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Entries by Amanda Terkel from 12/2011

Claire McCaskill: Spend Money On U.S. Infrastructure, Not Troubled Afghanistan Programs

Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics
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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is introducing an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would shift funds from troubled Afghani...

Jack Abramoff's Road To Redemption And Paying $44 Million In Restitution

Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Looking to host an event and have $25,000 to spare on the entertainment? You could hire Snooki. Or maybe you'd prefer famous Notre D...

Scott Walker Recall Campaign Gets Ugly As Allegations Fly

Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few races next year will carry as much symbolic importance as the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). His push to strip ...

Tammy Baldwin Delivers Passionate Defense Of Progressivism

Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The typical Washington consultant has simple advice for Senate candidates in a purple state: Run to the middle, and whatever you do, don...

FBI Takes Major Step Toward Updating Narrow Definition Of Rape

Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An FBI advisory board overwhelmingly voted to update the narrow, archaic way the agency defines rape on Tuesday, a move that women's rig...

2,012 For 2012: Progressives Launch Project To Recruit Local Candidates, Combat Conservative Dominance

Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last year, the Texas State Board of Education became embroiled in national controversy when its efforts to adjust the state's social stu...

Mitt Romney vs. Newt Gingrich: Campaign Goes On Offense Against Former Speaker

Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich finally appears to be making Mitt Romney nervous. On Thursday morning, the Romney campaign held a conference call with rep...

Hillary Clinton Pushed For Wider Plan B Access During Time In Senate

Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration shocked reproductive rights groups this week when it struck down a recommendation by government scientists to m...

VoteVets Gears Up For 2012 Election As Chair Jon Soltz Returns From Iraq

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jon Soltz was one of the first soldiers deployed to Iraq in 2003, and now, he's one of the last to come home, as the U.S. war in Iraq co...

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Ensnares Teacher In Rural Part Of State

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rita Platt is a teacher in Wisconsin who moved to the small town of Osceola last year. She has gone through FBI background checks in the...

Kathleen Sebelius Pressed On Plan B Decision By 14 Democratic Senators

Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen Democratic senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), sent the Obama administration a letter on Tuesday asking for the scien...

Christine O'Donnell Endorses Mitt Romney (VIDEO)

Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell -- who defeated a more moderate, established congressman for the GOP nomination in Delaware's U.S. Senate race i...

Scott Walker Recall: Democrats Collect More Than A Half-Million Signatures In One Month

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In just one month, Democrats have collected more than a half-million signatures from Wisconsinites hoping to kick Gov. Scott Walker (R) ...

FBI Director Robert Mueller: Agency Will Update Definition Of Rape

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Robert Mueller has accepted a recommendation to update the way the law enforcement agency defines rape, telling a Senate pa...

Rick Perry: 'I Hope I Am The Tim Tebow Of The Iowa Caucuses' (VIDEO)

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry came out swinging at the final debate before the Iowa caucuses Thursday, attempting to counter the perception that he is a weak ...

Michele Bachmann Busted By PolitiFact On Claim About PolitiFact (VIDEO)

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich engaged in a heated exchange on the issue of Gingrich's consulting work for mor...

Newt Gingrich: Abolish Liberal, 'Anti-American' Courts

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went off on the American judicial system during Thursday night's GOP debate, saying courts have become "grotesquely...

Jon Huntsman: Lower Levels Of Undocumented Immigration Show Obama Is A 'Failure'

Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Jon Huntsman went after his former boss, President Obama, tying his "failure" on the economy to lower levels of undocumented immigration. Essentially,...

Elizabeth Warren Discusses Plan B Decision By Obama Administration At Private Event

Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren has spoken almost exclusively about the economy in her public appearances as she runs for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts....

Maria Cantwell's Marital Status Used By GOP Opponent In Political Attack

Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Maria Cantwell's (D-Wash.) position on Plan B emergency contraception is being called into question by her Republican opponent, due...

Denver Broncos Respond To Petition For Team To Produce 'It Gets Better' Video

Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- The Denver Broncos have responded to an online campaign urging the team to make a video for the It Gets Better project, indicating that ...

Rick Santorum Scores Endorsement From Leading Iowa Conservative Bob Vander Plaats Of The Family Leader

Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum received a boost to his presidential campaign Tuesday, picking up the endorsement of a leading...

Newt Gingrich's Judicial Views Put Judge Supporting Him In Tough Spot

Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of Newt Gingrich's most high-profile backers in South Carolina is a former judge who has been put in an awkward position by the form...

Sherrod Brown's Ohio Senate Race Target Of Most Third-Party Spending By Republicans

Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) may be soaking up national attention from progressives dur...

Women Veterans More Likely To Disapprove Of Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Than Male Counterparts

Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women veterans are more likely to be critical of the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan than their male counterparts, according to...