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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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Convicted Killer Serving Life In Prison Wants To Replace Michele Bachmann In Congress

(21) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Leonard Richards thinks the voters in Minnesota's 6th congressional district are ready for a change. With Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) retiring, Richards is trying to throw his hat into the ring as an extremely nontraditional candidate -- a convicted murder serving a life sentence in prison.

The St. Cloud...

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Liberians Living In U.S. Fear Ebola Stigma

(11) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 3:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- News about the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has hit Liberia harder than any other country, has caused some awkward moments for Liberians living in the United States.

Karen Mygil, a surgeon in Bowie, Maryland, was recently making idle chitchat with her nurses while examining a...

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Mitch McConnell: I Didn't Earn My Millions, I Inherited Them!

(1595) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't deny that he's rich. But what stuck in his craw Monday night was his Democratic opponent's insinuation that he had earned his wealth using his position as senator. An outraged McConnell clarified for debate viewers how he became a millionaire: He...

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Scott Brown Frats It Up. It Goes Exactly As You'd Expect.

(288) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- New Hampshire GOP candidate Scott Brown ditched the usual campaign trail stops on Saturday and instead attempted to bond with a younger, rowdier set of voters at the University of New Hampshire homecoming tailgate.

"I think they realize that he's a guy that can represent them, that...

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Scott Walker Refuses To Say Whether $7.25 An Hour Is Enough To Get By

(356) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 10:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin's gubernatorial candidates differed sharply on the minimum wage during their first debate Friday, with Democrat Mary Burke saying it should be increased and Gov. Scott Walker (R) largely avoiding the question and instead focusing on job creation.

Raising the minimum wage has been a top policy issue...

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David Vitter Unhappy With Ebola Aid Strategy Because It 'Focuses On Africa'

(196) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is urging his colleagues to oppose President Barack Obama's request for $1 billion to fight the spread of Ebola, in part because the plan "focuses on Africa" instead of "our own borders."

As of Friday afternoon, WHO put the death toll...

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Outspoken Conservative Glenn Grothman Goes Quiet In House Race

(65) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman gained national attention for his conservative positions. The Republican lawmaker called Kwanzaa a fake holiday, tried to ban public school teachers from mentioning homosexuality and claimed that making money is more important for men than for women....

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North Dakota Patriot Guard Says It Did Not Agree To Be In Rep. Kevin Cramer's Campaign Ad

(32) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- A campaign ad that intended to demonstrate Rep. Kevin Cramer's (R-N.D.) commitment to America's veterans continues to fall apart.

Earlier this week, the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, where much of the ad was shot, said Cramer didn't have permission to record there.

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Outsourcing And Obama Dominate Rowdy First Debate In Georgia Senate Race

(38) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 8:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were not on stage Tuesday night for the first Georgia Senate debate, but they might as well have been.

Republican David Perdue brought up the top Democrats over and over during the hour-long showdown, insisting that his...

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GOP Congressman's Campaign Ad Put Veterans Cemetery At Risk Of Losing Funding

(10) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) was largely unapologetic after having to pull a campaign ad that was shot in a veterans cemetery against the facility's rules, insisting that the spot was "beautiful" and made with the "utmost respect" for veterans.

Cramer recently released a 30-second spot intended...

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GOP Candidate Carl DeMaio Airs New Ad: I'm A 'Proud Gay American'

(29) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 10:43 AM

House Republican candidate Carl DeMaio is out with a new ad stating that he is openly gay, a reflection of the fact that it's no longer necessarily toxic for a GOP candidate to be gay or support equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

DeMaio is running...

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GOP Congressman Violated Rules By Filming Campaign Ad At Veterans Cemetery

(57) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) said he is pulling an ad touting his support for veterans, after state officials in charge of the veterans cemetery where it is was filmed said the rules prohibit the filming of political ads there.

The 30-second spot highlights...

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GOP House Candidate Uses James Foley Execution Footage In Campaign Ad

(24) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican House candidate in Arizona has a new ad up attacking her opponent for being soft on terrorism. The ad features footage from the apparent execution of American journalist James Foley, despite the fact that his family has pleaded with the public not to watch the gruesome...

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60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality

(544) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:26 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday set the United States on a historic civil rights path, paving the way for the majority of Americans to reside in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

The court declined to hear appeals from five states that were challenging lower-court rulings legalizing...

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Mitch McConnell Pulls Out The 'I'm Not A Scientist' Dodge On Climate Change

(182) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to elaborate on his skepticism about man-made climate change Thursday, pulling out the well-worn GOP excuse that he's not an expert.

"I'm not a scientist, I am interested in protecting Kentucky's economy, I'm interested in having low cost...

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Operation ____ : Here's Why The U.S. Hasn't Named Its Latest Bombing Campaign

(11) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 11:59 AM

WASHINGTON -- The United States is currently engaged in a "targeted action" against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama has called it "a systematic campaign of airstrikes," while Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has gone so far as to admit that the country is at...

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Bill Clinton Backs Alison Lundergan Grimes In His First Senate Ad Of 2014

(73) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is fighting to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is out with a new campaign ad featuring Bill Clinton.

The ad, which will begin airing statewide on Thursday, marks the first time this cycle that the former president...

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Iraqi Air Force Accidentally Delivers Food And Ammunition To ISIS Militants

(277) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi pilots mistakenly delivered food, water and ammunition to Islamic State militants on a recent mission that was meant to supply their own service members with the supplies, NBC News reported.

"Some pilots, instead of dropping these supplies over the area of the Iraqi army, threw...

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David Perdue Tidies Up Economic Message For Georgia Voters

(29) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue has touted his background as a businessman in his race against Democrat Michelle Nunn, arguing that his experience in the private sector makes him better qualified to take on America's economic problems.

But lines that work well before a...

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Cost Of Bombing ISIS Closing In On $1 Billion

(269) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military operations targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria have already cost taxpayers between $780 and $930 million, according to an analysis by an independent think tank.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments issued a new report Monday assessing how much...

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