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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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Chuck Grassley Admits It's 'A Gamble' To Let Trump Fill SCOTUS Vacancy

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 12:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) conceded Thursday that there's a flaw in the GOP's plan to block President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court: Who the hell would a President Donald Trump pick for the seat?

The argument Republicans make for denying a...

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Female GOP Lawmakers Don't Want To Talk About Trump's 'Woman Card'

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 1:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump reduced Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to little more than a female human vessel Tuesday night, saying her gender is the only thing she's got going for her in her campaign.

"The only card she has is the women's card," Trump...

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GOP Wants To Help Federal Contractors Hide Civil Rights Violations

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 10:12 AM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker is quietly trying to slip language into a defense bill that would block President Barack Obama's executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose civil rights violations.

The House Armed Services Committee is set to take up the massive...

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GOP Senate Candidate Says Obama’s Supreme Court Pick Deserves A Vote

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 8:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), who's vying for a Senate seat in November, broke from his party's messaging on Monday night and said Republicans should act on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee this year.

"I do think he should have a hearing and...

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Bernie Sanders Wins Rhode Island Democratic Primary

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 4:50 PM

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North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Repeal Sweeping Anti-LGBT Law

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- North Carolina lawmakers filed legislation Monday to repeal the state's extreme anti-LGBT law, which, since its passage last month, has drawn a presidential rebuke and spurred businesses to pull out of the state.

The bill, HB 946, would strike down the new...

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Marco Rubio: I'm Not Interested In Being Vice President

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 5:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) didn't get very far in his presidential bid, and he's out of a Senate seat as of January. What's next for him? It's not being anybody's running mate.

"I have no intention of being vice president," Rubio said in a Friday...

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Louie Gohmert Threatens To Quit Shopping At Target

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 7:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- It looks like Target may have just lost a loyal customer: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

Gohmert said Thursday that he won't shop at the massive retailer anymore if it's true that the store plans to allow transgender customers to use bathrooms that match their gender identity....

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GOP Lawmakers Are Already Planning To Bail On Their Own Convention

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON -- Several Republican lawmakers up for re-election this year are planning to avoid the chaos of their party's presidential convention and stay home. 

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said he was skipping the Cleveland event in order to campaign in November.

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Get In Line, SCOTUS. This Court Has Been Waiting 2,296 Days For A Judge.

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has been waiting two months for the Senate to do something about its empty seat. If you think that sounds like a long time, you haven't heard about the federal circuit court in Wisconsin. It's been waiting more than six years...

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So Much For 'Letting The People Decide' The Supreme Court Nominee

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- The American people have spoken. A majority of them now say they want the Senate to vote this year on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. That's according to a Tuesday NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.


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Everything You Need To Know About The Wave Of 100+ Anti-LGBT Bills Pending In States

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's been almost a year since the Supreme Court's historic ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. And in that time, there's been an ugly backlash.

A new law in Mississippi lets any person or business deny services to same-sex couples because of...

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Obama Gives A Nudge To Women's Soccer Players Getting Equal Pay

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- It was just a brief mention. Easy to miss, really.

"Equal pay for equal work should be a fundamental principle of our economy," President Barack Obama said Tuesday in a speech commemorating Equal Pay Day. "It’s the idea that whether you're a high school teacher,...

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Iowa Cafe Changes Menu To Call Out Chuck Grassley's Supreme Court Obstruction

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 8:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- A Des Moines, Iowa, cafe revamped its menu on Tuesday to send a message to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that he should hold confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Diners at Ritual Cafe can now order a "Justice Delayed Bowl"...

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Republicans Finally Confirmed A Judge. Is This Obama's Last One?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 4:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Something rare happened Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) let a judicial nominee get a vote: Waverly Crenshaw, a Tennessee district court nominee.

It's been two months since Republicans confirmed a judge. If anybody should have been confirmed by now, it's Crenshaw. Nobody...

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It's Not Just The Supreme Court. Republicans Are Screwing Lots Of Other Courts Too.

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 11:46 AM

WASHINGTON -- It sucks to be Merrick Garland right now. He was nominated to the job of his life -- Supreme Court justice -- and Republicans won't even give him a vote. It's not that they have bad things to say about him; they just don't...

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Obama, Biden Endorse Tammy Duckworth For Senate

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 9:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) for Senate on Wednesday.

"I'm proud to support Tammy Duckworth for the seat I once held in the United States Senate," Obama said. "Few people fight as passionately for our veterans as Tammy....

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Obama: Ted Cruz Is 'Just As Draconian' On Immigration As Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 12:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Donald Trump isn't the only GOP presidential candidate whose extreme foreign policy proposals are causing trouble for the U.S. abroad. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is doing some...

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Joe Biden Taps 'Orange Is The New Black' Actor For Sexual Assault Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 7:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Actor Matt McGorry will join Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday at a University of Pittsburgh event to promote It's On Us, the administration's public awareness campaign on campus sexual assault.

"I am honored to be speaking with Vice President Biden tomorrow on what...

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An Iowa Teenager Just Shut Down Chuck Grassley's Supreme Court Argument

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, still refuses to give a hearing to President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee because Obama is a lame-duck president.

It's only fair to wait until after the November elections, Grassley says, and let...

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