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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NBA Promises 'Inclusion' In Face Of New Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 9:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- The backlash to Indiana's new "religious freedom" law grew stronger Saturday, with professional basketball organizations and teams condemning the measure.

“The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and...

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NCAA Troubled By Indiana's New Anti-Gay Law

(350) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 3:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association expressed concern Thursday with a new "religious freedom" law in Indiana that could open the door to legalized discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

"The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment...

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Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill At Private Ceremony

(1615) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party....

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This Gay Rights Group Wants The Supreme Court To Shut It Down

(578) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- If everything goes as he hopes, Evan Wolfson will soon be out of a job.

Wolfson, 58, is widely considered a key architect of the marriage equality movement. In 2003, he started Freedom to Marry to campaign for national recognition of same-sex marriage.

On April 28,...

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Obama On Loretta Lynch: 'You Don't Hold Attorney General Nominees Hostage'

(1557) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama chastised Senate Republicans on Friday for refusing to confirm his attorney general nominee, saying it's inexcusable to hold Loretta Lynch "hostage" as a bargaining chip for separate legislation.

"You don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues," Obama told The Huffington Post's Sam...

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Lone House Democratic Co-Sponsor Of Trafficking Bill Jumps Ship Over Anti-Abortion Provision

(115) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 12:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans just lost the one Democratic co-sponsor they had on a bill aimed at curbing human trafficking.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday night that she is pulling her name off the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act because of an anti-abortion provision that Republicans tucked...

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Traffick Jam: Democrats Filibuster Human Trafficking Bill Over Anti-Abortion Provision

(724) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats filibustered anti-human trafficking legislation on Tuesday because of an anti-abortion provision Republicans slipped into it.

The Senate voted 55 to 43 to move the bill forward, falling short of the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Bob Casey (Pa.),...

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Civil Rights Bill Top Priority For LGBT Voters, According To New Poll

(64) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- With the Supreme Court set to rule in the coming months on marriage equality, the gay rights community already is gearing up for its next big fight: the push for a comprehensive federal nondiscrimination bill.

The Human Rights Campaign is out with a new poll Tuesday that...

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「"地球温暖化"と言うな」フロリダ州知事が職員にかん口令 気候変動に懐疑的

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:10 AM


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Ban On 'Climate Change' Widespread Across Florida Government Under Rick Scott

(215) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Florida's ban on using the words "climate change" and "global warming" in official communications goes beyond just the state's Department of Environmental Protection to other government agencies under Gov. Rick Scott (R), according to a new report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.


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White House Drug Czar Shares The Best Moment Of His Senate Confirmation Hearing

(30) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 3:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before Congress can be a grueling experience, especially when the Senate is considering whether to approve your nomination for a prestigious administration job. Lawmakers may go after a nominee for being unqualified, quiz them on obscure policy issues or hold them accountable for the president's actions that...

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Harry Reid: Human Trafficking Bill Doomed Unless GOP Removes Anti-Abortion Language

(362) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Republicans Wednesday morning that unless they remove an anti-abortion provision from a bill on human trafficking, the popular legislation is doomed.

"Today, the Senate is doing a good deed. We have a chance to address human trafficking," said Reid in remarks...

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GOP Sneaks Anti-Abortion Language Into Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill

(555) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- The fate of what should have been noncontroversial legislation to crack down on human trafficking is uncertain after Democrats discovered that Republicans had slipped anti-abortion language into the bill.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), creates a fund to help...

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TV Networks Wouldn't Show Clinton's Speech On Women. Here It Is.

(26) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, likely Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton spoke at a United Nations conference on women. But if you were watching cable TV's coverage of the speech, you wouldn't know what exactly she said.

That’s because the big three cable news channels focused on the controversy over...

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Scott Walker Skips Firefighters Conference

(62) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Presidential hopefuls from both parties made their way to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill this week, where they spoke to thousands of firefighters at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference. Everyone from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stopped by, with former...

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Hawkish Republican Congressman Uneasy With GOP Senators' Letter To Iran

(1530) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a frequent critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policies, expressed his disapproval Tuesday of a letter that GOP senators sent to Iran trying to undermine the president's nuclear negotiations.

Forty-seven out of the Senate's 54 GOP members, led by Sen. Tom...

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Scott Walker Makes The Case Against Jeb Bush

(366) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 2:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has been locking down donors in anticipation of a 2016 presidential run, he's already awash in cash, and he's seen as his party's frontrunner. But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been creeping up in early polling, and...

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Florida Officials Were Barred From Using The Term 'Climate Change' Once Rick Scott Took Power

(1367) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 2:27 PM

Officials responsible for making sure Florida is prepared to respond to the earth's changing climate are barred from using the terms "global warming" and "climate change" in official communications, emails and reports, according to new findings from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

"We were told that...

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Civil Rights Groups Push To Get Marriage Equality Restarted In Alabama

(34) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 5:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of civil rights organizations fired the latest shot in Alabama's battle over same-sex marriage Friday, asking a federal judge to order local officials to restart issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The state's probate judges stopped issuing the licenses this week after the state Supreme Court...

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