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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

Senate Passes Zika Bill That Will Go Nowhere Fast

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 2:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate added emergency Zika funding to a larger spending bill Thursday, all but guaranteeing it will go nowhere soon.

The Senate voted earlier to waive budget rules and add the cost of the $1.1 billion Zika measure to the deficit. It then passed it, 89-8, along with...

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Congress Is Using Zika To Weaken Truck Safety

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 7:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Truck driver Dana Logan tried on Wednesday to recount a crash that decapitated two fathers and two children, hoping to convince Congress to stop weakening rules that require truckers to get rest.

She couldn’t do it. A dozen years after the fatigued driver of another truck...

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GOP Senator Tries To Take Zika Money Hostage Over Obamacare Cuts

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 2:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats tried and failed Wednesday to expedite emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, stymied by Republicans who objected and tried to extract cuts...

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McConnell Suggests Trump Should Release Tax Returns

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 2:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Add Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to the list of people who think Donald Trump should release his taxes.

Trump, when asked about his tax...

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Taking A Leak Is Now A Liberal 'Social Experiment,' Senator Says

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Maybe Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) was offended that President Barack Obama reminded the world over the weekend about the time Inhofe brought a snowball to...

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House Zika Bill Is $1.3 Billion Short Of Obama's Request

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 1:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress is finally moving to supply the nation's disease control experts with funding to prevent the spread of Zika in the United States, but the House of...

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Trey Gowdy's Former Top Lawyer Undercuts The Benghazi Committee

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Shortly before the House Benghazi committee ramped up its battles with the Department of Defense in its probe of the 2012 terrorist attack, the committee's own top lawyer admitted at least four times in interviews with military officials that there was no more they could have...

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Congress Is OK With Unrestrained War Powers For Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 4:13 PM

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress may be struggling to wrap their arms around Donald Trump, but one thing most of them don't seem concerned about is handing the bomb-throwing businessman the power they've granted the current president to throw real bombs.

President Barack Obama launched his war against...

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Reluctant Republicans Edge Closer To Taking Zika Action. Sort Of.

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 6:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- The threat posed by the spreading Zika virus has been alarming health officials across the Americas since last year. Republicans in Congress on Wednesday finally...

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With Trump And SCOTUS, Do Qualifications Even Matter?

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 6:19 PM

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the United States Senate don’t have much bad to say about Merrick Garland, the nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the...

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Harry Reid Ties GOP To Obstruction, Chickens And Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 3:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have signaled loudly since Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee last week that they intend to ride the businessman to victory in November.


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Benghazi Committee Turns 2 Years Old, But Still Isn’t Done

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON — Remember the House Select Committee on Benghazi? The ninth official probe into what really happened in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya?

It turns two years old today, making it one of the longest-running special congressional investigations in history.

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Trump Video Exposes Hypocrisy Of GOP Block On SCOTUS

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 7:16 AM

WASHINGTON -- Now that the GOP has settled on its presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, a Democratic-aligned group is releasing a video contrasting the businessman with the nominee Senate Republicans refuse to embrace: Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland.

The video highlights the near universal praise heaped on President Barack Obama's choice to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, compared to the scorn and invective hurled at Trump -- by Republicans.

It notes that time that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called Trump a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot," offering language very similar to what would become The Huffington Post's editor's note at the bottom of stories on the tangelo-topped reality TV personality.

Establishment Republicans beyond Graham, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), were never thrilled at the prospect of The Donald being their choice to be president, but GOP voters have forced the choice upon them, and most are accepting it.

Democrats are hoping they will also listen to voters who are threatening to punish the GOP in the fall for refusing to act on Garland, leaving the tie-breaking Supreme Court seat vacant for more than a year.

"Sen. McConnell is refusing to do his job because he wants Donald Trump -- a racist, sexist, misogynistic, nativist, isolationist, pathological liar who said he would date his daughter if they weren't related and won't rule out using nuclear weapons in the Middle East -- to make the next appointment to the Supreme Court," said a statement Thursday from Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, which is releasing the spot.

His group has also been running a tour of nine states where Republican senators are up for re-election and potentially facing anger from voters for the obstruction.

"McConnell’s Senate majority was hanging by a thread before the vacancy even became an issue," Woodhouse said. "Add Trump to the equation and voters now wondering whether the Supreme Court seat will ultimately be filled by someone who thinks women should be jailed for seeking an abortion, and McConnell may as well hand over his gavel and change his letterhead to Senate Minority Leader now."

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Dems Will Ride Trump To The Majority, Says Harry Reid

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Having Donald Trump lead the Republican ticket next fall is a boon to Democratic chances to retake the Senate, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday, vowing to do everything he could to make sure his party takes advantage.

Democrats need to net four Senate seats...

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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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