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Michael McAuliff

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Lawmakers Ignore Experts, Push For Ebola Travel Ban

(800) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Growing numbers of lawmakers on Thursday called for a ban on travel from the West African nations at the center of the Ebola epidemic, spurning the advice of the nation's top health officials who testified that such an action would be counterproductive.

Cries to cut off travel from...

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What Jon Stewart Missed In Skewering Scary Democratic Fundraising

(27) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:49 PM

A recent string of desperate-sounding Democratic fundraising emails caught the attention of Jon Stewart on Monday night, and he did his usual best with mocking frantic pleas that said things like "Kiss any hope goodbye" and "We're done. Go Home. Give up."

It's the latest trend...

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Scott Brown Compares Oil Company Loopholes To Child Tax Credits

(43) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Responding to criticism over his opposition to ending tax loopholes that benefit oil companies or firms that ship jobs overseas, Scott Brown suggested in a New Hampshire Senate debate Monday that none of them should be closed to cut the deficit.

Brown, a former Republican senator from Massachusetts,...

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Nancy Pelosi: Congress Should Return To Vote On War

(185) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress should return from its long election break and vote on President Barack Obama's authority to go to war against extremists in Iraq and Syria, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.

Obama launched strikes on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, starting...

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Congressman Suggests ADT For White House Security

(81) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the Secret Service under intense congressional scrutiny for a series of security breaches, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) had a suggestion Tuesday: an off-the-rack home security system for the White House.

In the latest incursion, a man jumped the White House fence earlier this month, and managed...

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Raging GOP Candidate Mike Bost's Past Includes Dog Killing And Mysterious Stolen Gun

(254) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) has made a name for himself throwing extraordinary tantrums during legislative sessions. But he doesn't appear to have contained his notorious temper to the statehouse, according to a review of court and police records obtained by...

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Can You Tell How Lawmakers Voted On Obama's ISIS War? Probably Not (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 7:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- What happens when members of Congress have to take tough votes on war and national security?

They say confusing things.

How confusing? "Orwellian" doesn't quite capture it. "Wonderland" might be closer.

To get a better sense, HuffPost put together a video quiz showcasing 13 lawmakers, both...

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Charlie Rangel Pushes For Draft, War Tax To Battle ISIS

(322) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk is cheap, and so are votes to go to war if lawmakers and most of their constituents don't suffer any consequences, said Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) in an interview with The Huffington Post last week.

Rangel called for a military draft and a war tax in...

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Senate Dems Don't Think The 2014 Elections Will Turn The Political Tide. Here's Why

(198) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sitting in his office seven weeks before voters head to the polls, the man in charge of electing Democrats to the Senate cops to being unable to pinpoint the single animating issue of this cycle.

He prefers it that way.

Guy Cecil,...

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Senate Democrats Reveal Not-So-Secret Weapon In Campaign To Stay In Control

(44) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- By all rights, Democrats in the U.S. Senate should be measuring drapes for smaller offices as they head home for an election season that many analysts predict will hand control of the upper chamber to Republicans.

But the man most directly in charge of salvaging...

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Conflicted Congress Passes Obama's New War Funding

(273) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate added its conflicted stamp of approval to President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels against the Islamic State, voting to fund what amounts to the start of a new war without an actual war vote.

The measure -- attached to a must-pass bill...

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John McCain, Democrats Puncture Latest Georgia Immigration Terror Ad Against Michelle Nunn

(100) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Democrats think the latest Senate ad from Georgia contender David Perdue is "shameful," but they were entertained to note that some leading Republicans could suffer collateral damage from the spot.

The 30-second segment repeats the debunked claim that Democrat Michelle Nunn gave money to terrorists, and...

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Divided Congress Backs Obama's ISIS Plan

(219) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- A divided House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to back President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State.

Upending the normal partisan divides, numerous Democrats and Republicans came down on opposite sides of the vote, with most high-ranking lawmakers backing the...

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John Kerry Takes On Code Pink At ISIS Hearing

(29) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Peace activists from Code Pink have become a fixture at national security hearings on Capitol Hill since they began protesting the second Iraq War. But rather than dismiss their chants against war, former peace activist and current Secretary of State John Kerry decided Wednesday to engage with the...

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Top Intelligence Officials Knock Claim ISIS Is Infiltrating Southern U.S. Border

(132) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- There is no evidence to support recent alarmed claims from some lawmakers that agents of the Islamic State are infiltrating the United States through the border with Mexico, two of the country's top intelligence officials told Congress Wednesday.

"We see no specific intelligence or evidence to suggest at...

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Obama's ISIS War Exceeds His Authority, Democratic Senator Argues

(12) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama does not have the authority to wage a war against the Islamic State, senators argued Tuesday in a hearing about the administration's plans to target the militant group active in Iraq and Syria.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)...

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Senate ISIS Hearing Raises Specter Of Escalating War, Ground Forces

(323) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- America's top military officials on Tuesday made the case for President Barack Obama's strategy to target the Islamic State, in a Senate hearing that highlighted how quickly the theoretically limited mission could mushroom into something much more involved.

Under the plan Obama is pursuing, the United States would...

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Bill Targets ISIS And The Endless War On Terror

(42) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Even as it declares war on the so-called Islamic State, a bill proposed in Congress would also try to extricate the United States from the endless war on terror.

The nation declared war on al Qaeda and its backers in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, enacting a 61-word...

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Koch-Linked Group Targets Farmers Who Endorsed Democrat Bruce Braley

(82) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of Koch brothers-linked groups were so incensed that a farmer's association endorsed the Senate campaign of Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley that they're apparently trying to punish the farmers.

Braley won the backing of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, which announced last week that it...

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Congress Likely To Duck War Powers Question Until After Elections

(177) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress was torn Thursday over whether President Barack Obama actually has the authority to broaden a war against the so-called Islamic State. And with elections coming, and the itch to campaign becoming more difficult to ignore, ducking a vote on that authority until at least mid-November is a...

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