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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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Miss America Faces Heat From Conservatives For Planned Parenthood Internship

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kira Kazantsev has been Miss America for only two days, but she's already taking a stand on issues that don't usually make their way into the pageant. Kazantsev, who is from New York, made domestic violence the focus of her platform, speaking out about how she was in...

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Alaska GOP Senate Candidate Backs State Minimum Wage Boost While Opposing Federal Increase

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan announced Monday that he will be voting for a state ballot measure to increase the minimum wage, even though he had said during the Republican primary that he opposed boosting it.

"Because it is a state-driven initiative, I do support the motion to place...

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Wyoming Advances Bill Allowing Death By Firing Squad

(24) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Wyoming legislative committee voted against a measure to abolish the death penalty last week, instead opting to endorse death by firing squad.

The state's Joint Judiciary Legislative Committee voted to support a bill that would allow the the Wyoming Department of Corrections to use a...

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Lindsey Graham Changes Mind About Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

(59) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called on President Barack Obama to consider putting boots on the ground in Syria to combat Islamic State militants, despite asserting three months ago that the idea wasn't even worth considering.

"This idea we'll never have any boots on the ground...

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Marco Rubio Inadvertently Admits Defeating The Islamic State May Be Impossible

(80) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- There's widespread agreement in Washington that it would be great if the United States and other countries could defeat the Islamic State, a militant group also known as ISIL and ISIS. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it's time to "defeat ISIS," President Barack Obama...

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David Perdue Exaggerates His Father's Role Desegregating Georgia Schools

(21) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- On March 21, Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue spoke with some GOP students at Morehouse College in Atlanta. In an effort to connect with the young voters at the historically black college, Perdue said his father played a key role in desegregating the Houston County...

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Ferguson Protesters Deal With Fallout After Arrests

(221) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday night, about 30 people gathered in the SEIU office on Pershing Avenue in St. Louis. What they had in common is they were all somehow involved in the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown, and they were all eventually caught up by the police and...

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Paul LePage: 'Worst Part Of My Life Is Newspapers Are Still Alive'

(67) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:59 AM

At a time when many people are lamenting the cutbacks to state and local newspapers, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is cheering. In fact, he'd be happier if the publications weren't around at all.

"The best part of my life is I've been hired to work for the people...

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Police Officer Accused Of Letting Dog Urinate On Michael Brown Memorial In Ferguson

(592) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:03 PM

For the past few weeks, the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has had a steady stream of visitors and mourners, many of whom leave mementos such as flowers, stuffed animals and signs. Just blocks from West Florissant Avenue, which became...

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GOP Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Shoots A TV In New Ad

(64) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Shooting things is back in vogue this campaign season, with Alaska's GOP Senate candidate taking aim at a television set in a new ad.

"Millions of dollars are flooding into Alaska, paid for by Washington special interests," says Dan Sullivan, Alaska's former attorney general, in a new ad. "Pretty...

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GOP Senate Candidate David Perdue: 'Don't Worry About That Unemployment Number'

(497) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- The state of the economy in Georgia has been a hot topic in the 2014 elections there, with Democrats pointing out that under the GOP governor, the state has the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation. But GOP Senate candidate David Perdue isn't that concerned about...

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Ferguson Fights For Justice Beyond Mike Brown's Death

(82) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 3:42 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- This small St. Louis suburb has been transformed over the past two weeks. Hundreds of people turn out every night to march up and down West Florissant Avenue demanding justice, accountability and a voice in the decisions made on their behalf. Businesses have been closing early just...

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Another Night Of Unrest During Protests In Ferguson

(64) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:33 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- It was almost a peaceful night. But late Tuesday, the tension in the air broke and there were, once again, confrontations between police and the protesters out calling for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The protest built slowly Tuesday, in part due to...

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Ferguson City Leadership Calls For End To Nightly Protests

(31) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:10 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The city of Ferguson, Missouri, called for calm Tuesday, asking its residents to stop the protests that have been going on each night since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, on Aug. 9.

"It is our hope that as we...

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National Guard Arrives In Ferguson, But Clashes Continue

(1049) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:11 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Strict new protest rules and the presence of the National Guard in Ferguson didn’t prevent fresh clashes with police on Monday night, the ninth night of unrest since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9.

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Capt. Ron Johnson Defends New Protest Rules In Ferguson: 'We're Not Violating Your Rights'

(190) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:09 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson defended the new rule that protesters cannot stand and congregate in one place, saying it would protect community members from criminal elements who were trying to hide in their midst and cause trouble.

"We are not going to let groups...

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Ferguson Tense Ahead Of First Night With National Guard Troops In Town

(29) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 7:44 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police moved aggressively Monday evening to prevent the kind of chaos that ensued the previous night, when protesters threw molotov cocktails at officers who responded with tear gas to clear the streets.

Midday Monday, the QuikTrip -- the burned-down gas station that had become a meeting place...

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Police Block Off QuikTrip, A Central Gathering Location In Ferguson Protests

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 4:29 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police blocked off the central gathering place for protesters in this St. Louis suburb Monday in an attempt to prevent large crowds from forming there and getting out of control.

Protesters have convened at the QuikTrip, or QT, gas station and convenience store since the Aug. 9...

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Ferguson Police Fire Tear Gas At Protesters Hours Before Curfew (UPDATE)

(788) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 11:50 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police cleared Ferguson of protesters Sunday hours before a state-imposed curfew was set to take effect, throwing tear gas at individuals who were out in the streets over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug....

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Group Rallies In Support Of Darren Wilson, Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

(1996) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 10:30 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Frustrated with the national coverage of protests surrounding the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a few dozen people showed up in downtown St. Louis on Sunday afternoon to show solidarity with the...

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