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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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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

(264) 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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Obama assina ordem executiva para punir empresas que discriminam LGBT no trabalho

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:48 PM

O presidente Barack Obama assinou na manhã desta segunda-feira (21) uma ordem executiva proibindo a discriminação no local de trabalho contra gays, lésbicas, bissexuais e transgêneros que sejam funcionários do governo federal ou de empresas que prestam serviços para o governo federal.

A ordem executiva tem duas partes:...

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Judges Describe Toll Of Court Vacancies: Burnout, Delays, Pressure To Plead Guilty

(21) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Federal judicial vacancies are causing unsustainable courtroom delays, resulting in evidence going stale, witnesses dying before they can testify and, in some instances, people being pressured to plead guilty just to get out of jail faster, according to study released Monday by the Brennan Center for Justice.

The...

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Obama Signs Executive Order On LGBT Job Discrimination

(538) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the federal government.

The executive order has two parts: It makes it illegal to fire or harass employees of federal contractors...

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Obama Finally Ready To Sign Executive Order Targeting LGBT Job Discrimination

(1110) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday will sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers of federal contractors and the federal government.

The executive order has two components: It prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity...

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Chuck Schumer Announces Opposition To Embattled Judicial Nominee Michael Boggs

(21) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:06 PM

DETROIT -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that he will vote against President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs if he comes up for a vote in the Judiciary Committee.

"I've thought about it long and hard, and I'm going to vote against him," Schumer, who sits...

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Darrell Issa Cites House Contempt Vote He Opposed To Justify Holding Another Contempt Vote

(127) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:26 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is mulling holding a White House official in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena, and he's pointing to a past case as justification for such a move: the 2008 House contempt vote for Harriet Miers, then-President George W. Bush's counsel.

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Darrell Issa Abruptly Ends Hearing Before Witness Can Debunk His White House Attacks

(1346) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 4:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, seemed to catch everyone off guard Wednesday when he suddenly pulled the plug on his committee hearing before witnesses could even testify.

Issa read his opening statement for the hearing on potential abuses of taxpayer...

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It Took 17 Years, But The Senate Has Finally Confirmed Ronnie White To The Federal Bench

(68) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- The first time Ronnie White came up for a vote in the Senate, he was one of President Bill Clinton's judicial nominees and Senate Republicans sunk his confirmation to a Missouri district court.

Then-Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.) led the charge against White, who is African-American, saying he'd been...

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Darrell Issa Won't Drop Subpoena For Top White House Official

(530) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) isn't dropping his subpoena to compel a top White House official to testify before his committee on Wednesday, despite an extensive briefing on Tuesday between administration officials and committee staff aimed at resolving the matter.

In a letter to White House counsel...

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Bowe Bergdahl Refuses To Speak To His Parents: Report

(382) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has refused to see his parents or talk to them on the phone since he was released from captivity in Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Bergdahl had been held captive by the Haqqani Network for five years before he was released...

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Dick Cheney: Spend More On Defense, Not On Roads Or Food Stamps

(402) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that President Barack Obama is "devastating" the U.S. military and needs to divert more resources away from domestic priorities such as rebuilding roads and making sure low-income people can get food.

During an event sponsored by Politico, Cheney said the next...

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Rips 'Tyrant' Congressman For Trying To Block D.C. Marijuana Laws

(14) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 6:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) tore into Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) on Friday for trying to block a D.C. marijuana decriminalization bill, comparing him to a tyrant and chiding him for meddling in her district's affairs.

During remarks on the House floor, Norton wondered aloud why Harris was...

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Darrell Issa Going Crazy Issuing Subpoenas, Outpacing Previous Chairmen Combined

(577) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Friday that he is subpoenaing another top administration official, meaning he has now issued nearly 100 subpoenas since becoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- more than all three previous committee chairmen combined.

Former Democratic and Republican chairmen issued...

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GOP Congressman Wants To Arrest Former IRS Official Lois Lerner, Put Her In D.C. Jail

(57) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) filed a resolution on Thursday directing the House sergeant at arms to find former IRS official Lois Lerner and arrest her on charges of contempt of Congress.

"Asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for admittedly illegal activity is a joke," Stockman said...

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Nancy Pelosi Stands By ENDA With Religious Exemption, Hints At 'Plan' To Address Concerns

(24) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a time when gay rights groups are pulling their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over its broad religious exemption, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that passing that bill is still better than nothing -- and that she has something up her sleeve to...

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