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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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Obama Civil Rights Nominee Debo Adegbile Withdraws Nomination

(35) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama's beleaguered nominee to lead to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, has withdrawn his nomination and returned to private practice.

The Senate blocked Adegbile's confirmation in March, not because of his credentials but because he was once an attorney for controversial...

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John Kerry Says U.S. Is 'At War' With ISIS

(144) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 1:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States is "at war" with Islamic State militants, marking a shift from his insistence last week that America is not at war but engaged in a "very significant counterterrorism" operation.

Not that he thinks the wording matters much...

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Lindsey Graham Worries Islamic State Will Destroy Americans, Wipe Out Mankind

(297) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama's strategy for combating Islamic State militants and said the president needs to significantly step up military action against the terrorist group before it comes to the United States and "we all get killed."

In an interview on "Fox...

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White House: We 'Didn't Threaten' Families Of Slain U.S. Journalists With Prosecution

(172) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 10:43 AM

WASHINGTON -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday pushed back on claims that the Obama administration threatened prosecution against the families of two American journalists brutally murdered by Islamic State militants in recent weeks.

The parents of James Foley and Steven Sotloff say the administration...

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Orrin Hatch 'Ready To Kill Somebody' Over Business Tax Breaks Not Being Extended

(120) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is so mad about the Senate's failure to extend tax breaks to businesses, he's having murderous thoughts.

According to a CQ Roll Call report, Hatch vented to a business crowd on Thursday about how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set up...

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NARAL Pounces On Sheldon Whitehouse For Pledging Support To Michael Boggs

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 3:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- The nation's leading abortion rights organization isn't wasting any time in pushing back on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) for saying he plans to support controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs.

Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, became the first Democrat to throw his support behind President Barack...

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Obama Came To Office To End Iraq War, May Leave Having Started A New One

(378) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Six years after riding into office on a message of ending the war in Iraq, President Barack Obama is winding down his time in the White House by defending fresh military action in that nation.

It can't be a position he thought he'd end up taking.

Just last...

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Not Much Debate As Congress Girds For War With ISIS

(197) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's a rare day in Washington when lawmakers in both parties agree on something. But when it comes to the Islamic State, members of Congress are practically in lockstep pushing for an expanded fight against the militant group overseas.

The Huffington Post spent Tuesday talking...

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Dick Cheney Tells GOP It's Time To Restart The Iraq War Machine

(1054) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United States needs to rev up the war in Iraq, former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill -- and most lawmakers seemed to agree with the man perhaps best known as a lead architect of America's ill-fated 2003 intervention there.

Cheney met with...

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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'

(330) 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

(185) 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

(158) 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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