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Amanda Terkel is a research associate at the Center for American Progress, and one of four authors of the Center's daily email newsletter, the The Progress Report.

Terkel appeared as a guest commentator on the second Current TV edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, discussing the apparent implosion of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.

On the 6 July 2011 edition, she discussed President Obama's Twitter Townhall in which the President insisted that "the debt ceiling should not be something that is used as a gun against the heads of the American people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners or oil and gas companies that are making billions of dollars because the price of...gasoline has gone up so high," as well as Mitch McConnell's claim that collecting revenue through tax increases on the wealthy is "ludicrous," and Tim Scott's assertion that the President could be impeached if he invokes the 14th Amendment.