the new regulations,...

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GOP Candidates Slow To Embrace Marriage Equality, Despite Growing Support From Base

(351) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican voters, like the American public as a whole, are growing more and more supportive of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Recent polling shows that about a third of Republicans back marriage equality, with the percentage much higher among young conservatives. In...

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