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Jennifer Bendery covered the White House and Congressional leadership for three years at Roll Call before coming to HuffingtonPost. Prior to that, Bendery reported for four years on the Texas State Legislature for GalleryWatch in Austin, Texas, and covered health care policy for a number of national weekly newsletters. She also worked in book publishing in San Francisco for three years.

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Mayor Who Fired Lesbian Police Chief Caught On Tape In Homophobic Tirade

(366) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- The mayor of a tiny South Carolina town has triggered protests, prayer vigils and even a city council vote to weaken his powers after firing longtime police chief Crystal Moore, who is a lesbian and who some believe is a target of the mayor's homophobia.

The controversy over...

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Harry Reid On Filibuster Reform: Maybe Democrats Should Have Gone Further

(203) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 7:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scuffled with Republicans Thursday over delayed action on President Barack Obama's nominees, and wondered aloud whether Democrats should have gone further when they pushed through last year's contentious filibuster reform.

During a back-and-forth on the Senate floor, Reid sparred with Sen. Chuck...

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NASA Maps Out Plans For Sending People To Mars, Tossing An Asteroid At The Moon

(1382) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- NASA has some projects in the works when it comes to space exploration, but they're no big deal: Just grabbing an asteroid and throwing it at the moon, sending people to Mars and laying the groundwork for permanent human settlements in the solar system.

"Our architecture is designed...

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Fired, Harassed LGBT Workers Wonder Why Obama Won't 'Stick His Neck Out' On ENDA

(178) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made a big splash on Tuesday with two executive orders relating to equal pay for women. But for all his talk about using the power of his pen to get things done in Washington, he isn't showing any signs of taking action on an issue...

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Bob Casey Under Pressure To Dump Potential Republican Judicial Nominee

(39) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Progressives in Pennsylvania have been working for weeks to derail an apparent deal between their U.S. senators to submit a conservative Republican judicial nominee to the White House -- and it looks like they're gaining momentum.

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition urging Sen. Bob Casey...

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Gay, Black Judicial Nominees Quietly Advance In The Senate

(19) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:53 AM

WASHINGTON -- It's been a good week for advocates of bringing more diversity to the federal judiciary.

Two black, openly gay judicial nominees quietly inched forward in the Senate Judiciary Committee, both poised to leave their mark on history.

The committee voted Thursday to confirm Staci Michelle Yandle to the...

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Darrell Issa, Charged With Reining In Wasteful Spending, May Be Biggest Offender

(554) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the main purposes of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to root out waste and duplication in government spending.

The goal is pretty clearly spelled out on the committee's website. "We exist to secure two fundamental principles. First, Americans have a right...

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Obama Endorses Brian Schatz In Hawaii's Heated Senate Democratic Primary

(242) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) over his challenger, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), in the state's competitive Senate Democratic primary.

The Huffington Post first reported on the president's planned endorsement earlier Monday after being tipped off by a source familiar with the plan. Schatz...

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Pennsylvania Progressives Race To Stave Off Potential Republican Obama Nominee

(52) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- Progressives in Pennsylvania are scrambling to derail a deal they say the state's U.S. senators are quietly trying to cut with the White House on a package of judicial nominees, which includes a conservative Republican aligned with groups opposed to abortion rights, gay rights and gun control.

Keystone...

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Progressive Groups Urge Senators To Stop With All The Corporate Judicial Nominees

(12) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 9:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- With the clock running down on President Barack Obama's time in the White House, more than 30 labor, civil rights and environmental groups are calling on senators to step up their efforts to bring greater professional diversity to the federal bench.

"The professional diversity of the president’s district...

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Marco Rubio Clears Path For First Black, Openly Gay Federal Judge

(145) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Florida judicial nominee Darrin Gayles just inched a little closer to becoming the nation's first black, openly gay man to serve as a federal judge.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has given the green light to the Senate Judiciary Committee to proceed with Gayles' nomination to the U.S. District...

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Democratic Support Grows For Obama To Sign ENDA Executive Order

(23) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 6:39 PM

UPDATE: 3/21/14 -- The final letter, viewable here, has 220 signatures (168 in the House and 52 in the Senate). Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) also wanted to sign on but did not make the deadline before the letter was sent out.

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this week,...

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White House 'Recalibrating' On How To Save Surgeon General Nominee From Senate Defeat

(259) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House learned its lesson earlier this month when it urged a Senate vote on Debo Adegbile, a key Justice Department nominee, and then watched his nomination fall apart for political reasons -- with the help of some Democrats.

Administration officials aren't about to let...

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Obama Administration Orders Some Insurers To Cover Gay Spouses

(260) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- Legally married same-sex couples just gained a little more recognition in the eyes of the federal government.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that, starting with the 2015 plan year, insurance companies that provide coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also offer that coverage to same-sex...

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Nancy Pelosi: Trademark Office Should Stop Recognizing 'Redskins' As NFL Team Name

(25) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 2:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that it's time for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to step in and tell the National Football League that it can't keep its registered trademark for the Washington Redskins, a term that's a racial slur for Native Americans.

“We...

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Democratic Critics Of Obama Judicial Nominee Unmoved By New Choice For Bench

(54) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 8:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been fighting with members of his own party for months over a controversial judicial pick. But he appeared to make a peace offering with Tuesday's nomination of Leslie Abrams to serve as a federal district court judge in Georgia.

Abrams, an assistant U.S. attorney...

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Democratic Congressman Joins NARAL Campaign To Sink Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

(322) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) is teaming up with NARAL Pro-Choice America in a new push to sink one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, Michael Boggs.

NARAL is sending an email to its supporters later Monday that will include a letter from Scott, who says it's up to...

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CPAC Craigslist Personals: 'I Need a MAN. NOW!' (NSFW)

(268) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 3:44 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- It's time again for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a fantastic event for catching speeches from the nation's leading conservatives and feeling fired up about what it means to be a Republican.

It's also a great place for having anonymous gay sex.

Like clockwork, CPAC...

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Rick Perry and Eric Holder Actually Agree On Something: Prison Reform

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:24 AM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- It turns out Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Eric Holder may actually have the same ideas when it comes to prison reform.

During a Friday panel on criminal justice reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Perry praised Holder, along with President Barack Obama,...

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Obama Civil Rights Nominee Knew He Was Doomed But Wanted Debate, Harry Reid Says

(1079) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 12:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leaders knew early Wednesday that they likely didn't have the votes to advance Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. But hours later they went ahead and held the vote anyway -- and dealt an embarrassing blow to the...

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