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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

Democrats Say They've Changed The Gun Debate, If Not Any Actual Gun Laws

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON -- They didn't change U.S. firearm policy or even get a vote on gun legislation, but congressional Democrats are claiming victory after staging a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives this week.

Lawmakers spent more than 24 hours occupying the well...

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USDA Says Paul LePage's Food Stamp Freakout Will Harm Children

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 3:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is putting vulnerable people in his state at risk with his food stamp crusade, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. 

In a recent letter to the Obama administration, LePage said that if the federal government won't let...

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Paul LePage Threatens To Drop Food Stamps Because Of His Soda Freakout

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 11:37 AM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) wants to wash his hands of the federal food stamp program because beneficiaries eat so much filthy junk food. 

LePage told the Obama administration that he'd end the state's administration of food stamps if the U.S. Department of Agriculture won't let him...

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Companies Face Pressure To Bail On Republican Convention

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 1:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Liberal activist groups are pressuring companies not to sponsor next month's Republican National Convention in Cleveland because of Donald Trump's bigotry.

Apple has apparently decided not to donate to the event, Politico reported Saturday. Trump has feuded with Apple in the past, but...

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Democratic Bill Would Drug-Test The Rich

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 6:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- Tired of Republicans having all the fun, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) has introduced welfare drug testing legislation -- for rich people.

Moore's bill would require a drug test for any tax filer who claims itemized deductions worth more than $150,000. So a wealthy guy who...

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Donald Trump Changes Position On Thickness Of Own Skin

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 4:31 PM

Back in July 2015, when everyone was still laughing at his newly announced presidential campaign, Donald Trump revealed that he is a sensitive soul.

"I am thin-skinned," he told "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, who'd hurt Trump's feelings by not mentioning his name during...

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Donald Trump Implies He Was Right To Imply That Obama Supports Terrorists

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 9:58 AM

WASHINGTON -- The presumptive Republican nominee for president implied Wednesday that he was right all along to suggest President Barack Obama sympathizes with Islamic terrorists. 

Donald Trump, who has long promoted the false conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya, tweeted...

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Bigger Food Stamp Benefits Wouldn't Be Wasted On Junk Food, Study Says

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 2:12 PM

Give poor people bigger food stamp benefits and they'll buy more veggies and lean meats, according to a new study

An extra $30 worth of monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits would also result in beneficiaries eating fewer fast food meals and spending more time...

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Barack Obama Once Proposed Cutting Social Security. Here’s What Changed His Mind.

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 5:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama announced his support this week for expanding Social Security benefits, it was nothing less than a sea change. Progressive activists claimed credit for the move as both a clear nod to their power in the age of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and...

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President Barack Obama Backs Expanding Social Security

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 5:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- Marking a stark reversal from his past position, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. ought to increase Social Security retirement benefits.

"It's time we finally made Social Security more generous and increased its benefits...

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Scientists: Flint Water Safe For Bathing, Despite Mark Ruffalo's Claims

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Unfiltered tap water in Flint, Michigan, is still unsafe for drinking, but a team of researchers said this week they can find no scientific reason not to use it for bathing.

Citing his own research, actor Mark Ruffalo has...

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Mitch McConnell Says Donald Trump Would Respect Limits On Power

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 9:16 AM

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump would respect limits on his authority if he's elected president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday.

"I think Donald Trump will understand when he’s sworn in the limits of his authority," McConnell told conservative radio interviewer Hugh Hewitt. "He’ll have...

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Mark Ruffalo's Water Nonprofit Has Allied Itself With An Opportunistic Sponge Salesman

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 1:26 PM

Ever since oil giant BP used his product as part of the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Scott Smith has traveled the world pitching his special sponge technology.

He brought it to disasters in China, Arkansas, Virginia, Canada...

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How A Plan To Make Food Stamp Recipients Healthier Could Backfire

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- A plan to make convenience stores that accept food stamps stock healthier items could end up forcing thousands of stores out of the program, according to a broad coalition of lawmakers and advocates opposed to the regulation. 

The Obama administration's proposal is part of a long-simmering...

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Mark Ruffalo Is Spreading Bogus Info In Flint, Scientist Says

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:15 AM

Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo's environmental advocacy group is spreading misinformation about the water in Flint, Michigan, according to a respected scientist who helped expose the city's lead crisis. 

Ruffalo and his nonprofit, Water Defense, have been warning Flint residents that their water might be unsafe for bathing....

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Elizabeth Warren Drops Mic In Twitter War With Trump

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Picking up where she left off a few days ago, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unleashed a Twitter tirade against Donald Trump on Wednesday. 

Trump and Warren had a huge Twitter fight over the weekend, and apparently he couldn't let things lie. He started...

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President Obama Says Flint's Glass Is Half Full

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 4:16 PM

For the past two years people in Flint, Michigan, have been given poisoned water that exposed an entire generation of kids to lead, a deadly toxin that can permanently damage developing brains.

This week President Barack Obama traveled there to tell them they'll...

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Social Security Administration Seeks Shortcut Through Massive Disability Backlog

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 1:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration is quietly changing how it handles some appeals from Americans who've sought disability benefits.

The changes are part of an effort to chip away at an unprecedented backlog of unresolved claims, one that's left some people waiting more...

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Rick Snyder Booed In Flint During Obama Visit

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 3:30 PM

Flint residents booed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Wednesday as he addressed a crowd at a local high school during a visit from President Barack Obama. 

The booing started as soon as the governor approached his lectern at the event, where Obama was scheduled to speak...

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Obama Drinks The Water In Flint

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:36 PM

President Barack Obama visited Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and drank a glass of water to assure residents their taps are safe as long as they use filters.

Flint's drinking water has been contaminated with lead, a deadly neurotoxin, for two years thanks to the government's failure to...

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