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Arthur Delaney
Arthur Delaney started working for HuffPost in 2009. He has written for the Washington City Paper, The Hill newspaper, Slate Magazine, and 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."

Entries by Arthur Delaney

Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform

(77) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday praised welfare reform for reducing child poverty, even though child poverty is higher today than it was before welfare reform.

Speaking to former GOP congressman and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Ryan said, "You voted for a bipartisan bill in 1996,...

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Paul Ryan Rewrites His Government Shutdown Role

(88) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- In his new book, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recounts shaking his head in frustration last fall as fellow Republicans sought to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare.

"It was a suicide mission," Ryan writes in The Way Forward, his memoir released Tuesday. "This can't...

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This Week In Making Poor People Pee

(141) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) announced this week that certain poor people in the state will have to relieve themselves if they want to get a different kind of relief.

Anyone convicted of a drug-related felony who wants welfare in Maine will have to take a drug...

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Abandon All Hope That Congress Will Help The Long-Term Jobless

(22) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- The debate over whether Congress will do something to help Americans unemployed longer than six months is truly over.

As lawmakers prepare to skip town for five weeks, the Labor Department announced Friday that the unemployment rate had ticked up a tenth of a point to 6.2...

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Just How Much Does Paul Ryan Want The Government To Plan Poor People's Lives?

(135) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the government could better fight poverty if poor people worked with case managers on a "life plan."

Liberal and conservative critics have derided Ryan's idea as government life-coaching -- something that would be...

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Ted Strickland Tried To Live On The Minimum Wage For A Week, Ran Out Of Baloney

(666) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- Ted Strickland tried to live on the minimum wage for a week, and it didn't go so well.

"I didn’t make it," the former Democratic governor of Ohio wrote in Politico Magazine.

For his "Live The Wage" challenge Strickland allotted himself $77...

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Less Pay, More Weekend? Some Americans Are Ready To Say Yes

(32) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Four years into the economic recovery, HuffPost's measure of America's overemployment rate stands tall at 16 percent.

In a new poll by The Huffington Post and YouGov, 16 percent of working Americans said they would trade 20 percent less pay for 20 percent less work. In...

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Paul Ryan Makes New Poverty Pitch

(779) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:17 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday unveiled a new, highly anticipated proposal to fight poverty.

"I want to talk about how we can expand opportunity in America," the former vice presidential candidate said at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. "I don’t have...

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How Congress Gave Auto Dealers A Pass

(16) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Car sales are surging and subprime loans are helping to drive the growth, but some consumers are getting run over.

A recent New York Times story highlighted some lending shenanigans familiar to anyone who remembers the subprime pileup in the housing industry. That...

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Long-Term Unemployment Shrinking For Good Reasons: Fed Economists

(59) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- An improving job market is shrinking the ranks of the long-term jobless, economists for the Federal Reserve said in a Monday blog post.

Slightly more than 3 million Americans had been out of work six months or longer as of June, according to the Labor...

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Cruz: It's Not Me Who's Holding Migrant Kids Ransom

(383) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 11:43 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had two people to blame on Sunday for the surge of child migrants detained by U.S. border security this year: President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

"Ill tell you who is holding these kids ransom -- [it] is Harry Reid...

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John Kerry's Hot Mic Reaction To Gaza: 'Hell Of A Pinpoint Operation'

(248) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sounded exasperated during a candid moment between interviews on Sunday as he discussed the ongoing conflict in Gaza with an off-camera aide.

"It's a hell of a pinpoint operation. It's a hell of a pinpoint operation," Kerry, apparently unaware he was being...

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John Kerry: Drunken Soldiers Unceremoniously Piling MH17 Bodies

(115) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry didn't hold back Sunday in his criticism of the crash site cleanup for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday. Pro-Russian separatists in the area have reportedly removed nearly 200 bodies and denied access to international investigators.

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More Cities Are Basically Making It Illegal To Be Homeless

(224) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Since the Great Recession, many American cities have sought to eradicate homelessness not so much by giving people shelter, but by making it illegal to be homeless.

Citywide bans on things that homeless people need to do to survive are on the rise, according to a

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Congress Takes From Unemployment Extension To Give To Highway Trust Fund

(131) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers have been eating unemployed people's lunch right and left this year.

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives took another bite, approving a federal highway funding bill with a cost-cutting provision that had been part of legislation for the long-term jobless.

"This is now the second...

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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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Thomas Perez On Lawmakers Who Dis The Jobless: 'I Wanna Punch 'Em'

(128) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- When members of Congress suggest unemployed Americans aren't trying hard enough to get jobs, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez gets mad.

"When I hear people on Capitol Hill say the long-term unemployed are unemployed by choice, I wanna punch 'em," Perez said Tuesday during a meeting with...

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Tuesday's Morning Email: Israel Launches 'Operation Protective Edge'

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 7:53 AM

Getting paid to watch Netflix all day is a real job. Jury’s out on whether it beats Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tester, but it comes pretty darn close. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

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  • Check out what The Wall Street...

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Conservatives Credit End Of Benefits For Declining Unemployment Rate

(318) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Responding to good news about the economy last week, influential conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer declared conservatives had won the debate over long-term unemployment insurance.

Congressional Republicans have stifled opportunities to renew the benefits, which expired in December. On Fox News' "Special Report," Krauthammer said he thinks it's been...

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The White House Had A Plan To Help The Long-Term Jobless. How's It Going?

(52) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 8:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- At the beginning of the year, the White House trumpeted its effort to get business leaders to hire the long-term unemployed.

"I've been asking CEOs to give more long-term unemployed workers a fair shot at that new job and new chance to support their families," President Barack...

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