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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

GOP's Big Government Welfare Reforms

(82) 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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Ben Carson, Vegetarian

(158) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 1:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican primary politics is often about giving "red meat" to conservative voters, but that is something Dr. Ben Carson will not do.

Carson, the only openly vegetarian candidate in the 2016 pool, has avoided meat for decades. He told the Vegetarian Times in 1990 that his religion...

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GOP Bill Would Treat Food Stamp Recipients Like Pregnant Women

(381) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- A faction of Republicans in the House of Representatives wants to stop poor people from buying junk food with food stamps.

Under proposed new legislation, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's 45 million enrollees would only be able to use their benefits for lean meat, poultry and food...

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Paul LePage Wants To Kick Ex-Cons Off Food Stamps, Drug Test Everybody

(239) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:35 PM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) wants to kick poor people off food stamps and welfare if they have drug-related felony convictions and also to expand a recently enacted drug testing program.

The 1996 welfare reform law banned drug felons from receiving food stamps or benefits from the Temporary Assistance...

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Think People On Food Stamps Are Eating More Lobster Than You? Think Again

(2713) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 7:30 AM

Lorca Henley of Bowling Green, Ohio, said her family's dinners on different nights this week included taco salads, tuna casserole with mashed potatoes, spaghetti with meat sauce and hamburgers they fried on the stove because they were out of propane.

Steak, lobster and crab legs were not on the...

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Wisconsin GOP Advances Bills Controlling How People On Welfare Eat And Pee

(814) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 4:01 PM

Legislation approved by the Wisconsin State Assembly on Wednesday would require drug screening for poor people in the state who want public benefits and force food stamp recipients to spend most of their benefits on state-approved groceries.

One bill directs the state workforce agency to drug test some...

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Food Stamp Enrollment Dips Beneath 46 Million For First Time Since 2011

(180) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp enrollment has dipped beneath 46 million for the first time since 2011, according to the latest numbers from the federal government.

In February, 45.6 million Americans received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the program....

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Ebola Is Nearly Gone And Largely Forgotten. Thank The Government, Says Ebola Czar.

(16) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The West African country at the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak that killed 11,000 people was declared free of the deadly disease on Saturday. The milestone -- seemingly inconceivable just a few months back -- was marked by relative silence.

The World Health...

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Wisconsin GOP Pushes Food Stamp Shellfish Ban

(664) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Wisconsin Republicans are pushing legislation to restrict what poor people can buy with food stamps.

On Wednesday, a public benefits committee of the Wisconsin State Legislature approved a bill that would require food stamp beneficiaries to use two-thirds of their monthly allotment on healthy foods approved for a separate...

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Food Stamp Recipients More Likely To Be Obese, Study Finds

(353) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 10:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- Food stamp recipients are more likely to be obese than the general population, according to new research from the federal government.

Most Americans are heavier than they should be, of course, but a U.S. Department of Agriculture study delving into National Health and Nutrition Examination...

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Arrest Data That May Help Explain The Baltimore Riots

(180) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 9:40 AM

Many of the Baltimore residents protesting the April 19 death of Freddie Gray in police custody have said they or someone they know has been treated unfairly by police. Data from a major lawsuit against the city shows that police have indeed had a habit of improper arrests in the...

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Maryland Republican Suggests Taking Food Stamps From Rioters' Parents

(165) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:52 PM

A Republican lawmaker in the Maryland General Assembly said it might be a good idea to take food stamps away from parents if their kids are involved in riots.

"I think that you could make the case that if there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing...

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David Simon, Creator Of 'The Wire,' Savages Martin O'Malley Over Baltimore Policing

(52) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:41 PM

David Simon, the creator of "The Wire," is charging that as mayor of Baltimore, Martin O'Malley cooked the books in order to create the impression of a declining crime rate in Baltimore, and along the way created the mass anger that burst wide open this week.

"He destroyed police work...

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The Baltimore Riot That Didn't Happen

(73) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 12:31 PM

WOODLAWN, Md. -- Late Monday night, while fires set by rioters in West Baltimore were still burning, word went out on social media that there would be another round of chaos the next day.

Fliers shared by young Baltimoreans on Instagram called for a "Purge" Tuesday afternoon at malls...

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How The Baltimore Chaos Started After Freddie Gray's Funeral

(64) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 9:56 AM

BALTIMORE -- Luke Andrzejewski didn't wait for the Mondawmin Mall to close Monday before he told the 10 workers he manages at the Burger King here to close down the restaurant. He'd heard from several customers that kids from nearby high schools had been using social media to plan a...

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ボルティモアで非常事態宣言 警察に拘束されたアフリカ系アメリカ人男性の死亡で暴動

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 11:09 PM


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Police, Protesters Clash In Baltimore After Freddie Gray Funeral

(2453) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:19 PM

BALTIMORE -- Violent protesters hurled bricks and torched businesses and cars Monday, injuring at least 15 police officers, as authorities tried to restore order with an emergency curfew and the National Guard following the funeral for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died in police custody last week.

At a news...

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Wants To Ban Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps

(780) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) doesn't want poor people to buy junk food with food stamps, and his administration has endorsed an effort to stop it.

A bill with bipartisan support in the Maine State Legislature would prevent beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from using their government...

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Burial Plots No Longer A Barrier To Food Stamps In Pennsylvania

(96) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:22 PM

Pennsylvanians applying for nutrition assistance will no longer have to tell the government whether they own burial plots, thanks to a move by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) that will take effect on Monday.

Wolf's predecessor, former Gov. Tom Corbett (R), imposed an asset test on food stamp applicants in...

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Rick Scott's Drug Testing Dreams Are History

(82) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has apparently reached the end of his quest to make state workers and welfare recipients provide urine to prove they're not on drugs.

In 2011, Scott sought to impose drug testing on both state workers and poor people applying for benefits under...

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