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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

Civilized Nations Don't Put Children In Brutal Prisons, So Why Do We?

(171) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 5:45 PM

So that happened. On this week's podcast, Dana Liebelson joins us to discuss her recent exposé of the prison system in Michigan, where children -- commingled with adult criminals -- are being broken, not rehabilitated. Plus: We discuss last week's marriage equality ruling and this week's new overtime...

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We Talked To Laura Bassett* About England's Heartbreaking Own Goal

(23) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- England lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup semifinal on Wednesday after Laura Bassett accidentally kicked the ball into her team's own net during the final minute of play.

Many people have confused England's Laura Bassett with HuffPost's Laura Bassett. We interviewed...

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Suddenly Unable To Find The Donald Trump Mattress Of Your Dreams? Try These Other Classy Products

(22) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- News broke Thursday that Serta would stop selling Donald Trump mattresses after the businessman turned Republican presidential candidate made incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants.

Which begged the question: Donald Trump has a line of mattresses?

In fact, he does. A lot of companies...

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Scalia Said To Ask The Nearest Hippie About Marriage, So We Did

(212) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- In his dissent in the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage throughout the country, Justice Antonin Scalia rested part of his case on the notion that marriage was inherently a self-limiting proposition. Rather than expanding intimacy, as the majority of justices concluded, marriage restricted it. And if...

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Antonin Scalia Dissent In Marriage Equality Case Is Even More Unhinged Than You'd Think

(3973) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 9:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- Justice Antonin Scalia has really had it.

Scalia's dissent in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which officially made marriage equality the law of the land, runs for eight pages, but amounts largely to a big, arms-crossed "harumph."

"I join THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s opinion...

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Paul Ryan Upgrades War On Poverty From Failure To Stalemate

(34) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), one of the Republican Party's top safety net experts, changed his tune slightly this week about the War on Poverty.

"For the past 50 years, we’ve been waging a War on Poverty," Ryan said during a hearing Thursday. "And I don’t think you can...

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A Florida City Paid This Advocate $5 Million To Get Lost. Now, He's Using It To Help Homeless People Get Married.

(21) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Last year, the city of Hollywood, Florida, bought Sean Cononie's homeless shelter for nearly $5 million so they could shut it down. They made Cononie promise not to set foot in the town again.

"I’ve actually been exiled," Cononie, 50, told The Huffington Post earlier this year.

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Flag Industry Not Aflutter Over Confederate Flap

(85) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 3:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jeremy Davis doesn't mind if people don't want to buy Confederate battle flags in the aftermath of last week's racially motivated mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The killings sparked a national debate over the Confederate flag, which still flies at the South Carolina Capitol building despite...

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Bernie Sanders Wants To Bring Back Your 40-Hour Workweek

(506) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 1:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thinks Americans may have forgotten about the 40-hour week.

"A hundred years ago workers took to the streets" to fight for 40 hours, Sanders told The Huffington Post. "And a hundred years have come and gone, we’ve seen an explosion...

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White Supremacists Worried Charleston Shooting Makes Them Look Bad

(758) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- White supremacists on Thursday quickly tried to distance themselves from the suspect in the mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, worried that a white man killing nine people in a black church in South Carolina looked bad for their movement.

"This is going to...

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Dems Say Worker Aid Program 'Is Not In Jeopardy' In Trade Tiff

(46) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 1:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the House of Representatives are confident a program that helps laid-off workers won't be a casualty of an ongoing standoff with Republicans over President Barack Obama's trade agenda. The program is due to expire on Sept. 30, however, and it's not clear at present how Congress...

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Democrats Just Shot The Hostage In Obama's Trade Deal Negotiations

(236) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Wanda Perdue of Rocky Mount, Virginia, said she signed up for a federal program that helps workers whose jobs are shipped overseas when her job was, in 2010. With Uncle Sam paying the tab, Perdue, who had worked for furniture manufacturer Stanley Furniture, enrolled in an 18-month office administrator certificate...

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GOP Congress Won't Slash Food Stamps This Year, Rep. Mike Conaway Says

(100) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress passed budget blueprints earlier this year that would dramatically cut spending on a variety of domestic programs next year, including food stamps.

However, major changes to food stamps won't make it into actual spending bills that could become law in the fall, according to...

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The Kansas Welfare Rule That Went Too Far Even For Kansas

(625) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Kansas lawmakers are already revisiting a new law that imposed harsh restrictions on how the state's welfare recipients can use their benefits.

The law capped ATM withdrawals with welfare debit cards at $25 per day -- an unprecedented restriction. It also banned the cards from being used at a...

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'I'm Eating Once A Day': Congress' Food Stamp Cuts Hit Wisconsin Seniors Hard

(1027) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 7:30 AM

Judy Beals of Belleville, Wisconsin, was getting ready to pay for her groceries at the store earlier this year when she found out that her monthly food stamp benefits had been slashed from $120 to $16.

"I was never even notified," Beals, 65, said. Calling around to various state...

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Half Of U.S. Households Approaching Retirement Have Saved No Money

(565) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 3:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Half of older Americans have no retirement savings, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Fifty-two percent of households of people 55 and older haven't saved a dime for retirement, though nearly half of those do have an employer pension. Among...

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No Shame In Using The Safety Net, Americans Say

(118) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 10:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans think poor people shouldn't feel ashamed for using the safety net, according to a new YouGov poll.

Just 14 percent of survey respondents said they thought people should feel ashamed for using welfare, while 62 percent said people shouldn't feel ashamed. Republicans were...

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Bernie Sanders Ran For Office While On Unemployment

(123) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders has already raised millions of dollars for his 2016 presidential campaign. In 1974, he ran for office on unemployment benefits.

A profile of Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) by Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy this week looked at Sanders' humble beginnings in politics....

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How Long Do People Stay On Public Benefits?

(48) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Most poor people who avail themselves of a U.S. government safety net program are off benefits within three years, according to a government survey that tracked individual people over time.

Of the one-in-five Americans who participated in a program like Medicaid or food stamps from 2009 through...

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GOP's Big Government Welfare Reforms

(232) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican party generally favors individual liberty, but a predilection for big government looms large if individuals happen to be spending public benefits.

The year's not even half over, and already GOP lawmakers in a dozen states have proposed drug-testing poor people who want food stamps...

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