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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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Chris Christie Is Over Marco Rubio's Same Old 25-Second Speech

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 8:51 PM

The fangs came out early in Saturday night's GOP debate, where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lit into Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) for giving the same damn speech over and over again, no matter what...

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Real Bernie Sanders Will Meet Fake Bernie Sanders On Saturday Night Live

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will make a cameo on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, per the Washington Post.

As if that isn't delightful enough, Saturday's show is being hosted by actor Larry David -- who so convincingly plays the Vermont senator in...

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Here's The Real Reason Mitch McConnell Is Proposing Unlimited War Powers For Obama

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 10:53 AM

WASHINGTON -- The guy who's been saying for months that he doesn't want to deal with declaring war on the self-described Islamic State surprised everyone a couple of weeks ago and unveiled a bill to give the president sweeping new authority to fight the group.


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Meet One Of The 12 People In Iowa Who Voted For Jim Gilmore

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:37 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A total of 12 people voted for Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore in Monday night's Iowa caucuses. That's across the entire state. Twelve.

One of them is Troy Bishop. He lives in Des Moines, and he's anything but disheartened...

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Donald Trump Came In Second, But The Republican Establishment Still Lost

(41) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:22 PM

The most self-assured candidate in the 2016 race failed to win the Iowa Republican caucus Monday night. But as unexpected a setback a silver medal is for Donald Trump -- a man who loves seeing his name emblazoned in gold -- he can take solace: his...

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There's A Gay Bar In Iowa Where Nobody Agrees On Who Should Be President

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 7:03 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- About a mile down the road from a Saturday night event for presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley, Jupiter Phuckit was prancing across a stage in barely there tights and platform heels belting out Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

Phuckit wasn't...

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Martin O'Malley's Saturday Night In Iowa Was Kind Of Depressing

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 2:45 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's crunch time in Iowa, and presidential candidates are hitting as many high-profile events as they can ahead of Monday night's caucuses. Bernie Sanders spent Saturday night on stage with the popular rock band Vampire Weekend in front of thousands of cheering...

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Gabby Giffords Is Ready To Campaign For Hillary Clinton Like There's No Tomorrow

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 6:54 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gabby Giffords uses her words sparingly. After being shot in the head five years ago, the former Arizona congresswoman has had to learn how to speak all over again. But come next January, there are two words she wants to be able to...

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Sorry, Georgia, You Won't Get Your First Latino Federal Judge After All

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 1:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) just torpedoed his own judicial nominee, Dax Lopez, a conservative Republican who was on track to become Georgia's first-ever Latino federal judge. His reason? Lopez used to be a member of an organization of Latino elected officials that opposed the...

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Arizona Wants To Secede From The U.S. Court That Has Long Been Its Home

(5) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Arizona wants to secede.

Not from the United States, but from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over the state and a host of civil, criminal and immigration cases within its borders.

Gov. Doug...

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Concepcion Picciotto Died. You Know Where She Stood, Even If You Don't Know Her Name.

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Concepcion Picciotto died Monday. You might not recognize her name, but if you've spent any time in Washington, D.C., you know who she was.

Picciotto was that peace protester camped out in front of the White House since 1981 -- the face of...

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Bernie Sanders Struggles To Say Why He Doesn't Support Reparations

(36) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 11:03 AM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders repeatedly ducked questions Sunday about why he doesn't...

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Jeb Bush Praises Rick Snyder's Handling Of Flint Water Crisis

(43) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 9:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Sunday applauded Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's response to the water contamination crisis in Flint -- even though the situation was caused by Snyder's own administration. 

"I admire Rick Snyder for stepping up right now," Bush said on CNN's "State...

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Mitch McConnell Ready To Give President Unlimited War Powers

(6) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caught nearly everybody off guard late Wednesday by quietly clearing...

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Bernie Sanders Was No 'Pioneer' On Same-Sex Marriage

(7) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 1:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a case of sour grapes over the decision by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT rights group, to endorse his opponent, Hillary Clinton. He says he doesn't need their stinking support, and he's got a strong...

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John McCain Finally Ready To Advance First Openly Gay Army Secretary

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 12:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) finally set a confirmation hearing for Eric Fanning, who President Barack Obama nominated months ago to be the secretary of the Army.

Fanning will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, on Thursday. If confirmed by the full...

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Meet The Woman Trying To Shatter The Glass Ceiling In Professional Soccer

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Moya Dodd remembers what it was like trying to afford playing on the Australian women's national soccer team. She paid her own airfare to games. Her teammates once had to sew the Australian crest onto their track suits before a game because it was left off....

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White House Open To Flint Disaster Declaration Over Water Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama could declare a federal emergency in Flint, Michigan, as soon as this weekend in response to the area's water contamination crisis, the White House indicated Friday.

"The potential for that certainly exists," White House press secretary Josh Earnest...

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Obama Just Did His Last State Of The Union. Will The GOP Miss Him At All?

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 2:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama won't be out of a job for another several months, but the end is in sight. He just gave his final State of the Union address. The first primary election is in a few weeks. Before you know it, the media...

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Don't Even Think Of Taking Sheila Jackson Lee's Aisle Seat At The State Of The Union

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- There are few things in life you can count on. The sun rising in the east. Taxes. Having 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. But there's another one that people outside of D.C. may not know about: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's death grip on an aisle seat...

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