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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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Behind The Scenes Of Hillary Clinton's Push For LGBT Rights At The State Department

(87) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 4:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- In May 2009, just months into her new position as secretary of State, Hillary Clinton took a major step toward changing the way the agency treats its employees: She announced that gay diplomats would receive benefits similar to those received by their heterosexual counterparts, which they...

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Arkansas County Clerk Resigns So She Doesn't Have To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

(1151) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:47 PM

A county clerk in Arkansas intends to resign from her position because she doesn't believe in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday that she intends to step down June 30, according to ArkansasOnline, because she has a moral objection to...

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American Civilization Is Still Standing, Despite Predictions Of Marriage Equality Opponents

(541) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, making many social conservatives' worst fears a reality.

People like GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) predicted nothing less than the fall of civilization if loving...

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ΗΠΑ: Νόμιμοι οι γάμοι των ομοφυλοφίλων σε όλες τις πολιτείες

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 6:40 PM

Το Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο των ΗΠΑ αποφάνθηκε με ψήφους 5 -4 την Παρασκευή ότι είναι νόμιμο για όλους τους Αμερικανούς ανεξάρτητα από το φύλο τους ή τον σεξουαλικό τους προσανατολισμό, να παντρεύονται τους ανθρώπους που αγαπούν.

Η απόφαση είναι μια δικαίωση για τους ακτιβιστές των δικαιωμάτων των gay οι οποίοι...

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Watch What It Was Like To Be At The Supreme Court When Marriage Equality Became The Law Of The Land

(7) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 2:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- No one knew if the big marriage equality decision would be coming out of the Supreme Court on Friday morning, but hundreds of people showed up anyway, just in case.

"How can you not be here for this?" exclaimed Virginia resident Carmen Guzman, who has been showing...

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Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

(5956) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.

The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower...

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Paul LePage Jokes About Shooting Newspaper Cartoonist

(150) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Wednesday that he'd like to shoot the cartoonist for the Bangor Daily News, a joke that fell flat in light of the January shooting that killed five Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in France.

LePage made his comments about cartoonist George Danby on...

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The United States Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar

(294) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- As tributes to the Confederacy fall in the wake of the Charleston shooting -- 150 years after the actual fall of the Confederacy -- the legacy lives on in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol.

Just steps away from a statue of civil...

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Alabama Governor Removes Confederate Flags From State Capitol

(693) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 10:44 AM

WASHINGTON -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) ordered the removal of four Confederate-era flags from the grounds of the state Capitol Wednesday morning, saying it was simply "the right thing to do."

The flags were part of a confederate memorial at the Capitol in Montgomery. Two state workers came...

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NASCAR Calls On South Carolina To Remove The Confederate Flag

(45) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:58 PM

NASCAR said Tuesday it agrees with widespread calls for South Carolina to stop flying the Confederate flag on the grounds of the state Capitol.

"As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of life last week in Charleston, we join our nation's embrace of those impacted," the organization said...

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The Confederacy Is Still Celebrated All Over America. Send Us A Photo From Your Town.

(366) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 7:41 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of last week's racist massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been an increasingly vocal uproar calling for South Carolina to stop flying the Confederate flag on the grounds of the state capitol.

But symbols of America's shameful...

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Conservative Democrat Baron Hill Rebrands Himself As Pro-Marriage Equality In Indiana Senate Race

(43) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Baron Hill is casting himself as a champion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, in an attempt to shift away from the anti-marriage equality image he had during his previous stint in Congress.

"Marriage equality is especially close to my own heart,"...

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Fox News Twists Itself In Knots To Find An Explanation Other Than Racism For Charleston Shooting

(1544) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:46 PM

Analysts on Fox News floated the theory on Thursday that the shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night was motivated by religious animosity toward Christians, rather than by racism.

Host Steve Doocy suggested on "Fox & Friends" that religion was the likely motivation for...

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White Supremacists Worried Charleston Shooting Makes Them Look Bad

(759) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- White supremacists on Thursday quickly tried to distance themselves from the suspect in the mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, worried that a white man killing nine people in a black church in South Carolina looked bad for their movement.

"This is going to...

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Meet The Couples Fighting To Make Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:58 PM

If the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage this month, it will be largely because of a group of gay Americans who were courageous enough to subject their families to public scrutiny in order to become the faces of a movement.

The Supreme Court will soon issue its decision in Obergefell...

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This Gay Rights Group Wants The Supreme Court To Shut It Down

(126) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- If everything goes as he hopes, Evan Wolfson will soon be out of a job.

Wolfson, 58, is widely considered a key architect of the marriage equality movement. In 2003, he started Freedom to Marry to campaign for national recognition of same-sex marriage.

This month, the...

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'Civil War' And 'Endless Trauma': What Opponents Predict Will Happen If Marriage Equality Is Legalized

(1450) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 10:44 AM

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on marriage equality, read which of these predictions have come true.

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will issue its decision this month in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that could affirm that same-sex couples around the country have the constitutional...

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Jeb Bush Invokes Baltimore Protests In Presidential Campaign Kickoff

(142) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) brought up the recent protests in Baltimore during his presidential campaign kickoff speech Monday, using them as a call for education reform around the country.

“In government, if we get a few big things right, we can make life better for...

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Jamie Dimon Wants To Mansplain Banking To Elizabeth Warren

(687) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 4:19 PM

There are few people in Congress who criticize big Wall Street banks more than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) does. A former Harvard bankruptcy law professor, she is the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and chaired the government panel that oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which bailed out...

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Women Say They Don't Feel 'Respected And Valued' As Veterans In New Survey

(148) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Women are still struggling to gain respect for their military service and be taken seriously as veterans, according to a new survey released Monday by The Mission Continues.

Only 37 percent of the respondents said they feel "recognized, respected and valued as veterans in...

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