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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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House Dem: Iran Deal Is First Time I Will Be Able To Vote For Peace In 20 Years

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 3:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) offered a pretty good reason Thursday for his support of the nuclear deal recently negotiated with Iran.

"After two decades in Congress, this is the first time I will be able to vote for peace, not just against war,"...

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Health Care Costs For Transgender Troops 'Too Low To Matter,' Study Says

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- It wouldn't cost much for the Department of Defense to cover the health care needs of transgender troops, according to a new analysis published Wednesday.

The report, which appears in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that it would cost...

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Leaked Document: 35,000 Combat Vets Denied VA Health Care Enrollment Due To Computer Error

(19) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 11:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- More than 35,000 combat veterans are being denied health care enrollment by the Department of Veterans Affairs because of a computer system error, according to an internal document obtained by The Huffington Post.

Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in...

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One Year In, Congress Still Hasn't Authorized The War Against ISIS

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Saturday will mark one year since the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State militant group. In that time, the U.S. has led more than 5,000 airstrikes, spent over $3.2 billion and sent roughly 3,500 troops to Iraq.

But through it all, Congress skipped an important...

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Chuck Grassley Blocks Judicial Nominees, Then Says GOP Is Doing A Great Job Confirming Them

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has done an abysmal job of confirming federal judges this year.

Only five of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees have been confirmed since Republicans took control of the chamber in January. By contrast, when Democrats ran the Senate during President George W. Bush's...

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NASA 'On The Cusp' Of Discovering If Life Exists Beyond Earth, Says Top Scientist

(9) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- There's evidence of an interior ocean on Pluto. One of Jupiter's moons has a global ocean beneath its crust that could contain more than twice as much water as Earth. There are at least half a dozen of these ocean worlds in our solar system alone...

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John Boehner Cries During Golf Channel Interview

(16) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- If there's one constant in the United States House of Representatives, it is Speaker John Boehner...

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Senate Inches Forward On Highway Bill As Time Runs Out

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate inched forward Friday on a $45 billion, three-year bill to fund the nation's highways, bridges and roads -- one week before all funding runs out.

Senators voted 51-26 on a procedural motion that puts the bill one step closer to final passage. The...

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Republicans Gut Wall Street Reforms In Must-Pass Spending Bill

(8) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to pass a $20.6 billion spending bill that would decimate President Barack Obama's signature Wall Street reform law.

The committee met to vote out the 2016 financial services appropriations bill. But in an unusual move, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)...

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John Boehner Mum On Whether GOP Will Defund Planned Parenthood

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 11:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) brushed aside questions Thursday about Republican plans to defund Planned Parenthood.

House Republicans already launched an investigation into the family planning provider this week after an anti-abortion group released undercover footage showing a doctor discussing the donation of fetal parts after...

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Ted Cruz Is Vowing To Block A Bunch Of Obama's Nominees ... Again

(24) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 1:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he will block all of President Barack Obama's nominees to the State Department -- there are about 40 ambassadors in the queue -- in protest of the nuclear deal that the U.S. and other world powers struck with Iran this week.

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Congressman Conducts His Own Survey To See How Veterans Feel About VA Health Care

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 12:13 AM


WASHINGTON -- Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) wanted to see for himself how veterans in his district are faring with health care they receive through the Department of Veterans Affairs, so he tried something different: He funded a survey himself. A year later, he did it again.

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U.S. Treasurer Defends Decision To Make Woman Share $10 Bill With Alexander Hamilton

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 12:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department has fielded criticism for announcing its plans for a new $10 bill featuring a woman on it, with the caveat that she must share the space with the bill's current resident, Alexander Hamilton.

But the woman behind the idea to keep Hamilton...

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Leaked Document: Nearly One-Third Of 847,000 Vets With Pending Applications For VA Health Care Already Died

(430) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 4:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- More than 238,000 of the 847,000 veterans with pending applications for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs have already died, according to an internal VA document provided to The Huffington Post.

Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a...

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After Eight Months, Judicial Nominee Whom Everyone Likes Advances

(10) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 5:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. And in this Senate, even a judicial nominee moves forward on occasion.

It took eight months, but the Judiciary Committee easily cleared circuit court nominee Luis Felipe Restrepo on Thursday. He had so much support he passed...

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Democrats Pounce As Republicans Split Over Confederate Flag

(418) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 5:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner's day went from bad to worse Thursday as his efforts to quietly ease a fight over the Confederate flag blew up. Democrats seized the opportunity to denounce Republicans as defenders of a painful symbol of racism.

Democrats have been fuming since Wednesday night, when...

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White House Trashes House GOP's Push To Protect Confederate Flag

(282) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 2:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Josh Earnest laid into House Republicans on Thursday for fumbling passage of an annual spending bill by linking it to a debate over protecting the Confederate flag.

Earnest kicked off his briefing with a statement about the ordeal, which began late Wednesday...

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Gary Peters May Be The Loneliest Person In The Senate, But He's Doing OK

(29) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 1:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Gary Peters. Does the name ring any bells?


He's a United States senator, a Democrat from Michigan. But he also sits on the lowest rung of the senatorial ladder, ranking 100th out of 100 in terms of his power in the chamber. Not only is he a...

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Disappointed Democrats Help Congress Pass Trade Relief For Displaced Workers

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill Thursday to help workers displaced by the trade deals Congress just gave President Barack Obama the power to sign, but it's a bitter consolation for Democrats who think the White House should have gotten much more.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance program -- passed...

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A Day In The Life Of Waiting For The Supreme Court Decision On Marriage Equality

(179) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 10:41 AM

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the Supreme Court is going to hand down a major decision on same-sex marriage. And when it does, and if it rules in favor of marriage equality, as many observers expect, there's going to be one hell of a party outside.

There will be rainbow...

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