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Arthur Delaney started working for HuffPost in 2009. He has written for the Washington City Paper, The Hill newspaper, Slate Magazine, and ABCNews.com. 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."

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John Boehner Is Done Being Nice About The Unemployed

(2117) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 11:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner's Thursday lament that unemployed people think they can "just sit around" instead of working shows how much the political conversation about the economy has changed.

All year long, Democrats have bashed the Ohio Republican for his callous indifference to the plight...

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Ohio Business Groups Push Schools To Drug-Test Students

(34) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Business groups in Ohio want some local school systems to drug-test students who enter vocational training programs.

While it's not unheard of for a school district to make its students pee in cups, it's less common for local businesses to urge the policy. That's what the Mahoning...

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Tom Cotton Makes Ridiculous Farm Bill Ad

(14) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a new TV ad, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would have you believe that President Barack Obama forced Congress to give poor people food stamps by exploiting innocent farm legislation.

"When President Obama hijacked the farm bill and turned it into a food stamp bill, with billions more...

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Scott Walker Wants To Fight Feds Over Welfare Drug Tests

(279) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:20 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has come out in favor of making poor people prove they're not on drugs if they want food stamps or unemployment insurance -- even if it means a showdown with the federal government.

Walker's drug test pitch comes as the...

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Republicans Tackle Scourge Of Welfare In Weed Stores

(72) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Next week the U.S. House of Representatives will likely consider legislation to prevent a government shutdown, and maybe a bill to authorize a new war in Iraq.

But the Republican-controlled House will also target the scourge of poor people withdrawing welfare benefits from ATMs inside Colorado pot...

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Obama Finds An ISIS Strategy While Congress... Privatizes Asteroids? Really?

(113) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 2:15 PM

So, that happened: Fresh off polls indicating that a majority of Americans now believe that the Islamic State (or, if you prefer, ISIS or ISIL) poses a threat to the United States, the Obama administration has embarked on the third chapter of the Iraq War trilogy -- with the president...

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Molotov Cocktail Thrown At Emanuel Cleaver's Missouri Office: Police

(137) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- Police in Kansas City, Missouri say someone threw a Molotov cocktail at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's (D-Mo.) office there early Thursday morning, breaking a window but failing to start a fire.

Police responded to an alarm at Cleaver's office around 3:00 a.m.

"Upon arrival they observed a...

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Bob McDonnell's Trial Comes To Merciful End, But The Weirdness And The Shame Remain

(148) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 11:47 AM

So, that happened: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) career as a professional defendant has finished its first big story arc, with he and wife Maureen being convicted of 20 counts of corruption between them. The convictions were, perhaps, the result that close observers could have seen coming...

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6.1 Percent Unemployment Still 100 Percent Sucks

(14) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:28 AM

BALTIMORE -- Erin Isaacs has been selling her stuff in order to make rent. She got $180 for her 40-inch TV and $300 for a small washer-dryer combo.

"Next up I need to go to my storage unit and take pictures of my stuff, and so it'll be things...

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The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day

(98) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Most people know Labor Day as an extra day off of work. Fewer know the holiday comes from a time when the government was offing workers.

It all started with a bad recession in the early 1890s that reduced demand for railway cars, prompting Chicago railway magnate...

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Most Americans Think The Economy Is Permanently Damaged

(59) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Seven out of 10 Americans say the U.S. economy has been permanently damaged by the Great Recession that started at the end of 2007, according to a new poll.

When the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University asked people about the recession in...

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Adam Schiff Pushes Body Cameras For Cops

(81) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- In response to the furor over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a senior House Democrat wants the federal government to encourage local cops to wear cameras while they're working.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is gathering signatures from other lawmakers...

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John Boehner's Toy Monkey Video Is... Incredible

(19) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- An ostensibly lighthearted video is a window into House Speaker John Boehner's soul.

In the clip a toy monkey delights little children gathered around the Ohio Republican, who tells the children that the chattering monkey is actually his life.

"That's what I do all day!" says...

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'Unlikely Fame': When Poor People Make It Big

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Has it gotten harder for Americans from poor backgrounds to become famous?

In a new book, Unlikely Fame: Poor People Who Made History, historian David Wagner suggests fewer famous people come from poverty today than did in the past.

Wagner culled subjects from the American National Biography...

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Eric Holder Is Not Exactly Known For Being Tough On Bad Cops

(9) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Attorney General Eric Holder went to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, he assured local residents the U.S. Justice Department will swiftly investigate the police killing of an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9.

In meetings with locals, Holder emphasized how his own past experiences will inform his...

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Cops Shoot People Dead Every Day. Why Did Ferguson Become Such A Huge Deal?

(28) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last year, 16-year-old Kimani Gray died after New York Police Department officers shot him seven times. The police had accosted the Brooklyn teen because he was fumbling with his waistband as if he had a gun, which they said he then pointed at them.

Eyewitnesses said there...

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Paul Ryan Recycles Weak Talking Point On Welfare Reform

(84) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday praised welfare reform for reducing child poverty, even though child poverty is higher today than it was before welfare reform.

Speaking to former GOP congressman and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Ryan said, "You voted for a bipartisan bill in 1996,...

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Paul Ryan Rewrites His Government Shutdown Role

(93) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- In his new book, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recounts shaking his head in frustration last fall as fellow Republicans sought to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare.

"It was a suicide mission," Ryan writes in The Way Forward, his memoir released Tuesday. "This can't...

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This Week In Making Poor People Pee

(142) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) announced this week that certain poor people in the state will have to relieve themselves if they want to get a different kind of relief.

Anyone convicted of a drug-related felony who wants welfare in Maine will have to take a drug...

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Abandon All Hope That Congress Will Help The Long-Term Jobless

(24) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- The debate over whether Congress will do something to help Americans unemployed longer than six months is truly over.

As lawmakers prepare to skip town for five weeks, the Labor Department announced Friday that the unemployment rate had ticked up a tenth of a point to 6.2...

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