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Entries by Amanda Terkel from 07/2011

John Cornyn: Invoking The 14th Amendment On The Debt Limit Is 'Crazy Talk'

Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) is rejecting one solution to the debt limit impasse being floated by Democrats that argues the president has t...

Rand Paul Plans Senate Filibuster Over Debt Ceiling

Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning a Senate filibuster next week in an attempt to force debt ceiling negotiations into the open. "We'...

Three Senators Call For Afghanistan Withdrawal By End Of 2012

Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators and one Republican senator are calling for the removal of all regular combat troops from Afghanistan by the end ...

Senate Cancels Consideration Of Libya Resolution Over GOP Objections On Budget Talks

Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans, led by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), successfully forced the Senate to drop consideration of a resolution on Libya Tuesday in ord...

Debt Hawk GOP Wants Big Boost For Pentagon Budget While Domestic Programs Are Slashed

Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As it considers steep cuts to domestic programs in an effort to slash the deficit, the House is set to consider a defense spending bill ...

Rep. Tim Scott Floats Impeachment If Obama Invokes 14th Amendment On Debt Limit (VIDEO)

Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While some have asserted that the debt limit might be unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment, and therefore President Obama does not ...

Kathy Hochul To Democratic Colleagues: Don't Buckle On Medicare

Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Within minutes of being sworn in to Congress on June 1, Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) cast her first vote, registering her official opposit...

ACORN Comeback? Conservatives Fear Return Of Liberal Group

Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) spent years being a conservative villain and was finally felled in Nov...

Eric Cantor Hit By Democrats For Potentially Profiting From U.S. Default

Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are circulating a resolution accusing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) of having a conflict of interest in the ...

Wisconsin Recalls 2011: Voters Head To Polls For First General Election Contest

Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Wisconsin recall fight kicks into full gear on Tuesday, with Green Bay voters heading to the polls in the first general recall elect...

Rep. Hansen Clarke Cuts Up Credit Cards: 'Free Yourselves!' (VIDEO)

Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Congress is fixated on America's national debt, Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) on Tuesday tried to turn its attention toward credit ...

Democratic State Sen. Dave Hansen Wins First Wisconsin Recall Election

Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) handily won Tuesday's recall election, giving Democrats a victory in the first of nine co...

DNC Challenges Republicans To Forgo Contributions From PACs And Lobbyists, Reveal Top Fundraisers

Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee (DNC) issued a challenge to its Republican counterpart on Wednesday, calling on the party and its pres...

Wisconsin Recalls 2011: Democrats Say Elections Are Not Just About Collective Bargaining

Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As word spread in February about the Republican proposal to strip Wisconsin's public workers of their collective bargaining rights, prot...

Scott Brown Taps Wall Street For Cash In Advance Of Possible Elizabeth Warren Challenge

Posted 07.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Democrats urge Elizabeth Warren, one of Wall Street's most public foes, to seek a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts next year, the fi...

N.H. GOP Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker On Her Military Training: Unions 'Better Not F#%k With Me'

Posted 07.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican New Hampshire state representative who touted her handiness with a gun and said labor unions "better not F#%k" with her is ...

DNC Runs New Spanish-Language Ad To Counter Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS

Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee is out with a new Spanish-language ad meant to reinforce the party's appeal to Latinos and counter a s...

Democratic Lawmakers Wear Buttons Showing Solidarity With Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers and staffers are banding together with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who recently found her "lady" qualit...

Tim Geithner Stays Mum On How U.S. Is Preparing For Default

Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in three talk show appearances Sunday he was still confident Congress and the administration would ...

Tim Pawlenty Tells Obama To Start Leading On Debt Crisis: 'Is He Chicken?'

Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty had some harsh words for President Obama on Sunday, accusing him of being too scared to l...

Republicans Float Short-Term Debt Ceiling Deal As Democrats Insist On Long-Term Plan

Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans tried to set the stage for a short-term agreement to raise the debt ceiling on Sunday, even as Democrats continued to insist...

Morgan Freeman Interested In Wisconsin Recalls? New GOP Ad Has Narrator Who Sounds Like Actor

Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: 5:55 p.m. -- Morgan Freeman's representative confirmed to The Huffington Post that the narrator of the ad is not Freeman: "While the ad in Wis...

FAA Furlough Stretches Into Day 4 With No End In Sight

Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 4,000 federal employees remained temporarily out of work for the fourth day in a row on Tuesday, as Congress appeared no closer t...

Entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Appears In 'It Gets Better' Video -- Except Scott Brown

Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Massachusetts congressional delegation has put together a new video for the "It Gets Better" project, reassuring LGBT youth who may ...

93 Lawmakers Urge President Obama To Stick To Iraq Withdrawal Deadline

Posted 07.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States and Iraq debate whether to keep American forces involved in the war beyond the end of the year, 93 members of Congr...