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Diplomatic Dust-Up Means Big Bucks For Former GOP Congressman Connie Mack IV

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Relations between the United States and Hungary have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, following news that the U.S. imposed travel bans on six Hungarian officials it believes are engaged in corruption.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban dismissed the U.S. evidence of bribery and tax fraud by members...

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Veterans Group Opposes Obama's Immigration Action Because Of ISIS

(28) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:19 PM

The head of one of the nation's largest veterans groups on Thursday said the threat of terrorist groups in the Middle East was the reason the group, the American Legion, opposes President Barack Obama's expected immigration action.

“At a time when ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are...

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Sen. Claire McCaskill Distances Herself From Obama, Senate Democrats

(441) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill reiterated on Sunday that she is unhappy with both the leader of her party in the Senate and with President Barack Obama's plan to take unilateral action on immigration reform. McCaskill's tone will likely help fuel speculation that she is considering a bid...

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Iran Is Your Enemy'

(602) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Less than 48 hours before the start of final talks on Iran’s nuclear program, set to begin Tuesday in Vienna, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on American television to warn the Obama administration against agreeing to a deal to dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities.

“Iran is not...

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Romney: Don't Rule Out Sending U.S. Troops To Fight Islamic State

(417) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney on Sunday said the United States must remain open to sending U.S. troops to battle the Islamic State, something President Barack Obama has repeatedly assured the public will not happen.

Speaking on CBS "Face the Nation," the former Republican presidential nominee criticized Obama’s Middle East...

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Al Franken Explains Net Neutrality To Ted Cruz

(1430) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 12:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) responded on Sunday to a Washington Post op-ed in which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote that net neutrality is "Obamacare for the Internet."

Franken said Cruz “doesn’t understand” what net neutrality is.

“He has it completely wrong and he just doesn't...

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Romney: Democrats Lost Because They Weren't 'Proud' Enough Of Obama

(458) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 1:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney might have been forgiven for gloating a little about this week's election. A half-dozen GOP Senate candidates pulled a page from Romney's 2012 playbook and ran successfully as moderate, pro-business Republicans, helping the GOP take control of the Senate for the first...

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Joni Ernst Spokeswoman Resigned After DWI Arrest

(34) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Gretchen Hamel, a campaign spokeswoman for Iowa's U.S. Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, resigned last week after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated, known in Iowa as "operating while intoxicated." The arrest, on Oct. 29, was the second time in a month that Iowa police had charged Hamel with...

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The 2014 Elections Will Cost $3.7 Billion. Here Are 9 Better Ways To Spend That Money

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- The 2014 midterm elections have been described as among the nastiest and most negative in modern memory. They're also the most expensive. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that the total price tag for the 2014 election cycle will be at least $3.7 billion...

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Washington Voters Will Weigh Competing Gun Control Measures On Heels Of School Shooting

(345) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- A shooting at a suburban Washington state high school on Friday is likely to intensify an already heated debate over two competing state ballot measures related to gun background checks, both of which will go before voters on Nov. 4.

Information on the shooting was...

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Joni Ernst, Iowa GOP Senate Candidate, Failed To Disclose Rental Property

(870) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 9:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, failed to disclose her ownership of an income-generating rental property on financial disclosure reports filed with the Senate.

Ernst campaign spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told The Huffington Post Tuesday that the campaign would "immediately" amend the disclosure reports.

The...

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David Perdue Has Up To $1 Million Managed By Swiss Private Bank Fund

(59) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:10 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republican David Perdue, the Georgia businessman running for U.S. Senate, has as much as $1 million invested in an exclusive fund managed by a Swiss private bank -- a rarefied investment strategy that has earned him between $100,000 and $1 million since 2012.

The fund, Vontobel Non-U.S. Equity...

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Thom Tillis Trailer Park Deal Shows 'What Conflict Of Interest Is All About'

(195) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- As he crisscrosses North Carolina campaigning for U.S. Senate, Thom Tillis likes to remind voters of his modest upbringing. The Republican candidate and former business executive describes a childhood with parents who struggled to make ends meet, and "when times got really tough, we lived in a trailer...

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Terri Lynn Land Family Gives Millions To Evangelical Group Targeting 'Unreached People'

(91) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Throughout her run for the Senate, Michigan Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land has been forced to fend off criticism of her family’s real estate business. Now, it appears, her defense may end up producing its own set of troubles for her political aspirations.

Land & Co., founded...

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Most Americans Think It's A Bad Idea To Give Guns To Young Kids

(14) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 11:37 AM

The vast majority of Americans think it's a bad idea to place a military-style weapon in the hands of a small child, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows.

The poll was conducted in the wake of a fatal shooting at an Arizona gun range in August, when instructor Charles...

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AFL-CIO Unveils 'Koch Sisters' To Counter Billionaire Brothers

(54) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 1:34 PM

WASHINGTON - One of the nation's largest labor unions on Thursday launched a coordinated campaign to highlight the differences between average Americans and the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

The "Koch Sisters" campaign features Joyce Koch and Karen Koch, two women who are not actually sisters, but...

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Internal Memo Recommends Major Global Charities Adopt New Outreach Strategy

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 8:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the international community considers the next round of development goals to address some of the world's most critical challenges, more than a dozen of the most recognized global charities are quietly adopting a new PR formula intended to boost public support for their missions.

The Narrative Project...

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NRA: 'Children Can Have Fun At The Shooting Range'

(1258) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 7:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Less than two days after a 9-year-old girl in Arizona accidentally shot and killed a gun range instructor who was showing her how to fire an Uzi, the National Rifle Association on Wednesday touted new ways for children to "have fun" at shooting ranges.

The nation's largest...

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GOP Senate Campaign Defends Using Image Of James Foley's Execution In Ad

(153) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 7:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The campaign of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Mexico is defending an ad it released Monday that uses an image of the gruesome execution of James Foley, an American journalist. Foley was beheaded in northern Iraq last week by a member of the Islamic State,...

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The NRA's Latest Political Target Isn't Even A Candidate

(233) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association is turning its sights on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On Wednesday, the country's largest gun rights group launched a nationwide ad campaign and a website that seek to paint Bloomberg as "a billionaire, elitist hypocrite."

In the ad released Wednesday...

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