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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

Kevin McCarthy Becomes Benghazi Committee's First Casualty

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 12:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- After 17 months and more than $4.5 million, the House Select Committee on Benghazi has finally cost...

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Kevin McCarthy Pulls Out Of House Speaker's Race

(43) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sparked shock, tears and chaos in the GOP...

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Senate Sends President Defense Bill He Opposes

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Time to bring out the veto pen, Mr. President.

The Senate on Wednesday passed the annual

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Boehner Criticizes Democrats Over Mass Shootings

(30) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 11:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- If Democrats really cared about gun violence, they would have done something about it when they...

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Kevin McCarthy Admits Benghazi Comment Was A Gaffe

(20) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) screwed up when he admitted the Benghazi committee was a...

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Senate Ignores Obama Veto Threat To Advance Defense Bill

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:47 AM

 WASHINGTON -- Enough Senate Democrats sided with Republicans on Tuesday to advance a key defense bill, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama.  

The White House had vowed to block the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016, saying the president opposes...

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Treasury Department Narrows National Default Date To Nov. 5

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department on Thursday narrowed the date of a potential national default to Nov. 5.

Earlier estimates for when the nation will hit its legal borrowing limit had been broader. Many lawmakers on Capitol Hill -- who must raise the limit -- had suggested...

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9/11 Health Program Now Officially On Borrowed Time

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to a sense of urgency, Congress has to be graded on a curve...

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Congress Votes To Keep Government Open, For Now

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 9:37 AM

WASHINGTON -- Congress waited until the very last day, but finally voted Wednesday to fund the government for...

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Boehner Vows To Leave Successor With Clean Slate

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 10:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled Tuesday that he will do his best to get major...

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Senate Takes A Step Toward Keeping The Government Open

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 5:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate took the first formal step toward averting a government shutdown Monday, advancing a bill that will keep the federal machine up and running through mid-December -- as long as the House of Representatives goes along with it.

The government will run out of...

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GOP To Launch New Assault On Obamacare, Planned Parenthood

(25) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 12:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Planned Parenthood and Obamacare are probably the two things the GOP hates most. House Republicans are targeting both this week with an obscure procedural move that could finally advance opposition bills to President Barack Obama's desk.

The procedure is called budget reconciliation, and...

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From John Boehner To Government Shutdown, 2016 Campaign Is Pushing Congress To The Edge

(20) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 7:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- To understand what drove John Boehner out of office, and the government to the brink of...

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Boehner's Departure Won't Make Congress Better, But It Could Make It Worse

(16) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner may be able to leave office on a high note...

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Pope Says To Consider The Common Good, Congress Moves To Block That

(7) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 4:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hours after Pope Francis appealed to Congress to consider the "common good" and be mindful of the planet's welfare, lawmakers in the chamber where he spoke moved to do the opposite and bar federal regulators from weighing the costs of climate change.


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John Boehner Greets Pope, Talks Green Ties

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is a Catholic who has dreamed for years of having a...

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Senate Blocks Government Funding Bill Tied To Abortion

(11) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- With less than a week before the government runs out of money, the Senate failed Thursday...

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McConnell Sets Up Shutdown Fight

(10) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 12:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up a contentious battle Tuesday that could shut down the government, offering up a bill that links federal spending with the Republican push to defund Planned Parenthood.

The federal government will run out of money at the end...

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Jon Stewart: Congress Is Treating Health Program For 9/11 Responders Like 'Just Another' Bill

(11) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 10:46 AM

WASHINGTON -- When Jon Stewart on Wednesday lobbied Congress on behalf of 9/11 responders, it stirred...

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Jon Stewart Sums Up Legislative Process: 'So F*****g Boring'

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jon Stewart learned a new reason Wednesday to respect the heroes of 9/11 who have spent...

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