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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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Paul LePage Vows To Veto Every Democratic Bill Until Party Helps Kill Maine's Income Tax

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 5:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) pledged on Friday to veto every single bill sponsored by Democratic state lawmakers until they allow his constitutional amendment banning the income tax to pass through the legislature.

Amending Maine's state constitution requires the approval of two-thirds of the legislature...

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Hillary Clinton Gets Ready For First Campaign Rally

(151) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:02 AM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton will use a kickoff rally next month to lay out her most detailed policy vision to date, bringing together ideas and themes she has started to discuss during campaign stops so far in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

This speech will be...

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Marriage Equality In Germany 'Not A Goal' For Angela Merkel

(90) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage, despite the overwhelming support of a marriage equality referendum in Ireland last week.

Germany has had civil partnerships for same-sex couples since 2001, but it remains one of...

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Joe Biden Praises Ireland For Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

(212) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Vice President Joe Biden praised Ireland for its historic vote legalizing marriage equality, saying on Wednesday that the country took a "courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality."

"I cannot improve upon the perfectly Irish statements [Irish political leaders] made following this historic vote, but...

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Bush Administration Gave 'False Presentation' Of The True Intelligence, Briefer Charges

(533) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 7:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidates have been arguing over the past week that, in hindsight, President George W. Bush made the best decision he could have based on faulty intelligence when he launched the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

In this telling of history, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney...

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Begins Drafting Policy Solutions To Heroin Epidemic

(96) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- After hearing story after story from voters on the campaign trail about heroin's toll, Hillary Clinton instructed her policy team to draw up solutions to the burgeoning opiate epidemic.

A Clinton aide told The Huffington Post that the Democratic presidential candidate decided to make mental...

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Bobby Jindal: George W. Bush 'Made Absolutely The Right Decision' On Iraq

(561) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:26 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) stood behind the invasion of Iraq Saturday night, although he criticized questions like the kind that have tripped up former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in recent days.

On Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, ABC News asked Jindal whether the United States should have...

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Athletes Pressure Olympics To Take A Stand On Kazakhstan's Anti-Gay Legislation

(21) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 3:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kazakhstan is heading toward passage of an anti-gay law as it competes to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and a group of athletes wants the International Olympic Committee to pressure the country to drop the legislation.

Twenty-seven current and former Olympic, Paralympic and professional...

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Russ Feingold Running For Senate In 2016

(274) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrat Russ Feingold announced Thursday that he will run for Senate in 2016, hoping to win back the seat he lost six years ago.

Feingold made his announcement in a video that was provided in advance to The Huffington Post. In it, he cites issues near and...

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Jeb Bush: Asking Me 'Hypothetical' Questions About Iraq Does A 'Disservice' To The Troops

(150) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 4:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has found himself ensnared in his brother's legacy this week, facing questions over whether he would have sent the country to war with Iraq. On Wednesday, Bush argued that he shouldn't even be asked such "hypothetical" questions because they were insulting to......

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Here's How Hillary Clinton Measures Up On Bill De Blasio's 13-Point Progressive Litmus Test

(138) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 7:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) traveled more than 200 miles south on Tuesday to debut what he hopes will be a unifying progressive agenda for the upcoming presidential election.

Formally known as "The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality," de...

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Bill De Blasio Takes Page From Conservative Playbook To Fight Income Inequality

(120) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 5:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a progressive agenda to combat income inequality that he hopes will unify supporters of the cause and focus their efforts ahead of 2016.

"We need a stronger coalition," de Blasio told The Huffington Post in...

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FDA Recommends Lifting Lifetime Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood

(148) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday recommended ending the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, although sexually active gay men will still face hurdles as donors.

The new recommendations are contained in draft guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The...

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Carly Fiorina Changes Mind On Amending Constitution To Bar Same-Sex Marriage

(233) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:47 PM

GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said she does not support amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, a reversal of a position she held a few years ago.

"I think the Supreme Court ruling will become the law of the land, and however much I may agree or...

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This Woman Went To War With Mike Pence -- Now She May Fight Him For The Governor's Seat

(183) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- Long before the country turned its attention to Indiana over its "religious freedom" law, Glenda Ritz was taking on Gov. Mike Pence (R) and trying to stop the state from turning completely red. Ritz, the state schools superintendent, is the only statewide Democratic officeholder and has...

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Mike Huckabee Scoffs At Pulling A 'Taxpayer-Funded Paycheck' While Pulling A Taxpayer-Funded Pension

(645) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 4:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) announced his second presidential bid on Tuesday, he played up his blue-collar, working-class background in an attempt to distinguish himself from some of his rivals.

"I don't have a global foundation or a taxpayer-funded paycheck to...

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Clinton Campaign Chairman On Trade Deal: 'Can You Make It Go Away?'

(45) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday called on Hillary Clinton to help him and President Barack Obama push a major free trade deal through Congress. The unlikely Boehner-Obama alliance is battling opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership from tea party Republicans as well as rank-and-file Democrats....

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Indiana Republicans Look For Path Forward After Mike Pence 'Religious Freedom' Mess

(1090) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- In Indiana these days, no one, including the GOP, is happy with Gov. Mike Pence (R).

On April 2, Pence signed a revised version of Indiana's widely denounced "religious freedom" law, closing the door on a controversy that had brought national scorn to his state...

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Mike Pence Gets A Democratic Challenger For Indiana Governor's Race In 2016

(77) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 1:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) picked up a Democratic challenger Thursday, setting up a rematch against the man he narrowly defeated in 2012.

Former Indiana state House Speaker John Gregg (D) emailed supporters his announcement Thursday afternoon.

"After much thought and deliberation, I have decided that...

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Hillary Clinton Agrees With Elizabeth Warren On Trade Dispute With Obama

(466) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Hillary Clinton is opposed to a critical piece of the Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would give corporations the right to sue sovereign nations over laws or regulations that could potentially curb their profits.

The policy position is contained in her book Hard Choices, and was confirmed to HuffPost...

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