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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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Trump Backers File 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 3:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) to run for president.

The suit, filed in federal...

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Watch The Funniest Ad Of The 2016 Campaign

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 10:22 AM

In a campaign season marked by ads featuring deep men's voices and scary black and white footage, the commercials from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stand out for their creativity and humor. 

On Friday, the Cruz campaign did it again, releasing a spoof of the iconic printer beating scene from the 1990s cult classic movie "Office Space." Originally set to the Geto Boys' "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta," the Cruz version of the scene borrows the music and changes the lyrics to "Damn it feels good to be a Clinton."

Unlike most of Cruz's ads so far, this one doesn't target his fellow Republicans. Instead, it takes aim at Hillary Clinton, potentially a sign that Cruz's team is gearing up to face the former Secretary of State in a general election. 

Either way, it's pretty funny. 

But not everyone's laughing. A Twitter account that appears to belong to the Geto Boys pushed back against Cruz Friday morning.  

The Huffington Post has reached out to the Geto Boys' management via email, and will update this post with any news on the...

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Latino Celebrities Rip Into Donald Trump For 'Fear Mongering'

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 2:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Citing "anti-immigrant fear mongering" by Republican presidential candidates, nearly two dozen Latino celebrities and civil rights leaders released an open letter urging Latino voters to reject the GOP and "vote for...

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Obama Speech Sure Sounds Like A Tacit Endorsement Of Clinton

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 3:17 PM

President Barack Obama on Wednesday gave a rousing speech on America's political culture, decrying the influence...

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Gun Owners Pressure NRA Over Ted Nugent's Anti-Semitic Rant

(14) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 2:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association came under increasing pressure Tuesday to distance itself from longtime NRA board member Ted Nugent, after he posted photos of prominent Jewish Americans who he claimed were "really behind gun control."

The photos are overlaid with Israeli flags and anti-Semitic labels. For instance, the...

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Ben Carson Defends Flying Home From Iowa On Caucus Night For Clean Clothes

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 11:25 AM

Ben Carson on Friday defended his decision to leave Iowa on the night of its caucus and fly to Florida to get clean clothes.

"I had been on the road for almost three weeks, and I wanted to get a fresh change of clothes. Is that a crime?" Carson said during an appearance on ABC's "The View."

He said he also wanted to see his wife, Candy Carson. "I never get to see her. Is it a crime for us to be able to go home and spend a night together in our own home?"

When the hosts asked Carson why he didn't just buy new clothes in Iowa, he scoffed. "That's not the way I grew up," he said. "I grew up to preserve what I have. I don't just throw something in the garbage and buy a new suit." At the end of his interview, host Joy Behar gave Carson a fresh shirt, “so you don’t go crazy looking for clothes."

Carson also used the airtime to criticize Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whose staff circulated an email during the caucus suggesting that Carson was leaving the campaign trail for good.

"That was a very unethical thing to do ... and it would have taken them seconds to verify whether that was true or not, so obviously someone wanted to take advantage of the situation," Carson said.

Cruz, who won the caucus, has since apologized for the actions of his staff, but the email may have cost Carson precious caucus-goers at a critical moment. And given Carson's popularity with conservative Christians, those supporters might have backed Cruz instead. Billionaire Donald Trump, who came in second, has threatened to file a lawsuit over the results.

Rumors of Carson's campaign imploding have been circulating for some time. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that more than 50 staffers were being let go and salaries for remaining campaign staff were being "significantly reduced." Three of Carson's top aides defected at the end of...

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Megyn Kelly Is Looking Forward To A Trump Rematch

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 8:52 AM

As newspaper columnists rushed to pronounce Donald Trump's campaign DOA this week after his second-place showing in Iowa, the GOP candidate received support from an unlikely source: Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.


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Trump Taps Golf Buddies, Real Estate Scions For Gifts To His Charity

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 1:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- A strange thing happened at Donald Trump's rally on Thursday night at Drake University in Iowa. Halfway through his stump speech, Trump stopped talking about Iran and China and winning, and began instead telling the audience about some of the rich friends of his...

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Donald Trump Says He Can't Be Bought. His Record Suggests He Can.

(8) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 5:05 PM

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump markets himself as the rare politician who can't be bought. He says he's the only candidate who's immune to the kind of backdoor access and palm-greasing that infects official Washington.

But the story of his charity, the Donald...

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This Simple Strategy Helped Maine Achieve The Nation's Highest Vaccination Rate For Toddlers

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 10:21 AM

WASHINGTON - Childhood vaccination rates are going up Down East. In 2014, Maine had the highest rate of toddler immunizations in the country, with 84.7 percent of 19- to 35-month-old children receiving all seven vaccines recommended to protect against 11 diseases. This rate was up from...

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Obama Fights To Expand Free Community College Programs

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 5:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a series of new steps by his administration...

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Clinton Called Out 'Ogrish' Men On Her Staff

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 10:59 PM

Even Hillary Clinton, one of the world's most visible advocates for women and girls, sometimes has to make sure that the men who work for her aren't dismissive of women's issues. 

In late May of 2010, Clinton's longtime aide Philippe Reines wrote the secretary of state an email congratulating her for...

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West Virginia Considers Big Step To Crack Down On Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- West Virginia lawmakers will begin talks next month about establishing an independent state inspector general's office tasked with coordinating investigations into corruption, waste and fraud across state agencies. The new office would be modeled partly on successful examples of IG offices in other states, including Virginia, Louisiana,...

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Illinois Governor Signs Sweeping School Discipline Reform

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 5:02 PM

WASHINGTON - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on Monday signed into law a sweeping reform of the state's school discipline policies, putting Illinois at the forefront of the nationwide push to make school discipline less exclusionary and more effective.

Senate Bill 100 eliminates automatic "zero tolerance"...

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How Ohio Set A New Record For Minority Business Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ohio announced last week that it had for the first time surpassed the state's goal for minority business engagement. For the fiscal year that ended in June, state data showed that 19.4 percent of government business was done with certified minority-owned businesses.

The goal...

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Texas Sends Thousands Of Kids To Court And Fines Them For Missing School. That's About To Change.

(9) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 3:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a state proud of its reputation for "hang 'em high" Texas justice, closing the school-to-prison pipeline has long seemed next to impossible.

For years, Texas prosecuted more kids for missing school than all other states combined. In 2013, prosecutors charged more than...

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How Summer Jobs Programs Can Help Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 5:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Young people who hold steady summer jobs are less likely to end up in prison and more likely to stay alive than their peers without summer jobs, according to a new study of participants in New York City's summer youth employment...

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Racial Disparities In McKinney, Texas, Extend Well Beyond Pool Parties

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 6:02 PM

WASHINGTON - A troubling new report on youth and policing in McKinney, Texas -- the Dallas suburb where an officer was filmed shoving an African-American girl to the ground at a June pool party -- found that police officers in the McKinney Independent School District ticket and arrest black...

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Women's Rights Museum Could Become Newest National Park

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Women who fought to earn their right to vote set the stage for a century of enfranchisement advocacy in the United States. The 14 Democratic women in the U.S. Senate introduced a bill on Thursday to designate the nation's foremost museum of women's suffrage as a...

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New Project Seeks To Unmask Shadowy Payday Lenders

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 4:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- A new project seeking to expose some of the most secretive special interests in American politics launched on Wednesday. Its first targets: payday lenders, for-profit colleges and voter suppression groups.

The nonprofit Allied Progress is headed by Democratic strategist Karl Frisch, who said it will operate like an...

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