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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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Paul Ryan Won't Run For House Speaker

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:10 PM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he will not enter the race for House speaker.

“While I am grateful for the encouragement I’ve received, I will not be a candidate,” Ryan said in a statement Thursday.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) unexpectedly dropped out of the speaker...

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Obama Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Victims Of Oregon Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 6:39 PM

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Friday ordering flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the Oregon shooting.

On Thursday, a man embarked on a shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing at least nine people.

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Bill Clinton To Appear On 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert'

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Former President Bill Clinton will stop by CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Oct. 6.

Clinton's appearance on the show will follow the conclusion of the 11th Clinton Global Initiative, according to a press release from CBS. Other guests on the show that...

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Hillary Clinton: Claim That I Started The Birther Movement Is 'So Ludicrous'

(5) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the idea she started the birther movement, which questions the...

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Even Waiting On The Pope To Speak Couldn't Keep This Senator From Getting Bored

(5) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:10 PM

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) seemingly had no time to spare on Wednesday, impatiently tweeting while waiting on Pope Francis to speak outside of the White House.

Grassley, who's infamous for his Twitter presence, tweeted out his thoughts -- the good and the bad -- while waiting on the pope...

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Madeleine Albright Acts As Chauffeur For David Miliband

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:13 PM

If former U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband is to be believed, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is a pretty good chauffeur. 

Miliband, who took part in a U.S. Institute of Peace conversation on the Middle East on Friday, tweeted a photo of Albright behind the wheel, saying...

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Hillary Clinton: 'Republicans Should Be Ashamed' Over Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood

(9) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 2:29 PM

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives "should be ashamed" for holding...

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Bristol Palin Slams Obama For Inviting Ahmed Mohamed To The White House

(120) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Bristol Palin, former reality television star and daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), criticized President Barack...

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Watch Jeb Bush Get Shushed By Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 9:28 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sparred with former reality television star Donald Trump several times during the Republican...

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Bernie Sanders Live-Tweeted The GOP Debate, And He Did Not Disappoint

(22) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 6:40 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders live-tweeted the GOP debate Wednesday night, and he did not disappoint.


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Chelsea Clinton Says Hillary Already Wants More Grandkids

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 9:59 AM

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said she's already gotten requests from her mother for...

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Rick Perry Ends His 2016 Presidential Campaign

(46) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced Friday he is ending his presidential campaign.

Perry announced the end...

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Shooting Reported At Union Station Near Capitol Hill

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 1:02 PM

A security guard shot a man in Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon, the city's Metropolitan Police Department said. 

Authorities said that the man stabbed a woman, and a security guard witnessed the incident and chased after the suspect.

"The suspect armed with a knife turned and accosted...

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Obama Marks Anniversary Of 9/11 Attacks With Moment Of Silence

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 9:25 AM

President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a moment of silence on the South...

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Senator Reveals How Running Influences Her Work As A Lawmaker

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) opened up about how running influences her work as a lawmaker in a recent interview with Runner's World.

Capito revealed she's been running for 30 years, much longer than she's been involved in politics. West Virginia's first female senator says she uses her morning...

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Michigan House Committee Recommends Expulsion For Lawmakers Who Covered Up Affair

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 10:44 AM

A Michigan House disciplinary committee voted Thursday to expel two state lawmakers who went to great lengths to cover up an affair.

The AP reports the full Michigan House will now vote on whether to expel Republicans Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. A two-thirds vote is needed for them to be...

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If You Love Bernie Sanders And Puns, You'll Love This Photo

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Lovers of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and puns rejoice: someone has made a sand sculpture of the Democratic presidential hopeful aptly nicknamed "Bernie SAND-ers."

The sand sculpture was thought up by the group Tampa Bay for Bernie as a way to promote Sanders' 2016 campaign over Labor Day weekend. According...

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Mike Huckabee: The Law Says People Can Have Multiple Marriages, But Not A Gay Marriage

(15) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:14 AM

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee again defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex...

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Hillary Clinton To Appear On 'The Tonight Show'

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will sit down with Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "The Tonight Show" on Sept. 16.

The appearance will be Clinton's first on a late-night talk to since announcing her candidacy.

According to the New York Times, Clinton will also appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on...

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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis: Issuing A Gay Marriage License Is 'A Heaven Or Hell Decision'

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:36 PM

After refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples once again, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis issued a statement Tuesday saying for her, it's "a Heaven or Hell decision."

Even after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage earlier this summer, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,...

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