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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

Paul Ryan's Tea Party Challenger Plays The Man Card

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 4:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- A tea-partying, motorcycle-riding businessman isn't just challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his job in Congress -- Paul Nehlen wants to test Ryan's arm-wrestling prowess, too.

That's the kicker of a new video (above) released by Nehlen and his campaign Thursday that seems just embarrassing enough to get traction on Youtube.

In it, Nehlen is seen riding his motorcycle past varying scenes of Wisconsin and flexing his tattooed triceps before strolling onto a factory floor and criticizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that Ryan pushed hard for, calling it a job-killer.

"Mr. Speaker, you championed this trade deal. Why don't you come back to Wisconsin and debate me, man-to-man and face-to-face, on the realities of TPP," Nehlen says in the 90-second spot, before getting all mano a mano. 

"And if you don't want to debate me, maybe we can arm wrestle," Nehlen concludes.

Nehlen is likely aware that Ryan is famously fit, thanks to his fondness for grueling P90X routines.

The challenger's campaign was only formed in late March, and there were no financial filings available to hint at any financial support for the insurgency. Ryan had about $7.7 million in his campaign account, according to his most recent filing.

The primary is set for Aug....

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Trump Voters Told HuffPost His Racism, Misogyny And Xenophobia Aren't An Issue

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 1:22 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Huffington Post includes an editor’s note on all stories related to Donald Trump.

It says Trump “regularly incites political violence and is a serial...

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It's Time To Freak Out Over Zika, Marco Rubio Warns GOP

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 1:18 PM

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in Congress may be taking a slow, deliberate approach to dealing with the looming threat of the Zika virus, but Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned...

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Here's The Candidate Who Could Help Bernie Sanders' Dreams Come True

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 3:29 PM

PHILADELPHIA — The hulking, big-hearted mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, is not especially welcome in Washington, D.C.

It’s not that the 46-year-old, 6-foot-8 John Fetterman can’t get a meeting with...

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Bill Clinton Blames Millennials For Anger, Economy, Congress

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 2:33 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Millennials, there’s a reason Americans are so anxious and angry in this election, Bill Clinton says. It's you.

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton's...

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Senate Prepares To Make Truck Safety Even Worse, Advocates Warn

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 1:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Safety advocates are crying foul over yet another change to trucking safety rules that the industry is trying to slide though Congress with no hearings, no public...

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Dems Push Congress To Care About Zika Before Mosquito Season Hits

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 11:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Friday tried to jumpstart the stalled emergency funding process to address the threat of Zika virus, and warned House Republicans that they will attempt to force a hearing on the matter.

With warm weather and mosquito season imminent, little progress...

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Reid Says McConnell Cares More About The Kochs Than His Own Senators

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- There are not too many Republican ills that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not lay at the feet of the billionaire Koch brothers, especially if it concerns obstruction.

But on Thursday Reid (D-Nev.) linked...

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Ken Starr Thinks Mitch McConnell Should Fill Scalia's Seat

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 9:42 AM

WASHINGTON -- Ken Starr, the former Reagan administration appeals court judge who spent years investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton, thinks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama's choice...

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Republicans Would Consider Blocking A Supreme Court Pick Even After Voters Have A Say

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican Senate leaders may have said repeatedly that they are delaying President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee so the people can have a say through this year's elections -- but that doesn't mean they're going...

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Democrats Could Win By Losing On The Supreme Court

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 2:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have a quandary when it comes to their battle to get the Senate to vote on a Supreme Court nominee: How hard should they push, and what, really, can they do?

Party legislators have offered up weeks of outraged floor speeches and...

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Lindsey Graham: Vital U.S. Allies Are Dumbfounded By Trump

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump isn't just a threat to the Republican Party, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday, he's also endangering the stability of U.S. allies in the Middle East, who are "dumbfounded" by the real...

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Democrat Explains GOP Blockade Of Obama's Nominee: 'It's Personal'

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) explained succinctly Wednesday the reason he and many other Democrats believe Republicans are stonewalling President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee: personal animosity toward the commander in chief.

Within hours of the...

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Republican Has Glowing Praise For Obama's High Court Choice

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 12:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the few Republican senators who has agreed to meet with President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee expressed her admiration for appeals court judge Merrick Garland after talking with him Tuesday, and called for...

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Insurgent Democratic Candidate Ups Ante In Call For Debbie Wasserman Schultz To Resign

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 9:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D-Fla.) support for payday lenders has been earning her some enemies on the left, and she can add one more to the list: the insurgent Democratic candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania.

John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock,...

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Trucks Are Getting More Dangerous And Drivers Are Falling Asleep At The Wheel. Thank Congress.

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 2:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder sat in his squad car, its red and blue lights strobing into the frozen night of Jan. 27, 2014. He was about to be set on fire.

Balder had stopped to assist a Chicago-bound big rig...

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Senator Asks: Are Republicans Afraid They'll Actually Like Obama's Nominee?

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 2:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) pointed to a basic question Thursday to prod Senate Republicans to rethink their opposition to hearings on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland: What are they afraid of?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

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Harry Reid: The GOP's ‘Big Lie’ Gave Rise To Donald Trump

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 10:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have only themselves to blame for Donald Trump's rise, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) argued Thursday, declaring if Trump wins the White House, Mexico will build his infamous wall -- to keep Americans...

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Panic Has A Way Of Softening 2016 Republicans On Obama's Court Pick

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 5:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Most Republicans blocking President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee cite various principles for the obstruction, but there may be a better predictor for how hardline their stance is: the difficulty of their re-election campaign.

Immediately after Obama announced he was selecting federal judge...

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Mitch McConnell: Nope, We Still Won't Consider Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

(7) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 12:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama finally announced Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court pick on Wednesday. But nothing changed on Capitol Hill, where top Republicans said it doesn't matter if the president has named someone to fill the vacant seat. They're still not going to act...

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