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Ashley Alman
Ashley Alman is social media editor for Politics at The Huffington Post. She graduated from Duke University.

Entries by Ashley Alman

Cecily Strong Reminds Reporters: Covering Hillary Clinton's Appearance Isn't Journalism

(38) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 11:23 PM

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong taught the journalists at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner an important lesson about covering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Strong, who hosted the dinner, asked the journalists in the room to stand up and raise their right hand, and instructed them to...

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Bruce Jenner, After Coming Out As Transgender, Says He's A Conservative

(785) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:28 PM

Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner came out as transgender in a Friday interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "20/20."

He also came out as a conservative.

Sawyer, after highlighting issues of unemployment and workplace discrimination faced by the transgender community, asked Jenner if he cheered on Obama earlier...

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Joins Forces With Elmo To Promote Vaccinations

(83) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and the Department of Health and Human Services enlisted the help of Elmo on Friday to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.

Murthy revealed a 30-second public service announcement with the Muppet Friday in a blog post published on the HHS website, in which he...

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Antonin Scalia Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'The High Court's Counterweight'

(75) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 10:19 AM

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was celebrated in Time Magazine's list of "The 100 Most Influential People," joining the ranks of such notable figures as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), author Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, dancer Misty Copeland and President Barack Obama.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin...

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Obama Honors Passover, Easter In White House Statements

(40) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:57 PM

As families around the country prepare to celebrate Passover and Easter in the coming days, President Barack Obama released statements honoring each of the holidays.

The first family will host a Seder at the White House Friday, during which the president said he and his family will read from the...

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Obama Responds To 'Pretty Impressive' 9-Year-Old Girl Who Wants Women On U.S. Currency

(53) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:31 PM

A 9-year-old girl from Massachusetts just heard back from the president regarding her request to get more women on U.S. currency.

Sofia sent a letter to President Barack Obama last summer wanting "to know why there aren't many woman [sic] on the dollars/coins for the United States," according...

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The Best Way To Celebrate Women's History Month Is To Stare At This Photo Till March Is Over

(18) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:32 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hosted a Women's History Month reception in Statuary Hall Wednesday honoring the women justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before delivering her remarks, Pelosi shot and shared a selfie with Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, the three women currently serving...

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Alabama County Halts All Marriages Following State Supreme Court Decision Blocking Same-Sex Marriages

(102) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Following the Alabama Supreme Court's Tuesday decision to halt all same-sex marriages in the state, the probate court in Mobile County has opted to stop issuing marriage licenses to anyone.

The fate of gay marriage in the state has hung in the balance following a January ruling

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Here's How Dr. Seuss, Born This Day In 1904, Was Part Of The Pro-Vaccine Movement

(9) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as the beloved American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss and born 111 years ago today, was made part of the pro-vaccine movement in the late 1990s through an immunization campaign featuring his most cherished illustrations.

Then-secretary of the Department of Health and Human...

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Federal Judge Overturns Nebraska Gay Marriage Ban

(144) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 8:39 AM

A federal judge has ruled Nebraska's statewide ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued the ruling Monday, saying county clerks will be permitted to begin issuing gay marriage licenses on March 9.

"[A]ll relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same...

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Rand Paul Wins 2015 CPAC Straw Poll

(648) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.

This is the third year in a row that the senator has won the straw poll at the conservative conference.

CPAC attendees have the opportunity to vote on their favored...

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Majority Of Republican Millennials Support Marijuana Legalization

(37) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 2:21 PM

On the heels of recreational marijuana use becoming legal in Washington, D.C., a poll reveals that a majority of Republican millennials favor legalizing marijuana.

The poll, conducted by Pew Research Center, found that 63 percent of Republican millennials -- defined as those born between 1981 and 1996...

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Scott Walker Stands By Claim Reagan's Union-Busting Was 'Most Significant' Foreign Policy Decision

(1288) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is doubling down on claims that the strongest foreign policy move in his lifetime was former President Ronald Reagan's decision to fire 11,000 air traffic controllers.

In 1981, almost 13,000 air traffic control employees walked off the job when contract negotiations between the...

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Obama: 'We Are All In The Same Boat' In The Fight Against Terrorism

(79) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 12:28 PM

President Barack Obama reminded world leaders on Thursday that "we are all in the same boat" in the fight against violent extremism, asserting the importance human rights access plays in combatting such extremism.

Obama made the remarks on the third day of a White House summit on the...

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Mike Honda Tweets He Is A 'Proud Grandpa' To His Transgender Granddaughter

(16) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), longtime advocate for the LGBT community, announced in a tweet Wednesday that he is a "proud grandpa" to his transgender granddaughter.

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Obama To Name Joe Clancy As New Head Of The Secret Service

(17) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:55 AM

President Barack Obama will name Joe Clancy the new director of the Secret Service, law enforcement officials told the New York Times on Wednesday.

Clancy has served as acting director of the Secret Service since October, following Julia Pierson's resignation. Pierson stepped down after a number of...

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Dinesh D'Souza Trolls 'Vulgar Man' Obama, Liberals In Series Of Tweets

(522) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza sent out a series of tweets Wednesday calling President Barack Obama a "vulgar man" and provoking those who considered his comments to be racist.

D'Souza tweeted a photo Wednesday morning of the president using a selfie stick, as featured in a

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Philadelphia To Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

(90) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Democrats will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, CNN reported Thursday.

Leading up to the decision, Philadelphia was one of three cities -- including New York and Columbus, Ohio -- vying for the opportunity to host.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, announced in...

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Claire McCaskill Hits State Rep For Using Outdated, Misogynistic Language In Resolution

(80) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Missouri state Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) invoked language from the Declaration of Independence in a state House resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is not having any of it.

In a resolution calling on the Missouri congressional delegation -- which...

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Every Other Industrialized Nation Has Paid Leave, Why Not Us?

(40) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is working with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) to make paid family leave for all American workers a reality, with a proposal to grant 12 weeks of paid leave at up to $1,000 a week as an "earned benefit" by creating a small payroll tax.

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