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Paige Lavender
Paige Lavender is a senior politics editor at The Huffington Post and a graduate of West Virginia University.

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Ex-Presidential Adviser Denounces North Carolina Anti-Trans Law In Commencement Speech

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 9:57 AM

CNN political analyst and former presidential adviser David Gergen called for the repeal of North Carolina's anti-trans law, known as HB 2, while giving a commencement speech at Elon University.

"Enough is enough," Gergen said in his address on Saturday, which can be viewed above. "For those of us who have stayed on the sidelines, it is time to stand up and be counted. It is time to raise our voices against this darkness."

Gergen, who served as an adviser under four U.S. presidents, is a native of North Carolina. He said many North Carolinians were proud to talk about their home state "until just a few years ago."

"Then suddenly, without warning, dark clouds arrived," Gergen said. "The moderation that characterized our state -- the belief among Republicans and Democrats that we are all in this together -- gave way to a new, angrier, extremist politics."

Gergen urged graduates to take action against the law.

"May I plead with you: Please don't stay on the sidelines as America struggles to find the best path forward," he said. "Come off the bench and get into the arena."

HB 2 established a statewide anti-discrimination policy, banning employers and businesses from discriminating against employees or customers based on their race, color, country of origin, religion, age or “biological sex.” But it offers no protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and prevents local governments from passing any nondiscrimination policy that goes beyond the statewide standard.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is facing major backlash for signing HB 2 into law, and the state has lost millions of dollars in business. Many events have been canceled as a result of the legislation -- including performances by Bruce Sprinsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Pearl Jam -- putting a strain on North Carolina's tourism...

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Donald Trump: David Cameron Invited Me To 10 Downing Street

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 8:53 AM

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said British Prime Minister David Cameron has invited him to visit.

"He came after me a little bit, and by the way, he...

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Joe Biden Reflects On What He's Learned In A 'Note To Self'

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 8:40 AM

Vice President Joe Biden reflected on the lessons he's learned throughout his life, including what he learned from the "profound loss and grief" of losing his son...

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Joe Biden: 'I Would Have Been The Best President'

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 9:41 AM

Vice President Joe Biden opened up about his decision not to run for president, telling ABC's Robin Roberts he felt good about his chances.

"I planned on...

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Joe Biden Is 'Confident' Hillary Clinton Will Be The Next President

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 3:34 PM

Vice President Joe Biden said he's "confident" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.

Biden shared his thoughts in...

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Anthony Weiner Would Rather Redeem Himself As A Dad Than A Politician

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:13 AM

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) -- infamous for not one, but two sexting scandals from his time in Congress and his run for mayor of New York City --  said he'd rather redeem himself as a father than a politician.

On WNYC Studios’ podcast “Here’s The Thing...

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One Of These Tremendous People Could Be Donald Trump’s Running Mate

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 12:38 PM

Business mogul Donald Trump has a clear path to the Republican presidential nomination now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has suspended his campaign.

The New York Times...

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Yes, John Kasich Is Still Running For President (UPDATE)

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 7:24 PM

After business mogul Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Indiana Republican presidential primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich reminded supporters that, yes, despite only winning one state so far, he is still in this thing.

Kasich's campaign posted a note to his Facebook...

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Hillary Clinton Tells The Story Of The Young Woman Who Moved Obama On The Heroin Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 4:58 PM

While speaking about the opioid epidemic during an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton brought up Jessica Grubb, the young West Virginia woman whose addiction...

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Protesters, Trump Supporters Clash Once Again

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:09 AM

Protesters and supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump faced off once again, this time in Indiana ahead of Tuesday night's primary election.

In a video posted by TYT Politics, anti-Trump protesters can be seeing chanting "loser!" at supporters entering a Trump event Monday evening. The protest remained relatively civil compared with incidents at several other Trump events this year.

One anti-Trump protester, who said she is the granddaughter of refugees, said "we have so much that we're going to lose if Trump wins."

"I'm going to do anything so I can tell my grandkids, tell my children I did as much as I could to make sure he wouldn't be president," she said.

Watch the video...

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Jimmy Kimmel Shuts Down Sarah Palin's Climate Change Claims With The Help Of Real Scientists

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:19 AM

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel took a swing at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on his late-night talk show Monday, criticizing the Republican for denying that climate change is real.

"No matter what Sarah Palin and these geniuses she surrounds herself with try to tell you, climate change is not a liberal versus conservative thing," Kimmel said. "But the people who profit from ignoring it want you to believe it is."

Kimmel enlisted a group of scientists to ensure Palin that talk about climate change is no joke.

"When we tell you all this, we're not fucking with you," several scientists said in a video shown on Kimmel's show.

Palin is currently promoting a new anti-climate change documentary called “Climate Hustle,” and has a long history of denying that humans contribute to climate change.

"Our politicians debate this, but our scientists don't," Kimmel said.

Watch the video...

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Sports Legend Lou Holtz Endorses Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 4:12 PM

Lou Holtz -- a College Football Hall of Fame inductee and sports analyst -- endorsed Donald Trump for president on Monday.

Trump tweeted a video of Holtz giving his endorsement:

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Heidi Cruz Responds To Accusation Her Husband Is The Zodiac Killer

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:19 PM

Heidi Cruz responded to an Internet meme that claims her husband, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is the Zodiac Killer, saying, "There's a lot of garbage out there."

“Well, I’ve been married to him for 15 years and I know pretty well who...

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This Pint-Sized Presidential Expert Got To Paint With George W. Bush

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 8:32 AM

Macey Hensley, a 6-year-old presidential expert who regularly appears on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," got the ultimate surprise when she visited George W. Bush Presidential Library.

After touring the library with a doll that looked like Bush, Macey finally made it to the replica Oval Office, where she met with the former president himself.

Bush took Macey on a tour, where he revealed he likes to call George Washington "the first George W." The two also talked about Laura Bush's performance as first lady.

"Wasn't Laura the best first lady because she never embarrassed her country, or you?" Macey asked Bush.

To top it all off, Macey and Bush painted a picture of DeGeneres.

Watch the video...

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Don Lemon Flips The Bird At Larry Wilmore

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 10:38 PM

CNN's Don Lemon had the last laugh when 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner host Larry Wilmore called him an "alleged journalist."

Wilmore ripped the media during his remarks on...

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Obama's Still Trying To Convince People His Birth Certificate Is Real

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 10:30 PM

President Barack Obama is looking for ways to spend his time now that his presidency is coming to an end.

At the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday,...

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Obama Thanks Joe Biden For 'Not Shooting Anybody In The Face'

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 10:16 PM

President Barack Obama gave a heartfelt thanks to Vice President Joe Biden during the White House Correspondents' Dinner "for not shooting anybody in the face."

"I just want...

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This Blooper Reel Highlights All Of Obama's Most Awkward Moments

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 9:20 PM

Even President Barack Obama can't get away from his most awkward moments.

The White House Correspondents' Association played a blooper reel during its annual dinner on Saturday night, highlighting...

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Obama Cracks A Joke At Justin Trudeau's Expense

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2016 | 9:20 PM

President Barack Obama took a lighthearted dig at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday.

Obama said he keeps hearing that Trudeau...

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Watch Larry Wilmore Make Everyone Nervous At The 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 4:11 PM

Comedian Larry Wilmore brought his A-game while hosting the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

He cracked plenty of jokes about President Barack Obama and other politicians, and had lots...

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