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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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Bill Clinton Backs Alison Lundergan Grimes In His First Senate Ad Of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is fighting to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is out with a new campaign ad featuring Bill Clinton.

The ad, which will begin airing statewide on Thursday, marks the first time this cycle that the former president...

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Iraqi Air Force Accidentally Delivers Food And Ammunition To ISIS Militants

(254) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi pilots mistakenly delivered food, water and ammunition to Islamic State militants on a recent mission that was meant to supply their own service members with the supplies, NBC News reported.

"Some pilots, instead of dropping these supplies over the area of the Iraqi army, threw...

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David Perdue Tidies Up Economic Message For Georgia Voters

(28) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue has touted his background as a businessman in his race against Democrat Michelle Nunn, arguing that his experience in the private sector makes him better qualified to take on America's economic problems.

But lines that work well before a...

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Cost Of Bombing ISIS Closing In On $1 Billion

(264) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military operations targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria have already cost taxpayers between $780 and $930 million, according to an analysis by an independent think tank.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments issued a new report Monday assessing how much...

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American Federation Of Teachers Set To Spend More In 2014 Than Any Other Election Cycle (UPDATE)

(44) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 7:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- A national teachers union is set to spend a record amount in the 2014 election cycle, focused on ousting several conservative governors who have gone after labor unions and cut spending for public education.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told reporters Monday that the union was...

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Russian Cosmonaut Slaps Down Reporters Asking About Her Hair And Makeup

(151) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- Yelena Serova is making history. She is about to be the first Russian woman to go to the International Space Station and only the fourth Russian woman in history to enter space.

But during a Friday press conference with two of her male colleagues before...

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Pennsylvania Blames Woman For Her Own Rape

(404) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) is distancing herself from her office's response to a former state employee who was raped, saying she does not agree with the assertion that the woman herself is partly to blame for the atrocious crime.

A former state prison clerk filed a federal...

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Dennis Kucinich Blasts Congress For Lack Of War Vote: 'We Have A Constitutional Crisis'

(22) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 7:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama had little trouble convincing Congress -- even Republicans who usually fight tooth and nail against his policies -- to go along with his plan to arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants. He has also encountered little resistance to his campaign of airstrikes...

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Obama Acknowledges Ferguson Was An International Embarrassment

(470) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday, President Barack Obama cited the racial strife in Ferguson, Missouri, as an example of where America has "failed to live up to our ideals."

Obama was giving a much-anticipated address on global leadership, where he laid out his justification for the United...

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Now That's What I Call Music? Bernie Sanders Sings Folk Favorites

(11) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Move over, Peter, Paul and Mary. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is America's newest folk heartthrob.

Sanders, known for his distinctive New York baritone, apparently released some folk music recordings in 1987 while mayor of Burlington. The songs were dug up by the site Seven Days, which said...

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Miss America Faces Heat From Conservatives For Planned Parenthood Internship

(907) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Kira Kazantsev has been Miss America for only two days, but she's already taking a stand on issues that don't usually make their way into the pageant. Kazantsev, who is from New York, made domestic violence the focus of her platform, speaking out about how she was in...

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Alaska GOP Senate Candidate Backs State Minimum Wage Boost While Opposing Federal Increase

(12) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan announced Monday that he will be voting for a state ballot measure to increase the minimum wage, even though he had said during the Republican primary that he opposed boosting it.

"Because it is a state-driven initiative, I do support the motion to place...

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Wyoming Advances Bill Allowing Death By Firing Squad

(28) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Wyoming legislative committee voted against a measure to abolish the death penalty last week, instead opting to endorse death by firing squad.

The state's Joint Judiciary Legislative Committee voted to support a bill that would allow the the Wyoming Department of Corrections to use a...

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Lindsey Graham Changes Mind About Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

(120) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday called on President Barack Obama to consider putting boots on the ground in Syria to combat Islamic State militants, despite asserting three months ago that the idea wasn't even worth considering.

"This idea we'll never have any boots on the ground...

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Marco Rubio Inadvertently Admits Defeating The Islamic State May Be Impossible

(80) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- There's widespread agreement in Washington that it would be great if the United States and other countries could defeat the Islamic State, a militant group also known as ISIL and ISIS. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it's time to "defeat ISIS," President Barack Obama...

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David Perdue Exaggerates His Father's Role Desegregating Georgia Schools

(21) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- On March 21, Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue spoke with some GOP students at Morehouse College in Atlanta. In an effort to connect with the young voters at the historically black college, Perdue said his father played a key role in desegregating the Houston County...

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Ferguson Protesters Deal With Fallout After Arrests

(221) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday night, about 30 people gathered in the SEIU office on Pershing Avenue in St. Louis. What they had in common is they were all somehow involved in the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown, and they were all eventually caught up by the police and...

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Paul LePage: 'Worst Part Of My Life Is Newspapers Are Still Alive'

(67) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:59 AM

At a time when many people are lamenting the cutbacks to state and local newspapers, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is cheering. In fact, he'd be happier if the publications weren't around at all.

"The best part of my life is I've been hired to work for the people...

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Police Officer Accused Of Letting Dog Urinate On Michael Brown Memorial In Ferguson

(592) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:03 PM

For the past few weeks, the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has had a steady stream of visitors and mourners, many of whom leave mementos such as flowers, stuffed animals and signs. Just blocks from West Florissant Avenue, which became...

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GOP Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Shoots A TV In New Ad

(64) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:26 AM

Shooting things is back in vogue this campaign season, with Alaska's GOP Senate candidate taking aim at a television set in a new ad.

"Millions of dollars are flooding into Alaska, paid for by Washington special interests," says Dan Sullivan, Alaska's former attorney general, in a new ad. "Pretty...

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