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Jennifer Bendery has been a White House and congressional reporter for The Huffington Post since April 2011. She covered 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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Rand Paul Supporters Walk Out Of Jeb Bush Speech

(459) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 4:18 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A determined band of supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) walked out on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

A few dozen Paul backers -- many of whom donned red "Stand With Rand" T-shirts --...

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Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton, NSA Spying At Conservative Lovefest

(65) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:29 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the guy that everyone wanted to hear speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and he didn't disappoint.

In a speech Friday, Paul hit on all the issues that make a young libertarian salivate. He vowed to repeal "every last bit"...

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Rick Perry: 'The Unemployment Rate Is A Sham'

(602) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:11 AM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In a speech that jumped between trashing President Barack Obama and allowing that some people may not believe in climate change, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned the crowd at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference not to trust the falling unemployment figures coming out...

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As Selma Anniversary Nears, Here Are The Lawmakers Actually Trying To Strengthen Voting Rights

(14) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's been almost 50 years since the historic civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, and Congress is ready to celebrate the people who made it possible.

Lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the thousands who marched on Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday...

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Coalition Urges Congress To Rein In Sweeping 2001 War Authorization

(24) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 5:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- As Congress turns its attention to President Barack Obama's request to use military force against the Islamic State, more than a dozen groups are urging lawmakers to rein in a sweeping 2001 war authorization that never expired and is being used to justify open-ended military operations.

The American...

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Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Clears Senate Judiciary Committee

(91) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:44 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general, bringing her one step closer to becoming the first African-American woman to hold the post.

The panel voted 12 to 8, with all Democrats voting for Lynch. Republicans were split: Sens. Orrin...

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Police Chiefs Urge Senate To Confirm Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

(27) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 3:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general picked up a big endorsement Wednesday as her nomination lingers in the Senate.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police said it is backing Loretta Lynch for the post and praised her "unique perspective on criminal justice issues."

"Her service as...

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John Boehner Shrugs On Possible DHS Shutdown: 'I'm Waiting For The Senate'

(531) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 10:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- With less than 48 hours left to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled Wednesday that he's got no plan for breaking the impasse and is leaving it up the Senate to figure it out.

"I'm waiting for the Senate...

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Lawmakers Honor Civil Rights Marchers But Do Nothing On Voting Rights Act

(51) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- It took the Senate Banking Committee about two minutes on Tuesday to unanimously pass a bill honoring those who walked in the historic 1965 civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama.

"I am pleased to serve as an original co-sponsor of this bill," said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the...

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Lawmakers In Both Parties Press John Boehner For Full War Debate

(30) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to schedule a full debate on the president's request for authorization to use military force against the Islamic State -- including giving all members the ability to amend it.

In a Wednesday letter to...

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Ashton Carter Backs Transgender People Serving In The Military

(56) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 1:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Newly installed Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that he's "very open-minded" about transgender people serving in the U.S. military -- a sign that the department may be moving closer to lifting its ban.

Carter, who became defense secretary this month, was asked for his thoughts on transgender...

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White House Spokesman: 'I Feel Sorry For Rudy Giuliani'

(190) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that he pitied former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who claimed that President Barack Obama doesn't love America and later said his comments weren't racist because Obama has a white mother.

"I feel sorry for...

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Nancy Pelosi Intervened In Spat Between Kathy Griffin And Lana Del Rey

(8) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has probably broken up her fair share of fights on Capitol Hill, so why not do it in Hollywood too?

In a Wednesday night appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," comedian Kathy Griffin said Pelosi recently played mediator in an awkward...

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Obama Explains Why He Doesn't Use The Term 'Radical Islam' For Islamic State, Al Qaeda

(359) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he refuses to describe the Islamic State and al Qaeda as groups fueled by "radical Islam" because the term grants them a religious legitimacy they don't deserve.

"They are not religious leaders; they are terrorists," Obama said during remarks at a White...

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So That Happened: Obama Asks Congress If It's Okay That He Started Fighting ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, America's ongoing battle with the Islamic State reached a new stage, specifically that stage where the president finally gets around to asking Congress if it's okay with them that he started a war six months ago. HuffPost's Jen Bendery joins us to give us the...

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Democrats Introduce Bill To Repeal Sweeping 2001 War Authorization

(497) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic senators unveiled legislation Friday night to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a sweeping 9/11-era war authorization that never expired and that President Barack Obama is now using to justify the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State.

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and...

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Obama Wanted To Stop Endless Wars. He'll Leave Office Waging One.

(358) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made waves this week by sending a proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force to Congress for its consideration.

What was striking about his proposal wasn't so much that it came six months after the start of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic...

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Here's Why Obama's Request For War Limits Does Nothing To Limit War

(30) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 8:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Capitol Hill has been abuzz all week over President Barack Obama's request for authority to use military force against Islamic State militants.

Obama unveiled his proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force on Wednesday, and it lays out parameters he wants on the military campaign...

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Bill To Restore Voting Rights Act Gets Another Bipartisan Push

(170) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers are giving another push to legislation that went nowhere in the last Congress: a bill to restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The bill, introduced Wednesday by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.), responds to the Supreme Court ruling that struck...

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Obama Says His Plan To Fight ISIS Strikes 'Necessary Balance'

(66) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said the war authorization proposal he unveiled Wednesday strikes the "necessary balance," giving him the flexibility to fight Islamic State militants without setting the nation up for another open-ended war in the Middle East.

Obama sent a draft Authorization for the Use of...

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