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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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Does Your Member Of Congress Have Policies Protecting LGBT Staffers From Discrimination?

(13) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 2:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's still legal for members of Congress to fire their employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. That's because there is no federal law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination, even though many states have their own policies that are...

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Steve Scalise To Meet With Civil Rights Leader

(83) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 6:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has agreed to meet with the head of a civil rights organization who criticized the congressman for speaking to a white supremacist group in 2002.

Scalise will sit down with Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and fellow Louisianan. Morial...

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Steny Hoyer Pushes Colleagues To Protect LGBT Staffers From Workplace Discrimination

(15) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 12:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and a few of his Democratic colleagues are urging other members of Congress to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers in their office anti-discrimination policies.

Under current House rules, congressional staffers can legally be fired for...

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Gay Alabama Lawmaker Threatens To Expose Colleagues' Marital Infidelities

(1596) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Alabama's only openly gay legislator is putting her anti-gay colleagues on notice: If they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she'll start making their marital infidelities public.

"I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about 'family values' when...

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Rob Portman Gets A Democratic Challenger For 2016

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats gained their first challenger to Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Thursday, with 30-year-old P.G. Sittenfeld, a member of the Cincinnati City Council, jumping into the 2016 race and betting that Ohioans want someone new in the stodgy Senate.

"I believe that I have got the right kind of...

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Transgender Individuals Recognized For First Time Ever In A State Of The Union Speech

(47) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pushed for protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals Tuesday evening, making it the first time lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have ever been recognized directly in a State of the Union address.

"As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when...

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Rep. Barbara Lee Says She 'Will Not Seek' Nomination To Be Ambassador To Cuba

(11) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is denying a report that she and President Barack Obama have a "gentlewoman's agreement" to make her the next ambassador to Cuba, should he appoint one before he leaves office.

"I will not seek the nomination to be Ambassador to Cuba....

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So That Happened: Against All Logic, A 2012 Loser Is Reborn

(47) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So that happened: This week, the 2016 presidential race was roiled by the announcement that former GOP nominee and 2012 loser Mitt Romney was, against all logic, getting his band back together to mount yet another run for the White House. This has baffled everyone, including The Huffington Post's Amanda...

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Air Force Worried No One Wants To Be A Drone Pilot

(53) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 3:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force is exploring ways to make being a drone pilot a more desirable occupation, as it faces operators who feel overstressed and underappreciated.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James briefed reporters on the situation Thursday at the Pentagon, saying these pilots are under "significant stress from...

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BREAKING NEWS SIREN: Politico Installs A Breaking News Siren

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- Imagine that you're a reporter on the phone with a source. Suddenly, a flashing red light pops up in the newsroom. After you overcome your brief panic attack that you're being pulled over for speeding, you realize that you're not in a car, you're at work.


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Gay Teacher Fired After Posting Marriage Announcement On Facebook

(154) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:26 PM

A gay substitute teacher in Charlotte, N.C., has been fired from his job at a Catholic high school after posting on Facebook about his plans to marry his longtime partner.

Lonnie Billiard taught theater and English at Charlotte Catholic High School for more than a decade. After retiring...

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Daniel Donovan, Prosecutor Who Failed To Indict Eric Garner's Killer, Running For Congress

(290) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who gained national attention for failing to bring an indictment against the police officer who killed Eric Garner, said Friday that he will run for Congress to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

In a statement, Donovan said that...

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Muslim Policeman Killed In Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack

(13) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Muslim police officer was among the victims of the terrorist attack carried out on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris Wednesday.

Ahmed Merabet, 42, has been identified as one of the 12 individuals killed in the attack. He was...

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Barbara Boxer Retiring In 2016

(346) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday she will not run for re-election in 2016, after months of speculation over what her plans would be.

Boxer, 74, made the announcement in a video that was sent to supporters Thursday morning. The four-term senator appeared in the video alongside...

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Black Lawmakers To Focus On Criminal Justice Reform In New Congress

(24) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 4:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-American men who have died at the hands of law enforcement in recent months were on the minds of the black lawmakers who gathered Tuesday morning in the U.S. Capitol for the start of the new Congress.


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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Calls On Steve Scalise To Apologize To Congress

(445) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is often referred to as the conscience of Congress on civil rights, called on one of the House's top GOP officials to apologize for speaking at a gathering of white supremacists in 2002.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Republican...

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Jeb Bush: Marriage Equality Should Be A 'State Decision'

(456) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:49 AM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Sunday he's disappointed by a court's recent decision to allow marriage equality in the state.

"It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision," Bush told the Miami Herald. "The state decided. The people of the state decided....

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Prosecutor Who Failed To Indict Eric Garner Killer 'Seriously Considering' Run For Congress

(96) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 12:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who gained national attention for failing to bring an indictment against the police officer who killed Eric Garner, said Tuesday he is "very seriously considering" running for Congress.

Donovan's statement came after Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) announced Monday he would...

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Majority Whip Steve Scalise Struggles To Distance Himself From David Duke

(242) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 8:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), whose office has been beating back criticism about a speech he gave at a 2002 gathering hosted by a white supremacist group, received some ill-timed praise from the group's founder Monday evening. The notorious former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke described...

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Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting

(595) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 5:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- New York City's police unions have agreed to refrain from putting out more statements on Saturday's cold-blooded murder of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, after the unions came under scrutiny for blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for the shooting.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who...

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