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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.

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Barbara Boxer: Carly Fiorina Pick Shows Ted Cruz 'Has No Judgment Whatsoever'

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 2:30 PM

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) criticized Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz for selecting former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina as his running mate, arguing the pick shows the Texas senator has "no judgment whatsoever."

Fiorina challenged Boxer for her Senate seat in 2010, and lost the election by 10 points. Boxer effectively used Fiorina's HP tenure against her, criticizing the former CEO for laying off thousands at the California-based company and moving many jobs overseas. The failed Senate campaign loomed large over Fiorina's foray into the 2016 presidential race, which ended shortly after underwhelming performances in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.

In an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday, Boxer said Cruz's decision to name Fiorina as his running mate should he win the GOP nomination was ill-conceived. 

"She hasn't held office, any office, be it Senate, House, state legislature, local government, not a minute's worth, and her claim to fame is running a large corporation which she practically destroyed, Hewlett-Packard, the pride of California," she said. "I think it just shows Ted Cruz has no judgment whatsoever by choosing her." 

Boxer pointed to an ad her campaign ran in 2010 featuring some of the people fired during the HP layoffs, arguing it illustrated that Fiorina is "the face of corporate greed." 

"I think if Carly Fiorina is on a national ticket, that would be really good for the Democrats because ... in the worst year for Democrats, and I mean it, I beat her by 1 million votes," Boxer said. "We just showed her record when she was at HP and how selfish she is as a human being." 

Boxer, who is supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) for president, also criticized the choice in a brutal tweet referencing HP's controversial merger with Compaq:

Fiorina responded to Boxer's criticism on Thursday, claiming the Compaq deal was "the most successful merger in high-tech history."

“It saved a company and created 80,000 jobs. But not that Barbara Boxer would understand that, since all she has ever done is be a professional politician," she said in an interview with Fox News.

Polling indicates that many voters agree with Boxer. As of February, Fiorina's national unfavorability rating was 42.7 percent, while her favorability stood at 25.2 percent. And among Republicans, Fiorina was less popular than Cruz, Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) as of late January. 

Cruz's pick is generally seen as a last-ditch effort to shore up support going into the final stretch of primaries. However, it's debatable whether Fiorina will have much impact.

“This will help Cruz dominate a couple of news cycles before next week’s make-or-break primary in Indiana," said Monmouth University polling director Patrick Murray, "but it is likely to have a limited impact on swaying voters or, more importantly, convention...

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Maine Set To Vote On Recreational Marijuana Legalization This Year

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 3:26 PM

A measure legalizing the use of recreational marijuana has qualified to appear on Maine's general election ballot this year. 

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Wednesday...

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Hillary Clinton Just Delivered A Brutal Blow To Bernie Sanders

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Hillary Clinton dominated Tuesday's Democratic presidential primaries, dealing another significant blow to Bernie Sanders' chances of securing the party's nomination.

Ahead of Tuesday's primaries, Clinton had 1,428 pledged delegates,...

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Congressional Candidate Urged To Take Leave Of Absence Over Domestic Violence Allegations

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 12:36 PM

California Assembly Member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) is under pressure to take a leave of absence after being accused of domestic violence by his wife.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assembly Member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), the chair and co-chair of the California...

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Meet The Women Going On The Back Of The $10 Bill

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:47 AM

The $20 bill isn't the only banknote set to get a feminist makeover. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that in addition to replacing Andrew Jackson on the...

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Ben Carson Hates To See Genocidal Slave Owner Andrew Jackson Replaced On The $20 Bill

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:40 PM

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has a pretty terrible suggestion for how to get a woman on U.S. currency without bumping Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill: put...

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A Big Mystery Involving The Origin Of 4/20 Has Finally Been Solved

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 2:22 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Four decades after a group of California high schoolers coined the term 420, one of the holiday's biggest mysteries has been solved.


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Big-City Mayors Commit To Fighting Anti-LGBT Laws

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 11:59 AM

A new coalition of mayors from 10 major U.S. cities aims to fight laws that allow discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

City leaders across the U.S. announced the creation of Mayors Against Discrimination...

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Anti-Drug Senators Criticized For 'Sham' Hearing On Legal Marijuana

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 3:35 PM

A Senate hearing on state marijuana laws Tuesday was biased and dishonest, focusing mostly on debunked claims that marijuana use leads to substances like heroin and cocaine, drug policy groups said.

"These hearings are a one-sided sham with the deck stacked with witnesses who have a track...

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'I'm Tired Of Being Taxed For Being A Woman'

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:35 PM

Activists rallied Monday at the California state capitol building in Sacramento to push for a bill ending the state tax on tampons and other menstrual products. 

The bill, introduced earlier this year, would exempt tampons and pads from state sales tax. The legislation's authors, Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D) and Ling...

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Obama: Trump Is Clueless On Foreign Policy

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 6:32 PM

President Barack Obama on Friday questioned Donald Trump's qualifications for the presidency, arguing that the businessman's recent comments on foreign policy suggest he "doesn't know much" about global politics. 

Obama, who has intensified his criticism of Trump in recent weeks, laid into him at the Nuclear...

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DC Mayor Takes A Stand Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 11:02 AM

  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joins mayors of San Francisco, Seattle and New York City in banning official travel to the state.

  • The law, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed last week, precludes LGBT people from protection against discrimination. 

  • Businesses like PayPal, Facebook and Dow Chemical...

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Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt Children In All 50 States

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 7:24 PM

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Mississippi's ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional, making gay adoption legal in all 50 states. 

U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide last summer. The injunction blocks Mississippi...

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How Donald Trump United Liberals And Conservatives On Abortion

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 11:47 AM

Donald Trump is facing fierce criticism from pretty much everyone over his suggestion Wednesday that women who get abortions should face...

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Some Of Donald Trump's Strongest Defenders Are Now Criticizing Him

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 4:22 PM

Several of Donald Trump's most vocal defenders are criticizing the GOP front-runner as his pattern of sexism becomes undeniably clear. 

The tide began to shift last week, after Trump threatened to "spill the beans" on Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi, and later retweeted a meme comparing Heidi Cruz's appearance...

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Businesses Are Joining The Fight Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 2:01 PM

  • PayPal, Dow Chemical, the NBA, the NCAA, Google and other businesses oppose North Carolina's new anti-LGBT law.
  • The law effectively legalizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people.
  • Some of the state's biggest businesses have yet to speak up.

Companies are taking a stand against North Carolina's...

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North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Banning Cities From Protecting LGBT People (UPDATE)

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 11:35 AM

North Carolina’s General Assembly voted Wednesday to block cities and counties from passing protections against LGBT discrimination in a wide-ranging bill that could have enormous implications for the state.

HB 2, which

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Refugees Stand In Solidarity With Victims Of Brussels Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 5:48 PM

Refugees and migrants fleeing civil war and poverty are showing support for the victims of Tuesday's attacks in Brussels

Soon after the attacks, an AFP photographer captured this image of a young refugee boy at a...

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7 Brutal Yet Thoughtful Takedowns Of Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 4:40 PM

As the prospect of Donald Trump being the Republican nominee becomes increasingly likely, many of the media's most prominent voices are warning that the brash businessman poses a bona fide threat to American values. 

Here are seven columns that take aim at the Trump machine, strongly...

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