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

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Obama: Sony 'Made A Mistake' By Canceling The Release Of 'The Interview'

(730) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:12 PM

President Barack Obama spoke Friday afternoon on the recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI attributed to North Korea in a press release earlier on Friday.

During a year-end press conference, Obama said Sony made a mistake by canceling the premiere of the film "The Interview,"...

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FBI Accuses North Korea Of Carrying Out Sony Hack

(33) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:55 AM

The FBI released a statement Friday on the Sony hacking, saying there's enough information to conclude North Korea is responsible for the attack.

"We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there," the statement said. "Further,...

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These Are A Few Of Politicians' Favorite Things

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:14 PM

The holidays are here, and after a crazy year of news, we're hoping to end on a high note.

Politicians looking to do the same might take a cue from Maria Rainer and turn to some of their favorite things this holiday season.

For House Minority Leader Nancy...

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Alison Lundergan Grimes: Rand Paul Can't Run For Senate And President In 2016

(268) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said she'd challenge Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) if he attempted to run for both Senate and president in 2016.

"The law is clear," Grimes told WHAS. "You can't be on the ballot twice for two offices."

Kentucky's current law says "no...

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Obama Speaks On Relations With Cuba, Release Of Alan Gross

(1191) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:09 AM

President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday on U.S. relations with Cuba, hours after American Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison, where he'd been for five years.

Gross was accompanied back to the U.S. by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jeff Flake...

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Obama Talks About His Own Experience With Racial Profiling

(278) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:07 AM

The Obamas opened up about their experiences with racial profiling in an interview with People magazine that will hit newsstands Friday.

"I think people forget that we've lived in the White House for six years," Michelle Obama told the magazine. "Before that, Barack Obama was a black man...

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Al Franken Realizes Mid-Sentence That He's Endorsing Hillary Clinton

(17) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, even if he didn't realize it at first.

"I think that Hillary would make a great president. I haven't announced that I am supporting her, but -- does this count? I guess? Maybe this counts,"...

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Obama: 'May This Hanukkah Embolden Us To Do What Is Right'

(11) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:24 PM

President Barack Obama sent a message with wishes for a happy Hanukkah on Tuesday, the first day of the Festival of Lights.

Obama wished for this Hanukkah to "embolden us to do what is right."

Read Obama's full statement on Hanukkah below:

Over the eight nights of Hanukkah, Jews across...
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Jeb Bush: 'I Have Decided To Actively Explore' A Presidential Run

(814) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said he has "decided to actively explore" a presidential run.

Bush posted a note on Facebook Tuesday saying he would establish a political action committee and meet with Americans in the coming months while considering a potential 2016 candidacy.

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Congressional Lawmakers Push For End To Gay Blood Ban

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:54 AM

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and 79 other Democrats in Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Monday, urging her to end the donation policy that bans men who have sex with men from giving blood.

Baldwin -- along with Sens. Elizabeth Warren...

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Satanist Group Places Holiday Display At Michigan Statehouse

(34) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:47 PM

The Satanic Temple received approval to place their own holiday display in the Michigan statehouse.

The Michigan State Capitol Commission approved the group's request for a satanic holiday display on Dec. 11, according to a press release. In November, the commission sought legal advice about putting...

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Warren: I'm Not Running For President. 'Want Me To Put An Exclamation Point At The End?'

(353) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 9:30 AM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told NPR she's not running for president, but she refused to say she'd never launch a race for the White House.

In an interview discussing her fight to keep a major Wall Street giveaway out of the $1.1 trillion government spending bill this weekend,...

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Here's A No-B.S. Translation Of John Brennan's Remarks On Torture

(113) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:20 PM

CIA Director John Brennan spoke Thursday for the first time since the Senate Intelligence Committee released a damning report Tuesday about his agency's post-9/11 interrogation techniques.

The report revealed horrifying details about the agency's torture program, including stories of detainees being subjected to "rectal...

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Peter King's Comments On The Torture Report Suggest He Didn't Actually Read The Torture Report

(61) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 3:51 PM

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday that nobody was severely hurt by the United States' use of torture after 9/11, despite a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee that detailed the CIA's shocking abuse of detainees.

“We’re not talking about anyone being burned or stabbed or cut or anything like...

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Dick Cheney: Torture Report Is 'Full Of Crap'

(736) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:40 AM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said that the the torture report released Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee was "full of crap," during an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier on Wednesday.

Cheney claimed that the CIA's torture produced "actionable intelligence" and was necessary to protect the United...

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Sarah Palin 'Would Love To See A Woman On Both Sides' In 2016 Presidential Race

(229) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin weighed in on the 2016 race in an interview with "Extra" airing Tuesday.

Palin said she gets asked "quite a few times" a day if she's going to run in 2016. She said "2016 is a long...

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Joe Biden Weighs In On Senate Torture Report

(17) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation programs, calling the report a "badge of honor" when asked if it was a "black stain" on the United States.

"Name me another country that's prepared to...

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Read The Senate Torture Report Here

(64) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:30 AM

The Senate torture report was released Tuesday.

HuffPost is sorting through the report, which you can read yourself below. If you see anything notable, email openreporting@huffingtonpost.com.

Read the report here.

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See What Your Local Agency Received From The Department Of Defense

(8) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Local law enforcement agencies are eligible to receive surplus military equipment through the Department of Defense's Execess Property Program, also known as the 1033 program.

But what exactly are they getting?

As part of a report examining the 1033 program, The Marshall Project created a widget that allows you to...

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Obama Nominates Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary

(22) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 10:33 AM

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Obama said Carter is regarded "as one of our nation's foremost national security leaders."

"He knows the Department of Defense inside and out," Obama said. "On Day One, he's going to...

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