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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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White Nationalists Make Calls For Donald Trump In New Hampshire

(47) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 5:57 PM

A white nationalist group that made robocalls on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Iowa is now targeting New Hampshire voters ahead of next week's primary.

"We don't need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people," says one of the voices on the call. 

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Domestic Violence Goes Unmentioned At NFL's First Women's Summit

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 3:58 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- The NFL's problem with domestic violence was ignored at the league's inaugural Women's Summit, a two-day event this week ahead of Super Bowl 50. 

The summit, which featured Serena Williams, Billie Jean King, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other influential women in...

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Billie Jean King Urges The NFL To Step Up Its Game For Women

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 3:50 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tennis legend Billie Jean King called on the NFL to commit to gender diversity on Thursday, pressing league officials to "be in it for the long haul" and open up opportunity to women.

King was speaking at the NFL Women's Summit in San Francisco,...

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San Francisco Relocated Homeless For Super Bowl. Here’s What Cities Should Do Instead

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 6:59 PM

In August, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said homeless people would "have to leave the street" during Super Bowl 50, and promised to provide alternative shelter. But as those people are moved out of busy tourist areas, advocates for the homeless...

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Uber Has A New Look, But Its Drivers Still Have The Same Complaints

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 11:41 AM

Uber unveiled this week a dramatic redesign to its app and website, as the $60 billion company continues to fight complaints from its drivers. 

On Tuesday, Uber traded in its signature "U" logo for ones that CEO Travis Kalanick said were inspired by the tech building blocks of bits and atoms. The...

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Read The Latest Updates From The Fox News GOP Debate

(5) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 7:14 PM

Seven of the Republicans vying for the GOP presidential nomination are facing off Thursday night for the final debate before Monday's caucuses in Iowa.

The debate, held in Des Moines, Iowa, is hosted by Fox News and Google. You can stream the event here. 


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The End Of California's Tampon Tax Could Be Near

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 6:20 PM

The California board that oversees state taxes has endorsed a measure that would bar tampons and menstrual pads...

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Obama Meets With Bernie Sanders At The White House

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 11:16 AM

President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met at the White House Wednesday.

According to the White House, the "informal" meeting was held in the Oval Office and had no set agenda.

"The president and I discussed this morning a number of issues,...

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Bo And Sunny Obama Are Having A Great Snow Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 6:00 PM

As snow began to blanket Washington, D.C. and beyond, Bo and Sunny Obama went for a walk on the White House grounds.

Lucky for us, several photographers were there to capture the adorable moment.

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12 Longreads To Get You Through A Snow Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 11:05 AM

If you live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic, a gigantic winter storm is about to screw up your weekend plans.

On the bright side, a snow day is one of the best excuses for finally getting around...

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Anti-Drone Activist Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Peaceful Protest

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 12:55 PM

A peace activist who was arrested while photographing an anti-drone protest at an upstate New York air base has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Mary Anne Grady Flores, a grandmother of three from Ithaca, New York, was found guilty in 2014 of violating a protection order that barred her and other activists from going near Col. Earl Evans and his workplace, the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York. Evans, mission support group commander for the 174th Attack Wing, requested the order after an anti-drone demonstration at the base in 2012. (Drone missions are operated out of Hancock, and the airfield is home to a drone training center.)

Her appeal was recently rejected, and Grady Flores is returning to jail on Tuesday.

"It's so bizarre and so egregious," said Carol Baum of the Syracuse Peace Council, a group that organizes anti-drone protests at Hancock. "We had assumed the court system would do the right thing, and it didn't."

The charges against Grady Flores, a Catholic involved with the Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars, stem from a nonviolent protest over the military's use of drones at the Hancock base in February 2013, when she and eight others were arrested and charged with violating the protective order.

Grady Flores insists she did not intend to flout the court, testifying at her trial that she accidentally stepped on base property while taking photos of the protest. Nevertheless, a jury convicted her of second-degree criminal contempt in 2014, and she was later sentenced to a year in jail. In July 2014, she was released on bail pending an appeal, in which she argued the protection order was unconstitutional and vague, and that there was insufficient evidence to convict.

