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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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West Virginia Considers Big Step To Crack Down On Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 2:10 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 | 4:02 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 | 4:06 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 | 2:51 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 | 4:18 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 | 5:02 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 | 2:56 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 | 3:12 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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These 8 Cities Are About To Become Better Places To Live

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 4:31 PM

WASHINGTON - Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced the first eight cities it has selected to participate in a new program to improve life in America's cities.

Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jackson, Mississippi; Seattle and New Orleans will be the first to benefit from the...

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Women And Minorities More Likely Than Ever To Be Your Boss

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the last 50 years, women and minorities have made huge strides in entering professional fields...

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Senators Introduce CECIL Act After Outcry Over Killed African Lion

(21) 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

(484) 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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