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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

Long-Term Unemployment Shrinking For Good Reasons: Fed Economists

(0) 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'

(244) 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

(219) 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

(128) 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.

The Scuttlebutt

  • Check out what The Wall Street...

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Conservatives Credit End Of Benefits For Declining Unemployment Rate

(317) 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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Welfare Drug Testing Takes Effect In Tennessee

(983) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- Poor people in Tennessee better get ready to forfeit bodily fluids if they want welfare benefits.

A new law taking effect this week allows the state Department of Human Services to screen applicants to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, known in Tennessee as Families...

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Somewhat Hopeless Bipartisan Unemployment Bill Introduced In House

(20) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives trumpeted new bipartisan legislation to revive benefits for the long-term unemployed on Thursday.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has already signaled his lack of interest in jobless aid, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged Boehner to let the bill get a...

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Florida Dropping Online Test For Unemployment Benefits

(30) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The state of Florida will no longer force layoff victims to answer reading and math questions in order to receive unemployment insurance, thanks to legislation recently signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Florida Republicans launched the testing regime in 2011 at the same time they...

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Unemployment Extension Debate Returns With New Senate Bill

(112) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan Senate duo that has pushed all year to renew long-term unemployment insurance has revived the stalled effort with new legislation on Tuesday.

Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) unveiled a bill that would provide aid to jobless workers who use up the standard...

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The Most Popular Alternative Name For The Washington Football Team Is...

(1213) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Most people don't think the Washington Redskins should change the team's name, but if the team ever decides to do the decent thing, Americans favor one alternate name over all others.

HuffPost, in partnership with YouGov, surveyed Americans about changing the Washington football team's moniker. A...

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States Undo Food Stamp Felon Bans

(21) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two states are taking small steps away from a little-known aspect of the war on drugs.

The California Legislature has just passed a bill that will allow people convicted of drug-related felonies to receive welfare and food stamps. And last week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D)

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Fewer Americans Blame Poverty On The Poor

(21) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 7:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans today blame poverty on the individual failings of poor people than they did in the 1990s, according to a new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Forty-four percent of Americans said poverty is caused by "people not doing enough," compared...

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Better Unemployment Benefits Reduce Suicides: Study

(8) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- Unemployment insurance may save your life.

Researchers have long understood that higher unemployment rates correlate to higher suicide rates, but a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology is the first to suggest that more generous unemployment benefits can mean fewer suicides.


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Bill Clinton Sought Scandal Advice From Marion Barry, Barry Says

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former president Bill Clinton sought advice from D.C. mayor Marion Barry on how to cope with public humiliation, Barry reports in his new memoir.

In the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal Clinton "wanted to talk to me about how to handle embarrassing personal situations as a...

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