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Secretary Of State: Would Hillary Want The Job?

(819) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 12:48 PM

On Friday, political chatter focused around reports that President-elect Barack Obama is thinking about naming Sen. Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State.

But while much of the talk focused on Obama's reasoning, Clinton has a few decisions to make herself. The New York Democrat is likely already running through...

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Bayh's Defense Of Lieberman Wrong, Senate Expert Says

(384) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 10:54 AM

Appearing on "The Rachel Maddow Show" earlier this week, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh argued that Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman should keep his committee chairmanships, suggesting that the posts could be taken away at a later date if he misbehaves. But a Senate rules expert who spoke to the Huffington...

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Feingold Nudges Obama To Select "New Leadership" For Intelligence Agencies

(185) Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 4:02 PM

In a gentle yet clear nudge to President-elect Barack Obama, Sen. Russ Feingold released a statement on Thursday calling for "new leadership" in the nation's various intelligence services.

"I am confident President-elect Obama understands the need for new leadership of the intelligence community and will appoint competent, capable people who...

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Stevens Pollster: Race Is Over, Begich Will Win

(504) Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 3:00 PM

Alaska-based GOP pollster David Dittman, who worked for Sen. Ted Stevens during this year's primary race, believes Democratic challenger Mark Begich is all but certain to expand his current razor-thin lead and snatch the seat.

"I don't think Stevens can come back," Dittman said, noting that he thinks the...

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Bush Deal Could Tie Obama's Hands On Iraq

(54) Comments | Posted November 13, 2008 | 9:59 AM

As Iraqi legislators prepare to vote this weekend on a proposed agreement with Washington regarding the legal status of American troops in the country next year, one U.S. Congressman wants to know whether the plan will tie President-elect Barack Obama's hands.

Massachusetts Democrat Bill Delahunt's Foreign Affairs oversight subcommittee...

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Ex-CIA Analysts: McLaughlin Being Considered For Top Intel Post

(59) Comments | Posted November 12, 2008 | 2:57 PM

Two recently retired CIA analysts have told the Huffington Post that John McLaughlin, a former deputy CIA director, is being considered by the Obama transition team for the role of Director of National Intelligence.

Former CIA official Margaret Henoch, an early skeptic of debunked Iraq war intelligence provided by...

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Rice: Obama Election Is "Quantum Leap"

(85) Comments | Posted November 12, 2008 | 11:02 AM

In a soon-to-be broadcast interview with C-SPAN's Steve Scully, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed the implications of Barack Obama's victory at the polls, as well as the state of international relations that he will inherit as president. The full transcript, which has already been posted online, shows Rice...

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Obama Campaign: "A Lot Of Disinformation" About Transition Advisers

(207) Comments | Posted November 12, 2008 | 8:31 AM

Barack Obama's transition team pushed back on Wednesday morning against an AP report claiming that former Sen. Sam Nunn and former Secretary of State Warren Christopher are playing an integral role in the presidential transition.

"Senator Sam Nunn will play an informal senior adviser role throughout the defense transition process....

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Senate Dems Could Grow Majority In 2010

(111) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 10:29 PM

When a party gains Senate seats over the course of two consecutive elections, conventional wisdom holds that the bill is set to come due the third time around.

But even as the media keeps its focus on 2008's lingering Senate contests, there are some early indications that 2010 could be...

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Arab Media Impressed By Obama's Victory, While Skeptical Of Change

(29) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 9:26 AM

Reaction to Barack Obama's victory over John McCain has been enthusiastic around the world, not least in the Arab-language press. But a few editorial writers in the region wonder what will actually change.

"The Arabs [who prayed for Obama to win] are mistaken if they bet that the president of...

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Is Bush Trying To Tie Obama's Hands On Syria?

(127) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 1:27 PM

What kind of relationship with Syria will Barack Obama inherit from President George W. Bush?

As the New York Times reported Friday, Barack Obama's election seems to have already improved negotiations in Iraq regarding a proposed agreement over the status of American troops there. But there are signs that...

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Former Defense Official: Obama Keeping Gates The "Dumbest Thing I've Ever Heard"

(538) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 10:14 AM

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is often mentioned as a potential Bush 43 holdover in the new Obama administration. According to most reports, Gates is not only popular among the service branches, but also with Democrats, who have appreciated the secretary's moderate instincts during his time at the helm following Donald...

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Source Of "Infanticide" Smear Says America Elected "A Barbarian"

(1199) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 9:35 AM

Though some conservatives are making conciliatory noises about Barack Obama now that the election is over, Jill Stanek is not among them. The former Illinois nurse, whose claims about a supposed rash of abortions of "born alive" babies at a Chicago hospital snowballed into the election-season charge that Obama supported...

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Schumer, DSCC Predict Victory In Tight Oregon Race

(26) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 4:44 PM

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted to several Democratic insiders that Jeff Merkley will unseat incumbent Sen. Gordon Smith in Oregon, multiple sources confirmed. At least one DSCC staffer is also telling prominent Democratic fundraisers that Merkley will prevail, according to an email obtained by the Huffington Post.

With Smith...

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NOW President Questions Summers As Treasury Secretary

(214) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 2:37 PM

Since Barack Obama has signaled that his transition team will move quickly, it shouldn't come as a surprise that advocacy organizations are acting just as fast to register their opinions.

On Wednesday morning, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy contacted the Huffington Post to describe her "mixed feelings" at...

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Election Poll Review: Who Got It Right?

(91) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 12:47 PM

Forget the circular firing squad among Republicans, now is the time for pollsters and analysts to take a look and figure out who got the statistics game right.

After thousands of surveys, dozens of methodological arguments and a pile of actual, you know, votes to look at, one thing seems...

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Indiana Judge: GOP Poll Watchers Violated Court Order On Foreclosure Lists

(43) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 4:07 PM

An Indiana judge ruled on Tuesday that Republican poll watchers violated a court order regarding the correct process for challenging voters on election day, according to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund.

In late October, Democrats and Republicans in Marion County were ordered not to use lists of voters who had...

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Reports Of False Text Messages Crop Up In Several States

(96) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 2:46 PM

***SEE UPDATE BELOW***

This could be a cheap (if elaborate) hoax, but bloggers in multiple states are posting cell phone photos of text messages urging Obama supporters to vote on Wednesday, November 5.

First reports of the false text message came from writers in Arizona and Texas. Meanwhile,...

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GOP Officials Trying To Disqualify Iowa Student Ballots

(434) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 12:22 PM

The Iowa GOP appears to be distancing itself from a Monday effort to challenge thousands of student ballots at Grinnell College.

Spokesman Nathan Treloar told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that while he has "seen reports coming out that its Republican lawyers" objecting to student ballots, he claimed "this...

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No Shenanigans Expected In Florida, DNC Adviser Says

(70) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 10:57 AM

Now that the Florida GOP has assured a county circuit judge the party will not mount a mass challenge of voters on election day, DNC adviser Jamal Simmons says he is less worried about a process catastrophe in the state on election day.

"I think that we've worked with...

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