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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 ThinkProgress.org. She is a graduate of Colgate University and can be reached at aterkel@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter @aterkel. Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth, here.

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Martin O'Malley Goes After Hillary Clinton For Leading By 'Polls,' Not 'Principles'

(216) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 8:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) went after Hillary Clinton Thursday, accusing her of changing policy positions based on polls rather than her convictions. It's the first time the prospective Democratic presidential candidate has attacked Clinton since she announced her presidential bid Sunday.

"I’m glad Secretary Clinton’s come...

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Nebraska GOP Senators Push To Repeal Death Penalty

(11) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Seven Republican state senators in Nebraska came out against the death penalty Wednesday, urging their colleagues to support a bill to repeal the practice.

State Sen. Colby Coash (R), one of the lawmakers who attended a press conference on the issue Wednesday, argued that supporting the death...

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Mike Pence Sees Precipitous Drop In Approval Rating After Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Mess

(375) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has seen a significant drop in his approval rating since signing a widely criticized "religious freedom" law, with one longtime political observer in the state saying the fall is historic for a governor.

"I've been covering Indiana politics for three decades, and...

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Angie's List CEO Who Opposed Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law Could Challenge Mike Pence

(72) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 3:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- During the recent debate over Indiana's "religious freedom" law, there were few critics as outspoken as Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle. Oesterle canceled a $40 million expansion of the company's headquarters in Indianapolis out of concern the law would discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

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Indiana Hires PR Firm To Rebuild Image After 'Religious Freedom' Fiasco

(1014) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 2:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that state politicians were hostile to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state's efforts to attract and...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Insists Iowa Will Be 'Competitive'

(89) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's brand new campaign signaled Monday that it really, really doesn't want to blow its chances in the finicky first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, insisting to reporters that they expect a tough battle from challengers.

"These caucuses have always been competitive, and we're expecting the same thing here,"...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Kicks Off With Social Media Blitz, Outreach To 2008 Alumni

(58) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 10:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's campaign advisers topped off her presidential announcement rollout Sunday with a conference call for alumni of her 2008 campaign.

"We can't take anything for granted, and we're going to have to fight really hard for every single vote. ... We fully expect this to be a...

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Bobby Jindal Uncomfortable With Laws Banning LGBT Discrimination

(907) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 12:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) defended the rights of private businesses to deny some services to same-sex couples and expressed discomfort at providing nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Jindal appeared Sunday morning on NBC's "Meet the Press," where host Chuck Todd asked him...

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Dianne Feinstein: Iran Deal Does Not Threaten Israel's Survival

(733) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 10:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the new nuclear accord with Iran will not threaten the survival of Israel, criticizing the stance taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

CNN "State of the Union" host Jim Acosta asked Feinstein Sunday morning whether she believes the deal threatens...

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Rand Paul Appears In New Anti-Gay Documentary

(254) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) briefly appears in a new documentary that argues gay rights are a threat to Christianity.

The film, "Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity," is a project by socially conservative activist Janet Porter. It features a who's who of anti-gay...

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Mike Pence Signs Revised Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

(882) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 6:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a revised version of a "religious freedom" law Thursday, hoping to quiet national criticism that the original law would have allowed businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

"Over the past week this law has become a subject...

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LGBT Protections Included In Fix For Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

(963) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 10:16 AM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana lawmakers are set to introduce new language for the state's "religious freedom" law Thursday, to clarify that the law does not allow businesses to deny goods or services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed last week by Gov. Mike...

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Arkansas Governor: My Son Asked Me To Veto 'Religious Freedom' Bill

(333) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) pulled back his support for a "religious freedom" bill Wednesday, citing the controversy and division it has created not only within his state, but also within his own family.

"The issue has become divisive because our nation remains split on how to...

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Indianapolis' Tourism Group Wants To Make It Clear That LGBT Travelers Are Welcome

(119) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:52 PM

An Indianapolis tourism group is trying to make it very clear that gay travelers are welcome in the city amid backlash over Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many say would permit discrimination against LGBT individuals in the state.

The landing page for Indianapolis' tourism...

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Mike Pence Promises To Fix Indiana Law So It Bars Discrimination

(1760) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 12:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said Tuesday he will back an amendment to the state's new "religious freedom" law clarifying that it does not allow businesses to deny service to anyone, and insisted that he never intended to discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...

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These Events Were Canceled Because Of Indiana's New Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Law

(420) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana has been facing a national backlash after Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a "religious freedom" bill into law last week that could open the door to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow any individual or corporation...

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GOP Mayor Of Indianapolis Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Community

(296) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 6:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican mayor of Indiana's largest city is working to stem the backlash from a new "religious freedom" law, breaking with members of his own party in order to reassure companies that Indianapolis is still a good place to do business.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) held a...

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Labor Union Pulls Conference Out Of Indiana Over 'Religious Freedom' Law

(64) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The labor union AFSCME announced Monday that it is moving its 2015 Women’s Conference out of Indianapolis in October, in protest of the state's new "religious freedom" law that could open the door to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

"This un-American law...

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Indiana GOP Leaders Shocked Their 'Religious Freedom' Law Is Seen As Anti-Gay

(1650) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana's Republican leaders said they were shocked, confused and completely caught off-guard by the backlash to their new "religious freedom" law, telling reporters Monday that they had not expected criticism calling the measure anti-gay.

"I don't think anyone anticipated that the characterization of the bill would be,...

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NBA Promises 'Inclusion' In Face Of New Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

(67) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 9:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- The backlash to Indiana's new "religious freedom" law grew stronger Saturday, with professional basketball organizations and teams condemning the measure.

“The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and...

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