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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

How Giving Homes To The Homeless Reduces Homelessness

(125) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- For roughly 20 years, Mark Thompson lived alone in the woods, drifting between Maryland and Washington, D.C. He scraped by through odd jobs painting or landscaping, and also stealing. He drank and did drugs, and cycled in and out of jail.

"I hated the fact that I...

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So That Happened: Aaron Schock's Resignation Shockingly Doesn't Fix Washington Corruption

(51) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:50 PM

So, that happened. This week, the GOP released budget proposals and it's good news if you like massive cuts in discretionary spending and a bloated defense budget. We'll detail the broad strokes of a funding fantasia that probably won't pass and will likely lead to some new apocalyptic showdown.


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Republican Budget Could Kick 11 Million Off Food Stamps

(281) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Congressional Republicans proposed a budget this week that could kick 11 million people off food stamps, according to an outside analysis released Friday.

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) unveiled his spending blueprint on Tuesday. The document didn't specify how much it would reduce...

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Democrats Push Tax-The-Rich Plan For Social Security Solvency

(94) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- As congressional Republicans push a wish-list budget that would dramatically cut government safety net programs, their Democratic counterparts are jumping on a bill to expand Social Security benefits and shore up the program's finances.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, endorsed...

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Rahm Emanuel's Housing Agency Sitting On Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars With Massive Waitlist

(73) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:02 AM

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel's housing agency has been pulling hundreds of millions of dollars from a fund earmarked for its affordable housing program and using the money instead to boost its pension, purchase government debt and build up a staggering cash reserve.

Meanwhile, Chicago's most vulnerable are bearing the...

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House Republican Budget Whacks Food Stamps And Medicaid

(677) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 12:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans unveiled a budget on Tuesday that, in addition to repealing Obamacare, reprises many of the safety net cuts Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) proposed in previous years.

In his budget blueprint, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who took over for Ryan as chairman of the...

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So That Happened: With Iran Letter, GOP Senators Basically Say 'Don't Trust America'

(704) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, Iranian leaders got a letter, authored by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 46 other Republican senators, in which a clear message was sent. That message? "No one should ever take the United States of America at its word." Why did this have to...

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A Lot Fewer Americans Get Unemployment Benefits Than You Think

(89) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 7:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- The share of unemployed Americans who receive unemployment insurance benefits has dwindled to its lowest point in decades, thanks in part to benefit cuts in Republican-led states.

Just 23.1 percent of unemployed workers received state unemployment benefits at the end of 2014, according to a new

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Planned Food Stamp Cuts To Hit Veterans: Report

(118) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 5:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Roughly 60,000 veterans will be cut from food stamps next year absent policy changes at the federal level, a liberal think tank warned Tuesday.

The vets represent a small share of the million Americans the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities expects to be

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How A Traveling Consultant Helps America Hide The Homeless

(113) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 9:12 PM

Despite a consensus that the best way to end homelessness is to give the homeless homes, a traveling consultant advises cities to build shelters like the Pinellas Safe Harbor facility in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo: Chris McGonigal/The Huffington Post)


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Trey Gowdy Alleges Gaps In Hillary Clinton's Emails

(712) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of a select committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, said there are many messages missing from the Hillary Clinton emails disclosed to his committee so far.

"There are gaps of months, and months, and months," Gowdy said on CBS' "Face...

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Obama Says He'll Walk Away From Deal If Iran Can Make A Nuclear Bomb

(234) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 12:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Sunday his administration would walk away from a deal with Iran if it would allow the regime to develop a nuclear bomb anytime soon.

"If there's no deal, then we walk away," Obama told CBS News' Bill Plante. "If we cannot verify that...

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Mitch McConnell Pledges To Avoid Debt Ceiling Disaster

(316) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that despite his differences with President Barack Obama, he has no interest in shutting down the government or causing it to default on its debt.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned Congress on Friday that on March 16...

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Lindsey Graham Says He Has Never Sent An Email

(763) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- Discussing the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her personal email account for government business, a top Senate Republican revealed that he has never sent an email in his life.

"I don't email," Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said. "You can have every email I've...

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So That Happened: Scott Walker's Union Bust Delivered Behind A Wall Of Gaffes

(194) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 6:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, let's talk about you. What kind of stuff do you like to read on this site, and how do we provide it when Congress takes off a day early to avoid a snow storm? Senior Politics Editor Paige Lavender explains.

Listen to this week's...

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As Economy Continues To Improve, This Former Layoff Victim Is Back On His Feet

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 9:11 AM

WASHINGTON -- When Robert Annis got laid off in 2011, executives at his company said the economic recovery "is not happening as quickly or favorably as we had hoped."

Annis was part of a mass layoff of 700 journalists by Gannett, which had employed him as a...

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Republicans Introduce Throwback Legislation To Rekindle Forgotten Welfare Fight From 2012

(125) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 6:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Some issues are just too good for politicians to let go. For instance, Republicans vote to defund ACORN almost annually, even though the advocacy group went out of business years ago.

Another such issue appears to be saving welfare reform from President Barack Obama.


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The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Own Is Your Waistband

(53) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- After Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man on Sunday, Chief Charlie Beck said the man grabbed an officer's holstered gun. Beck said a still image from a video of the incident showed the victim going for the officer's waistband.

"It appears that the suspect's...

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Scott Walker Open To Repealing Handgun Waiting Period

(95) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) suggested he supports legislation that would eliminate his state's 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases in an Friday interview with NRA News.

"That's one of those where with new technology, it's real easy to make sure the bad guys...

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How Republicans Could Cut Food Stamps This Year

(433) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 4:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's new point man on food stamps, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), insists that he doesn't want to cut nutrition assistance benefits. Instead, Conaway is leading a multiyear review of the program, just to make sure it's the best it can be.

But it might not be...

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