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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

So That Happened: Obama, Warren Team Up To Save Older America

(136) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp program. In a surprising twist, the committee's new management struck a soft and empathetic tone toward a government program they'd previously demonized.

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Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

(2656) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps.

"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food...

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Barry Loudermilk Says He Didn't Vaccinate His Children

(183) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) told a town hall audience in Georgia last week that he thinks parents should decide whether to have their children vaccinated against diseases like measles and mumps. He said he and his wife didn't get vaccinations for most of their children.

"I believe...

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Republicans Put On A Nice Face When It Comes To Food Stamps

(150) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives on Wednesday started in on a "top-to-bottom" review the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known by its former name, food stamps -- but they say they're not out to cut benefits.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), the new chairman of the House...

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Glenn Grothman Urges Constituents To Keep An Eye On Food Stamp Users

(898) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 1:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's not unusual for a Republican lawmaker to relate stories of poor people using food stamps to buy questionable items. It's less common for a congressman to urge constituents to proactively snoop on other people's shopping carts.

Freshman Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) reportedly said at a...

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Elizabeth Warren, Elijah Cummings Launch 'Middle Class Prosperity Project'

(110) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are launching a series of events focusing on Democratic solutions to the woes of the middle class.

The "Middle Class Prosperity Project" starts Tuesday with a forum featuring prominent economists. On Monday, Warren and Cummings co-authored...

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Conservatives Cheer Research Saying Cuts To Unemployment Benefits Helped The Economy

(555) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 12:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- A new research paper suggests Congress helped the economy to the tune of nearly 2 million jobs when lawmakers killed long-term unemployment benefits at the end of 2013.

The working paper, by economists Marcus Hagedorn, Iourii Manovskii and Kurt Mitman, is a boon to congressional Republicans...

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12 More States Are Considering Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

(356) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Just 37 out of more than 16,000 welfare applicants failed drug tests during six months of testing in Tennessee, The Tennessean reported this week.

Though Republican lawmakers in nearly every state have proposed drug tests for recipients of government benefits in recent years, Tennessee is...

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Republicans Want Photo ID Requirement For Food Stamps

(350) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Even though the previous Congress spent two years fighting over comprehensive food stamp legislation, some Republicans in the current Congress want another bite.

New legislation would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to show photo identification when they use their government-issued debit cards to buy food. Rep. Matt...

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So That Happened: Did Obama Forget That The GOP Runs Congress?

(287) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 6:10 PM

So, that happened: This week, the early stages of the 2016 presidential election collided headlong with the phenomenon of vaccine denialism, with two candidates ending up in intensive care for foot-in-mouth disease. We'll talk about who took a hit and who managed to avoid this nonsense.

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For Some Who Are Back At Work, Positive Jobs Report Doesn't Tell The Full Story

(180) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 10:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- Every weeknight Bridget Krueger and her husband catch up with an 8 p.m. phone call because his new job is far away and he works long hours, so he has to spend the night in a hotel.

"It's almost like being a single parent during the week,"...

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The Obama Administration Won't Let Scott Walker Drug-Test The Jobless Anytime Soon

(333) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday evening formally proposed drug testing for people who want unemployment benefits, but there's just one problem: President Barack Obama won't allow it.

Some background on a fight that's been happening behind the scenes: Until 2012, federal law barred states from using...

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Obama Budget Rejects GOP Social Security Move

(233) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is not playing along with Republican demands to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

In a largely symbolic budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, the White House has called on Congress to shift payroll tax revenue to prevent a looming benefit cut --...

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So, That Happened: The Podcast Barack Obama Does Not Want You To Hear

(208) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, we learned that President Barack Obama is really upset with our coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So he's not gonna like what we're about to do, which is talk about the fact that the one part of his agenda...

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Backing Down From Food Stamp Fight

(474) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) had previously said he wanted to fight the Obama administration over drug tests for food stamp recipients, but it turns out Walker would prefer to ask nicely.

A Walker spokeswoman said that instead of just imposing the drug tests, the governor's forthcoming...

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So, That Happened: Congress Delivered Its State Of Disarray

(6) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress now completely controlled by his opposition. The Huffington Post's Sabrina Siddiqui was there, and she joins us to discuss the oration and the reaction.

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Scott Walker Itching For Food Stamp Fight With Obama Administration

(1062) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is pushing forward with a plan to make food stamp recipients pass drug tests -- a requirement that the Obama administration says violates federal law.

The drug testing, which Walker first announced he'd pursue last year, is part of an...

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So That Happened: Against All Logic, A 2012 Loser Is Reborn

(47) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So that happened: This week, the 2016 presidential race was roiled by the announcement that former GOP nominee and 2012 loser Mitt Romney was, against all logic, getting his band back together to mount yet another run for the White House. This has baffled everyone, including The Huffington Post's Amanda...

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Welfare Drug Testing Moving Forward In Maine

(564) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 10:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is moving forward with a plan to make some welfare recipients take drug tests if they want cash benefits, The Associated Press reported this week.

LePage is one of several Republican governors who has recently pushed drug tests for safety...

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Rand Paul: Disability Insurance Wasted On People With Anxiety And Back Pain

(1580) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 11:42 AM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday began a two-day tour through New Hampshire, the first Republican primary state, where where he offered up a heap of red meat to supporters and local officials ahead of a likely run for president in 2016.

Attending a breakfast with state legislative leaders in...

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