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Ethan Klapper is the politics social media editor at The Huffington Post, where he manages the social media presence of the site's popular politics section. Previously, Klapper worked at National Journal and was a contributor to 10,000 Words, a blog about journalism and technology. He graduated cum laude from American University. During college, Klapper interned at National Journal, The Washington Post, BNA, The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News and mediabistro.com. He is a native of Rye Brook, N.Y.

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Joe Biden Got To Check Out Amtrak's New Engine Today, So It Was Basically The Best Day Ever

(9) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:24 PM

You don't need to know much about Vice President Joe Biden to know about his love affair with Amtrak. As a longtime senator from Delaware, Biden would commute between Wilmington, Del., and Washington. By his estimation, that's 8,000 trips. Biden is basically Amtrak's no. 1 fan.

So you...

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Mitt Romney Ironing The Shirt He's Wearing Is Quite A Sight

(40) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:00 AM

When Netflix released the trailer for its upcoming "MITT" documentary, there was a curious behind-the-scenes moment we noticed. Here is Mitt Romney, using an iron, and doing it all wrong.

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Here's A Dramatic Reminder Of Just How Partisan The Senate Has Become

(901) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 2:24 PM

We know that the Senate has changed quite a bit in the past few years, with the upper chamber becoming more polarized and more toxic.

But now, in quite dramatic fashion, we can see the chamber actually pull apart:

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Renzo Lucioni graphed...

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The National Zoo Becomes The Happiest Spot In Washington As It Reopens After The Government Shutdown

(13) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 2:15 PM

In a city bruised by the fierce partisan battles of the last few weeks, happiness abounded Friday as the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest Washington, D.C., opened its doors for the first time since Sept. 30. The zoo, of course, was the site of what was by far...

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What Is A Government Shutdown?

(11) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Washington is hurtling toward a government shutdown, as the time to agree on a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year runs out. So what is a government shutdown, anyway?

A government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass a spending bill and the government discontinues providing services that...

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Here's How The Clintons Reacted To A Pair Of Big 1992 Primary Wins (Hint: It's Pretty Great)

(32) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 9:09 AM

Victory, sweet victory!

It's Throwback Thursday, so we dug through the archives and found this great photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Chicago celebrating a big win in the March 17, 1992 Illinois primary. Bill, then the governor of Arkansas, won Hillary's home state with 51.65...

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On This Day In 1993, Bill Clinton Announced 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

(55) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 11:01 AM

President Bill Clinton announced the military's policy on gay service members on July 19, 1993 -- 20 years ago today. The policy, known as "don't ask, don't tell," allowed closeted members of the military to serve, while prohibiting those in the military who were openly gay to serve. Prior to...

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George H.W. Bush Gives Obama A Pair Of Socks (PHOTO)

(313) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Sock aficionado George H.W. Bush is spreading the love.

The former president was at the White House Monday, where President Barack Obama honored the Point of Light Award, an award for volunteerism that Bush created while he was president. In recent years, Bush has been known for...

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Obama: 'My Daughters Have Taught Me A Pretty Good Gangnam Style' (VIDEO)

(990) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 2:27 PM

President Barack Obama hosted South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the White House on Tuesday. At a joint press conference in the afternoon, Obama mentioned a number of topics important to both nations: North Korea, the economy and trade...and "Gangnam Style."

"Of course around the world, people are being swept...

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What Did Barbara Bush Say To Obama? (CAPTION CONTEST)

(123) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 1:44 PM

President Barack Obama was sitting next to former First Lady Barbara Bush at the dedication Thursday of the presidential library of her son, former President George W. Bush. She apparently said something to Obama that made him laugh:

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14 Americans Outraged That Boston Memorial Service Interrupted 'The Price Is Right'

(473) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 12:18 PM

When CBS News broke into programming on Thursday morning to air live coverage of an interfaith service in honor of Boston Marathon bombing victims, many took to Twitter to voice their frustration that "The Price is Right" was interrupted.

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White House Uses Social Media Tool Thunderclap To Spread Message About Gun Violence Prevention

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 4:35 PM

If you were were on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, you may have noticed lots of tweets similar to this:

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Joe Biden Is Really Happy To See Italy's President, Giorgio Napolitano (PHOTO)

(43) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Vice President Joe Biden is in Rome, where he is leading the U.S. delegation that is attending Pope Francis' inaugural mass on Tuesday. Biden, the first Catholic to be elected vice president, has a busy schedule on Monday: Four bilateral meetings with world leaders. He clearly was excited to see...

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Meg Whitman Explains Her Shift On Prop 8

(371) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 2:00 PM

One of California's most prominent Republicans has made a big shift on the issue of gay marriage.

Meg Whitman, who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, was one of at least 75 notable Republicans who signed a Supreme Court brief that states that gay marriage...

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Obama Responds To Child's Plea For Gun Control (PHOTO)

(1051) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 9:09 AM

Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled a comprehensive gun control plan. Following the Jan. 16 White House event, which included the unveiling of 23 executive actions, Obama responded to letters from children backstage. The children wrote to the president expressing concern about gun violence and school...

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9 Photos Of Joe Biden Making Faces In Front Of 10 Downing Street

(20) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 8:16 AM

Vice President Joe Biden is in London today, wrapping up a swing through Europe. He met with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, at No. 10 Downing Street. We couldn't help but notice some of the faces that Biden made outside the famous address...

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Ron Paul Responds To Death Of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle: Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword (TWEET)

(509) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) took to Twitter Monday to respond to this weekend's fatal shooting of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

The suspect who allegedly shot Kyle and another man is Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran who authorities believe may have a mental illness related...

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Washington To Washington: A Trip Across The U.S. On Amtrak (PHOTOS)

(38) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 9:30 AM

I just spent roughly 63 hours on trains from Washington, D.C. to Seattle and I did it for fun. Seattle was merely the destination printed on my ticket. My real destination was the way I got there: Amtrak's Capitol Limited and Empire Builder, two fine long...

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Death Star Petition Gets White House Rebuff

(2010) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 9:07 PM

Sorry, folks. The Obama administration will not be building a Death Star.

The White House responded Friday night to a petition on its website urging construction of a Death Star for job creation and national defense purposes by 2016.

Here's why, according to...

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41 Political Photos That Had Us Laughing, Crying And Everything In Between In 2012

(393) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 7:16 AM

This year was a great year for political photography. An intense battle for the White House gave us thousands of photos. From the "wizard Obama" photo to the controversial photo of Mitt Romney and a young schoolgirl, here are 41 of our favorites:

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