"There is a requirement that there be an act of violence or intimidation against the protected party or at minimum an articulable risk of safety involving the witness," read the appellate brief. "There is no such risk here. Nor can the prosecution claim that the defendant was abusive or threatening to Colonel Evans in any manner."  

Grady Flores' lawyers also argued the one-year sentence was overly harsh and "vindictive."

The district attorney, meanwhile, maintained that the protective order was warranted and Grady Flores' sentence justified.

"This Court should not reduce her sentence based on some evaluation of her social conscious, personality or likeability," reads the DA's response in the appeal. "While [the] defendant may have acted out of a heartfelt belief in a cause, there are legal means of protesting the decisions of the government. By choosing to violate the law, [the] defendant subjected herself to punishment."

Grady Flores was scheduled to appear in county court on Jan. 22 to hear the decision in her appeal. But last week, she received a notice in the mail ordering her to report to Jamesville Correctional Facility in East Syracuse on Tuesday. Her appeal had been denied. (Her sentence, however, was reduced to six months, as the judge found the maximum sentence to be "unduly harsh" in this case.)

She intends to appeal again. In the meantime, drone activists are concerned about the precedent set by the case -- particularly the use of the protective order, which Baum worries was used to "repress dissent." However, Baum said her focus remains on bringing attention to the victims of U.S. drone strikes.

"While we are outraged by what's happening to Mary Anne, as well as other people who have been to jail for protests, the worst outrage is the drone attacks outside this country," she said.

Grady Flores expressed a similar sentiment Tuesday.

"This is a moral call," she told The Huffington Post shortly before reporting to jail. "We have to stand up for life and not be about the culture of death. Drones are just one part of the endless wars and U.S. profiteering off of war making." 

She urged people interested in her case to read the Drone Papers, a cache of documents published by The Intercept detailing U.S. kill operations overseas.

"The American people, if they knew the details, they would say 'Heck no, we don't want this,'" she said.  

This post has been updated with quotes from Grady Flores.

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Hillary Clinton Celebrates Confederate Flag's Removal At MLK Day Ceremony

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 11:59 AM

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton praised South Carolina for removing the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia as roughly 1,000 gathered to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Monday's "King Day at the Dome" celebration marked the first time the state has...

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And Now, Deep Thoughts By Ben Carson

(6) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:45 PM

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson had some, uh, interesting things to say during Thursday's GOP debate. 

We've compiled the remarks...

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Ithaca College President Announces Retirement After Campus Protests

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:34 AM

Ithaca College President Tom Rochon announced Monday he will step down from his post in July...

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Major Progressive Publication Endorses Bernie Sanders For President

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 7:08 PM

The Nation has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary, the first major publication to take a stand in the nominating race. 

"He has summoned the people to a “political revolution,” arguing that the changes our country so desperately needs can only...

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Obama Puts Joe Biden In Charge Of 'Mission Control' To Fight Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 11:05 PM

During his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama vowed to pour resources into finding a...

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Hillary Clinton Calls On Obama Administration To End Deportation Raids

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 9:35 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for an end to the Obama administration's deportation raids targeting mothers and...

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Donald Trump Endures Most Painful Insult Yet On The Campaign Trail

(20) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 8:32 PM

At a campaign stop Monday, GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump faced some of his fiercest critics: several hecklers...

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Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina Fail To Make The Cut For The Next Prime Time GOP Debate

(11) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 7:07 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina failed to make the cut for Fox Business' upcoming prime time GOP debate, the network announced Monday. 

Paul and Fiorina did not meet the network's criteria for participating in Thursday's main debate, and...

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George Wallace's Daughter Says Roy Moore Is Worse Than Her Dad

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 1:12 PM

Peggy Wallace Kennedy, the daughter of segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace, penned an op-ed criticizing Alabama...

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