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Jennifer Bendery has been a White House correspondent and congressional reporter for The Huffington Post since April 2011. She reported on Congress for four years for Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent four years covering the Texas Legislature for GalleryWatch in Austin, TX. She also worked in book publishing for three years in San Francisco and was a health care policy reporter for two years in Providence, R.I.

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Obama Tells Americans Not To Panic About Terrorism Heading Into Holidays

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:12 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there's no credible terrorist threat to the United...

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Obama Makes Impassioned Plea For Calm After Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to "uphold our highest ideals," including the...

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Mother Of Muslim 9/11 First Responder Says Republicans Are Insulting Son’s Memory

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- The mother of an American Muslim first responder who died on 9/11 is calling out Republican presidential candidates for drumming up hatred and fear against Muslims in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"Capitalizing on fear and the considerable...

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Democrats Urge Obama To Act On Hillary Clinton's Gun Control Proposal

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton has said that, as president, she would use her executive authority to tighten a loophole that lets people buy guns online and at gun shows without a background check.

Democrats on Capitol Hill want President Barack Obama to just...

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How The White House Lost Democrats On The Syrian Refugee Bill

(43) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the lead-up to Thursday's House vote for tightening restrictions on Syrian refugees seeking entry into the United States, senior Democrats warned fellow members that they faced a massive backlash next fall if they didn't support the bill.

Forty-seven Democrats...

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Members Of Congress Now Involved In Gender Equity Push At FIFA

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 8:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's crunch time at FIFA: A reform committee is meeting Friday in Zurich, Switzerland, to decide what changes to recommend for world soccer's governing body in the wake of a stunning corruption scandal.

Dozens of professional and Olympic athletes have been demanding that one of...

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A Nominee Essential To Fighting ISIS Has Stalled For No Reason

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 5:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, Senate Democrats on Wednesday criticized Republicans for blocking national security nominees who would help fight terrorism and track Islamic State militants. 

The delay on one of those nominees is particularly puzzling.


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Lindsey Graham Backs Obama's Call For War Powers Against ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 2:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- The push for Congress to assert its constitutional powers for war got a hawkish backer on Wednesday, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) promised to introduce legislation authorizing the White House to attack the Islamic State terrorist group.

President Barack Obama has already been...

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Why Gender Diversity Could Be FIFA's Saving Grace

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- FIFA is a hot mess. Fourteen officials were arrested in May on corruption charges and its president, Sepp Blatter, was suspended last month.

As world soccer's governing body tries to clean itself up, nearly 100 Olympic and professional athletes are demanding...

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The Onion Predicted The Rise Of The Islamic State In 2003

(11) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- In March 2003, soon after the U.S. invaded Iraq, a news outlet predicted the war would be a colossal disaster that would ultimately destabilize the Middle East and fuel the rise of anti-Western forces willing to die for a fundamentalist cause.

That outlet...

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Mark Kirk's Supporters Are Using A Fake Minimum Wage Petition To Get Him On The Ballot

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- David Applegate, a staff member for Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) Senate campaign, was walking around at the Columbus Day parade in Chicago when he was approached by a woman with a clipboard.

She asked him if he wanted to sign a petition. That was...

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Democrats Urge Obama To Slap Stricter Safety Rules On Gun Makers

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders won't take up gun control legislation, so a handful of Democrats are turning to President Barack Obama to get something done.

Four lawmakers wrote to Obama on Thursday urging him to use his executive authority to require gun manufacturers...

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Pat Toomey Is Holding Up His Own Judicial Nominees. Again.

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- It was just July when Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was raving about the four judicial nominees he recommended to President Barack Obama.

"I am pleased that President Obama will nominate Judge Susan P. Baxter, Judge Robert J. Colville, Judge Marilyn J. Horan, and Judge John...

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It Turns Out Democrats And Freedom Caucus Members Agree On Something: War Authorization

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 12:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- An unusual coalition of House Democrats and Republicans on Friday urged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to schedule a war authorization debate in response to the news that President Barack Obama is deploying U.S. troops in Syria.

"Among the issues that require urgent attention...

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Nancy Pelosi Won’t Be Doing P90X With Paul Ryan

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 4:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is eager to work with newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

But they won't be getting to know each other over freshly shucked oysters and gumbo at Johnny's Half Shell, or at any other Capitol Hill mainstay...

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Dem Congressman To Janet Yellen: God Doesn't Want You To Raise Interest Rates Until May

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 11:46 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) thinks it would be a really bad idea for the Federal Reserve...

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Oregon County Passes Measure Directing Sheriff To Block State And Federal Gun Laws

(4) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 1:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- The residents of Coos County, Oregon, passed a ballot initiative Tuesday night that requires their sheriff to block the enforcement of state and federal gun laws that he thinks seem unconstitutional.

The 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance passed with 61 percent of the vote. The...

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The VA Can't Seem To Fix A Computer Glitch That's Denying Health Care To 29,000 Combat Vets

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's been seven months since top officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs learned that tens of thousands of combat vets were being denied VA health care enrollment because of a computer system error. Not much has changed.

The Huffington Post

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White House: We're Sending Troops To Syria For Who Knows How Long

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Josh Earnest displayed some incredible verbal gymnastics on Friday trying to explain President Barack Obama's strategy behind deploying U.S. special operations forces to Syria.

During his daily briefing, Earnest confirmed reports that Obama will send roughly 50 troops to help...

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Top Democrat Urges Paul Ryan To Disband Benghazi, Planned Parenthood Committees

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 11:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- It's a new day in the House. Speaker Paul Ryan is at your service, and he's already gotten his first request. It's from a top Democrat who hopes Ryan means it when he says he wants to restore people's trust in Congress.

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