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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 ABCNews.com. He also worked for UPI, the crime news website APBNews.com and local papers in New York. He graduated from Brooklyn College.

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Democrats Push $600 Million Emergency Heroin Bill

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 8:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- With Congress gradually edging around to actually treating the opioid and heroin abuse crisis as a crisis, Senate Democrats tried to ratchet up the pressure on Republicans Thursday to put some money into confronting the...

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Donald Trump And The GOP's 40 Percent Nightmare

(21) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump won New Hampshire with 35 percent of the vote on Tuesday, solidifying his place as the front-runner for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination when the party meets for its national convention in Ohio...

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John McCain Points Out Some Yuuuge Problems With Donald Trump's Torture Proposals

(5) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 12:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- After several Republicans running for the White House embraced the use of torture, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor Tuesday to harshly criticize his fellow party members.

The issue surfaced in the...

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The World Is So Scary Because The Soviet Union Fell, Intelligence Boss Says

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Maybe count Director of National Intelligence James Clapper among the aging spies who kinda miss the Cold War.

That's after Clapper, the nation's top intelligence official, told senators on Tuesday that the main reason the...

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Martin Shkreli Pleads The Fifth, Smirks At Congress

(16) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former price-gouging pharmaceutical company CEO Martin Shkreli asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a congressional hearing Thursday, but still managed to convict himself of egregious douchebaggery in the court of public opinion.

Shkreli,...

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Sheila Bair Says There's A Big Problem With ‘The Big Short’

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:59 PM


WASHINGTON -- "The Big Short" has one big problem, according to Sheila Bair, a former top regulator who battled to rein in banking abuse during the greatest financial catastrophe since the Great Depression.


Bair earned a reputation as one of the most respected...

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Daughter's Letter About Opioid-Addicted Mom Reaches Senate Floor

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:20 PM

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration’s approach to painkillers and the nation’s growing opioid epidemic is “horrifying,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) charged Wednesday, humanizing that horror by reading a letter from an addict’s anguished daughter on...

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Watch Republicans Get Giddy Over Bernie Sanders' Iowa Surge

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- It looks like early state Democratic voters aren’t the only ones feeling the Bern.

On Tuesday, Republican leaders here took a certain amount of joy in noting how well Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) did in...

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Lindsey Graham: A Trump Or Cruz Win Would Be Like 'Being Shot Or Poisoned'

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- If business mogul Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) win the GOP presidential nomination, Republicans...

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Mitch McConnell Ready To Give President Unlimited War Powers

(6) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caught nearly everybody off guard late Wednesday by quietly clearing...

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Mitch McConnell Freaks At Obama's Latest Idea

(23) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) really doesn't like idea that President Barack Obama could use...

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Donald Trump Touted 9/11 But Never Supported The Bill To Help 9/11 Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 10:55 PM

Attacked for being a New Yorker, Donald Trump draped himself Thursday night in indignation and the valor of...

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How Obama Made This Congressman's Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 5:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- You could forgive Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) if he celebrated a little during President Barack Obama's...

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Here's What Members Of Congress Would Spend Their Powerball Winnings On

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 11:29 PM

When lawmakers descended upon the Capitol for the State of the Union, HuffPost asked the real question on...

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Lawmakers Have Tough Time Saying Their Candidate Will Win In 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 10:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- If you want an indication of how uncertain this year's presidential contest is -- on both...

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Obama's Heroin Pledge Has A Huge Obstacle, Senator Says

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 4:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may have targeted opiate abuse in the second paragraph of his final...

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Why Jon Stewart Fought So Hard For 9/11 Responders

(12) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 9:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- It was Sept. 16, just a few days after the 14th anniversary of the World Trade Center...

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Congress Finally Passes A 9/11 Health Bill

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 10:04 AM


WASHINGTON -- Over 14 years after extremists hijacked airplanes to perpetrate the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in history, Congress voted Friday to permanently care for the thousands of police, firefighters and construction workers who are sick or dying because they responded to those attacks.


The...

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When It Comes To Corporate Tax Breaks, Congress Stops Caring About The Deficit

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 2:12 PM


WASHINGTON -- Apparently the deficit hawks flew south for the winter.


At least that's the conclusion that could be drawn from looking at the price tag for the package of bills unveiled early Wednesday morning to keep the government running and extend a bunch of tax breaks,...

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Omnibus Bill Shows Trade Deals Can, In Fact, Rewrite U.S. Laws

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 11:48 AM


WASHINGTON -- A short provision tucked into the 2,009-page government spending bill will remove labels telling consumers where their beef and pork comes from, but it will reveal something else. Lawmakers and food safety advocates warn that the one simple measure highlights how looming trade deals can...

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