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Bill Clinton Advised McCain During Height Of 2008 Financial Crisis, New Book Says

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- In retrospect, it is widely perceived to have been a mistake. As the financial crisis shook the country in the backstretch of the 2008 presidential election, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) chose abruptly to suspend his campaign and head back to Washington to forge a solution.

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9/11 Commission Report A Decade Later: Threats Have Evolved, U.S. Hasn't

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, painting an often alarming picture of the country’s vulnerability to another terrorist attack.

The report, released Tuesday, praises some federal actions for making the country ”better equipped to prevent and...

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White House Blames Russia For MH17 Crash, Saying There's No Believable Alternative

(52) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials said Monday they have high confidence that Russian influence and weaponry was directly responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 last week.

In a background briefing with reporters, these officials offered no specific new evidence to substantiate Russia’s culpability in the crash that...

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Committee To Elect Senate Democrats Has Best 2nd Quarter Fundraising In Its History

(18) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Continuing its trend of strong fundraising cycles, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will announce on Friday that it raised nearly $22 million during the second quarter of 2014, expanding its lead over its Republican counterpart.

The $21.7 million raised between April and June gave the committee its...

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What Do Top Republicans Fear? Hint: It's Not An Obama Impeachment Vote

(674) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a briefing at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, top officials from the major GOP campaign committees were in a cheerful mood. The president’s approval rating has been teetering on the edge of the toilet seat for several months. Generic congressional ballot polls looking toward...

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Harry Reid Lays Groundwork For Quick Highway Trust Fund Passage

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:16 PM

WASHINGTON -– Senate Democratic leaders early next week will consider the House-passed transportation financing bill, giving some encouragement to advocates nervous about the potential lapse of federal highway funds.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will attempt to forgo the potentially time-consuming process of merging a Senate-authored bill to finance...

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Improving Economy Means Less Slack In Men's Waistbands

(9) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:12 PM


WASHINGTON -- Economists have been looking at people's underwear for decades and this year things are looking good.

Gross, you say? Perhaps, but underwear sales do happen to be one of quirkiest economic metrics ever created by a Federal Reserve chairman.


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House Passes Critical Highway Trust Fund Bill

(81) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a critical highway funding bill on Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 367-55.

The measure puts just under $11 billion into the Highway Trust Fund, which is in line to run out of money sometime in late August, and was put together by...

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Critical Highway Trust Fund Bill Loses Support Of House Dem

(111) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Backers of a critical highway trust fund bill set to get a vote in the House on Tuesday may have to worry about defections from Democrats.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that he would not support the bill put together by House...

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Conservative Groups Move To Kill GOP's Highway Trust Fund Bill, But Republicans Aren't Nervous

(349) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- The last likely opportunity for Congress to avoid completely draining the nation’s highway budget will present itself on Tuesday afternoon.

Though a Republican proposal to temporarily extend the Highway Trust Fund gained notable opposition Monday from two powerful conservative groups, leaders from both parties expressed optimism that...

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White House To O'Malley: Border Kids Won't Be Sent Home To Die

(413) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 3:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Attempting to assuage liberal critics, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday that unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the nation’s southern border won’t be deported if it is determined that doing so would lead to their death.

The press secretary was responding to remarks...

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The Scientific Research Community Is Still Freaking Out About Sequestration

(64) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- Months after Congress restored some of the deep spending cuts it had made to scientific research budgets, scientists are warning that the fix didn't do nearly enough.

At a roundtable conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, senior officials at some of the nation’s top universities said that their...

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Republicans Warn GOP About Political Perils Of Border Crisis Inaction

(446) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the political world grapples with how to respond to the current crisis on the nation's border, several Republicans have begun warning fellow party members that doing nothing but opposing the president carries substantial political risks.

At issue is President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to...

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Can You Be A Political Mudslinger And Still Have A Soul?

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Political campaigns are increasingly staffed by people whose sole job is to figure out how to destroy the opposition. They tend to be young, ambitious and partisan. But are they soulless?

The Huffington Post wanted to know whether amid all the political mudslinging, opposition researchers and campaign...

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Reince Priebus Bets On A Compressed 2016 Republican Primary Season

(112) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus doesn't believe he will deliver Ohio to the next Republican presidential candidate simply by putting the party's 2016 convention in Cleveland.

But he's betting that whoever ends up the nominee will be bolstered in that critical swing state. And while he...

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Hillary Clinton Is Either A Huge Gift Or Big Yawn For Opposition Researchers

(5) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's potential presidential campaign presents a conundrum for Republican opposition research groups.

On the one hand, the former secretary of state has probably faced the most scrutiny of all the likely 2016 candidates. Most of the skeletons have already been pulled out of her closet and displayed...

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The 10 Most Hilarious Quotes From 'Blood Feud' Book About The Clintons And The Obamas

(115) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton has a penchant for drinking wine and dropping F-bombs. And if President Barack Obama had his way, he'd gorge on fudge and potato chips and go to bed alone.

That's according to Ed Klein's new book, Blood Feud, the latest installment from an author notorious...

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Congress Divided On Whether Obama Can Act Alone In Iraq

(57) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- As American involvement in Iraq inches forward, some key members of Congress from both parties are deftly keeping their distance from the debate over authorizing military intervention.

The bipartisan consensus emerging among leadership on the Hill is that the President has leeway to act in Iraq as long...

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'Drinking And Talking' Hits The Campaign Trail

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Presidential campaigns aren’t always as glamorous as they are portrayed in the movies. They often involve seemingly never-ending hours of tedious work over relatively minor pieces of political real estate.

In the latest edition of "Drinking and Talking," The Huffington Post talked to political operatives and reporters...

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'Drinking And Talking' Explores The Dark Side Of Political Campaigns

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- At the heart of a presidential campaign are two kinds of creatures. There is the campaign operative, whose job is to bolster his or her own candidate and bring down the opponent. And there is the reporter, who is tasked with covering the madness and making sense of...

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