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Christina Wilkie is a national reporter at The Huffington Post based in Washington D.C., where she covers politics and policy. Prior to joining HuffPost in 2011, Wilkie wrote the "In the Know" column for The Hill. She is a graduate of Trinity College and held staff positions at The Brookings Institution and The Aspen Institute before pursuing journalism. Wilkie can be reached at

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Senators Introduce CECIL Act After Outcry Over Killed African Lion

(7) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 1:22 PM


WASHINGTON - Four Democratic senators announced Friday that they will introduce a bill named for the beloved...

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Veterinarians In Congress Introduce Bill To End Horse Abuse

(7) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two veterinarians serving in Congress, one a conservative Republican and the other a Democrat, came together late Tuesday to introduce a bill aimed at ending an especially horrific type of horse abuse.

Reps. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), along with more than 100...

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This Democratic Congressman Is Adopting Obama's Overtime Rules

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 3:43 PM


WASHINGTON -- Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) announced Monday that his offices will adopt the Obama administration's proposed...

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조지 클루니가 아프리카의 전쟁 자금을 추적한다

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 9:37 PM

배우 조지 클루니는 대량 학살과 인권 유린을 막는 것을 목표로 하는 글로벌 비영리단체 Enough 프로젝트와 손을 잡았다. 아프리카에서 많은 사상자를 내는 분쟁 지역으로 가는 전쟁 자금의 흐름을 추적하고 끊는다는 새로운 목표를 위해서다.

센트리(The Sentry, 감시병이라는 뜻)라는 이름의 이 조사 프로젝트는 여러 국제 감시 단체들이 사용하는 것과...

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Backpage Sues Sheriff's Office That Pushed Credit Card Companies To Ditch The Site

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:44 PM


WASHINGTON -- Classified advertising website Backpage filed a lawsuit against an Illinois sheriff's office on Tuesday, alleging...

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George Clooney Project To Track Money Fueling Africa's Wars

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Actor George Clooney has teamed up with the Enough Project, a global nonprofit group focused on ending genocide and human rights abuses, to launch a new initiative aimed at tracking and countering the money that fuels Africa's deadliest conflicts.

The investigative project, dubbed The Sentry,...

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U.S. Human Rights Awards Set Off Diplomatic Brawls With Venezuela, Kyrgyzstan

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 4:46 PM


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of State this week honored a human rights activist jailed in Kyrgyzstan and a group of lawyers in Venezuela with its annual Human Rights Defender Awards, recognizing their work advancing human rights in the face of repressive government regimes. Within hours...

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How This Startup Is Channeling Elizabeth Warren To Change The Face Of Banking

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 6:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Andrei Cherny knows how ugly the financial industry can be.

He's a former financial fraud prosecutor and an expert in financial regulations who spent three years fighting against home mortgage fraud, credit card fraud and corporate crime.

As the editor of the journal Democracy, Cherny...

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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Fights To Help Keep Kids Out Of Prison

(11) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 4:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Four senators from both ends of the political spectrum will introduce a bill Wednesday that is aimed at keeping at-risk young people out of the prison system.

Two Democratic senators, Bob Casey (Penn.) and Gary Peters (Mich.), will be joined by two conservative Republicans, Sens. David Vitter...

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Whataburger Says 'No' To Loosened Texas Gun Laws

(481) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Texas-based hamburger chain Whataburger will prohibit customers from openly carrying firearms in its restaurants despite a new law in the state that permits licensed gun owners to do so in public.

The announcement, made by Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson on July 2, effectively placed Whataburger,...

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So Many People Want To Hear Donald Trump Speak, They Need Bigger Venues

(191) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- The size of the crowds who want to hear Donald Trump speak has pushed organizers to find larger venues for two upcoming events in Arizona and Arkansas featuring the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

In Arizona, a planned rally with Trump and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio this...

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Obama Under Pressure To Revoke Bill Cosby's Medal Of Freedom

(218) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 4:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- A national sexual assault prevention group is calling on President Barack Obama to revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, following the release of court documents this week in which the actor admitted to obtaining sedatives to give to women he intended to have sex with.

The Presidential...

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Sex Trafficking Is Expected To Spike During The MLB All-Star Game. Here's How Advocates Are Fighting Back.

(11) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- With one week to go before the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star game in Cincinnati, nonprofits there are employing an unusual item to help them reach out to potential victims of sex trafficking: hotel soap.

The game next Tuesday is expected to draw more than 40,000 fans...

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America Just Chose A Talented, Qualified Diplomat To Bring Hope To War-Torn Congo Basin

(14) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) will serve as the Obama administration's special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, an appointment that covers Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

By all accounts, Perriello is...

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What Ted Cruz Admires Most About President Obama

(852) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 12:29 PM

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered a window into his personality on Sunday, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" how he learned to tamp down his cockiness, and what he admires most about President Barack Obama.

Cruz is on a tour to promote his new book, A...

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Bernie Sanders Hints At What A Sanders Administration Cabinet Could Look Like

(818) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 10:50 AM

Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) offered a first glimpse on Sunday of some of the people he might consider for his cabinet in a potential Sanders administration, and a few that he certainly won't.

"My cabinet would not be dominated by representatives of Wall Street,"...

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Huckabee Weighs In On Donald Trump's Controversial Immigrant Comments (CORRECTED)

(606) Comments | Posted July 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM

An earlier version of this piece erroneously attributed remarks critical of Donald Trump made by Mitt Romney to Mike Huckabee. We apologize for the error.

The initial article reported on an appearance Huckabee made Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union." During the show, Huckabee was asked...

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In America's Payday Loan Capital, Innovative Microcredit Helps Break The Debt Cycle

(46) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 9:24 AM

JACKSON, Miss. -- To drive down Ellis Avenue, just off the interstate, is to visit a paradise of easy money. Along a four-block drag of fast food joints and half-empty strip malls, the payday lenders are packed in tight. The names on their fluorescent signs melt into one another: Paycheck...

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There Are Lots Of Ways To Get More Women Elected To Office. Just Ask The Rest Of The World.

(78) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 12:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Even as Hillary Clinton solidifies her grasp on her party’s nomination for president, women remain dramatically underrepresented in American politics, holding only 20 percent of the seats in Congress and just six out of the 50 governorships.

Despite gains in 2014, there are still...

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A Bill To Keep Kids Out Of Prison Has A New Lease On Life, Thanks To Conservatives

(96) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bill in Congress aimed at preventing crime by keeping at-risk youth out of the prison system could get a major boost this year from an unlikely new alliance of progressive Democrats and libertarian-leaning Republicans.

The Youth PROMISE Act, long championed by Virginia Democratic Rep....

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