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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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Chamber Of Commerce Attacks Georgia GOP Senate Candidate As A Crying Baby

(7) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue has been going hard after the Chamber of Commerce, portraying himself as the anti-establishment choice who will fight monied interests like the business lobbying group, which has endorsed his opponent. The Chamber is now going a step farther, attacking Perdue in a...

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How Washington's Football Team Creates A Hostile Environment For Native American Students

(94) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 7:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Much of the debate over whether to keep the Washington football team's name has centered around whether it's actually offensive to Native Americans. Owner Dan Snyder has searched high and low to find American Indians who aren't put off by the term "Redskins" as justification for...

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Long, Bitter Georgia GOP Senate Primary Comes To An End

(66) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party will finally settle on a Senate candidate in Georgia on Tuesday, when Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue face voters after months of negative campaigning.

Kingston and Perdue were the top two vote-getters in the May 20 primary, beating a...

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Elizabeth Warren Greeted By Calls To Run For President At Progressive Gathering

(344) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:10 PM

DETROIT -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) faced an enthusiastic crowd of supporters Friday when she took the stage at Netroots Nation, with fans toting "Elizabeth Warren for President" hats and signs and chanting "Run, Liz, Run!"

It was her first major speech since Tuesday's launch of a group called...

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Chuck Schumer: We Need To Stand Up To 'The Steve Kings' On Immigration

(44) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:01 AM

DETROIT -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called on Republicans to take action immediately and address the need for immigration reform. Speaking to progressive activists at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit amid the escalating border crisis, Schumer asserted the need for a comprehensive immigration bill, suggesting a piece-by-piece...

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Chris Christie Comes Out In Support Of Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision

(290) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:03 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Thursday that he supports the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, just weeks after saying on national television that he wouldn't give his opinion on it.

Christie, a potential 2016 presidential contender, offered his position on the Hobby Lobby case during a meet-and-greet event...

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Chuck Schumer Announces Opposition To Embattled Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs

(21) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:06 PM

DETROIT -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that he will vote against President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs if he comes up for a vote in the Judiciary Committee.

"I've thought about it long and hard, and I'm going to vote against him," Schumer, who sits...

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GOP Rep. Jack Kingston: Congress Will Start Looking At Impeachment 'Very Seriously'

(272) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) declined to comment this week when asked whether he supports impeaching President Barack Obama, but in a radio interview two weeks ago, he said it was a very serious possibility.

The Washington Post surveyed this cycle's Republican Senate candidates...

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Chris Kluwe To Sue Minnesota Vikings Over Investigation Into Anti-Gay Allegations

(23) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue his erstwhile team regarding his allegations of a coach's anti-gay views and suppression of his advocacy for marriage equality.

Kluwe was released from the Vikings in May 2013. In January, he wrote on Deadspin -- in a piece...

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Ready For Warren Campaign Launches To Convince Elizabeth Warren To Run For President

(594) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- An enthusiastic band of activists has launched a campaign to slow the momentum of Hillary Clinton and convince Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that she should run for president in 2016.

"I think there's an opportunity for us to convince her if we're really able to make the...

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Mitch McConnell's Solution To Soaring Student Debt: Less Yale, More For-Profit Schools

(82) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemed to have little sympathy for students who have accumulated massive amounts of student debt during a town hall with constituents last week. Instead of looking to the government to forgive their debt, he said, they should start looking at schools that...

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Liz Cheney's Bold Climate Change Plan: Do 'Nothing'

(228) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Liz Cheney did not hesitate when asked Monday what the Republican Party should do to address climate change.

"Nothing," she immediately replied.

Her comments came during a discussion that also featured her father, former vice president Dick Cheney, and mother, Lynne Cheney. The event, held...

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Cheney Event Repeatedly Disrupted By Protesters

(323) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Protesters disrupted an event featuring Dick Cheney, his wife Lynne and their daughter Liz on Monday, saying that the former vice president needed to be held accountable for the war in Iraq.

"Dick Cheney -- war criminal!" one woman holding a pink sign and handcuffs shouted just minutes...

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Hill Staffers Are Anonymously Editing Wikipedia Pages On The Horse Head Mask, 'Step Up 3D'

(6) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 2:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- A new Twitter account is keeping track of all the Capitol Hill staffers -- or members -- who are anonymously making changes to Wikipedia pages.

Whether it's a change to the page on a congressman or that of a new movie, the @congressedits bot is...

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Gay Rights Groups Pull Support For ENDA Over Sweeping Religious Exemption

(241) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Gay rights groups are jumping ship on legislation they previously hailed as one of their biggest priorities of the year: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center...

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GOP Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Floated Obama Impeachment

(64) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst floated the idea of impeaching President Barack Obama in January, calling him a "dictator" and arguing he was "overstepping his bounds" by using executive authority to enact parts of his agenda without Congress' cooperation.

Ernst's comments came during a

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Ready For Hillary Starts Spreading Its Money Around To Key States

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Ready for Hillary, the organization setting the stage for Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, has strategically distributed more than $175,000 to 33 state Democratic parties and national Democratic organizations.

On May 28, Ready for Hillary shifted from being a super PAC to what's known...

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Cory Booker And Rand Paul Team Up On Criminal Justice Reform

(50) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are set to introduce legislation Tuesday that aims to break the cycle of incarceration for nonviolent offenders.

The REDEEM Act takes aim at policies that affect both children and adults. Among its main provisions, the bill would:

  • Encourage states...
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United Nations To Expand LGBT Marriage Benefits

(17) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United Nations Secretariat will now provide full benefits to employees in same-sex unions, regardless of whether their home country recognizes marriage equality.

"Human rights are at the core of the mission of the United Nations," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday when announcing the policy....

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