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Mollie Reilly
Mollie Reilly is deputy politics editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Washingtonian Magazine. She is a graduate of Colgate University and lives in San Francisco. She can be reached by email at or on Twitter at @mollieclare.

Entries by Mollie Reilly

Obama: Tom Menino Was 'Bold, Big-Hearted, And Boston Strong'

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:54 PM

President Barack Obama issued a statement Thursday on the death of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, praising the longtime mayor's commitment to revitalizing his city.

"Bold, big-hearted, and Boston strong, Tom was the embodiment of the city he loved and led for more than two decades," Obama wrote.

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Sandy Activist Whom Chris Christie Told To 'Shut Up' Says He's Not Backing Down

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:03 AM

The man whom New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told to "sit down and shut up" is not backing down from his fight with the notoriously confrontational governor.

Speaking Tuesday at an event marking the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Christie was repeatedly heckled by local activist...

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Elizabeth Warren To Chris Christie: Show 'Science, Not Politics' On Ebola Quarantine

(248) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) controversial Ebola quarantine, urging the governor to prioritize "science, not politics" in his response to the deadly virus.

Appearing on "CBS This Morning," Warren responded to Christie's defense of the quarantine. According to...

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Sarah Palin Compares Climate Change 'Hysteria' To Eugenics

(767) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Sarah Palin is once again brushing off global warming as "junk science," comparing warnings about the threat of climate change to the eugenics movement of the early 20th century.

Last week, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate recorded a video for the...

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U.S. Soldiers Quarantined In Italy After Returning From Aiding Ebola Patients

(421) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:15 PM

American troops returning after aiding Ebola patients in Liberia have been isolated in Italy, CBS News and CNN reported Monday. A Pentagon spokesperson later confirmed to The Huffington Post that about a dozen military personnel have been isolated "out of an abundance of caution."

As CBS...

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White House Presses States To End Ebola Quarantine: Report

(1105) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 3:27 PM

The Obama administration is pressuring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to reverse the mandatory quarantine for all health care workers who have treated Ebola patients, the New York Times reported Sunday.

One day after a doctor...

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Kentucky Newspapers Endorse Alison Lundergan Grimes

(997) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Two major Kentucky newspapers have endorsed Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate over incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R).

The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader both ran editorials Sunday in support of the Democrat, who currently serves as Kentucky's Secretary of State.

In its endorsement,...

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Utah Supreme Court Lifts Hold On Same-Sex Adoptions

(28) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Utah's Supreme Court lifted its stay on same-sex adoptions Thursday, two weeks after the state dropped its legal fight over the issue.

In May, the state's high court placed a hold on several district judges' rulings that ordered the Utah Department of Health to...

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Labor Secretary: 'We Suck' On The Minimum Wage

(126) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Thursday the United States' current federal minimum wage is an international embarrassment, specifically calling out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for fighting attempts to raise the wage floor.

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News, Perez noted the U.S.'s...

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California City Becomes First In State To Ban Tobacco Sales To Anyone Under 21

(57) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:37 PM

A Northern California city has become the first in the state to approve raising the minimum age for tobacco purchases.

Healdsburg, California's city council voted 4-1 Monday to raise the age threshold required for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. (California state law mandates...

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Obama Casts His Ballot Early In Chicago

(81) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:49 PM

President Barack Obama voted Monday in the midterm elections, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans who have also taken advantage of early voting.

Obama, who is in Chicago to campaign for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), stopped by his polling place, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service...

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Rick Scott Almost Refused To Debate Charlie Crist Over A Fan

(752) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 8:13 PM

Florida's second gubernatorial debate got off to a bizarre start Wednesday evening when incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R) initially refused to debate his opponent because he had a fan under his lectern.

Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor hoping to unseat Scott in next month's election, had...

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Obama: White House Expects FCC To Uphold Net Neutrality

(165) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 7:53 PM

President Barack Obama says his administration "expects" that the Federal Communications Commission will not allow Internet service providers to offer multiple tiers of service.

Speaking at a town hall in Santa Monica, California on Thursday, Obama reiterated his support for net neutrality, or the principle that...

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Silicon Valley Democrats Spar At HuffPost Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:03 AM

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna squared off in the only debate for California’s 17th Congressional District Monday evening in San Jose, with questions from The Huffington Post.

The moment that may linger longest was Honda's response to allegations that his staff used his public...

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Kurds Face Massacre In Syrian Border Town As Turkey Just Watches

(352) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 6:09 PM

The Turkish military is just watching as outgunned and outnumbered Kurdish fighters warn that a massacre is imminent in a town visible across the Syrian border. The fighters have been defending a key Kurdish stronghold in Syria against hardline militants aligned with the self-proclaimed Islamic State for nearly...

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School Apologizes After Atheist Student 'Intimidated' Into Standing For Pledge Of Allegiance

(412) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Officials at a Southern California high school have apologized after an atheist student was pressured to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance against his will.

A ninth grade student at Oak Park High School in California's Ventura County said he had attempted to stay seated at...

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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns Amid White House Controversy

(552) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Julia Pierson has resigned as director of the Secret Service, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a Wednesday statement.

In the statement, Johnson said he would appoint Joseph Clancy as interim acting director.

During a White House briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President...

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Bobby Jindal Apparently Wants You To Watch Stephen Colbert Make Fun Of Him

(62) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal attempted to beat Stephen Colbert at his own game after the comedian roasted the Republican governor's scientific views. However, his strategy included tweeting out several links to the segment in question.

On Tuesday, the Comedy Central host mocked...

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Bell Gardens, California, Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot, Killed In Domestic Dispute (UPDATE)

(388) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:44 PM

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, California, was shot and killed Tuesday, allegedly during a domestic dispute. According to the Los Angeles Times and NBCLA, police have taken Crespo's wife into custody.

The shooting occurred on the 6300 block of East Gage Avenue...

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Off-Duty Secret Service Agent Stopped White House Intruder: Report

(332) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 2:21 PM

The man who scaled the White House fence and broke into the executive mansion earlier this month was tackled by an off-duty Secret Service officer, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

According to the Post, an agent who was leaving for the night after seeing President Barack...

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