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Chris Gentilviso is a Politics Editor for The Huffington Post, based in Washington. Prior to joining HuffPost Politics, he was D.C. bureau front page editor, acting as a liaison between the front and politics teams during 2012 Elections coverage. Before joining HuffPost, Gentilviso was evening homepage producer for He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and can be reached at chris.gentilviso[at]

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GOP Senator: D.C. Statehood Is A 'Distraction'

(46) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 7:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Less than 20 minutes after it began, the first hearing in more than 20 years on D.C. statehood became contentious.

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee met Monday to discuss a bill that would make the District of Columbia America's 51st state. Chairman Tom...

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White House Changes Course On Key Piece Of Lobbyist Ban

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 4:49 PM

More than four years after prohibiting lobbyists from serving on some federal agency boards, the White House appears to be changing course.

Politico reported Tuesday that registered lobbyists will now be able to serve on more than 1,000 industry boards, panels and commissions -- as long...

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House Social Security Hearing Opens With Plenty Of Bickering

(51) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 3:34 PM

As Americans grapple with how to prepare for retirement in the face of rising Social Security concerns, Congress had another moment of bickering on Capitol Hill.

On Tuesday morning, the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing to discuss the financial status...

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Dem Rep Compares U.S. Border Crisis To Syria's Refugee Situation

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:51 PM

In the eyes of one congressman, the situation in Syria isn't all that different from home.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) blasted Congress and the Obama administration Thursday for its handling of the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Pascrell's remarks came as part of a

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CBO Director Schools GOP Rep On What The CBO Actually Does

(71) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Leave it to one of the country's top economists to fill in Congress on how a key federal agency works.

During a Wednesday morning House Budget Committee hearing on the nation's long-term economic future, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) pressed Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf on...

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Congressional Leaders Join Hands In Moving Capitol Hill Moment

(51) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Congress had a strong moment of unity on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

As captured by C-SPAN, a line of members joined hands during the singing of "We Shall Overcome." House and Senate leaders posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, marking the...

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Mitt Romney Makes Another GOP Primary Endorsement

(78) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:06 PM

With a string of successful 2014 GOP primary endorsements already under his belt, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is stepping out in favor of another candidate.

The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday morning that Romney has endorsed lawyer Dave Trott over tea party incumbent...

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Marco Rubio Accuses Obama Of Acting Like A 'Monarch' Or 'Emperor'

(170) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted President Barack Obama Tuesday for his handling of the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

In an interview with Fox News, Rubio accused Obama of breaking the law by not notifying Congress within the required 30 days for a detainee release.

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Republicans Offer $1,000 Reward For Voter Fraud Crimes That Haven't Been Committed Yet

(18) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:52 PM

As Alabama voters headed to the polls on Tuesday for the state's 2014 election primaries, Republicans made it clear on Monday that they will be out in full force against voter fraud.

In a post entitled "$1,000 Reward!," the Alabama Republican Party notified voters that money...

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Tennessee Republicans Weren't Thrilled To See Chris Christie, But This Bachelorette Party Was

(124) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Leave it to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to brighten the day of a bride-to-be.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that Christie swept his way across Tennessee, attending events ranging from a fundraiser for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in Memphis, to a state Republican Party...

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Ted Cruz's Message For The GOP's 'Greybeards': Don't Discount The Government Shutdown

(667) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a message for the Republican Party's "greybeards" -- don't discount the impact of last year's government shutdown.

Speaking at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, Cruz insisted that October 2013's antics are helping the party in its midterm election...

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U.S. Soldier Taken Hostage By Taliban Released In Exchange For 5 Guantanamo Detainees

(2122) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 1:41 PM

A U.S. soldier taken hostage by the Taliban in 2009 was released in exchange for five Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been held in captivity since June 30, 2009. According to the AP, the 28-year-old's...

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John McCain: Tom Coburn Is The 'Best Possible Replacement' For VA Secretary

(1199) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Hours after Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned on Friday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) floated a possible Republican candidate for the slot in President Barack Obama's cabinet.

McCain held a town hall in Arizona, where he suggested retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) as "the best possible...

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Border Patrol Tightens Rules Amid Complaints Of Excessive Force

(156) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 12:00 PM

As the U.S. Border Patrol grapples with complaints of excessive force, a new policy has emerged that will tighten restrictions on agents.

The Arizona Republic reports that the new use-of-force policy will require agents to avoid situations where deadly force may be necessary. Examples include...

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GOP Lawmaker Stands By His 'Heroic' View Of Syria's Assad Regime

(18) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Days after penning a letter commending the Syrian government, Virginia state Sen. Richard Black (R) is standing by his views.

In an interview with Politico published Thursday, Black explained that he sees the situation in Syria as a choice between President Bashar al-Assad's regime,...

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Once Again, Dick Cheney Thinks Obama Is 'Weak'

(317) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney reinforced his belief on Wednesday that President Barack Obama is a "weak" commander-in-chief.

In an interview with Fox News' "Hannity," Cheney hit Obama for announcing his plans to draw down U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He characterized the president as...

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Chicago's New Ordinance Has A Solution For Keeping Guns From Landing In The Wrong Hands

(112) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Months after a federal judge ruled its ban on handgun sales was unconstitutional, Chicago has responded with a sweeping ordinance loaded with strict regulations.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) is proposing rules that would require videotaping of all gun sales --...

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Someone Might Have Died Because They Were Afraid Of How Much Calling 911 Would Cost

(206) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Living without health insurance can be a scary situation. What's even scarier is when you know you have a health problem, and fear what it will cost to save your life. tells the story of Allen, a 53-year-old Norman, Okla. man who died alone...

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Chris Christie: Reelecting Rick Scott Is 'One Of The Easiest Choices' In America

(251) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 4:16 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has not decided on his plans for 2016, but when it comes to 2014, one race is already appears to be settled in his mind.

Christie headed down to Florida on Thursday to campaign with Gov. Rick Scott (R)....

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Greg Abbott Launches Star Wars Attack On Wendy Davis

(423) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) unleashed his political lightsaber in a new governor's race ad against state Sen. Wendy Davis (D).

Abbott's Thursday attack has a Star Wars theme, accusing Davis of being someone who will "threaten gun rights... promote higher taxes... And remove freedom...

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