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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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(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 6:05 PM


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Senate Makes History By Confirming Loretta Lynch As U.S. Attorney General

(533) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Loretta Lynch was confirmed as U.S. attorney general on Thursday after months of GOP delays, making history by becoming the first African-American woman to hold the post.

Lynch was confirmed in the Senate 56 to 43. All Democrats voted for her, along with 10 Republicans: Kelly Ayotte (N.H.),...

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Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bill With Abortion Restrictions On Victims

(279) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a sex trafficking bill on Wednesday after a bitter, weekslong fight over an anti-abortion provision tucked into it.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act passed 99-0.

At its core, the bill has had broad support. It provides resources to law enforcement officials and collects...

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Senate Leaders Announce Deal On Human Trafficking Bill, Clearing Path For Loretta Lynch Vote

(463) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 10:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders announced Tuesday that they've resolved a weeks-long standoff over a sex trafficking bill containing controversial anti-abortion language, clearing the way, at last, for U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch to get her confirmation vote.

Lynch has been waiting for more than five months for...

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Kim Kardashian's Second Marriage, The Creation Of The World And 9 Other Things That Didn't Take As Long As Loretta Lynch's Confirmation

(47) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- 163 days.

That's how long Loretta Lynch has been waiting for the Senate to vote on her confirmation as U.S. attorney general because of Republican delays.

There's a number of ways to illustrate how absurdly long this is.

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Key House Democrat Vows To Scuttle Obama's Fast-Track Trade Authority

(512) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Just before President Barack Obama pleaded with members of his party on Friday to support a bill to "fast track" his proposed trade agreements, the top Democrat on the House committee writing the legislation criticized the president for squandering the chance to win that support.

'The administration...

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Obama Torches Republicans Over Loretta Lynch Delays: 'This Is Embarrassing'

(361) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday that Senate dysfunction has hit a new low with Republicans' continued delays in confirming U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, who has waited more than five months for a vote.

"Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place....

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Harry Reid Says He'll Force A Vote On Loretta Lynch If GOP Doesn't Act 'Very, Very Soon'

(350) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 4:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that if Republicans don't schedule a confirmation vote soon for U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, he'll do it himself.

"I know parliamentary procedure around here and we’re going to put up with this for a little while longer, but...

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Republicans Use Abortion Fight To Jam Loretta Lynch Confirmation

(399) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Loretta Lynch has been waiting more than five months for the Senate to vote to confirm her as U.S. attorney general.

She'll have to keep waiting.

Republican leaders have tied a vote on Lynch to the passage of an unrelated bill targeting sex trafficking. That bill, which normally...

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Iran Deal Reached In Senate; White House Hints Its Support

(1296) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- A tentative deal has been reached by senators on a bill to apply congressional oversight to a nuclear deal with Iran. And early signals from the White House suggest the president will drop his veto threat and sign the measure.

Under the deal, the president would still be...

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Republicans Finally Let One Of Obama's Judicial Nominees Get A Vote

(189) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 6:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- More than three months into the new Congress, Senate Republicans held their first vote on one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees on Monday evening.

In a 95-0 vote, the Senate easily confirmed Alfred Bennett to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He fills...

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Here's A Look At The Most Ridiculously Long Judicial Vacancies The Senate Still Hasn't Filled

(214) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 6:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will do something next week that it hasn't done all year: confirm a judicial nominee.

Despite talk when they took charge of the Senate this year that they would move nominees at the same pace Democrats did when they controlled the Senate, Republicans

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James Clyburn Tells Young People To Turn Their Cameras On Police

(54) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Wednesday that, in the wake of a video showing a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man, young people should keep their cameras turned on police.

"I've advised young people, keep your cell phones tuned up. Keep the battery charged....

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White House: Walter Scott Shooting Shows Why Police Should Wear Body Cameras

(11) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that the video of a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man was "awfully hard to watch" and underscores why police should wear body cameras.

During his daily briefing, Earnest said he wasn't sure if President Barack...

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It Is Now Illegal For A Federal Contractor To Fire Someone For Being LGBT

(299) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- For the first time, companies that have contracts with the federal government are now prohibited from firing or discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, thanks to an executive order that takes effect Wednesday.

President Barack Obama signed the order in June...

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So That Happened: How Arkansas' Governor Threw Indiana's Governor Under The Bus

(56) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So That Happened. This week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) one-upped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) over the handling of controversial religious freedom legislation, there's a new hope for millions of Americans living on the ragged edge of homelessness, and since April Fool's Day was this week, we explore the...

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The Surprising Voting Rights Issue Both Democrats and Republicans Support

(111) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to restoring the landmark Voting Rights Act, Republican lawmakers don't seem to want anything to do with it.

The Supreme Court gutted a key portion of the law in 2013 and told Congress to provide a fix. But only a handful of Republicans...

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Congressman Introduces ACRONYM Act To Clean Up Bill Names

(12) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced the Accountability and Congressional Responsibility On Naming Your Motions (ACRONYM) Act -- legislation that would prohibit the addition of words to the title of a bill just to create an acronym.

"It's gotten ridiculous," Honda said in a statement....

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Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill

(2293) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The bill cleared the Arkansas Legislature and now heads to the governor's desk, where it is expected...

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Connecticut Becomes First State To Boycott Indiana Over LGBT Discrimination Law

(2491) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) will sign an executive order on Monday barring state-funded travel to Indiana because of the state's new law that could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers for religious reasons.

Malloy announced his plans on Twitter.

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