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Arthur Delaney started working for HuffPost in 2009. He has written for the Washington City Paper, The Hill newspaper, Slate Magazine, and ABCNews.com. In 2008 he won the Street Sense David A. Pike Excellence in Journalism award for a City Paper story about a man living on the median strip of a freeway in Washington. He and HuffPost D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim won a Sidney Award from the Hillman Foundation for their 2010 story "The Poorhouse: Aunt Winnie, Glenn Beck, and the Politics of the New Deal."

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D.C. Pols Fight GOP Marijuana Legalization Ban

(75) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ignoring an effort among congressional Republicans to block marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia in the recently passed “cromnibus” spending bill, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) says he intends to submit the new law to Congress anyway.

“The Chairman’s position is that it is his duty...

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Justice Department Warns Against Ebola Discrimination

(7) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department issued guidelines on Monday designed to help government workers avoid illegally discriminating against people because of the Ebola virus.

Citing "increased reports of discrimination in the United States against people who are or are perceived to be from an African country or of...

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So That Happened, Episode 13: CIA Torture Report Was Chronicle Of Depravity And Incompetence

(6) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, a summary of the Senate's report on CIA torture was released into the wild, and while the redactions were thick, it nevertheless read as a thoroughgoing chronicle of depravity and incompetence that will, at the very least, ruin hummus forever. National security reporter Ali Watkins...

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Pelosi Says Legal Weed Still Has A Chance In D.C.

(165) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying to thwart legal weed in the District of Columbia, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) thinks the plant still has a fighting chance.

The "cromnibus" spending bill that the House of Representatives passed Thursday is supposed to stop the marijuana legalization approved by D.C....

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Police Shootings Of Unarmed Men Often Have Something In Common: The Waistband Defense

(269) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- After police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown to death in August in Ferguson, Missouri, he claimed the teenager had reached into his waistband, causing Wilson to fear Brown had a weapon. Brown was unarmed.

"Guns do come out of waistbands," said Eugene O'Donnell, former police officer and...

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Andy Harris, Anti-Pot Republican, Glad Congress Overruled D.C. Residents On Legalization

(39) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican congressman who has crusaded against the District of Columbia's ever-liberalizing pot laws cheered a new congressional spending bill that would quash the will of District voters.

"I am glad Congress is going to, in a bipartisan way, uphold federal law to protect our youth by...

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D.C. Marijuana Law Blocked By Congress, But There May Be A Loophole

(80) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington, D.C., appears to be blocked in the spending bill Congress released late Tuesday.

A summary posted to the House Appropriations website says the spending bill Congress will consider this week "prohibits both federal and local funds...

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Congress Looking To Block D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative (UPDATE)

(117) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:07 PM

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. -- A summary posted to the House Appropriations website Tuesday evening says the spending bill Congress will consider this week "prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implement a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana use in the District."

Previously:
WASHINGTON -- Congress...

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Can The Cops Be Stopped Before They Kill Again?

(124) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, hard on the heels of the Ferguson grand jury decision, a grand jury in New York City returns no indictment on the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on the streets of Staten Island. Can the cops be stopped before they kill again? 

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Federal Court Thwarts Rick Scott Once Again On Drug Testing

(83) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 2:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- A federal court has ruled once again that Florida's short-lived effort to drug test all welfare applicants violated their constitutional rights.

For several months in 2011, Florida required all applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to submit urine samples to prove they weren't on...

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The Heroes And Zeroes Of America's Brief Ebola Outbreak

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 8:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's been three weeks since the White House event where President Barack Obama shook hands with doctors and nurses who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, and the president apparently does not have Ebola.

The disease still rages in West Africa, where more than...

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The Upsides Of The Democrats' Ass-Kicking

(529) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 2:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have a lot to be miserable about a day after losing the U.S. Senate, more seats in Congress, and several governors' mansions and state houses.

But they also have reasons to step back from the ledge and dig in for next time.

The reasons for deep, soul-crushing...

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You're Probably Not Going To Get Ebola From A Sneeze

(16) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would like you to know that you can't get the Ebola virus from a sneeze.

Some people have seized on info that had been posted to the agency's website as evidence that it's possible for Ebola to be sneezed...

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Rand Paul: Voter ID Push Is 'Dumb,' But The Laws Are Reasonable

(47) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 12:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he supports requiring voters to show ID at the polls, but he thinks Republicans are overemphasizing the issue.

During NBC's "Meet The Press," host Chuck Todd noted that Paul, a presidential hopeful for 2016, has said in the past...

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Rand Paul's Inner Libertarian 'Horrified' By Forced Quarantine Of Ebola Nurse

(55) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 11:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) evidently had mixed feelings about the forced quarantine of Kaci Hickox, the American nurse recently confined to a tent in New Jersey for three days after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

"When we get to the question of quarantine, it's...

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Mitt Romney: GOP Senate Will Put Immigration Reform On President's Desk

(507) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 9:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday that if Republicans win the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's election, they will send immigration reform legislation to the president's desk.

"You'll see a provision first of all to secure the border, second of all to deal with those who...

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CDC Removed Info On Coughing And Sneezing From Ebola Q&A (UPDATE)

(244) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 7:08 PM

See updates below.

WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has quietly removed some Ebola information from its website. The changes follow claims from news outlets and conservative blogs that the agency hasn't been forthcoming about how the virus spreads, but it was not clear on...

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Obama Touts Heroism Of Ebola Health Care Workers

(360) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday touted the heroism of health care workers fighting Ebola abroad, further emphasizing the disagreement between himself and other politicians who want the workers quarantined when they come home.

"All of them have signed up to leave their homes and their loved ones...

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Obama Says U.S. Should Embrace Health Workers Fighting Ebola In Africa

(566) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United States shouldn't do anything to discourage health care workers from traveling to Ebola-stricken countries, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in remarks that contrasted sharply with the actions of governors who have sought to quarantine doctors and nurses returning from West Africa.

"We don't want to discourage...

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Doctors Worry Ebola Quarantines Could Keep Them From Fighting Disease

(11) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 7:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Since 2009, British doctor Javid Abdelmoneim has gone into the field five times through Doctors Without Borders, providing medical care in countries such as Iraq, South Sudan and Haiti. But if a future mission to Ebola-stricken West Africa means that he'd be forced into a strict hospital quarantine,...

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