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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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Bernie Sanders Fundraises For Russ Feingold

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 9:35 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is giving a boost to Russ Feingold in his bid to return to the Senate. The Democratic presidential candidate sent out an email to his national list of supporters Thursday to raise money for the progressive Democrat.

“We are going to...

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The Person With One Of Washington's Most Thankless Jobs Is Likely To Keep It

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Grumblings over Debbie Wasserman Schultz's tenure as chair of the Democratic National Committee crescendoed this week, with chatter growing inside the party that she may not survive through her current term.

But as votes of confidence are fewer and further between, Wasserman...

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Paul LePage Keeps Citing A Heroin Overdose That Police And School Officials Say Never Happened

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 2:24 PM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) has been on the defensive since he vetoed a bill last month that would have increased access to a lifesaving overdose medication. 

"Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose," he argued. The legislature, however,

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Catholic Cemetery Rejects Supreme Court Plaintiffs' Headstone Design Celebrating Marriage Equality

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 1:55 PM

The Supreme Court is a special place for Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon. The two men were among the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down state bans on marriage equality. Thanks to that 2015 decision, marriages like Bourke and De Leon's...

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Harry Reid: 'I Will Be Blunt. I Want Alan Grayson To Lose.'

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 4:05 PM

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was unusually candid about his feelings toward Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) in a fundraising appeal for Grayson's Senate opponent. 

"I will be blunt. I want Alan Grayson to lose," Reid wrote in an email sent out Monday. 

In case anyone...

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The #NeverTrump Push Hits A Brick Wall In Nebraska

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:57 AM

Nebraska Republicans publicly distanced themselves from the #NeverTrump movement on Saturday, a rebuke to their home-state senator who has been leading the push to find a third-party candidate to challenge Donald Trump. 

Delegates at the state GOP convention overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing Sen. Ben...

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Inside Planned Parenthood's $30 Million Campaign For 2016

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2016 | 2:38 PM

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Donald Trump may think Planned Parenthood does "good work," but its members have few nice things to say about the presumptive GOP frontrunner in return. 

"Asshole," "racist," "chauvinist," "dangerous," "unqualified" and "pendejo" were all words Planned Parenthood volunteers used when asked to share...

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Top Hillary Clinton Surrogate Ties Donald Trump To George Zimmerman

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 2:07 PM

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a top surrogate for Hillary Clinton, went after Donald Trump Thursday by tying him to the man who killed Trayvon Martin. 

"It wouldn't surprise me that George Zimmerman wanted to be on Donald Trump’s side because they share the same values," Perez...

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Jeb Bush Won't Back Donald Trump For President

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 4:19 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he won't be supporting Donald Trump in November, becoming one of the highest-profile Republicans to disavow his party's presidential nominee. 

"Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And,...

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Paul LePage Breaks A Woman's Heart By Skipping The Line To Adopt The Dog She Wanted

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:06 AM

Hannah Arsenault had her heart set on adopting a cute 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix she saw on the local shelter's website. Arsenault, 22, recently suffered a sexual assault and told the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal that she hoped the pup, named Jasper, would provide some much-needed...

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Paul LePage Wants A Job In Donald Trump's Administration

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 11:18 AM

Some Republicans are running as far and fast as they can away from Donald Trump, their presumptive presidential nominee. Maine Gov. Paul LePage is not one of them.

The outspoken governor said Wednesday that he's interested in serving in Trump's administration. And if he doesn't get a...

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Prominent Trump Backer Carl Paladino Nearly Lost His School Board Seat To A High School Student

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 11:44 AM

Things may be going well for Donald Trump these days, but they're a bit rockier for one of his biggest backers, New York politician and real estate mogul Carl Paladino. 

Paladino nearly lost re-election to the Buffalo school board Tuesday, winning by just 107 votes...

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Ted Cruz's Transphobic Campaign Failed Miserably In Indiana

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:52 PM

Megan Robertson was the type of voter Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was trying to win over in Indiana. Robertson supports Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) for president, but she...

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Jesse Watters On Ambushing Me: Bill O'Reilly 'Told Me To Get Her'

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jesse Watters, Fox News' ambush man, appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night to discuss his recent altercation with Huffington Post Washington Bureau...

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Bernie Sanders Promises A Contested Democratic Convention

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 7:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vowed to take his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the party's convention in July, promising not...

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Will 'John From Iowa' Be The Benghazi Witness Who Finally Sinks Hillary Clinton?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 2:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi is flooding the Pentagon with requests for information and interviews that seem like an effort to unnecessarily prolong the investigation rather than extract useful facts, according to a top official at the Defense Department.

Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen...

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Democrats Remind Nation There's An Easy Way To Stop The Outbreak Of Anti-LGBT Laws

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- In recent weeks, states like North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee have passed legislation allowing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. And that's just the tip of the iceberg: There are more than 100 other such bills pending in 22 states. 

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The Man Card: An American Tradition Of Presidents Using Their Gender To Get Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 10:50 AM

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump previewed his general election attacks against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, accusing the Democratic hopeful of playing up her gender in order to win. 

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Hillary Clinton Wins Pennsylvania's Democratic Primary

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 7:46 PM

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Attacks Minimum Wage Increase... In California

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 1:17 PM

An economic development organization run by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has launched a new radio ad on the other side of the country, bashing California's minimum wage increase and urging businesses to move to Florida instead. 

"It's time to leave California. ... This place is beautiful,...

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