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

(4) 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Hillary Clinton Wanted To Go Public About Outdated State Email System In 2011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WASHINGTON -- In June 2011, Hillary Clinton and her top advisers bemoaned the outdated technology at the State Department, saying many officials had to use their personal email accounts in order to get any work done.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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Carly Fiorina Gets Revenge On Donald Trump For 'Face' Comment

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 9:13 PM

Carly Fiorina responded to professional entertainer Donald Trump's earlier disparaging remark about her appearance during Wednesday night's...

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GOP Congressman Resigns From House Freedom Caucus, Upset With Government Shutdown Push

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) broke with his fellow conservatives Wednesday and publicly came out against the idea of shutting down the federal government over funding for Planned Parenthood. 

The House Freedom Caucus is a relatively new group of conservative lawmakers who have been

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Pro-Carly Fiorina Ad Hits Back Against Comments About Her Face

(3) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 9:37 AM

The super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is out with a new ad responding to Donald Trump's pejorative comments about her appearance.

The ad, paid for by the Carly for America Committee, features a series of faces of women and girls. In the background, Fiorina is heard saying, "Ladies, look at this face, and look at all of your faces -- the face of leadership."

That remark, which Fiorina made on Friday to the Federation of Republican Women in Arizona, plays off recent comments by Trump, one of Fiorina's rivals for the GOP presidential nomination. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Trump remarked on the appearance of the only female candidate in the Republican field.

"Look at that face!" the reality TV host said. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!"

Trump later brushed aside criticism of his comments, claiming he was speaking about Fiorina's "persona" rather than her physical appearance.

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, faced a receptive audience and loud expressions of support during her speech Friday. 

"Ladies, look at this face," she said. "This is the face of a 61-year-old woman. I am proud of every year and every wrinkle." 

Female candidates have long had to deal with extra scrutiny of their appearance. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, for example, has faced countless articles about her hairstyle and choice of clothing throughout her years as a public figure. 

Former Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.), who explored a presidential run in 1987, recently recalled how she had to put up with constant questions about her looks.

"One of the problems I think that women have is that we don't look presidential," Schroeder said. "If one more person said to me, 'I like everything about you but you don't look presidential,' I was going to scream. Because clearly there had been no presidents that had looked like me."

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Mothers Who Lost Sons In The Iraq War Lobby For Iran Deal

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 2:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a fiery speech on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lambasted Democratic lawmakers who are backing the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. He accused them of betraying the parents of veterans who lost their lives fighting in Iraq.

"If you...

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The Iran Deal Is About To Cause A Massive Headache For GOP Leaders

(14) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- On the grounds along the west side of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon, Ivin...

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John Kasich Worries Kim Davis Spectacle Will Turn People Away From Religion

(18) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) bemoaned the spectacle in Kentucky over same-sex marriage Tuesday, distancing himself from some of his...

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