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Dem Lawmaker Slams Rick Perry Move As 'Nothing More Than A Publicity Stunt'

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) announced plans on Monday to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, a move state Rep. Terry Canales calls "nothing more than a publicity stunt."

Canales, a Democrat, joined HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss Perry's bold move and the

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GOP Rep. David Jolly Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

(23) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:03 PM

GOP Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) announced his support of gay marriage Monday in a statement to the Washington Post.

While Jolly said he personally believes in traditional marriage because of his Christian faith, he thinks the government should support both traditional and same-sex marriages. He also noted his...

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Why The Case Of The NYPD Officer Who Put A Man In A Chokehold Is 'Indefensible'

(18) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Controversy hit the New York Police Department last week after the death of New York "gentle giant" Eric Garner, who can be seen in several videos struggling as police officers keep him in a chokehold.

Garner was confronted by NYPD officers, who said...

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Joe Biden Once Looked At Putin And Said 'I Don't Think You Have A Soul'

(439) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Vice President Joe Biden's foreign policy work -- including an interesting exchange he says he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- is closely examined in a profile from the July 28 issue of the New Yorker, which you can read online now.

Biden recalled visiting with Putin...

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Malaysia Airlines Victims' Photos Surface As World Mourns

(88) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 3:42 PM

All 298 passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 died after the plane exploded high over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

U.S. officials believe the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area inside Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

See images of the victims below, and...

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Todd Akin: 'The Legitimate Doesn't Apply To Rape'

(164) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) spoke with HuffPost Live on Friday about his infamous comments about "legitimate rape," saying people misunderstood the meaning of the phrase.

"The legitimate doesn't apply to rape," Akin said.

Akin said "legitimate rape" and "legitimate case of rape" are terms used by law...

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A Passenger Believed To Be On The Downed Malaysian Airliner Posted This Chilling Photo Before Takeoff

(39) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:33 AM

A passenger believed to be on the Malaysian passenger jet that was shot down over Ukraine posted a chilling photo of the airliner before his flight took off Thursday morning.

HuffPost cannot confirm the authenticity of the photo posted by Facebook user Cor Pan, who's surname was listed...

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Obama Speaks On Situation In Ukraine

(37) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:34 AM

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement Friday on the situation in Ukraine.

A Malaysian airliner was downed Thursday by what U.S. officials said they suspect was a sophisticated surface-to-air missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow, according to Reuters. All 298 people on board the passenger...

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Leticia Van De Putte's Dad Set An Awesome Example For Dads Everywhere

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:02 PM

Texas state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, who is running for lieutenant governor, spoke with Texas Monthly about Democrats in Texas, her chances this November and what inspired her to speak up during colleague Wendy Davis' 2013 filibuster of a controversial anti-abortion bill aimed at severely...

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Former Gov. Bill Richardson Not Ready To Endorse Hillary Clinton

(7) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Former New Mexico Bill Richardson (D) said he's not quite ready to endorse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

Richardson -- who famously endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama over Clinton in 2008 -- said he wants to see what other Democrats enter the race during...

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Vance McAllister Refunds Campaign Contribution From Staffer He Was Caught Kissing

(13) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) has refunded campaign contributions made by a former staffer he was caught kissing in a surveillance video, according to the Times-Picayune.

In April, The Ouachita Citizen published a video showing McAllister, who is married, and his district scheduler...

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Michele Bachmann: Hillary Clinton Should Be Worried About Elizabeth Warren

(66) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) thinks former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be worried about a potential 2016 challenge from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Bachmann commented on the duo while discussing the Ready For Warren campaign, which launched on Tuesday, during an appearance on CNN's "Crossfire."...

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Dick Cheney: 'I've Got To Defend My Point Of View,' Even If I'm Using Disputed Facts To Do It

(221) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:49 PM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney proved he won't stop defending his beliefs, even if they've been proved untrue in the past.

During an appearance on CNN's "The Lead," reporter Jake Tapper said President Barack Obama would point to the death of Osama bin Laden as proof "that he...

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Chris Christie Thinks Republicans Shouldn't Stop Fighting Against Gay Marriage

(165) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 3:45 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he doesn't think Republicans should give up the fight over gay marriage.

“I don’t think that there’s going to be some major referee who’s going to say now it’s time to stop,” Christie told reporters at the National Governors Association in...

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This Cashier Told Obama A Gay Sex Joke And Got The Best Reaction

(474) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:55 AM

During a recent visit to Texas, President Barack Obama made a stop at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, where he ordered a ton of meat and was seen giving a cashier one of his famous fist bumps.

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Rand Paul: Rick Perry Is 'Dead Wrong'

(358) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 8:46 AM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fired back at Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) in an op-ed published by Politico Monday, saying the governor is "dead wrong" to criticize Paul's foreign policy.

Perry called Paul's views on the situation in Iraq "disheartening" an op-ed published in the Washington...

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Dick, Liz Cheney Push 'Undisputed' Claim That Is Actually Wrong

(576) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, erstwhile Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney, wrote their version of "the truth about Iraq" in an op-ed published by the Weekly Standard.

Among the "truth" the two conservatives dish out in the op-ed is an "undisputed" claim that's

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Republicans Who Signed Up For Obamacare This Year Are Pretty Happy

(1666) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Republicans who signed up for Obamacare this year are liking their new insurance coverage, according to a new survey.

A poll of Obamacare enrollees published Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund found that 74 percent of newly insured Republicans are happy with the plans they bought. Overall,...

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Leticia Van De Putte: Women Will Now Be Defined By Their Bosses Thanks To Hobby Lobby

(13) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Texas state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, who gained popularity for calling out her male colleagues for silencing the female representatives in Texas' legislature during Wendy Davis' marathon filibuster of a contentious abortion bill, weighed in on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling during an appearance...

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Glenn Beck To Take Tractor-Trailers Full Of Food, Teddy Bears To The U.S.-Mexico Border

(191) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Conservative pundit Glenn Beck announced Tuesday his plans to haul food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to the U.S.-Mexico border to give to the tens of thousands of undocumented children who have made it into the U.S.

“Through no fault of their own, they are...

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