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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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Pentagon Lifts Ban On Transgender Troops

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 2:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is lifting its ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. armed forces, effective immediately, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.

The new...

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People Actually Think Hillary Clinton Asked Putin For Photos Of His Pecs

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 12:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- The American people are outraged by revelations that Hillary Clinton used her private email address to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for photos of his...

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Obama: Donald Trump A Populist? LOL.

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 5:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama laid into Donald Trump on Wednesday for claiming to be a populist, saying that just because he criticizes trade deals doesn't mean he's ever...

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2 Transgender Women Make History With Congressional Primary Wins

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 10:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Transgender women won two congressional primary races Tuesday night -- and made history as the first trans people to become major candidates for the U.S. House or Senate.

Utah voters chose Misty Snow (D) to run against Sen. Mike Lee (R) in...

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Nancy Pelosi Mocks Paul Ryan's Obamacare Alternative Plan

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 1:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- After six years of anticipation, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has finally unveiled what Republicans are calling their alternative to Obamacare: a 37-page document that reads like a mission statement and lacks details on what, exactly, 

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Elizabeth Warren And Hillary Clinton Join Forces To Troll Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 11:36 AM

Progressive favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared at a campaign stop with Hillary Clinton Monday, joining the presumptive Democratic nominee to attack Donald Trump's claims of...

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Don't 'Expose' Marco Rubio To Talk With Gun Control Advocate, Senior Aide Tells Staff

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 2:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- A top aide to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) directed staff not to let a prominent gun control advocate get on the phone with the senator to discuss a bill that would bar suspected terrorists from buying guns -- less than two weeks after the worst mass shooting...

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House Democrats End Their Sit-In Protest Over Gun Reform

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 26 hours after Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) strolled across the House floor and sat down to protest the absence of gun reform from the...

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Democrats Finally Try To Do Something About The Gun Bloodshed

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 7:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- John Lewis knows blood. And more than 51 years after he led marchers over the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday in the struggle for civil rights, he knows what it means to take a stand.

So it was no mistake that his Democratic...

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Democrats Stage Sit-In On House Floor Over Gun Bills

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 11:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats literally sat down on the floor of the House chamber on Wednesday -- and forced the House into a temporary recess -- as part...

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Senators Hail Themselves For Unveiling Gun Bill That Affects 2,700 Americans

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 5:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress might (and that's a big "might") finally be getting ready to do something about gun violence. There's a catch, though. The effort will affect only about 0.00083 percent of the U.S. population.

A bipartisan group of senators, led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), unveiled...

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Orlando Massacre Wasn't Enough To Spur Senate To Pass Gun Control Bills

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 12:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Just over a week after the worst mass shooting in American history, the Senate failed Monday to advance a pair of modest and popular gun...

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Joe Biden Urges People To Watch How Their Senators Vote On Gun Bills

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden is urging people to pay attention to Monday's Senate votes on gun safety measures, saying lawmakers will only change gun laws if concerned voters "make yourselves impossible to ignore."

"After every mass shooting, we've waged campaign after campaign to...

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Republicans Aren't Even Pretending They Want To Confirm Judges Anymore

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 12:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left in his term, they're not even pretending to try to let judicial nominees through.

Hardly any...

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Senate Votes To Include Women In The Draft

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to require women to register for the draft, an action with little practical impact anytime soon -- the U.S. has relied on an all-volunteer military force for decades -- but one that reflects a growing consensus that women are just...

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Republicans Can't Deal With Trump Vowing To Ban Muslims Again

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 8:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans were outraged when President Barack Obama acted without their approval -- in fact, despite their explicit opposition -- on immigration. Now they have...

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Blood Donors Needed After Orlando Gay Club Shooting, But Queer Men Are Banned

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Local officials in Orlando are urging people to donate blood in response to the mass shooting at a gay club early Sunday that left at...

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Congressman Skimps On Zika Funding, Then Complains About Needing More Money

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 1:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) complained this week that his district isn't getting enough federal grant money to combat the Zika virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- the same agency he's repeatedly voted to underfund as it tries to prevent...

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