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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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Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting

(584) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 5:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- New York City's police unions have agreed to refrain from putting out more statements on Saturday's cold-blooded murder of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, after the unions came under scrutiny for blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for the shooting.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who...

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Rep. Peter King: Obama Can Start Fixing Race Relations By 'Giving Praise To The Police'

(326) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is laying the blame for the shooting of two New York City police officers at the feet of President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), saying that they have created an anti-police atmosphere that encouraged shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley.


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Scott Walker Ready To Call In National Guard To Respond To Dontre Hamilton Protests

(291) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he is fully ready to bring in the National Guard to deal with protesters if there is unrest after prosecutors decide whether to charge a white Milwaukee police officer in the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old unarmed African-American man.

"We proactively...

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Obama's New Triangulation Strategy Has Democrats On Edge

(657) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:10 AM

WASHINGTON -- Thursday night's close House vote to pass a government funding bill split both political parties into factions. But it's the division among Democrats that got the most attention Friday morning.

That's because, like few other times during President Barack Obama's tenure in office, disagreements over...

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Top Air Force Official Backs Lifting Transgender Military Ban: 'Times Change'

(4) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James believes it's time for the military to review its ban on transgender service members, saying that "anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve."

In September 2011, the military officially repealed its ban on gay men and...

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Scott Walker's Hanukkah Message: 'Molotov'!

(459) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hanukkah is a holiday that commemorates the burning of oil. Republicans naturally love it. But in his haste to celebrate the festival of lights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) got a little farmisht.

In an undated letter posted by the Capital Times Wednesday, Walker...

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Rick Perry Says Income Inequality Not A Problem We 'Grapple With' In Texas

(204) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Despite a significant rise in income inequality in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry (R) is arguing that it's not something the state ought to be worried about.

We don’t grapple with that here," Perry told The Washington Post in a recent interview, while acknowledging that the...

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CIA Flipped Out Behind The Scenes When Bush Said U.S. Would Ban Torture

(229) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 2:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush marked June 26, 2003, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a strong statement spelling out America's commitment to eliminating the scourge from the earth.

"Torture anywhere is an affront to human dignity everywhere," he said, adding,...

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LeBron James Wears 'I Can't Breathe' T-Shirt In Solidarity With Eric Garner Protesters

(332) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 7:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- LeBron James took the court before Monday night's game in Brooklyn wearing a T-shirt with the words "I can't breathe," showing solidarity with protesters nationwide who are speaking out against the police killing of Eric Garner.

Brooklyn Nets players Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack and...

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Ted Cruz On Scott Panetti Death Sentence: 'I Trust The Criminal Justice System'

(21) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) declined on Wednesday to criticize the death sentence of a severely mentally ill man in Texas, distancing himself from some of his fellow conservatives who have been calling for Scott Panetti's sentence to be commuted to life in prison.

"I trust...

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Appeals Court Orders Texas To Hold Off On Execution Of Scott Panetti

(154) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Less than 12 hours before the state of Texas was set to execute Scott Panetti, an appeals court issued a stay Wednesday morning, meaning Panetti's lawyers will have another chance to argue that the death penalty is unconstitutional in their client's case.

Panetti, 56, is on death...

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New Progressive Clout Tested By Wall Street Nominee

(20) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:28 AM

WASHINGTON -- The fight over the fate of Antonio Weiss, a Treasury Department nominee and former Wall Street investment banker, has taken on extraordinary symbolic importance for both the financial sector and progressive Democrats. Those sympathetic to Weiss argue that if his nomination is rejected, it’ll make others...

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Rick Perry Silent Under Pressure To Delay Execution Of Severely Mentally Ill Man

(259) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Scott Panetti is just about out of options. On Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST, the state of Texas will end his life, even though his lawyers say Panetti is severely mentally ill and an execution would violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. One of...

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Conservatives Call On Rick Perry To Halt Execution Of Scott Panetti

(461) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of conservative leaders is mounting a last-minute effort to stop Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) from executing inmate Scott Panetti, arguing that killing "one of the most seriously mentally ill prisoners on death row in the United States" would "undermine the public's faith in a fair...

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Glenn Grothman Says Government Bribes Single Parents To Be Lazy, Stay Unmarried

(104) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) joins the House of Representatives in January, he'll bring with him his longtime enthusiasm for the issue of welfare reform. He has said in the past that the current welfare system is "destroying families" and railed against single parenthood.

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Ferguson Protesters In Boston Stop Outside Jail, Chant 'Black Lives Matter'

(46) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Bostonians turned out Tuesday night to show solidarity with protesters nationwide, upset over the decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. But the protest in Boston had a twist: Marchers stopped at a local jail to stand with the...

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Thousands Protest Nationwide After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

(154) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people across the nation turned out Monday night to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown.

Crowds of people gathered in Times Square, outside the White House gates and in...

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Jeff Merkley Isn't Letting Democratic Losses Stop His Fight For Filibuster Reform

(49) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Skeptics of last year's filibuster reform told Democrats that they'd be sorry with what they had wrought once Republicans regained power.

“I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you’ll regret this," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned at the...

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Rudy Giuliani Says White Cops Are Needed To Stop Black People From Shooting Each Other

(572) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday criticized what he described as lopsided coverage of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, calling on the media to stop focusing on racially disproportionate police forces and pay more attention to black people killing one another.

"I find...

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Nevada Speaker-Elect Ira Hansen Steps Down After Racist And Sexist Writings Emerge

(262) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 12:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- The incoming speaker of the Nevada State Assembly told his colleagues Sunday morning that he will not be leading them in the new year, as he continues to face a firestorm of criticism over his history of bigoted remarks.

Assemblyman Ira Hansen (R), who was recently elected as...

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