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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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Republicans Kill Spending Bill Over Its LGBT Protections

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 11:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans unexpectedly sunk their own $37.4 billion water and energy spending bill on Thursday because it included a provision ensuring that people who work for government contractors can't be fired for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The bill failed 112 to...

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North Carolina's GOP Senator Says State's Anti-LGBT Law Goes 'Too Far'

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 4:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Tuesday that Republican lawmakers in his state went too far when they passed a sweeping anti-LGBT law this year, and said they need to rein it in before a judge does it for them.

"Yeah, I've got issues,"...

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Governor Declares 'Beyonce Day' In Minnesota

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 5:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Who run the world? Girls. 

Who runs Minnesota? Beyoncé. At least, for a day.

Queen Bey is performing in Minneapolis on Monday night, so Gov. Mark Dayton...

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GOP Congressman: 'I've Never Thought' It Was A Good Idea To Block Obama's SCOTUS Pick

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 4:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Another Republican lawmaker is breaking from his party and urging the Senate to vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-N.Y.) said Monday that the the failure of GOP leaders to even give Merrick Garland a hearing,...

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How Donald Trump Gained Power Over Senate Republicans With His Supreme Court List

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's decision to unveil a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees that he would choose from as president has been viewed as a...

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Dem Lawmakers Shout 'Shame!' As GOP Scrambles To Save Anti-LGBT Provision

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- An unexpectedly dramatic scene unfolded on the House floor Thursday as lawmakers clashed over stripping language out of a bill that allows for discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

During debate on a military spending bill, Rep. Sean Patrick...

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House Passes Bill That Lets Government Contractors Fire People For Being LGBT

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 4:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The language, slipped into the bill by Rep....

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Ron Johnson Ditches His Own Judicial Nominee After Ignoring Court Vacancy For 2,323 Days

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) just can't bring himself to play well with others.

He's spent more than six years -- 2,323 days, to be precise -- singlehandedly preventing a vacancy on a federal court in his state from being filled. It's the longest circuit court...

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Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Army Secretary

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 4:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Eric Fanning as the new secretary of the Army -- quietly making history by putting the first openly gay person in the post.

Fanning was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote. He previously filled a number of senior positions in the...

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Senate Passes Bill Letting 9/11 Victims' Families Sue Saudi Arabia

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to let the families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terrorist attacks -- a stinging rebuke to White House efforts to bury the legislation.

In one of the weirder alliances...

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Congressman Mocks The GOP's 'Great American Bathroom Controversy'

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) made fun of Republicans on Friday for being "obsessed" with where transgender people go to the bathroom, delivering a speech on the House floor that fell somewhere between a comedy skit and a biting policy attack.

"I rise today...

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Panic About Transgender People In Bathrooms Echoes Logic On Racial Segregation

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 10:42 AM

WASHINGTON -- We've hit a point in the political cycle where Republicans are trying to fuel a hysteria over transgender people going to the bathroom.

They warn that transgender women -- people who were assigned male at birth but who identify their gender as...

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Lawmakers Will Try Again To Make Congress Care About Authorizing War

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- A frustrated group of House lawmakers is taking another crack at forcing Congress to debate a war it has already spent billions of dollars on -- without...

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Pat Toomey Tries To Skip The Line And Only Confirm His Judicial Nominees

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), one of the most vulnerable senators up for re-election this year, appealed to GOP leaders Wednesday to confirm two of his...

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The Guy Who Rescued Obamacare's Website Has A New Project: The VA

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- It was October 2013 when the Obama administration triumphantly flipped the switch on, the landing page for the White House’s landmark domestic policy achievement.

It promptly crashed. 

As administration officials absorbed the extent of the catastrophe, they realized they had to go...

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North Carolina Governor's Bathroom Obsession Has Been Years In The Making

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 2:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- The governor of North Carolina has successfully diverted America's attention away from Donald Trump and onto an equally pressing issue: toilets.

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is at the center of a "debate" over which bathrooms transgender people should use. He signed a...

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GOP Senator: If We Lose In November, We Should Confirm Merrick Garland

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November, Republicans should hurry up and confirm President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

"If we come to a point, I have said all along, where we're going to lose...

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Jeb Bush Won't Back Donald Trump For President

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 4:19 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he won't be supporting Donald Trump in November, becoming one of the highest-profile Republicans to disavow his party's presidential nominee. 

"Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And,...

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Key Congressman Unsure About Sharing Classified Info With Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 3:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, doesn't sound particularly comfortable with sharing classified information with GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

"The practice of providing intelligence briefings to the presidential nominees of both parties is a sound one," Schiff said...

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Ted Cruz Is Fine With Holding SCOTUS Seat Open For Clinton Or Trump To Fill

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- A day after dropping out of a bitter presidential primary against GOP front-runner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) still thinks the next president should fill the Supreme Court vacancy -- even as some conservatives are starting to see President Barack Obama's nominee as...

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