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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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Moving Photos Show A Young Joe Biden Swearing Into Senate By Son Beau's Bedside After Crash

(102) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 11:41 PM

When Vice President Joe Biden was first sworn in to the U.S. Senate in 1973, he took his oath by the bedside of his son Beau, who'd been injured in a car accident in December 1972 that claimed the lives of Joe Biden's first wife and daughter.

Images of Biden's...

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Beau Biden Once Called His Father Joe 'The Best Coach I Could Have Asked For'

(31) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 11:10 PM

Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, died Saturday of brain cancer. In November, he wrote a heartfelt tweet about his father.

On the VP's birthday last year, Beau Biden tweeted a #TBT photo of himself as a young boy with his father, both wearing baseball caps and...

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Shepard Fairey Thinks These Changes Could Help Obama Do More In The White House

(26) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Street artist Shepard Fairey shot to fame after designing the iconic poster used in then-Senator Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for president.

But now, he's questioning whether Obama is living up to the hype.

When Fairey was asked in an interview with Esquire if Obama...

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Who Is Dennis Hastert?

(8) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) was indicted Thursday on charges of violating banking-related reporting requirements.

According to the AP, the Republican agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent...

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Let's Not Forget About Rick Santorum's Thoughts On Sex

(136) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) formally enters the 2016 GOP presidential primary Wednesday, embarking on his second White House run.

Santorum's made sure to stay in the headlines between presidential bids, offering up commentary on everything from the Islamic State to immigration to

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Wants Ruth Bader Ginsburg Impeached

(2324) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Roy Moore, the chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, said he thinks U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan should be impeached because they've officiated same-sex marriages.

In an interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Moore suggested Congress should do something about Ginsburg and Kagan.

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Bernie Sanders Campaign Site's 404 Page Is The Most Bernie Sanders Thing Ever

(167) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:19 PM

The 404 page on Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign website is just about the most Bernie Sanders thing ever.

When users enter an incorrect web address, the Vermont senator pops up in a video to tell them they've lost their way.

"The good news is you're on the right...

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Ann Kirkpatrick Announces 2016 Senate Run

(231) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) announced Tuesday she is running in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate in Arizona.

“I love this state, and I’ve worked hard all my life to put Arizona first,” Kirkpatrick said in a statement. “From the timber towns of the White Mountains to the tech...

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You Can Now Own That Hillary Clinton Needlepoint Pillow You've Always Dreamed Of

(77) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:15 AM

If you've always dreamed of having a Hillary Clinton-themed needlepoint pillow or coffee mug, you're in luck: Hillary for America is officially launching an online store Monday.

Supporters of the former secretary of state's 2016 bid can now own drinking glasses, T-shirts, bumper stickers and onesies adorned with...

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Michelle Obama Encourages Oberlin Graduates To Seek Out 'The Most Contentious, Polarized, Gridlocked Places'

(120) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 2:17 PM

While receiving an honorary degree at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, on Monday, first lady Michelle Obama encouraged students to get involved in civic life and "run to, and not away from, the noise."

"Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places...

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Joe Biden Spends Memorial Day Taking Selfies, Calling Up Veterans

(38) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Vice President Joe Biden spent his Memorial Day kicking off the annual UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a six-day, 350-mile ride from Washington, D.C., to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The event took place outside Biden's home in Washington.

Tweets from WUSA9 reporter Nikki Burdine showed Biden taking selfies...

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Louisiana State Senator Slams Bobby Jindal For Pushing Religious Freedom Measure

(222) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 12:10 PM

Louisiana state Sen. Karen Peterson (D) slammed Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for issuing an executive order "to accomplish the intent" of a religious freedom bill that died in the Louisiana House.

Jindal vowed Tuesday to take action on the issue. Peterson criticized Jindal earlier this week...

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Loretta Lynch: 'I Am Very Concerned' For Americans If A Key Section Of The Patriot Act Expires

(130) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 9:53 AM

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is not reauthorized by Congress.

“My biggest fear is that we will lose important eyes on people who have made it clear that their mission...

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Here Are A Few Of The Things The LGBT Community Will Still Be Fighting For After Marriage

(453) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 7:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court may make history this summer if it rules same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

Such a decision would be a huge win for gay marriage advocates, but it doesn't mean the fight for LGBT rights will be close to being over. The...

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Meet Some Of The Kids At The Center Of The Medical Marijuana Debate

(44) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:11 PM

A new video by National Geographic is exploring the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) oil for kids who have cancer, epilepsy and other conditions, following three couples as they explore the benefits of CBD oil for their daughters.

"Colorado has given us an opportunity to be parents, to make...

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Embattled Virginia Lawmaker Confirms He Fathered A Child With His Former Secretary

(97) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Virginia state Senate candidate and former Del. Joe Morrissey confirmed Wednesday that he had fathered a child with his former secretary.

According to NBC12, Morrissey said he is the father of a son, Chase, born to Myrna Pride, who is now his girlfriend. He confirmed the news during...

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Michelle Obama Puts Everyone Else To Shame With This Workout Video

(75) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 10:05 AM


First lady Michelle Obama put literally everyone else to shame with a new video of her working out in the White House gym as part of the Let's Move "#GimmeFive" campaign.

Obama lifts 35 lb. weights -- 35 lb. weights!! -- on an incline in the video....

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Bristol Palin And Dakota Meyer's Wedding 'Will Not Be Held,' Sarah Palin Says

(1289) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R) announced her daughter Bristol's May 23 wedding to Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer "will not be held."

In a Facebook post Monday, Palin said friends and family of Meyer and her daughter would still gather in Kentucky, where...

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