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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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Donald Trump Promises To Protect The LGBTQ Community

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 10:57 PM

CLEVELAND ― Donald Trump promised to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals Thursday night in his prime-time convention speech, and he said he was heartened...

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Peter Thiel Tells GOP Convention: 'I Am Proud To Be Gay'

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 7:57 PM

CLEVELAND ― Peter Thiel on Thursday became the first openly gay Republican convention speaker in history to talk about his sexual orientation, and said he disagreed with portions of his party’s platform that restrict rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

“I am proud to...

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Republicans Are Ready To Move On From An Anti-LGBT Agenda, But Their Party Leaders Won't Let Them

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 12:04 PM

CLEVELAND ― What a year it’s been for marriage equality. Same-sex couples can now get married anywhere in the country, and public support for marriage equality remains strong. A majority of young Republicans back same-sex marriage; in the party overall, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll found that most don’t care...

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テッド・クルーズ氏、共和党全国大会でトランプ氏支持を明言せず ブーイングの嵐となった理由は?

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 4:27 AM


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Mike Pence Makes The Best Of A Pretty Awkward Situation At The GOP Convention

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 9:23 PM

CLEVELAND ― Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is the opposite of Donald Trump

Pence introduced himself to a national audience Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, full...

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Ted Cruz Didn't Endorse Trump At Trump's Own Convention

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 8:40 PM

CLEVELAND ― Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) saw his big moment at the Republican National Convention drowned out by thunderous boos on Wednesday night as he notably...

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Donald Trump's Running Mate Is Still A Mystery To Most Republicans

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 9:08 PM

CLEVELAND ― Donald Trump managed to pick a running mate who is, in many ways, his complete opposite. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is low-key and liked by the establishment, and has spent his career focused on social issues like fighting abortion and gay rights. And unlike the...

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Trump Campaign Uses Every Excuse In The Book To Explain Melania's Plagiarism

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 10:21 AM

CLEVELAND ― The mess that is Donald Trump’s campaign came into full view Monday night when Melania Trump stepped onstage at the GOP convention and delivered the biggest...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Ready To Mock Donald Trump At His Own Convention

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 1:26 PM

Hillary Clinton campaign staffers will be on the ground in Cleveland next week, running a counter-convention operation to convince voters that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump would actually be a really, really bad choice for president.

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee’s efforts will...

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Donald Trump's GOP Convention To Feature Very Few Minority Speakers

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 11:29 AM

Donald Trump’s inability to attract minority voters will be on full display at the Republican convention next week, when the vast majority of the speakers who take the stage will be white. 

Republicans released a list of 62 convention speakers Thursday. According to a count by...

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Transgender Rights Ad To Air During Republican Convention On Fox News

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 9:14 AM

Fox News viewers tuning in to watch Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention next week will also see a 60-second ad advocating for transgender equality.

The powerful ad highlights the discrimination that transgender people still face, even while performing mundane tasks like trying to use a public restroom. It is scheduled to air Thursday night on Fox News and then again one week later on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention

The spot shows Alaina Kupec, a transgender woman from North Carolina, trying to use a restroom while dining out with friends. A male employee at the restaurant, however, stops her from going into the women’s restroom. 

“I’ve lived as a woman for many years,” Kupec says in the ad. “Most people, when they stop and think about it, they realize that when businesses can legally force me to use the men’s room, it puts me at risk for harassment and violence. Safety and privacy in bathrooms are important for all of us.”

Transgender rights have emerged as a hot issue in the United States, and more than 200 bills targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals were introduced in the 2016 legislative session nationwide. Many of these pieces of legislation specifically have gone after the right of transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity rather than the gender listed on their birth certificate. 

North Carolina has been at the center of this controversy after Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed an anti-LGBT law ― and then faced significant national backlash. Trump originally said he believed people should have the right to use whichever restroom “they feel is appropriate” but has since changed his tune and said he supports what North Carolina did

The issue will come up at the convention this week as well. Republicans writing the platform have to decide whether to adopt a provision defending states that adopt anti-transgender laws

“Most Americans want to do the right thing, but they have never met a transgender person, so they have misconceptions,” said Ineke Mushovic, executive director of the Movement Advancement Project, the think tank dedicated to LGBT rights that developed the ad.

“This ad cuts through the political rhetoric and simply asks people to consider the serious challenges and discrimination faced by transgender people ― discrimination that is still legal in most states,” Mushovic continued. 

Federal anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people still don’t exist. The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of already protected classes (race, color, sex, religion and national origin). 

In other words, it would protect LGBT people from discrimination in credit, education, employment, housing, federal financial assistance, jury service and public accommodations. That bill has not come up for a vote in Congress yet.

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Woman Who Worked At Fox News Says She Had To Wear Her 'Skirts Short' And Her 'Heels High'

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 9:23 PM

A journalist who once worked at Fox News is echoing some of what former host Gretchen Carlson has said about the culture of the organization, calling it a “good ol’ boys’ network” that put a premium on the way women looked. 

Diane Dimond, best-known for...

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Roger Ailes Clearly Underestimated Gretchen Carlson

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 10:01 AM

On “Fox and Friends,” Gretchen Carlson was the archetypal dim blonde on the couch, sitting between two men and struggling to understand the crazy ways of the modern world. 

“I just wanted to see how much of an insult it is to be called an ‘ignoramus.’ Since...

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Progressive Democratic Senator Emerges As The Man Sanders Supporters Want To Be VP

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 4:33 PM

WASHINGTON ― There’s no doubt that most of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) supporters like Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown. Both Democratic senators, often named as potential vice presidential picks for Hillary Clinton, are progressive and have a strong track record on the economic issues they hold dear. 


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Bernie Sanders Booed By House Democrats For Refusal To Endorse Hillary Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 11:39 AM

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a tough reception from House Democrats on Wednesday morning, with many encouraging him to endorse Hillary Clinton and some showering him with boos when he declined to do so.

Coming a day after...

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Hillary Clinton Unveils Debt-Free College For All, Adopting Major Bernie Sanders Plank

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 8:44 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will pursue a debt-free college for all policy, including a proposal to eliminate the cost of college tuition for a significant portion of the public.

The new plan, announced by her campaign Wednesday, incorporates a major plank...

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Pro-Donald Trump Super PAC Tries To Tie Hillary Clinton To The KKK

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 3:24 PM

A super PAC backing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is attempting to tie Hillary Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan.

There is scant information out there about the Crippled America PAC, which emailed its supporters Thursday asking for money to help it get an...

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Hillary Clinton Heads To Atlantic City To Cash In On Donald Trump's Failures

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 10:30 PM

Hillary Clinton will be going after Donald Trump as a shady and selfish businessman next week in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the site of his failed casino empire. 

On Wednesday, Clinton will "make the case that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to serve as president, based on...

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Democratic Party Endorses Abolishing The Death Penalty -- Breaking With Hillary Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 4:41 PM

The draft of the 2016 Democratic Party platform endorses abolishing the death penalty, a break with the views of its presumptive presidential nominee. 

"We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment. It has no place in the...

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Here Is The Draft Of The 2016 Democratic Platform

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 3:51 PM

The Democratic Party released the final draft of its 2016 platform Friday, giving activists and party members a chance to see it before the full platform committee approves it in Orlando, Florida, July 8-9. It will then head to the floor of the full convention in Philadelphia...

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