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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

Lindsey Graham: 'It Would Be Devastating' For GOP To Nominate Rand Paul

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who officially launched his 2016 presidential bid Monday, is coming out swinging against fellow candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday, Graham said if the race came down to Paul versus Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, he...

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How San Francisco Is Helping Give Ex-Offenders A Better Shot

(11) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 1:22 PM

San Francisco is helping former offenders adjust to life after prison by turning a single-room-occupancy hotel into free housing.

In a program spearheaded by the San Francisco Superior Court and the city's Adult Probation Department, the Drake Hotel in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood has been revamped...

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Bristol Palin Speaks Out On Her Canceled Wedding

(652) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 9:20 PM

One week after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) announced that her daughter, Bristol, would no longer marry Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, the daughter of the 2008 vice presidential candidate is breaking her silence on the canceled nuptials.

"I guess you have seen by now that...

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Harry Reid Would Rather 'Be Taken To Singapore And Caned' Than Become A Lobbyist

(39) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 11:52 AM

When Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) retires after this term, there's at least one career he won't be pursuing: lobbying.

“I would rather be taken to Singapore and caned,” Reid told Politico in an interview published Friday.

Reid later tweeted about the interview:

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Chris Christie Roasts New Jersey Reporters: 'Clean The Sh*t Out Of Your Ears'

(322) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 8:37 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) ribbed reporters for their coverage of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal at an annual press roast Wednesday night, telling one journalist to "clean the shit out of your ears."

According to audio of the event obtained by

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Mitt Romney Says He's Officially Done With Running For President

(1295) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 6:43 PM

After two unsuccessful attempts, Mitt Romney says he's over running for president.

The former Massachusetts governor, who first sought the Oval Office in 2008 before winning the Republican nomination in 2012, spoke with "Extra's" Mario Lopez about his political future before his charity boxing match...

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California Physicians Drop Opposition To Right-To-Die Bill In 'Breakthrough' For Death With Dignity Movement

(29) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:01 PM

A medical group that has long opposed doctor-assisted death has reversed course and dropped its opposition to the practice, saying the decision should be up to the patient and physician.

The California Medical Association, which represents more than 40,000 physicians in the Golden...

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Bobby Jindal Vows To Enforce Religious Freedom Measure Through Executive Order

(671) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:30 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Tuesday he plans to issue an executive order "to accomplish the intent" of a religious freedom bill that died in the Louisiana House hours before.

The Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act (HB 707), introduced by Louisiana state Rep....

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The Clintons Have Earned About $30 Million From Speeches, Book Sales Since 2014

(640) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 7:23 PM

Former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton have earned $30 million from paid speaking engagements and book sales since January 2014, multiple outlets reported Friday.

According to disclosure forms filed with the Federal Election Commission Friday, the Clintons earned...

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In Honor Of Her 78th Birthday, Here Are 8 Times Madeleine Albright Got It Totally Right

(110) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 11:09 AM

When we think of our favorite feminist quotes, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's now iconic insight on women helping each other is easily near the top of our list.

"I have a saying," Albright told the WNBA All-Decade team in 2006. "I think there is a...

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Berkeley May Have Found A Way To Encourage Residents To Do More For The Homeless

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 3:53 PM

A new initiative in Berkeley, California, is placing donation boxes throughout the city in hopes of encouraging citizens to help the homeless.

The Positive Change Donation Program, created by the Downtown Berkeley Association, the Berkeley Food and Housing Project and the City of Berkeley, will install tamper-proof donation...

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Judge Rules Against Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Program

(301) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 10:09 PM

A judge in Fresno County, California, has ruled against an abstinence-only sex education program, saying a school district violated state law by failing to provide adequate instruction on sexual health and HIV prevention.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black said a lawsuit against Clovis Unified School District...

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Loretta Sanchez Denies Report She's Running For California Senate Seat

(16) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 7:18 PM

UPDATE: 8:04 p.m. ET -- Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) denied a report that she will announce her intentions to run for Senate this week, telling the Los Angeles Times that a draft announcement email was leaked to reporters.

"I have actually not made a decision," Sanchez told the

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California's Drought Has Killed Over 12 Million Trees In The Last Year

(116) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 4:09 PM

California's historic drought is having a major impact on the state's forests.

According to an aerial survey conducted last month by the U.S. Forest Service, approximately 12 million forest trees have died in Southern California and the southern Sierra Nevada mountains over the last year. The report credits...

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Carly Fiorina Announces She's Running For President In 2016

(771) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 7:29 AM

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and onetime U.S. Senate candidate, announced Monday she will seek the Republican nomination for president in the 2016 election.


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Bernie Sanders Raised $1.5 Million In First Day Of His Campaign

(389) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 8:27 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised $1.5 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his 2016 presidential bid, his campaign said Friday.

According to the campaign, the contributions came from 35,000 donors, and the average donation was $43.54.

"This is a remarkable start...

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Bill Clinton: 'We Have Overshot The Mark' On Incarceration

(103) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Former President Bill Clinton is urging politicians to take a stand on criminal justice reform and take concrete steps toward reducing the country's prison population.

In a foreword for a new book of essays on criminal justice reform complied by New York University School of Law's Brennan...

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Obama On Baltimore: 'This Is Not New'

(328) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 1:09 PM

President Barack Obama on Tuesday addressed the eruption of protests and riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, condemning the violent demonstrations while acknowledging that the underlying problems plaguing the city are "not new" and will require national "soul-searching" to solve.

During a press conference with Japan's...

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Obama Asks Gronk To Please Keep His Shirt On At The White House

(16) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:11 PM

When President Barack Obama welcomed the New England Patriots at the White House on Thursday to celebrate the team's Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks, he had a special request for tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"He's not making rabbit ears back there?" Obama said of the 6'6" Gronkowski,...

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Congressman To Anti-Immigration Protester: 'Touch Me Again, I'll Drop Your Ass'

(118) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:08 PM

An exchange between Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) and a group of anti-immigration protesters grew heated last week when one demonstrator accused the freshman congressman of voting "for amnesty."

In a video posted over the weekend by We The People Rising, an anti-illegal immigration group, protesters...

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