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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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Paul LePage: 'Worst Part Of My Life Is Newspapers Are Still Alive'

(65) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:59 AM

At a time when many people are lamenting the cutbacks to state and local newspapers, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is cheering. In fact, he'd be happier if the publications weren't around at all.

"The best part of my life is I've been hired to work for the people...

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Police Officer Accused Of Letting Dog Urinate On Michael Brown Memorial In Ferguson

(592) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:03 PM

For the past few weeks, the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has had a steady stream of visitors and mourners, many of whom leave mementos such as flowers, stuffed animals and signs. Just blocks from West Florissant Avenue, which became...

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GOP Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Shoots A TV In New Ad

(63) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Shooting things is back in vogue this campaign season, with Alaska's GOP Senate candidate taking aim at a television set in a new ad.

"Millions of dollars are flooding into Alaska, paid for by Washington special interests," says Dan Sullivan, Alaska's former attorney general, in a new ad. "Pretty...

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GOP Senate Candidate David Perdue: 'Don't Worry About That Unemployment Number'

(496) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- The state of the economy in Georgia has been a hot topic in the 2014 elections there, with Democrats pointing out that under the GOP governor, the state has the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation. But GOP Senate candidate David Perdue isn't that concerned about...

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Ferguson Fights For Justice Beyond Mike Brown's Death

(78) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 3:42 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- This small St. Louis suburb has been transformed over the past two weeks. Hundreds of people turn out every night to march up and down West Florissant Avenue demanding justice, accountability and a voice in the decisions made on their behalf. Businesses have been closing early just...

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Another Night Of Unrest During Protests In Ferguson

(64) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:33 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- It was almost a peaceful night. But late Tuesday, the tension in the air broke and there were, once again, confrontations between police and the protesters out calling for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The protest built slowly Tuesday, in part due to...

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Ferguson City Leadership Calls For End To Nightly Protests

(31) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:10 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The city of Ferguson, Missouri, called for calm Tuesday, asking its residents to stop the protests that have been going on each night since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, on Aug. 9.

"It is our hope that as we...

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National Guard Arrives In Ferguson, But Clashes Continue

(1049) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:11 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Strict new protest rules and the presence of the National Guard in Ferguson didn’t prevent fresh clashes with police on Monday night, the ninth night of unrest since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9.

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Capt. Ron Johnson Defends New Protest Rules In Ferguson: 'We're Not Violating Your Rights'

(190) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:09 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson defended the new rule that protesters cannot stand and congregate in one place, saying it would protect community members from criminal elements who were trying to hide in their midst and cause trouble.

"We are not going to let groups...

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Ferguson Tense Ahead Of First Night With National Guard Troops In Town

(29) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 7:44 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police moved aggressively Monday evening to prevent the kind of chaos that ensued the previous night, when protesters threw molotov cocktails at officers who responded with tear gas to clear the streets.

Midday Monday, the QuikTrip -- the burned-down gas station that had become a meeting place...

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Police Block Off QuikTrip, A Central Gathering Location In Ferguson Protests

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 4:29 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police blocked off the central gathering place for protesters in this St. Louis suburb Monday in an attempt to prevent large crowds from forming there and getting out of control.

Protesters have convened at the QuikTrip, or QT, gas station and convenience store since the Aug. 9...

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Ferguson Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters Hours Before Curfew (UPDATE)

(788) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 11:50 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police cleared Ferguson of protesters Sunday hours before a state-imposed curfew was set to take effect, throwing tear gas at individuals who were out in the streets over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug....

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Group Rallies In Support Of Darren Wilson, Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

(1995) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 10:30 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Frustrated with the national coverage of protests surrounding the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a few dozen people showed up in downtown St. Louis on Sunday afternoon to show solidarity with the...

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Curfew In Effect For Second Night In Ferguson As Protests Continue

(161) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 7:05 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol announced Sunday afternoon that a curfew would be in place again from midnight until 5 a.m. Monday, as protests continue over the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in this St. Louis suburb.

The first curfew was announced Saturday by Gov....

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Police In Ferguson Let High-Profile Journalists Go While Charging Regular Folks With Crimes

(30) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday night, reporters from The Huffington Post and The Washington Post made national news when police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, assaulted and arrested them for not obeying orders quickly enough. Outrage, a demand for answers and calls for press freedom grew as word of what...

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Admits Even He Doesn't Know Who Killed Michael Brown

(32) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:53 PM

For all the people who are frustrated that the name of the police officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been released, don't look to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) for help.

"I don't know the name of who the officer is. I'm not conducting either of the...

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Here Are Some Of The 16 People Who Were Arrested In The Fifth Night Of The Ferguson Protests

(9) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- At least 16 people were arrested during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Thursday night, including a St. Louis politician, a filmmaker and two journalists. Meanwhile, the police officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been identified or charged.

Since Saturday, when a Ferguson police...

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Ferguson Police Chief: If You Get Tear-Gassed, It's Your Own Fault

(263) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had few answers for reporters who wanted to know why officers dressed in full riot gear were throwing tear gas and firing rubber bullets during largely peaceful protests against the killing of Michael Brown. He also appeared to have little sympathy for individuals...

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Something New Is Happening In Cable News

(112) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- Channel surfers who stopped on MSNBC on July 11 in the 6 p.m. hour would have stumbled on something new in the world of cable news. At first glance, it would have seemed like nothing out of the ordinary: a host and a panel talking about the tragic,...

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St. Louis Politician Arrested Amid Ferguson Protests

(221) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- A St. Louis official who has been a prominent presence at the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, was arrested Wednesday night, according to his wife.

Antonio French, an alderman in St. Louis, has been tweeting nonstop about events unfolding in Ferguson after a police officer...

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