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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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Mayor Apologizes For Citing WWII Japanese Internment Camps In Rejecting Refugees

(9) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers (D) apologized Friday for praising the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, saying he had no idea so many people would notice his statement.

"I apologize to all those offended by my remarks," Bowers said at a special meeting of...

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Mayor Wonders If We Need WWII-Style Internment Camps After Paris Attacks

(7) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:17 PM

A Virginia mayor opposed to aiding Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks floated the idea of World War II-style internment camps Wednesday, stating that the "threat of harm to America" is just as high as it was back then. 

David Bowers, the Democratic mayor...

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Hating Refugees Is Pretty Much As American As Apple Pie

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 9:48 AM

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, a growing number of politicians are calling on the United States to close its doors to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. Their concerns center around the fear that terrorists could pose as refugees and enter the country, even though none of...

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Tennessee GOP Lawmaker Wants To Round Up All Recent Syrian Refugees In The State

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 9:22 PM

A top Republican leader in Tennessee not only doesn't want Syrian refugees coming to his state, but he also wants to round up and kick out all recent refugees from the war-torn country.

"I'm not worried about what a bureaucrat in D.C. or an unelected judge thinks....

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Bill De Blasio: Chris Christie's Comments On Syrian Refugees Are An 'Embarrassment To This Country'

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 1:49 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) had choice words Tuesday for Republican politicians who are trying to keep Syrian refugees out of the U.S.

De Blasio specifically went after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who has said he doesn't think the United States should...

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Transgender Issues Finally Gain Recognition On Capitol Hill

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers launched a task force Tuesday dedicated to issues of transgender equality, accompanied by Congress'...

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The Man Who Helped Make Marriage Equality Legal Endorses Hillary Clinton

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:12 PM

Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality case, announced his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday.

"We have fought to not only change laws, but to change hearts, and now we need a President who will help us fight...

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Jeb Bush Doesn't Know Why People Won't Say 'Radical Islam.' He Should Ask His Brother.

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:41 AM

Since the attacks in Paris last week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) -- and other GOP presidential candidates -- have made a point to use the term "radical Islam" to describe the terrorists' ideology, and have chastised people who are hesitant to do the same.

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Hillary Clinton Sides With George W. Bush On 'Radical Islam'

(7) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Hillary Clinton bristled at the term "radical Islam" during Saturday's Democratic presidential primary debate, pointing to former President...

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Carly Fiorina Said She Didn't Meet Vladimir Putin In A Green Room -- But She Did

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 10:49 PM

Carly Fiorina mocked fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday night for meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin...

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Mike Huckabee Makes Sexist Wife Joke To Bash Fed Chair Janet Yellen

(6) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 8:05 PM

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee joked about his wife being a nag and criticized Federal Reserve Chair Janet...

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이 게이 커플은 법적으로 부자지간이라 결혼할 수 없다

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 9:38 PM

drew bosee nino esposito

드류 보시와 니노 에스포시토. 1977년

68세의 드류 보시와 78세의 니노 에스포시토는 동성 결혼이 합법화되는 날이 오리라 생각하지 않았다. 이 두 남성은 1970년 부활절에 처음 만난 이후 45년 동안 함께 해왔다. 그들은 지금 피츠버그 교외의 ‘꽤 보수적인 공화당 지지 지역’에서 자이언트 슈나우저 ‘유리’를...

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Some LGBT-Friendly Businesses Stayed Silent On Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 1:55 PM

Houston voters last week overwhelmingly rejected a city ordinance providing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections, dealing a blow to civil rights groups that had heavily campaigned for the measure. The lopsided loss came as a surprise to many, since the measure had heavy support from some big-name politicians,...

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Hillary Clinton Picks Up Endorsement Of League Of Conservation Voters

(8) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 8:04 AM

The League of Conservation Voters endorsed Hillary Clinton Monday, giving her a boost from a major environmental...

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Latino Activists Protest Donald Trump's SNL Appearance Outside NBC

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2015 | 7:41 PM

NEW YORK -- As Donald Trump prepared for his big "Saturday Night Live" appearance, Latino activists and...

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Gay Couple Can't Get Married Because They're Legally Father And Son

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Drew Bosee, 68, and Nino Esposito, 78, didn't think they'd ever see same-sex marriage become legal. The two men have been together for 45 years, after first meeting on Easter Day in 1970. They now live in what they describe as "a pretty conservative Republican neighborhood" in a...

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Defeat Of Houston Equal Rights Measure Serves As A Wakeup Call For LGBT Movement

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:50 PM

Tuesday's vote on Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance wasn't even close. Sixty-one percent of voters turned out to repeal the city's broad nondiscrimination measure, making Houston the only major city without such protections.  

The lopsided vote took many people by surprise. After all, the lesbian, gay, bisexual...

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Claire McCaskill Still Waiting For Ron Johnson To Release Hillary Clinton Documents

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Central American migrants on Oct. 21, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) unexpectedly found himself on the defensive about information he had released about Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Sen. Claire...

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Houston Voters Reject Measure Barring LGBT Discrimination

(20) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Houston voters struck down a non-discrimination ballot measure Tuesday, delivering a blow to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement that had campaigned heavily for passage.

Prop. 1, known as Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, would have barred discrimination on the basis of race, age, military...

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Houston Ballot Measure At The Center Of Major LGBT Equality Fight

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 10:06 AM

Houston has been thrust into the center of the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, with voters set to decide on a measure Tuesday that would provide anti-discrimination protections. 

Prop. 1, known as Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance -- or HERO, for short --...

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