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

(0) 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

(845) 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

(803) 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)

(600) 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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Major Texas School District Halts Controversial Truancy Courts

(51) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON - A decision this week by a major Texas school district to suspend operations at its truancy court was welcomed by juvenile justice advocates, who have long pushed for an end the state's controversial policy of criminalizing students for having too many unexcused absences.

"It's terrific to see [a...

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With Flights Delayed Indefinitely, U.S. Citizens Are Stranded In Nepal

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, the U.S. has no plans to transport stranded U.S. citizens back home.

The State Department on Monday acknowledged the death of at least four U.S. citizens in an avalanche on Mount Everest, but a spokesman...

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Top Lobbying Groups Spent $64 Million To Influence Congress, White House

(260) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The top 10 lobbying spenders shelled out a combined $64 million in the first three months of this year to influence federal policy, according to first-quarter lobbying reports filed with the Senate this week. The number represents an upswing on K Street, where lobbyists and clients are taking...

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Fear Not, Oil And Gas Industry: Mark Begich Hasn't Forsaken You In His New Job

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Mark Begich has signed on with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the law and lobbying firm announced Wednesday. The Alaska Democrat, who lost his re-election bid in November, will offer strategic policy advice to the firm's clients, but will not formally register as a lobbyist.

While in...

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More Kansas Schools To Close Early For Lack Of Funds

(1231) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Six school districts in Kansas will close early this year, following budget cuts signed in March by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Two school districts, Concordia Unified School District and Twin Valley Unified School District, announced earlier this month that they would end the year early because they...

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Dad Claims Wealthy Town's Little League Demoted His Son Over Affordable Housing

(93) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 9:39 PM

A federal judge in Connecticut is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that a 9-year-old Little League player in Darien was demoted after his father proposed to build affordable housing units in the tony Fairfield County suburb,
the Hartford Courant reports.

Darien resident Christopher Stefanoni...

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Kansas Schools Will Close Early This Spring For Lack Of Funds

(1414) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Two school districts in Kansas announced this week that the academic year would end early because they lack sufficient funding to keep the schools open.

Concordia Unified School District will finish up six days early, on May 15, and Twin Valley Unified School District will let students out 12 days...

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Justice Department Investigates Texas Truancy Courts

(90) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 7:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is investigating whether truancy courts in Dallas County, Texas, deny due process to juveniles charged with failing to attend school by preventing access to lawyers and imposing large fines. Texas is one of two states where truancy is prosecuted as a crime in adult...

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Adelson-Backed Online Gambling Bill Splits GOP At Hearing

(87) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 9:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- After months of delays, a controversial bill to ban online gambling received a hearing from a House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday, pushing it closer to a vote that may divide the GOP and test Republicans' loyalties to one of the party's biggest donors.

The Restore...

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A Key Piece Of The House Budget Has Little Support Among Americans

(38) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. prepares to spend billions of dollars fighting extremist groups in the Middle East, there is little consensus among Americans as to how much the federal government should be spending on its own military. In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 34 percent of Americans want...

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Steve Scalise Skipped Selma For Posh Conservative Retreat

(129) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- As top lawmakers and civil rights leaders gathered in Selma, Alabama, earlier this month to commemorate the civil rights movement, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) took an all-expenses paid trip to a luxurious Georgia resort sponsored by a conservative group.

The weekend trip was paid for...

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Tom Daschle (Finally) Registers As A Lobbyist

(8) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 6:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Onetime Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has registered as a lobbyist for the first time since leaving the Senate a decade ago, marking an informal milestone for a powerbroker who has long insisted that his work on behalf of K Street clients does not legally constitute lobbying....

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Texas Is Doing Something Genuinely Progressive And The World Didn't End

(126) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- School discipline reforms in Texas have helped reduce the number of students charged with crimes for misbehaving in school by as much as 80 percent in just one year, according to data released this month by the Texas Judicial Branch.

The reforms, two bills passed...

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