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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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Democrats Move To Abolish The Benghazi Committee

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) plans to offer an amendment on Tuesday to dismantle the House Select Committee on Benghazi, causing further headaches for Republicans after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) recent comment that the panel's purpose is actually to sink Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.

Slaughter will offer her...

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7 Times Jason Chaffetz Has Chaffetzed Someone

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:04 AM

When Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced that he's running for speaker of the House, facing off against current majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), many people were surprised that the four-term congressman would take on the GOP leadership that helped him rise through the ranks.

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Ben Carson On Oregon Murders: 'I Would Not Just Stand There And Let Him Shoot Me'

(32) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 9:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson implied Tuesday that the Oregon shooting victims didn't do enough to...

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Kevin McCarthy And His Benghazi Gaffe Star In Hillary Clinton's New Ad

(9) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is out with a new campaign ad taking advantage of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) much-criticized comment in which he said that the point of the Republican-led Benghazi committee was to sink Clinton's presidential bid.

"The Republicans finally admit it," says the narrator of the 30-second spot, which will begin airing nationally on cable TV Tuesday.

McCarthy, who is vying to become the next speaker of the House, told Fox News last week that Clinton would have been "unbeatable" in the 2016 election, had it not been for Republican efforts in the House to discredit her over the fatal 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

"Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee, [and] what are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened," he said.

Republicans have long insisted that the committee, which is paid for with taxpayer money, is nonpartisan and focused solely on getting to the bottom of what happened in the 2012 attack. McCarthy has taken considerable heat for his comments from his fellow Republicans.

"I think it's a total mischaracterization of the good work that's been done on the Benghazi committee," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is challenging McCarthy for the speaker position.

McCarthy later tried to clarify that it "was never my intention to ever imply this committee was political, because we all know it is not."

But his initial comment gave Clinton the ammunition she needed to take aim at the integrity of the committee ahead of her planned Oct. 22 testimony before the panel. 

On Monday, NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked Clinton whether she believes the committee should be disbanded after McCarthy's comments. Clinton said what the group has done was "not appropriate," but it's ultimately up to Congress to determine whether to continue.

"Well, I have to say that now that they have admitted it's a political, partisan committee for the sole purpose of going after me -- not trying to make our diplomats who serve in dangerous areas safer -- that's up to the Congress," Clinton said. "If they are going to have it still running, I'll be there, and I'm looking forward to answering questions about real things when I'm there, and I'm looking forward to having a chance to explain everything we've done, everything that I asked to happen." 

UPDATE: Oct. 6 -- McCarthy issued a statement Tuesday, saying the mission of the Benghazi committee "is to find the truth -- Period."

"The integrity of Chairman Gowdy, the Committee and the work they've accomplished is beyond reproach," he said. "The serious questions Secretary Clinton faces are due entirely to her own decision to put classified information at risk and endanger our national security."  

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Iran Deal Will Be Front And Center In Maryland Congressional Race

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 9:59 AM

WASHINGTON -- Few races in 2016 will put the Iran deal on the ballot as much as the one in Maryland's 8th District, a posh area encompassing part of the D.C. suburbs.

On Monday,

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Maggie Hassan Running For Senate In New Hampshire

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 9:14 AM

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is running for Senate in 2016, challenging incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R). 

Hassan made her announcement in a video Monday morning, touting the work she's done as governor on issues such as health care and education.

"To continue working to realize our state's full potential, we need a response from Washington that meets the progress we're making here at home," she said. "And that's exactly why I'm running for the United States Senate. Because Washington has given in to powerful special interests and lobbyists who rig the system for themselves and against the middle class."

She also blasted politicians who have tried to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to reproductive rights services. 

Hassan, who is in her second term, will not be running for re-election as governor, according to WMUR. 

For years, there has been talk that Hassan might jump into the Senate race, with speculation picking up significantly in recent months. Democrats have been pushing her to run, seeing her as their strongest candidate to defeat Ayotte. 

Ayotte was first elected to the Senate during the tea party wave in 2010. In a statement Monday, she said she welcomes Hassan to the race. 

