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

(45) 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

(48) 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

(558) 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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Jeff Flake Urges Republicans To Move On From Benghazi

(241) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 11:28 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) thinks it's probably time for Republicans to drop their fixation on Benghazi.

The senator was asked during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday about the House Intelligence Committee's findings from its two-year investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks...

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Ted Cruz Wants To Fight Obama Over Immigration, But He Forgot About One Thing

(2662) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is calling for congressional Republicans to fight back against President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, saying they should refuse to confirm the president's nominees until he reverses course.

"If the president announces executive amnesty, the new Senate majority leader who takes over in...

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Jeff Merkley Says Targeting The Koch Brothers Helped Him Survive The GOP Wave

(76) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- From North Carolina to Colorado to Alaska, Democratic senators were swept out of office on Election Day by a GOP wave. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) was one of the few exceptions.

At one point a target of national Republicans, Merkley handily defeated his Republican opponent, Monica Wehby,...

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Here Are Those Immigration Riots Tom Coburn Warned Us About

(195) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), like many other Republicans in Congress, did not want President Barack Obama to announce deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. But while most GOP critics merely expressed concerns about border security and presidential overreach, Coburn made a darker prediction: There would be rioting...

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Crowd Gathers Outside White House To Support Obama On Immigration

(62) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 10:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- Immigration reform advocates bundled up and headed to the White House on a chilly Thursday night, standing outside to support President Barack Obama as he announced relief for millions of undocumented immigrants.

A small crowd began gathering about an hour before the president's prime-time address, with many...

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Ferguson Area Gun Store Sees 700 Percent Spike In Sales Ahead Of Jury Verdict

(402) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- The St. Louis region is on edge this week as residents anxiously await word on whether a grand jury will indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed an unarmed African-American teenager in August. The shooting of Michael Brown set off weeks of protests, arrests and calls...

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Lindsey Graham Calls On Republicans To Restore Senate Filibuster Rules

(231) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants Republicans to reverse the Democrats' filibuster reforms in the new year, arguing that doing so will make it tougher for President Barack Obama to get his nominees approved.

The new system requires just 51 votes to advance executive branch nominees and judges...

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Orrin Hatch: GOP Ready To Give Democratic 'Blunderheads' A 'Taste Of Their Own Medicine'

(299) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) came out swinging against Democrats Friday, telling a room of conservative lawyers that Republicans were ready to give the other party "a taste of their own medicine."

"Frankly, I intend to win with our candidate for the presidency in 2016, and we will give...

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Elizabeth Warren On New Leadership Position: 'Nobody's Clipping My Wings'

(158) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 11:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pushed back Thursday evening against the notion that her new Senate position means that she will be a "liberal liaison" between Democratic leaders and the party's progressive base.

"I don't quite understand it," said Warren of the oft-repeated, informal title that's been used...

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Jon Tester Will Lead Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee For 2016

(5) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was named the next chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday, placing a red-state Democrat with a populist streak in charge of recruiting 2016 candidates for the party.

Tester's new role was announced after Democrats in the Capitol held their leadership elections....

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Elizabeth Warren Gets Senate Democratic Leadership Spot

(418) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gained a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday, giving the prominent progressive senator a key role in shaping the party's policy priorities.

Warren's new role, which was created specifically for her, will be strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and...

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Elizabeth Warren Could Join Senate Leadership: Sources

(371) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is under consideration for a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

Senate Democrats will be holding their leadership elections Thursday morning. A source saw Warren coming out of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.)...

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Hotline Launches To Help African Immigrants Facing Ebola Stigma

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ebola has affected many people beyond just those who have actually contracted the virus. There were the kids in the Bronx who had just returned from a trip to Senegal and faced attacks and chants of "Ebola" from other students. Children who had just...

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Both Of The GOP's Openly Gay Congressional Candidates Lose Their Races

(143) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The two men hoping to diversify the Republican Party by showing that being gay doesn't necessarily require being a Democrat lost their congressional bids this election cycle, meaning the GOP will still have no openly gay members in Congress.

Richard Tisei of Massachusetts and Carl DeMaio of...

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American Legion Appoints Its First Female Executive Director

(9) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- The American Legion has named Verna Jones its new executive director, making her the first woman to lead the veterans organization in its nearly 100-year history.

Jones, an attorney and Army veteran who served as a personnel sergeant, stepped into her new role on Nov. 1. Legion spokesman...

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