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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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Democratic Party Endorses Abolishing The Death Penalty -- Breaking With Hillary Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 4:41 PM

The draft of the 2016 Democratic Party platform endorses abolishing the death penalty, a break with the views of its presumptive presidential nominee. 

"We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment. It has no place in the...

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Here Is The Draft Of The 2016 Democratic Platform

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 3:51 PM

The Democratic Party released the final draft of its 2016 platform Friday, giving activists and party members a chance to see it before the full platform committee approves it in Orlando, Florida, July 8-9. It will then head to the floor of the full convention in Philadelphia...

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GOP Operative Quits Trump Campaign Just Two Weeks Into The Job

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 2:16 PM

Republican operative Kevin Kellems has quit Donald Trump's campaign less than two weeks after being hired.

"While brief, it has been an interesting experience, and am proud...

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Transgender Americans Can Now Fight And Die For A Country That Doesn't Protect Them At Home

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 4:25 PM

Transgender people are now allowed to serve in the military, according to a new policy announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday. That means these individuals can go...

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Republicans Block Democrats From Mentioning The Gun Violence Sit-In In Official Business

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 12:32 PM

House Republicans are trying to block their Democratic colleagues from mentioning the gun violence sit-in on social media, arguing that the words "sit in" or photos with signs calling for an end to gun violence violate rules on official business. 

The office of Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)...

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Marco Rubio Proud Of Endorsement From Prominent Anti-LGBT Leader

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 10:13 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) picked up the endorsement this week of a conservative leader who has opposed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and railed against the influence of "homosexual-rights activists."

John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, announced Monday that...

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Airplane Banner With GOP Congressman's Anti-Gay Stance To Fly Over The Jersey Shore

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 2:46 PM

When Jersey Shore beachgoers lie down on their backs to soak up the sun this weekend, they'll likely see an airplane flying around with a banner advertising the anti-gay views of a New Jersey congressman.

The Democratic group House Majority PAC will have a plane with a...

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Average Age Of GOP 'Young Guns' Candidates Is Nearly 50

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 1:17 PM

The National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" program represents the best of the best the party has to offer. The congressional candidates who make it into this elite recruitment and training program are the next generation of the GOP -- the freshest, most promising leaders.

This year, the...

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Bernie Sanders Gets Mixed Results With Progressive Candidates In New York Primaries

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 1:53 PM

A progressive congressional candidate backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defeated her opponent in New York's primaries Tuesday night, although another Sanders-supported candidate -- a Social Security expert in central New York -- lost his election.

Zephyr Teachout soundly bested organic farmer Will Yandik in New York's...

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Benghazi Committee Gets Nothing New From Talk Radio Caller 'John From Iowa'

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the most mysterious figures in the investigation by the House Select Committee on Benghazi has been "John from Iowa," a man who called into Sean Hannity's radio show in May 2013 and said he was a drone operator who saw what happened on the...

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Wendy Davis Just Won: Supreme Court Vindicates Her Epic Filibuster

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 10:24 AM

Wendy Davis, the woman whose 11-hour filibuster focused national attention on Texas' efforts to restrict abortion access in 2013, celebrated Monday when the Supreme Court ruled that the...

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Bernie Sanders' Power Put To The Test In New York Congressional Race

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 9:38 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) political muscle in down-ballot races will face a key test Tuesday, as his chosen candidate in New York's 24th congressional district faces off against two competitors who have more support from New York elected officials and Democratic organizations.

Sanders went to New...

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Obama Jumps Into Wisconsin Senate Race For Russ Feingold

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 9:06 PM

President Barack Obama is sending out a fundraising email Monday morning for Russ Feingold, one of the Democrats' best prospects for picking up a Senate seat this year. 

Feingold is running to retake his old Senate seat from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who defeated Feingold in 2010....

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Gun Violence Problem Will Follow Paul Ryan Back To Wisconsin

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 10:15 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has rejected Democrats' efforts to bring a vote on gun control legislation, calling their sit-in on the House floor this week nothing more than...

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Donald Trump Hires The Man Who Used His Saliva To Groom Paul Wolfowitz's Hair

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 1:53 PM

Donald Trump has brought on a new senior campaign aide to oversee his surrogate operation who is most known for his unusual way of making sure his boss' hair looks good. 

Kevin Kellems will oversee the network of supporters who go out and defend Trump in the press, according to The New York Times. 

Kellems has worked for a number of GOP heavyweights including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Vice President Dick Cheney and perhaps most famously, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. 

One of the most memorable scenes from Michael Moore's 2004 documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" featured Kellems. Wolfowitz, getting ready for a media appearance, sucks on his comb and then runs it through his hair. Kellems then helps out by licking his hand to fix his boss' hair. 

Watch the clip above.

Kellems confirmed to The Washington Post in 2004 that he was that aide helping Wolfowitz, joking, "Would that qualify me for hazardous duty pay?"

Trump has been critical of the administration for which Kellems worked, saying he came out against the Iraq War before the U.S. invaded in 2003. There is no evidence, however, that Trump actually opposed the war until after the invasion.

 Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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Even The NRA Says It Doesn't Like Donald Trump's Call For Guns In Nightclubs

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 1:07 PM

Top officials with the National Rifle Association said they do not support allowing guns in places like nightclubs where people are drinking -- breaking from Donald Trump’s call for just...

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Loretta Lynch: Orlando Shooting Was An 'Act Of Hate And Terror'

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 12:09 PM

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the Orlando shooting "an act of hate and terror" Sunday, emphasizing that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community continues to be the target of attacks in this country.

"We're moving quickly; we're trying to uncover everything we can about this...

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Get Ready For Racial Profiling Under President Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 11:23 AM

Donald Trump said Sunday that although he hates the idea of racial profiling, it might just be time to start implementing it anyway.

"I think profiling is something that...

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GOP Congressman Struggles To Name Specific Terrorism Proposals From Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 10:49 AM

Donald Trump's lack of specific policy proposals -- or the extremism of the ones he has put forward -- continue to put GOP officials in a bind when they try to talk about the party's vision on the issues of the day.

House Homeland Security Committee Chair...

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Watch Joe Biden's Emotional Sandy Hook Tribute

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 10:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden delivered a moving tribute to the Sandy Hook victims Wednesday night, sharing his experience losing his own children with the families gathered in Washington. 

"We now belong to a lousy club. A lousy, stinking club where as a parent, for whatever...

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