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State Of The Union Speech: A Look Back At Addresses Past And A History Of Forgotten Promises

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:32 AM

This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post in January 2012.

Every year around this time, we make a huge deal about the president's State Of The Union address because...well, because our political leaders make a big deal about it. From the careful preparations of the president...

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Alaska Is At A Crossroads. Can Mark Begich Keep It From Falling Apart?

(291) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:32 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- On a balmy day last August, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) stood at a makeshift kitchen in the Alaska Native Medical Center and gleefully watched a chef whisk a bowl of reindeer fat.

"I'd rather have this than Jell-O!" the first-term lawmaker gushed, watching his instructor beat away...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Saxby Chambliss: Boys Will Be Boys, Rapists

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Saxby Chambliss blamed the scourge of military sexual assaults on hormones -- though we're pretty sure men actually do have ways to shut that whole thing down. Some House Republicans think God is on John Boehner's side, but if that were true, cigarette taxes wouldn't be so high. And House...

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Not So Solid South: Democratic Party Survives In Rural Elliott County, Kentucky

(3294) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 10:00 PM

SANDY HOOK, Ky. -- In 1988, the band Alabama scored a No. 1 country hit with "Song of the South," Bob McDill's tribute to life in rural Dixie. Twangy and anthemic, the tune entrenched itself in the Southern canon, primarily in jukeboxes and college party playlists. South of the Mason-Dixon...

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HUFFPOST HILL - BREAKING: Parent Complicates A Bush's Political Ambitions

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 5:53 PM

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi weren't invited to the opening of George W. Bush's presidential library, but they could still be invited to the christening of Dick Cheney's eponymous cryogenics lab. Mark Sanford tried to alleviate his political woes by giving out his phone number to strangers, though we're pretty...

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Heidi Heitkamp Sworn In To Senate, Awkwardness Ensues

(513) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 4:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- "Do I need an ID or something?"

It's Thursday morning and North Dakota's senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp is about to depart her transition office in the Dirksen Senate Office Building to be sworn in on the floor of the United States Senate.

Heitkamp's aides laugh and tell her that...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Rick Santorum: Progressive

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 4:45 PM

In Washington, D.C. only escalators on the Red Line are less popular than Newt Gingrich. Megadeth's guitarist endorsed Rick Santorum, but don't expect Santorum to adopt "Symphony Of Destruction" as his campaign song. And John Boehner had to postpone a vote on a bill so he could find more Republican...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Romney To CPAC: Baby Girl, I Can Change!

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 3:31 PM

At CPAC, the rapping is a hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip awful (also racist). Taking a cue from 12th century Europe, President Obama did the Catholic Church's bidding (no word on whether he'll wed his daughter to the Duke of Saxony). And if...

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Everything And Everyone Has Made America Great [VIDEO]

(73) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 12:22 PM

When the Washington Press Club Foundation approached the people of HuffPost Hill to provide video entertainment for its 68th Annual Congressional Dinner, the only thing we wanted to know was if we'd be sharing the bill with the Second Amendments -- Congress' own house band, featuring...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Washington Unsure About Corruption, Sure About If And When You Can Get Pregnant

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 4:55 PM

We all thought Rick Perry was drunk and high when he gave that weird speech in New Hampshire, but it turns out he was just providing John Kasich a little inspiration. John Edwards believes in two Americas: the elite one that funded his working-class campaigns, and the other one that...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Missouri: The Show-Me (Where To Cast My Meaningless Vote) State

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 4:14 PM

President Obama's stance on gay marriage is "evolving" at about the same rate that sulphur-eating bacteria evolved the ability to recite poetry. Donald Trump might not get to be president, but a D.C. panel is letting him plaster his name on one of Washington's tallest buildings. And if...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Santorum Poised To Win Primary No One Cares About

(24) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 4:53 PM

Halftime in America must be over, because Washington keeps dropping the ball and committing 12-man penalties. Proud American Karl Rove managed to find fault with something that incorporated Clint Eastwood, cars and the Super Bowl. Rep. John Fleming mistakenly claimed that an Onion article was true -- though...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Everybody Hates Newt

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 5:21 PM

History's most disgusting term and history's most wholesome term collided today when Santorum Tebowed. Roseanne Barr is running for president, even though we're pretty sure she was stripped of her voting rights after murdering the National Anthem. And Susan G. Komen is super G. sorry. This is HUFFPOST...

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State Of The Union Addresses Past: A Look Back At A History Of Forgotten Promises

(6348) Comments | Posted January 28, 2012 | 11:09 AM

(Jason Linkins contributed to this article. Video produced by Hunter Stuart.)

Every year around this time, we make a huge deal about the president's State Of The Union address because...well, because our political leaders make a big deal about it. From the careful preparations of the president to the rebuttals...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Gingrich Pinning Hopes On Moon Bounce

(19) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 5:12 PM

Newt Gingrich's support is declining, though he'll gain ground later when those Moon delegates start to roll in. In what might be the most confusing Friday news dump ever, the government announced that it's helping people afford homes. And Elizabeth Warren continues her noble crusade to limit the influence of...

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2012 Debate Audiences: A Tribute To Debate Hate

(6347) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Last night's debate in Jacksonville, Fla., will be the last one until the end of February. (We hope, anyway!) Since May, candidates have come and gone, just about every media organization has had at least one crack at hosting, and this moveable feast of the same set of questions being...

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HUFFPOST HILL - GOP Candidates Prepare For CNN-Sponsored Yelling Match

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 5:42 PM

President Obama took a break from a three-day, five-state tour of swing states to insist that he isn't campaigning yet. Sudden bestseller Jan Brewer's finger is the Oprah's Book Club of political non-fiction. And sales of herbal tea and lozenges skyrocketed as the Republican presidential candidates prepared for tonight's pro-screaming,...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Newt Going Home: Proposes Moon Base

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Tim Geithner will continue his knockout work for the banks during President Obama's second term, just in an office with a better view of Manhattan. The morning after President Obama failed to mention Gabby Giffords in his address, she quit Congress. And Newt Gingrich vowed to build a...

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HUFFPOST HILL - Remarkable: Entire Congress Will Sit And Listen For An Hour

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 5:18 PM

It's a race against time tonight as President Obama tries to imbue the nation with a renewed sense of possibility before the nation switches to ESPN. Kirsten Gillibrand's likely challenger is so lewd it's only fitting that he wants to be a male politician from New York. And...

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HUFFPOST HILL - GOP Primary Moves To Florida, Old People Pandering Reaches Insufferable Levels

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 4:50 PM

Notoriously incomprehensible tweeter Chuck Grassley was temporarily prevented from spelling "socialist" with four letters when someone hacked his Twitter account. The frontline of the government's war on civil liberties is apparently Rand Paul's crotch. And reporters will at long last be allowed to use smart phones during the State of...

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