"I'm running for reelection so I can continue working across the aisle to solve problems and deliver results for you," Ayotte said. "Whether it's stopping wasteful spending, fighting for fairness in the workplace, creating a better climate for small businesses to create jobs, protecting our environment, or keeping our country safe, I wake up every day focused on providing solutions for the issues you care about."

The New Hampshire GOP took more direct aim at Hassan in its reaction to the announcement, accusing her of "trying to leave the corner office after years of failing to lead on the pressing issues facing New Hampshire."

"Hassan's playbook of more taxes, more spending, and bigger government has not worked for New Hampshire families and small businesses," New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn said. "Her failed leadership has brought Washington-style gridlock to the governor's office, and the last thing New Hampshire needs in the Senate is another rubberstamp for more partisan politics."

This piece has been updated with comment from Ayotte's campaign and the New Hampshire GOP.

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Nancy Pelosi Wants Male Reporter To Stop Telling Her What Happens In Women's Bodies

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) chastised a male reporter Thursday, after he tried to press...

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Hillary Clinton Worried She Could Hurt The Fight To Lift Saudi Ban On Female Drivers

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 1:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- In 2011, women in Saudi Arabia were increasingly organizing and speaking out about their country's ban on female drivers. But for weeks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was silent, disappointing many activists who knew about her long record on global women's rights. 

A new...

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Here's What 10 People Look Like With And Without Their Contacts

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 6:11 AM

While it sure would be nice to have perfect vision, some of us need a special visit from the corrective lens fairy. As Cosmopolitan showed us Tuesday, people look very different when they wear glasses and when they don't. But what about when they put contacts on their eyeballs? Here's...

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Hillary Clinton Wanted To Go Public About Outdated State Email System In 2011

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 4:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- In June 2011, Hillary Clinton and her top advisers bemoaned the outdated technology at the State Department, saying many officials had to use their personal email accounts in order to get any work done.

The email exchange, which came shortly after Google revealed that it suspected Chinese hackers...

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Here's What 10 People Look Like With And Without Their Contacts On

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 11:34 AM

While it sure would be nice to have perfect vision, some of us need a special visit from the corrective lens fairy. As Cosmopolitan showed us Tuesday, people look very different when they wear glasses and when they don't. But what about when they put contacts on their eyeballs? Here's...

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The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington

(8) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- This summer, Hillary Clinton endured withering criticism over her use of a private email account, President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal faced a multimillion-dollar attack ad campaign and Democratic presidential candidates maligned the party's debate schedule as unfair.

Through it all, the party operated with...

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Months After White Supremacy Scandal, Steve Scalise May Become House Majority Leader

(29) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 7:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- In January, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was damaged goods. He was struggling to distance himself from Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke after revelations that he spoke at a 2002 gathering hosted by a white supremacist group. It was not the image the...

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Hillary Clinton To Address Major LGBT Rights Organization

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton will address the Human Rights Campaign next month, getting the chance to pitch herself to 800 activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights community.

Clinton will speak to HRC's board of directors, board of governors, staff and supporters from around the...

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Reid, Warren Meet With Progressive Groups Ahead Of Looming Government Shutdown

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) met with progressive activists Tuesday,...

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Hillary Clinton Scores Another Big Union Endorsement

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 9:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton secured her sixth union endorsement Tuesday in her bid to be the Democratic nominee for president.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America has more than half a million members. In a statement to The Huffington Post, union president Doug McCarron called...

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Chris Christie Stood By Nomination Of Muslim Judge Despite Attacks From 'Crazies'

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 11:20 AM

WASHINGTON -- In recent days, GOP presidential candidates have been making news for their suggestions that Muslims, somehow, aren't fully American.

Ben Carson asserted on Sunday that a Muslim person should not be president of the United States. Donald Trump also said he isn't sure whether he...

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Texas Governor Calls Arrest Of Ahmed Mohamed A 'Tragic Situation'

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) believes 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed should not have been arrested for bringing a clock that authorities thought was a bomb to school. 

"The last thing we want to do is put handcuffs on a kid unjustifiably," Abbott said Thursday, according to The Dallas...

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Jeb Bush: My Brother 'Kept Us Safe'

(19) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 10:31 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) found himself in the uncomfortable position of defending his brother's legacy in...

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