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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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Hillary Clinton Campaign Launches Grassroots Organizing Program In All 50 States

(117) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is launching a major grassroots organizing effort Wednesday, sending staffers to every single state to start building an infrastructure of volunteers ready to pound the pavement.

What's being called the "Ramp Up Grassroots Organizing Program" will have paid staffers...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Aims To Raise $100 Million For Primary

(149) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 7:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Top officials with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign sat down with prospective donors in a private strategy session in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, urging them to help Clinton meet a goal of raising at least $100 million for the Democratic primary race.

Individuals can contribute up to $2,700...

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Middle School Removes The Word 'Feminist' From Girl's Shirt In Class Photo

(383) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:45 PM

When Sophie Thomas saw her eighth grade class' picture recently, she couldn't believe what she was looking at.

"I checked it to make sure I didn't look dumb or anything -- closing my eyes," Thomas told Fox19, an affiliate in Cincinnati, last week. "I saw that they I saw...

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Gay Rights Activist Scoops Up Domain Names Of Indiana Lawmakers Who Voted For 'Religious Freedom' Bill

(293) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of Indiana state legislators who voted for the state's much-maligned "religious freedom" bill now have their domain names redirecting to a site with statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, thanks to an activist who wants the lawmakers to support broader non-discrimination protections.


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Kim Kardashian's Second Marriage, The Creation Of The World And 9 Other Things That Didn't Take As Long As Loretta Lynch's Confirmation

(47) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- 163 days.

That's how long Loretta Lynch has been waiting for the Senate to vote on her confirmation as U.S. attorney general because of Republican delays.

There's a number of ways to illustrate how absurdly long this is.

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'They're Just Good People. And That's Kind Of What It's All About, Isn't It?'

(18) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 7:37 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- On this March afternoon, the smell of fried food hits you as soon as you open the doors of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic parish in Jefferson County that hosts popular fish fry dinners during Lent.

Actually, this is far more than just a dinner....

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'Just As Boring And Crazy And Loud As Any Other Family'

(26) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 7:37 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Shannon Duncan has worked at Big O Tires for 17 years. Over time, he's become friendly with Randy Johnson, a customer who's always stopping by with his kids to have work done one of their five vehicles.

About a year ago, Johnson brought his husband, Paul...

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Meet The Couples Fighting To Make Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land

(289) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 7:35 AM

If the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage this year, it will be largely because of a group of gay Americans who were courageous enough to subject their families to public scrutiny in order to become the faces of a movement.

On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in...

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So That Happened: Clinton's Economic Message Doesn't Worry Wall Streeters Because They Don't Believe Her

(186) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 7:30 AM

This week, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign, but didn't order sofritas at Chipotle, the House of Representatives voted to offer upward of $250 billion in handouts to needy, filthy-rich Americans, and a man flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to get us to talk about campaign finance reform....

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Martin O'Malley Goes After Hillary Clinton For Leading By 'Polls,' Not 'Principles'

(231) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 8:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) went after Hillary Clinton Thursday, accusing her of changing policy positions based on polls rather than her convictions. It's the first time the prospective Democratic presidential candidate has attacked Clinton since she announced her presidential bid Sunday.

"I’m glad Secretary Clinton’s come...

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Nebraska GOP Senators Push To Repeal Death Penalty

(15) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Seven Republican state senators in Nebraska came out against the death penalty Wednesday, urging their colleagues to support a bill to repeal the practice.

State Sen. Colby Coash (R), one of the lawmakers who attended a press conference on the issue Wednesday, argued that supporting the death...

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Mike Pence Sees Precipitous Drop In Approval Rating After Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Mess

(410) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has seen a significant drop in his approval rating since signing a widely criticized "religious freedom" law, with one longtime political observer in the state saying the fall is historic for a governor.

"I've been covering Indiana politics for three decades, and...

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Angie's List CEO Who Opposed Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law Could Challenge Mike Pence

(79) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 3:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- During the recent debate over Indiana's "religious freedom" law, there were few critics as outspoken as Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle. Oesterle canceled a $40 million expansion of the company's headquarters in Indianapolis out of concern the law would discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

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Indiana Hires PR Firm To Rebuild Image After 'Religious Freedom' Fiasco

(1015) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 2:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that state politicians were hostile to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state's efforts to attract and...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Insists Iowa Will Be 'Competitive'

(89) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's brand new campaign signaled Monday that it really, really doesn't want to blow its chances in the finicky first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, insisting to reporters that they expect a tough battle from challengers.

"These caucuses have always been competitive, and we're expecting the same thing here,"...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Kicks Off With Social Media Blitz, Outreach To 2008 Alumni

(58) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 10:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's campaign advisers topped off her presidential announcement rollout Sunday with a conference call for alumni of her 2008 campaign.

"We can't take anything for granted, and we're going to have to fight really hard for every single vote. ... We fully expect this to be a...

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Bobby Jindal Uncomfortable With Laws Banning LGBT Discrimination

(907) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 12:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) defended the rights of private businesses to deny some services to same-sex couples and expressed discomfort at providing nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Jindal appeared Sunday morning on NBC's "Meet the Press," where host Chuck Todd asked him...

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Dianne Feinstein: Iran Deal Does Not Threaten Israel's Survival

(735) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 10:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the new nuclear accord with Iran will not threaten the survival of Israel, criticizing the stance taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

CNN "State of the Union" host Jim Acosta asked Feinstein Sunday morning whether she believes the deal threatens...

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Rand Paul Appears In New Anti-Gay Documentary

(254) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) briefly appears in a new documentary that argues gay rights are a threat to Christianity.

The film, "Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity," is a project by socially conservative activist Janet Porter. It features a who's who of anti-gay...

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Mike Pence Signs Revised Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

(882) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 6:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a revised version of a "religious freedom" law Thursday, hoping to quiet national criticism that the original law would have allowed businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

"Over the past week this law has become a subject...

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