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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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Here Are Photos From The U.S.-China State Dinner

(12) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 7:09 PM

On Friday, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a state dinner at the White House in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States.

The guests included a wide range of past and present administration officials, diplomats, Silicon Valley executives and cultural figures,...

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Jeb Bush Says He'll Offer Black Voters More Than Just 'Free Stuff'

(47) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 5:56 PM

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said "free stuff" won't be part of his plan to appeal to black voters, echoing comments Mitt Romney made during the 2012 presidential election.

As The Washington Post first reported, Bush was asked at a Republican dinner on Thursday in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, how he plans to reach out to black voters.

"We have African Americans in our leadership team, I have met with African American ministers and focused on this not just in South Carolina but across the country," Bush, a former Florida governor, replied. "Latino voters, the same thing."

Bush noted Republicans' historic failure to win over black Americans -- according to 2012 exit poll data, just 6 percent of black voters sided with Romney in the 2012 general election. But if Republicans made an effort to just double that number in 2016, Bush argued, the party could win critical swing states.

"Our message is one of hope and aspiration," Bush said. "It isn't one of division and get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting -- that says you can achieve earned success. We're on your side." 

A Bush spokesperson didn't immediately return a request for comment.

Bush's remarks raised the memory of comments Romney made in response to getting booed at an NAACP event in 2012 after vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"I want people to know what I stand for and if I don't stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that's just fine," Romney said at a fundraiser later that day. "But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy --more free stuff. But don't forget nothing is really free."

Months later, after losing the election to President Barack Obama, Romney claimed he lost because his Democratic rival offered "gifts" to black, Hispanic and young voters.

"The president’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift -- so he made a big effort on small things," Romney told donors on a conference call shortly after the election. "Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars."

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Obama Praises John Boehner For His Service Despite 'Disagreements'

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 11:12 AM

President Barack Obama weighed in on House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) resignation Friday, praising him as a "good...

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Hillary Clinton: We Should Heed The Pope's Message On Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton praised Pope Francis for bringing his message of compassion to Congress, pressing...

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Condoleezza Rice Says She's Done With Politics

(7) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she's likely done with her political career.

Speaking in Hong Kong Thursday, Rice said she's happy working as a professor at Stanford University, where she's taught since leaving the State Department in 2009. 

"I'm quite content to...

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Watch Pope Francis Greet Crowds Outside The U.S. Capitol

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 11:43 AM

After speaking to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning, Pope Francis addressed the throngs of people gathered...

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Read The Pope's Address To Congress

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

Pope Francis addressed Congress Thursday as part of his first visit to the United States, urging action on the refugee crisis in Europe, climate change and income inequality.

Read the full text below, as prepared for delivery: 

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Pope Francis Holds Historic Meeting With Bo And Sunny

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 7:15 PM

In what will surely be a highlight of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, the Catholic leader held a historic meeting with first dogs Bo and Sunny Obama during his visit to the White House. 

On Wednesday, Pope Francis met with President Barack Obama at the White House....

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Watch Pope Francis Deliver His Address To Congress

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 4:00 PM

As part of his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis will address Congress Thursday morning.


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Obama: 'Yogi Berra Was An American Original'

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:45 PM

President Barack Obama paid tribute to baseball legend Yogi Berra, praising the 3-time MVP and 10-time World Series champion as someone who "epitomized what it meant to be a sportsman and a citizen."  

"Yogi Berra was an American original – a Hall of Famer and humble...

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Pope's Message to Congress: Have Compassion For The Most Vulnerable Among Us

(27) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis delivered a speech to U.S. lawmakers on Thursday morning, calling on leaders to consider...

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Climate Group Targets Congressman Who's Boycotting The Pope's Speech

(6) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 6:24 PM

A leading climate group will air a television ad featuring Pope Francis' dire warnings on global warming in the district of a congressman who says he'll boycott the Catholic leader's address to Congress next week.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) announced Thursday he would boycott the pope's...

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This Bill Would Stop Congress From Getting Paid If Government Shuts Down

(18) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) introduced a bill Friday that would prevent members of Congress from getting paid in the event of a government shutdown. 

"It's time to put an end to government by crisis management," Nolan said in a statement. "And it's time for Congress...

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It's Going To Be Really Hot In Northern California This Weekend, And Wildfires Are Still Blazing

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Firefighters battling deadly wildfires in Northern California won't get a reprieve this weekend, when temperatures are expected to...

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Satellite Images Show Dramatic Impact Of Hungary's Border Crackdown

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 12:21 PM

New satellite images obtained by Amnesty International show the dramatic impact of Hungary's decision to close its borders as thousands of migrants and refugees make their way to northern Europe. 

On Tuesday, Hungary sealed its southern border, blocking a critical gateway to Europe for the thousands of men, women...

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Why Patricia Arquette Says We're 'Lying To Our Daughters When We Tell Them They Can Do Anything'

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 7:53 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Patricia Arquette has taken her fight for equal pay from Tinseltown to Silicon Valley.

On Thursday, the Oscar-winning actress sat down with Noreen Farrell, the executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, at the Dreamforce

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Hillary Clinton Tells Jimmy Fallon Her Emails Are 'Boring'

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 12:09 AM

Hillary Clinton says the emails she sent on the private server she used during her time at the...

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Despite Ongoing Controversies, Uber CEO Thinks The Company Could Take Over San Francisco Streets

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick envisions a future where he looks out the window of his San Francisco office and sees only Ubers on the streets.

That may be a pipe dream in California, where car culture (and...

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Presidential Candidates Are Silent About Food Policy. This CEO Wants To Change That.

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 8:11 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Josh Tetrick, the CEO and founder of food startup Hampton Creek, has an idea for the 2016 election's plethora of candidates: Talk about food. 

Speaking Tuesday at Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual conference in San Francisco, Tetrick noted that despite the vast importance of food, and...

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Climate Groups Use Crowdfunding To Help California Wildfire Victims

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:59 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- A coalition of climate groups is crowdfunding to help Californians affected by the state's historic drought and devastating wildfires.

The California Drought Relief Fund, which launched late last month, asks the public to help provide relief for communities hurt by the lack...

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