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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

A Conflicted Liberal Explains How Obama Is Making Trade Deals So Hard To Support

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 3:09 PM

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration did no favors for Rep. Earl Blumenauer last month when it decided Maylasia...

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Mitch McConnell Vows No Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

(5) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 4:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans shutting down the government in a bid to defund Planned Parenthood would be like choosing...

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Mitch McConnell Scolds Obama To Tone Down Iran Rhetoric

(9) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not take kindly to being compared by President Barack...

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‘Immoral’ Congress Ducks War Debate, Goes On Vacation

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 6:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- There can be nothing “more immoral” than Congress ducking its war-making responsibilities while American soldiers are...

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Senate Punts On Cybersecurity Bill, Heads To Summer Break

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 4:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday pulled the plug on a controversial cybersecurity bill...

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If Congress Can't Fix Voting Rights, Let's Make Voting Easier, Senator Says

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:46 PM

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court threw out a key portion of the Voting Rights Act two years ago, it told Congress to fix it. Congress hasn’t, failing to take up even bipartisan proposals.

So one Democratic leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), is planning to...

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Harry Reid Mocks GOP Understanding Of 'Negotiation'

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 3:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans will avoid shutting down the government in the fall by negotiating with Democrats, Senate Majority...

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Congressman Holds Out Hope Iran Will Release Reporter Jason Rezaian

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 1:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), the congressman who represents the family of an American imprisoned in Iran,...

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Elizabeth Warren Hammers GOP For Wasting Huge Amounts Of Time

(9) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rolled out a fresh attack against Republicans on Tuesday: They're wasting huge amounts of time.

Pointing to recent GOP efforts to defund the Department of Homeland Security and Planned Parenthood and to attach abortion legislation to a human trafficking bill, among other examples, Warren...

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Many Of The Biggest Opponents Of The Iran Deal Loved The Iraq War, Dem Says

(3) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- Some of the loudest cheerleaders for the Iraq War are hollering for Congress to kill...

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GOP Congressman Claims House Has Enough Votes To Reject Iran Deal

(6) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 10:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) announced on Monday that a majority of House members have pledged to support a resolution of disapproval of the nuclear deal with Iran. But with 218 members supposedly on board, the resolution is still 72 votes shy of the two-thirds majority that will...

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Democrats Take Advantage Of The GOP's Epic Month Of Dysfunction

(32) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maybe congressional Democrats should just send their GOP colleagues a thank-you note.

After a month during...

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Elizabeth Warren Pushes 3 Family-Friendly Bills The GOP Won't Pass

(11) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wanna help the American middle class, Congress?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) laid out three ideas Thursday...

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GOP Plan To Avoid September Shutdown: We'll Get Back To You Later

(17) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON — With government funding set to run out at the end of September, Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

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How The GOP Could Raise Gas Taxes And End Its Highway Nightmare

(3) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 9:50 PM

WASHINGTON — There’s a simple, popular solution that Republican leaders in Congress could grab hold of to...

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Boehner Downplays GOP Insurrection

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bid to oust House Speaker John Boehner is merely the action of one malcontent, and is really "no big deal," the Ohio Republican told reporters Wednesday.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) offered a resolution late Tuesday to "vacate the chair," which, if it gets a vote, would...

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Fall Crises Will Be 'Exciting,' Vacation-Bound Boehner Says

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 3:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- With a potential government shutdown, a contentious Iran deal, a debt-ceiling crisis and other problems looming...

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House Votes To End All Major New Rules, Again

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 7:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bill that critics say would make any significant new regulation all but impossible easily...

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House Votes To Ban States From Labeling GMO Foods

(54) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Do you want to know whether your food has genetically modified organisms in it? The House of Representatives voted to make that harder on Thursday by banning states from passing their own laws requiring GMO labels.

Instead, the House passed a bill called the

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Congress Wants Teenagers To Drive Big Rigs

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 5:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Driving big rigs is one of the most dangerous, grueling occupations in America. And Congress apparently thinks it's just the job for the nation's underemployed teenagers.

In fact, Senate lawmakers think it's such a good idea, they slipped a provision into the must-pass highway...

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