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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

House Votes To End All Major New Rules, Again

(0) 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

(55) 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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Reporter Question Proves Trump 2016 Is An Entertainment Story

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 1:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- If you had any doubt that Donald Trump’s candidacy for president was being treated by...

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McConnell's Multiyear Highway Deal Stalls Right Out Of The Gate

(9) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 12:17 PM


WASHINGTON -- With a little over one week left before funding for the nation's transportation infrastructure dries...

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Congress Suggests Obama Will Ignore Slavery To Secure Trade Deal

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 9:48 PM

A Malaysian Muslim man sits amid coffins in a pit during re-burial of remains found at human-trafficking camps in the country's north, on June 22, 2015. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers across Capitol Hill raised questions Thursday about whether President Barack Obama's administration is willing to...

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Boehner Ducks Offer To Negotiate A Way Around A Shutdown

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined Thursday to address Democratic offers to negotiate a budget that avoids the threat of a government shutdown in the fall.

President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the 12 annual spending bills that Congress is still working on because...

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John Boehner Says Iran Deal 'Blows My Mind'

(15) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal "blows" House Speaker John Boehner's mind, the Ohio Republican declared...

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Ted Cruz Recalls Watching Porn With Sandra Day O'Connor

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has written in his new book about that time when he watched porn with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

He may be running for president now, but he was happy to recount it again Wednesday when a producer claiming affiliation with TMZ asked if...

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Ted Cruz Defends Donald Trump On Immigration Before Their Dinner Date

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday offered another passionate defense of Donald Trump, while also attacking...

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Congress Moves To Stop States From Requiring GMO Labeling

(424) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress took the first step Tuesday to ban states such as Vermont from requiring companies to label whether foods contain genetically modified organisms, advancing a House Agriculture Committee bill that would pre-empt such laws.

The bill, called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,...

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Paul Ryan Explains What Jeb Bush Meant When He Said Americans Should Work Longer Hours

(274) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan, who was Mitt Romney's vice presidential nominee in 2012, declined Friday to say whether 2016 contender Jeb Bush's recent declaration that "Americans need to work longer hours" was as damaging as Romney's infamous "47 percent" remarks.

"You're Huffington Post aren't you? What the...

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Paul Ryan Says Government Won't Shut Down Because Republicans Are In Control

(487) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 1:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is confident there will be no government shutdown this fall because Republicans are in charge on Capitol Hill, he said Friday.

"I’m not worried about that because we control both sides of the rotunda, the House and the Senate," Ryan, the chairman...

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Battle Over Confederate Flag Engulfs Congress

(1078) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bill to fund the Department of the Interior stalled Thursday after Republicans tried to add an amendment that would protect the Confederate flag in national cemeteries.

The measure had immediately sparked Democratic ire Wednesday night when it was added unexpectedly by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)....

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Harry Reid Slams Entire GOP Over 'Disgusting' Donald Trump Remarks

(231) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 4:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed not just Donald Trump but the rest of the Republican Party Wednesday over the wealthy businessman's anti-Mexican slurs.

Trump has repeatedly described undocumented immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "drug dealers," adding, "Some, I assume are good...

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Congress Stays On Course For Another Shutdown Showdown

(553) 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.

(275) 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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