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Michael McAuliff
Michael McAuliff covers politics and Congress for The Huffington Post. Previously, he was a Washington correspondent for the New York Daily News and the national editor of He also worked for UPI, the crime news website and local papers in New York. He graduated from Brooklyn College.

Entries by Michael McAuliff

Congress Stays On Course For Another Shutdown Showdown

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 2:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Coming back from its Independence Day vacation, Congress appeared no closer Tuesday to finding a way to avoid yet another government shutdown showdown in the fall.

Democrats who are angry that Republicans have proposed spending bills that hike defense while continuing to cut other domestic programs have begun...

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Jon Stewart Wanted Names Of 9/11 Bill Opponents. Here They Are.

(258) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the health treatment program for 9/11 responders set to expire this fall and Congress moving slowly to reauthorize it, Jon Stewart demanded to know on his show Wednesday night who is responsible for all that "bullshit."

It turns out, there's an app for that.

A 9/11 advocacy...

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Disappointed Democrats Help Congress Pass Trade Relief For Displaced Workers

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill Thursday to help workers displaced by the trade deals Congress just gave President Barack Obama the power to sign, but it's a bitter consolation for Democrats who think the White House should have gotten much more.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance program -- passed...

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Republicans Freaked Out At Obamacare Ruling, But Are Secretly Relieved

(196) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans were publicly outraged the Supreme Court again found the Affordable Care Act constitutional, but there was also a deep sense of relief that they wouldn't have to deal with twin problems of ending health care for millions in red states or coming up with a replacement.


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Dems Will Torture GOP With Shutdown Politics In Bid To Win Concessions

(395) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats’ plan to block every GOP spending bill this summer isn’t a bid for a government shutdown -- it’s a strategy to bring Republicans to the negotiating table before it’s too late, Senate Democratic leaders told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

They vowed that not only would Democrats...

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Dick Durbin Calls Charleston Shooter A 'Terrorist'

(9) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- The man who gunned down nine worshippers in a Charleston church is a terrorist whose brutal act demands a conversation that's much broader than the debate raging over the Confederate flag, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), said Tuesday.

Dylann Roof, the apparent author of a white supremacist...

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Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade

(1421) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing the way for major trade agreements with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.

The 60-37 vote all but ensures the passage of legislation that...

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TPP、のるかそるか アメリカ上院で運命の再議決、その行方は?

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM


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McConnell Tries 'Trust Me' Strategy To Pass Obama Trade Bills

(176) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 9:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved Thursday evening to secure passage of President Barack Obama's trade agenda, employing a strategy to keep supportive Democrats on board that amounts to "trust me."

McConnell's moves came after the House narrowly voted to give Obama the power he...

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House Passes Fast-Track Trade Do-Over

(284) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 11:11 AM

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House of Representatives started over on trade Thursday, passing a fresh bill to give President Barack Obama sweeping powers to negotiate massive international agreements.

The measure would grant Obama and the next president what's known as Trade Promotion Authority, allowing the White House to fast-track through...

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Trucking Industry Pleads With Congress To Raise Gas Taxes

(152) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 8:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- There’s an easy solution to stop the federal highway fund from going broke at the end of July, the head of the American Trucking Associations told Congress Wednesday -- raise the gas tax.

Bill Graves, the Republican former governor of Kansas, delivered that message in testimony...

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Bill Nelson Loses Bet, Plows Through 46 Pushups Like There's No Tomorrow

(11) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 5:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- It was an otherwise ordinary Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill, until Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) lured reporters into a Senate room, dropped to the floor and did 46 pushups at warp speed.

Nelson lost a bet to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) over the Stanley Cup. Nelson offered Florida's...

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TPP関連法案でオバマ大統領と共和党が結託し、民主党が反発するねじれ構造 その舞台裏

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:40 AM


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Lindsey Graham Says Trump Is A 'Dream Come True' For Consultants

(46) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's entry into the 2016 presidential contest is a "dream come true." Or at least it is for professional political handlers, quipped South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's may GOP competitors.

"I think it is a dream come true for people in the business," Graham...

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After Handing Obama A Crippling Defeat, House Eyes Next Moves On Trade

(302) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 6:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama suffered an embarrassing defeat Friday in his push to pass his trade agenda. But now attention is turning to the next steps, and the president, along with pro-trade lawmakers, have the weekend to regroup and find a new way to win over House...

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Democrats Rebel To Block Obama's Trade Deals

(1153) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats rebelled against President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda Friday, spurning his last-second personal appeal and blocking a measure in the House that would have granted him the power to fast-track sweeping, secretive international agreements through Congress.

The Democrats' revolt focused on a provision that...

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Republican Says Unions' 'Crazy' Claims Would Make A Nazi Proud

(339) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Politicians can't seem to resist comparing their opponents to Nazis, and it usually doesn't go well for them.

But Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) found a new and perhaps unintentionally ironic way to do it Friday while denouncing unions' arguments against...

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Activists Threaten Primaries Against Dems Who Back Obama Trade Deals

(133) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 5:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic activists are trying to add momentum to a revolt against President Barack Obama's trade push Friday, threatening to seek primary opponents against any Democratic lawmakers who back legislation that helps the trade deals pass.

The House is set to vote on several measures designed to...

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This Time, Republicans Are Backing 9/11 Health Legislation

(13) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- What a difference five years make. Unlike in 2010, when Congress nearly failed to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, Republicans on Thursday embraced the renewal of a key part of the act, predicting that it would pass easily.

"The bill needs to...

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Grassroots, Unions Threaten Dems With Defeat Over Trade Support

(32) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Grassroots and union groups had a warning Wednesday for Democrats who are considering signing onto President Barack Obama's trade agenda: If you do it, you will be defeated in 2016.

The threat was twofold. On the one hand, the grassroots and union leaders pledged to target lawmakers who...

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