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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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Jeb Bush Reaffirms He Does Not Support Marriage Equality

(496) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 4:27 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage Friday, despite some speculation in recent days that he may be warming to the idea of marriage equality.

If Bush runs for president, some of his closest aides will be individuals who...

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Rand Paul Supporters Walk Out Of Jeb Bush Speech

(457) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 4:18 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A determined band of supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) walked out on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

A few dozen Paul backers -- many of whom donned red "Stand With Rand" T-shirts --...

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Laura Ingraham Takes Aim At Jeb Bush And His Wife At CPAC

(390) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:32 AM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Radio host Laura Ingraham came out swinging against Jeb Bush Friday morning at a conference for conservative activists, taking a personal swipe against his wife's spending habits.

"Jeb could really explode the gender gap. ... Women could really turn out in droves for Jeb Bush,"...

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Russ Feingold Could Rejoin The Senate In 2016

(35) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold has been reaching out to supporters in recent weeks to discuss a 2016 Senate bid to retake his old seat from Republican Ron Johnson, sources with knowledge of the calls told The Huffington Post.

The progressive Wisconsin Democrat was wiped out of the Senate in the...

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Scott Walker Fundraises Off Right-To-Work Battle In Wisconsin

(139) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) campaign sent a fundraising email Thursday boasting that he is once again taking on unions and stands ready to sign legislation that would deal a serious blow to labor forces in the state.

"Governor Scott Walker will sign legislation to make Wisconsin...

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Bill To Abolish The Death Penalty Fails By Just One Vote In Montana House

(9) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 11:58 AM

The Montana state House came closer to abolishing the death penalty Monday than it has ever before, ultimately failing to pass the measure by just one vote.

According to the Montana Lee Newspapers, the House ended up deadlocked 50-50, which means the measure is likely dead for...

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Bill O'Reilly Has A Long Record Of Threatening And Ambushing Journalists

(235) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- There are few people in the media more thin-skinned than Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

Mother Jones recently published a report calling out O'Reilly for exaggerating stories about his reporting during the Falklands war in 1982.

In response, O'Reilly seemingly wished bodily harm on one...

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GOP Senator Sympathizes With Alabama Officials Who Blocked Same-Sex Marriage

(124) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Monday he understands why Alabama's probate judges refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after a federal judge ruled that the state's ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional.

Marriage equality went into effect Feb. 9, after a ruling by U.S. District Judge...

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Candidate Withdraws Nomination After Racist Email Surfaces

(125) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:33 PM

A nominee for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has withdrawn his name from consideration after a racist email he sent in 2013 surfaced last week.

County Judge Thomas Kistler (R) said Monday that he was taking himself out of the running because "several circumstances have...

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Apple Breaks Ties With Anti-Gay Alabama Lobbyist

(113) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 12:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Apple has ended its relationship with a lobbyist in Alabama who had a record of opposing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people while serving in the state legislature.

Apple recently hired former Alabama state Rep. Jay Love (R) for lobbying work in the state,...

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Majority Of Alabama Counties Now Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

(110) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- At least 43 of Alabama's 67 counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following a federal judge's order Thursday reiterating that marriage equality is legal in the state.

Same-sex marriage officially became legal in Alabama Monday, a result of U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's ruling...

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Federal Judge Orders Alabama Official To Stop Denying Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

(779) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ordered a county official in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, saying they can no longer ignore her earlier ruling that struck down the state's marriage equality ban.

Alabama's same-sex marriage ban began crumbling in January, when U.S. District...

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Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee To Appear In Anti-Gay Documentary

(762) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Two possible GOP presidential contenders and four congressmen are slated to appear in a new documentary that claims the push for gay rights threatens Christianity.

"What kind of freedom of speech do we have if a person who expresses a biblical viewpoint about marriage is told they...

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Judge Behind Alabama Marriage Equality Carries On Family Legacy Of Advancing Civil Rights

(28) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, Alabama became the 37th state where same-sex couples could legally get married. The person who paved the way for this historic moment was Callie Granade, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama who ruled that the state's ban on marriage...

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Tennessee Lawmaker Wants Bible To Be The State Book

(295) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- A Tennessee state legislator has introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, after two other Southern states considered similar moves in recent months.

State Rep. Jerry Sexton (R) put forward his legislation Tuesday. He did not return a request for additional...

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16 Times The Obama Administration Lied About The President's Position On Same-Sex Marriage

(524) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- It can now, apparently, be told: During his run for the presidency and his first years in the White House, President Barack Obama deceived the American public about his position on same-sex marriage.

The revelation, underwhelming as it may be to those who followed the debate closely,...

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Roy Moore Channels George Wallace In Stand Against Marriage Equality

(146) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- By 1963, much of the United States was on its way to desegregation. It had been nine years since the Supreme Court issued its Brown v. Board of Education decision finding segregation in schools unconstitutional, and five years since the Little Rock Nine integrated Little Rock...

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Rick Perry Not A Big Fan Of Openly Carrying Guns

(281) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Thursday he was skeptical of open carry gun laws, as conservatives in his home state are attempting to push such measures through the legislature.

Texas currently allows gun owners to carry rifles and shotguns in the open, but not handguns....

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Rick Perry Law Led To Rise In Parents Opting Out Of Vaccines

(270) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 10:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has stayed relatively quiet during the latest outbreak of potential 2016 presidential contenders stumbling on vaccination policy, even though he has perhaps the most interesting history on the issue.

In 2007, Perry became the first governor in the U.S....

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GOP Lawmakers Push Back Against 'False Rumors' Promoted By Anti-Vaccine Movement

(103) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday broke with the vaccine skepticism expressed by some of their potential 2016 presidential candidates, using a hearing with top medical experts to push back against myths surrounding vaccinations.

"False rumors still exist that vaccines and...

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