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Congressional Candidate Mike Bost Makes Dog-Killing Joke

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 4:53 PM

The Illinois congressional candidate who once killed a beagle that bit his daughter is not happy the story resurfaced after all these years, but he was willing to crack a joke about it in an interview.

State Rep. Mike Bost (R), who has been dubbed "Mad Mike" by...

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Darrell Issa: What We Don't Know Could Kill Us

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- At a Congressional hearing to evaluate America's response to the Ebola outbreak, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) eschewed the calm approach, suggesting U.S. medical officials are flailing in the dark and that their ignorance could prove deadly.

Issa started by pointing out the flaws of the...

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Scott Brown Lists Massachusetts As Employer In N.H. Campaign Filing

(108) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's heart may be set on winning a seat in New Hampshire, but his head is apparently still stuck in the Bay State.

At least that could be the conclusion based on a report Thursday morning from New Hampshire's WMUR, which noticed the Republican...

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Tom Cotton's Consultant Who 'May Not Exist' Actually Does

(13) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- It turns out Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton (R) was not employing some sort of phantom consultant in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor -- it's merely a new one without a long paper trail.

Since March, Cotton has paid some $323,000 to a firm called Right...

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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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