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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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Missouri Congressmen Meeting With Defense Secretary Hagel To Talk Police Militarization

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Missouri congressmen will meet with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday to discuss possible changes to a Pentagon program that provides surplus military weapons to police departments.

Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D) and Lacy Clay (D), who represents Ferguson, will discuss with Hagel the so-called "1033 program," which since...

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Paul Ryan On Ferguson: People Should 'Sit Back And Let Law Enforcement Do Their Job'

(53) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) waded into the Ferguson, Missouri, controversy on Tuesday and said the best way to bring about resolution is to let law enforcement do whatever they need to do.

"We should take a deep breath, sit back and let law enforcement do their job," he...

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Ferguson Mayor: 'There's Not A Racial Divide In Ferguson'

(327) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, says there's no racial split in his community and that nearly all residents would agree with him, despite over a week of violent clashes between protesters and police over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white...

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Obama Dispatches Eric Holder To Ferguson As Federal Probes Continue

(23) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 4:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama spoke out on Monday about the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters have been demonstrating since the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a police officer.

He reiterated that the Justice Department has opened an independent...

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Why Congress Is Reluctant To Stop The Military Toys Flowing To Local Cops

(65) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- The militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, is forcing members of Congress to explain their ongoing support for a Pentagon program that provides local law enforcement with weapons used in war zones -- and how, if at all, they plan to change it.

House lawmakers

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Here's How Lawmakers Use The War On Terror To Defend Police Militarization

(184) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Local police forces need military equipment to fight terrorism, members of Congress argued in June when they successfully beat back legislation that would have restricted the Defense Department's ability to transfer such weaponry to police departments.

During a late-night debate on an annual defense appropriations bill, Rep. Alan...

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House Democrat Readies Bill To Demilitarize Local Police

(266) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) announced Thursday that he plans to file legislation aimed at stemming the militarization of local police -- something on full display this week in Ferguson, Missouri, where officers in riot gear have been showering largely peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.


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Obama On Ferguson: 'No Excuse For Police To Use Excessive Force'

(91) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday urged calm amid violence in Ferguson, Missouri, where a militarized police force has been firing rubber bullets and spraying tear gas at residents peacefully protesting the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot to death Aug. 9 by a police officer.

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Mitch McConnell Earns 'Mostly False' Rating For Claims On Violence Against Women Act Vote

(27) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- PolitiFact is giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a "mostly false" rating for his claim that he voted for a stronger version of the Violence Against Women Act than the version backed by President Barack Obama.

The fact-checking project of the Tampa Bay Times examined a recent...

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ACLU Files Sunshine Law Requests To ID Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

(21) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed formal requests on Tuesday to obtain a copy of the police incident report naming the officer who shot Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed Saturday while walking down the street in a St. Louis suburb.

The ACLU submitted its...

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Top Democrat Predicts Obama Will Be Impeached If GOP Keeps The House

(153) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third highest-ranking Democrat in the House, predicted Monday that Republicans will impeach President Barack Obama if, as expected, they hold onto the House of Representatives after the November elections.

Clyburn, the assistant Democratic leader, made the claim during a Twitter town hall. A...

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Nancy Pelosi To Be Guest Judge On TLC's 'Next Great Baker'

(9) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taking her obsession with chocolate to new heights this week by starring as a guest judge on TLC's "Next Great Baker," where she will decide which contestants' desserts are good enough to keep them from being eliminated from the show.


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White House: No End Date On Military Action In Iraq

(186) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House gave vague assurances on Friday that U.S. military involvement in Iraq will be limited in nature, seeking to ease political and public concern about Americans being drawn back into another war.

During his daily briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly stated that...

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Mitch McConnell Touts Support For Violence Against Women Act, Which He Repeatedly Opposed

(145) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 12:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unveiled a new campaign ad on Tuesday that gives an incredibly misleading account of his record on the Violence Against Women Act, a bill he has voted against repeatedly -- most recently opposing it over its expanded protections for victims of domestic...

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House Committee Votes To Condemn Obama On Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

(97) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- A House committee voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to notify Congress ahead of the May prisoner swap that won the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- a vote that some Democrats hammered as another step toward impeaching the commander in chief.

Bergdahl, who...

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Republicans Have Zero Reaction To Obama's Historic LGBT Order

(121) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday making it illegal for federal contractors to fire or harass employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, civil rights advocates hailed the move as one of the most important actions ever taken by a president to stem...

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Darrell Issa Concedes No Wrongdoing By White House Office, Pushes Subpoena Anyway

(270) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 4:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) conceded Friday that, despite his weeks-long effort to subpoena White House political adviser David Simas to testify before his committee, there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Simas' office.

Issa said during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which...

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The Federal Minimum Wage Has Not Been Raised In 5 Years

(93) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- For those who fear America is changing too fast, take heart in our minimum wage. It hasn't been going anywhere.

As of Thursday, five years have passed since the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. On July 24, 2009, the wage floor was hiked...

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal Will Oppose Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Thursday became the latest Democrat to say he will vote against President Barack Obama's embattled judicial nominee Michael Boggs.

"I feel I must oppose Judge Boggs' nomination," Blumenthal told The Huffington Post.

Boggs, a Georgia state judge who is up for a lifetime...

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Newt Gingrich: GOPers Focusing 2014 Campaigns On Obama Are 'Maniacally Stupid'

(127) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) had a message for House Republicans on Wednesday: If your 2014 re-election campaign is built around attacking President Barack Obama, you're doing it wrong.

"I am deeply opposed to any consultant or any political staffer who talks to the news media about...

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