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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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Donald Trump Accuses George W. Bush Of Lying To Invade Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 9:39 PM

Donald Trump took former President George W. Bush to task Saturday night, accusing him of lying to get the country into the Iraq War and faulting him for not keeping America safe. 

"They lied," Trump said during the CBS News GOP presidential debate. "They said there were...

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The Stakes Of The 2016 Election Just Got Much, Much Higher

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- News of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death broke Saturday just hours before the GOP candidates were set to debate in South Carolina, shaking up the presidential race and immediately becoming a major election issue.

If a liberal replaces Scalia, it will likely...

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Hillary Clinton Is The Ultimate 'No' Woman

(48) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 12:03 PM

In Thursday night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton again found herself questioning how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would really turn his big ideas into realities should he get elected president. 

She has done this time and time again. Free college sounds great, but how would he get...

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Bernie Sanders: 'Low Blow' To Say I Don't Support President Obama

(14) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 10:47 PM

As primary day nears in South Carolina, where President Barack Obama remains popular with the state's large African-American population, Hillary Clinton is stepping up her criticism of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as insufficiently supportive of the nation's first black president.

In the debate, sponsored by PBS NewsHour...

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Civil Rights Hero John Lewis Isn't Impressed By Bernie Sanders' Activism

(105) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- The political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Thursday, a boost ahead of the big South Carolina primary where a heavy percentage of black voters are expected to turn out.

"We must have a president that understands the racial...

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Robots Follow Marco Rubio All The Way To South Carolina

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 2:10 PM

Bleep blorp. The robots have followed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to South Carolina. 

Since his rough debate performance on Saturday, when he repeated the same canned line over and over, Rubio has been hounded by two Democratic operatives dressed in homemade robot costumes. 

The operatives, Eddie Vale and...

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The Democratic Primary Is About To Get REALLY Messy

(38) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:13 PM

CONCORD, N.H. -- Sen. Bernie Sanders' victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary all but guarantees the party what it wanted to avoid: a long, costly, and potentially damaging primary fight...

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Paul LePage Admits That He Was Actually Talking About Black Drug Dealers All Along

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:49 AM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday he felt an obligation to raise awareness about "black dealers" who bring drugs into the state, even though he previously claimed that race should not be brought into the discussion.

Last month, LePage railed against drug traffickers contributing to the...

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Donald Trump Basically Called Ted Cruz A 'P***y'

(9) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 8:31 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Donald Trump liked it when a woman yelled out at his rally Monday night that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was a "pussy." He liked it so much that he repeated to the...

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Climate Change Keeps Coming Up At GOP Campaign Stops -- And People Are Clapping

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 3:43 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- When Dan Kipnis stood up and asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) about his plan to address climate change, he thought he might face some angry audience members who didn't like his question. He was shocked to instead find people clapping for him.

"I thought...

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Bernie Sanders' Female Supporters Want To Break The Gender Barrier... Just Not Now

(27) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 11:47 PM

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- When former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright scolded young women who support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday for taking for granted the notion of a woman president, the bluntness of her language caught people off guard.

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Ted Cruz's Latest Mailer Is Almost Too Much To Be Believed

(39) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 9:15 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is out with a deceptive new mailer that masquerades as official government business and promises people there's a "check enclosed" when it's actually asking for money instead.

A New Jersey resident sent The Huffington Post the latest piece of mail...

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Bill Clinton Accuses Bernie Sanders Of Living In A 'Hermetically Sealed Box'

(44) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 6:15 PM

MILFORD, N.H. -- Former President Bill Clinton took the gloves off and laid into Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sunday, launching some of his most pointed attacks on his wife's Democratic presidential rival thus far. 

"Hillary's opponent has a different view," Clinton said, declining to mention Sanders by...

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Marco Rubio Says He'll Keep Using The Same Obama Attack Line Over And Over Despite Being Mocked

(21) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 12:04 PM

LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) doesn't care if people are sick of hearing him say the same line over and over. He's going to keep on doing it. 

"After last night's debate, [people said], 'Oh,...

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A Voters' Guide To Comparing Presidential Candidates: Imagine Them As Used Car Salesmen

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 3:58 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Would you buy a used car from Ted Cruz? What about Donald Trump or Jeb Bush? And if so, what kind of deal would you get?


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Ben Carson And His Supporters Are Still Pretty Pissed Off At Ted Cruz

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 3:36 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) campaign began spreading rumors ahead of Monday night's Iowa caucus that Ben Carson was dropping his presidential campaign, and the indignation in Carson world remains.

The neurosurgeon, for his part, has said he accepts Cruz's apology...

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The Clintons' Arkansas Network Comes To New Hampshire

(7) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 9:08 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- They've been coming here to help Bill Clinton win since 1992. And this week, they're back to help Hillary. 

The Arkansas Travelers, as they're known, are some of the Clintons' most loyal supporters. The informal group formed in 1992 for Bill's first run for...

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What Clinton And Sanders Supporters Would Ask The Candidate They Oppose

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 8:37 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Say you're head over heals for Bernie Sanders. You're staying in a stranger's house along with 10 other people outside Manchester, and volunteering for his campaign without pay. And suddenly, as you're walking down Elm Street, a figure emerges over the...

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Elizabeth Warren Looms Large In 2016 Presidential Race

(28) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 2:32 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Betsy Burtis, 52, is one of the most sought-after people in the country this week: She's an undecided voter in New Hampshire.

"I think Bernie speaks to my heart, and Hillary speaks to my head," the Derry resident told The Huffington Post Wednesday after...

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