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Elyse Siegel
Elyse Siegel is The Huffington Post's former Director of Global Growth Strategy. Prior to her current role, she was the website's Deputy Managing Editor and Senior Politics Editor.

Entries by Elyse Siegel

CNN, You Are Still Pretty Terrible

(590) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 7:29 AM

Hey, CNN, If you’re reading this, tie yourself down to whatever chair you're sitting in, because this is going to be a rough ride.

A little over a year ago, we wrote you an earnest missive, telling you guys that you were terrible. We believe we said, specifically,...

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7 Reminders That Michele Bachmann Is Bananas

(1135) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 2:29 PM

For Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), it sure has been a wild ride.

Early Wednesday morning, the Tea Party favorite emailed out a surprise announcement, telling her supporters that she would not run for a fifth term in Congress.

Bachmann will leave behind a controversial legacy, likely to be...

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John Boehner, Eric Cantor Split On Fiscal Cliff Deal

(5614) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:09 AM

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives split over the "fiscal cliff" deal that Congress passed on New Year's Day.

While House Speaker John Boehner supported the measure, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy voted against the legislation.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin,...

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Haley Barbour Recommends 'Proctology Exam' For Republicans Following Election

(785) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 9:37 AM

In the wake of the presidential election, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) had an interesting choice of words for suggesting how his party should regroup and rebuild in looking ahead to 2016.

"We’ve got to give our political organization a very serious...

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GOP Senators Skeptical Of Susan Rice As Potential Pick For Secretary Of State

(3372) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 10:55 AM

A growing number of Republican senators are expressing skepticism about the possibility President Barack Obama could pick Susan Rice to replace Hilary Clinton as secretary of state for his second term.

Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is considered a leading contender to replace...

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Rick Perry Takes Stand On Texas Secession Issue

(10425) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 10:38 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry does not stand behind a secession petition filed with the White House by a Lone Star State resident in the aftermath of the presidential election.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the Republican governor's press secretary, Catherine Frazier, said in an email...

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Newt Gingrich 'Dumbfounded' By Obama's 'Extraordinary Victory' Over Mitt Romney

(9545) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 8:25 AM

In the aftermath of Barack Obama's victory over Mitt Romney in the presidential election, Newt Gingrich said it's time for the Republican party "to stop, take a deep breath and learn."

Gingrich reflected on the outcome of the contest during an appearance on NBC's "Today" on...

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Kay Bailey Hutchison: 'Stupid' Comments 'Tainted' Republican Party (VIDEO)

(3566) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) leveled harsh criticism against members of her own party during an appearance on CNN on Thursday.

"We had Republican candidates who got very high profile and said some very stupid things," she said. "I think that really tainted the party."

The remarks come...

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Massachusetts Election 2012: Mitt Romney Likely To Lose Home State, Senate Race Captures Spotlight

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 8:29 AM

In the Massachusetts election on Tuesday, Mitt Romney is expected to see his home state's 11 electoral votes go to President Barack Obama.

The latest polls show Obama with a comfortable lead over the former Massachusetts governor as voters in the Bay State cast ballots in...

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Indiana Election 2012: Live Updates On Presidential, Senate & Governor's Races

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 8:19 AM

The Indiana election has voters in the Hoosier State casting ballots in presidential, Senate and gubernatorial contests, as well as in local races.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to easily secure Indiana's 11 electoral votes over Barack Obama. How the state's Senate race between Republican hopeful...

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Ohio Election 2012: Live Updates On Obama, Mitt Romney & The Race For State's 18 Electoral Votes

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 8:06 AM

The Ohio election has 18 electoral votes up for grabs in the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Obama goes into Election Day with a razor-thin lead over Romney, according to the latest polls. The Buckeye State is critical to determining whether the president will secure...

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Florida Election 2012: Obama, Mitt Romney Compete For 29 Electoral Votes (LIVE UPDATES)

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 7:57 AM

The Florida election is in the spotlight on Tuesday as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney aim to secure the state's coveted 29 electoral votes in the presidential race.

The latest polls show the candidates in a tight fight in Florida going into Decision Day.


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Then We Came To The End: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Nov. 2

(2184) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 9:00 AM

And so it has come to this, our final dispatch before Election Day, and the nagging obligation to "sum it all up" and "bring it all back home." The 2012 presidential campaign, between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the close race that the media "always...

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Mitt Romney Pressed On Climate Change: 'Do You Still Think The Rising Of The Seas Is Funny?'

(2982) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 11:26 PM

While on the trail in Ohio this week, Mitt Romney found himself unexpectedly facing questions on the issue of climate change.

In a video uploaded to YouTube by PolluterWatch, a woman asks the Republican presidential nominee, "Do you still think the rising of the seas is funny?" Romney...

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Michele Bachmann Describes Herself As Bipartisan, 'Independent Voice' In Campaign Ad

(1477) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 8:51 PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) describes herself as a bipartisan "independent voice" in a pitch to voters in a campaign ad.

The characterization comes despite the fact that the Minnesota congresswoman has defined her political career with staunchly conservative positions and has a penchant for using inflammatory rhetoric to attack President...

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October Surprise Shows Ever-Loosening Grip On Commonest Courtesies: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Oct. 26

(5791) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 9:31 AM

At about this time in the 2008 presidential election season, a young woman named Ashley Todd went crazy in Pittsburgh. Todd, a volunteer for John McCain's campaign, got Pittsburgh's law enforcement authorities, and the entire political media, into a hot and bothered lather after she went to the police claiming...

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Presidential Debate 2012: Obama, Romney Have Final Showdown In Boca Raton

(11955) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 7:31 AM

Monday night, the Commission On Presidential Debates wraps up the 2012 series of debates with its extra special season finale. When we last left our protagonists, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, they were, basically, yelling at each other about a host of issues before an audience...

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On Libya, Winning Debate On Semantics, Missing The Point: The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For Oct. 19

(5249) Comments | Posted October 20, 2012 | 9:38 AM

You're no Jack Kennedy. Who am I, and what am I doing here. I am paying for this microphone. Sigh, sigh, sigh.

Presidential debates have, over the years, produced many "frozen moments" that have permanently wormed their way into our cultural and political lexicon. We all have memories of a...

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2012 Presidential Debate: What To Watch For At Hofstra

(6409) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:25 AM

Tuesday night, the highly successful season of "The Commission On Presidential Debates Presents: These Presidential Debates That We Were Commissioned To Have," moves into its third episode. And with the loose, ragtag melee that was the Vice Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan still alive in our memories,...

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VP Debate 2012: Paul Ryan, Joe Biden And What To Watch For

(1342) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 12:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Thursday night, all of your political reporters and merry meme-makers will be focusing their energy and attention on the second of the Commission on Presidential Debates' four debates, only this one will be the one without the "presidential" part. That's right, we got vice presidential contenders up in...

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