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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

Feds Warn Georgia Over Denying Syrian Refugees Food Stamps

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has put the state of Georgia on notice for its refusal to let Syrian refugees have food stamps. 

Earlier this month, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) issued an executive order instructing state agencies not to cooperate with Syrian refugee resettlement, a...

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Republican Explains How To Fix Congress With One Weird Trick

(6) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- What if congressional gridlock could be solved without addressing campaign finance, gerrymandering or partisan polarization? The solution could be so simple that it almost seems stupid. 

The idea is biennial budgeting: Instead of trying to agree on a budget every year, Congress would pass a budget...

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Washington D.C. Tries To Clear Tent City Of Homeless Residents

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia has had enough of homeless people camping in tents pitched behind the Watergate Hotel.

The city began clearing the tents over the weekend -- calling the encampment unsafe -- after having spent months connecting a dozen tent city...

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Maine Wants To Ban Soda, Sweets From Food Stamp Sales

(13) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:53 PM

Maine would like to stop poor people from using food stamps to buy candy and soda, the latest gambit in Republican Gov. Paul LePage's ongoing crusade to make safety net programs a little less giving.

States don't have the power to change rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

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Marco Rubio Explains How House Bill Would Block Refugees

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) on Sunday endorsed a bill that would restrict resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S.

Though the bill itself merely adds an additional layer of vetting to an already lengthy process for admitting refugees,...

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Ben Carson Thinks Giving Up Certain Torture Techniques Would Be Too PC

(30) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 10:28 AM

WASHINGTON -- Famed neurosurgeon and Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson wouldn't rule out torturing terrorism suspects on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" Sunday. 

Stephanopoulos asked Carson if he agreed with GOP candidate Donald Trump that the U.S. should resume waterboarding, an "enhanced interrogation technique" President Barack Obama...

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Donald Trump Won't Rule Out Database Of Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 9:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- Professional entertainer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to rule out creating some kind of database for tracking Muslims in the United States. 

George Stephanopoulos asked Trump on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday whether he would unequivocally rule out a database for "all Muslims"...

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Congressman Doubts Effectiveness Of 'Just Bombing Everybody'

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Like most members of Congress, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) isn't sure the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been effective. 

"I have serious questions and reservations about our policy of just bombing everybody," McGovern told "So That...

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Annual U.S. Homeless Count Shows Tiny Decline

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:48 AM

WASHINGTON -- Homelessness declined 2 percent from last year, the federal government announced on Thursday.

On a single night in January, the government counted 564,708 Americans on the streets or in shelters, down slightly from the 578,424 counted on a single night in January 2014, the Department...

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Donald Trump Calls Heckler 'Seriously Overweight'

(17) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Professional entertainer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called a heckler "seriously overweight" on Wednesday after the man...

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Flint Residents Suing Over Toxic Tap Water

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:25 AM

Residents of Flint, Michigan, are suing over dangerous lead levels in their tap water resulting from state and local efforts to save money by switching the city's water supply last year.

"In their short-sighted effort to save a buck, the leaders who were supposed to be protecting...

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Tom Cotton Explores Link Between Disability Benefits, Heroin Epidemic

(7) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Communities can fall apart when too many people collect Social Security Disability Insurance, leading to "social plagues" like heroin addiction, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday. 

In a speech...

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Vegetarians Endorse Ben Carson's Diet

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 10:50 AM

The polls are looking good for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon whose latest surge has put him at the front of the pack.

Carson has only grown in popularity since the Republican...

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Elizabeth Warren Wants To Make Up Missing Social Security Increase

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 4:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren would like to send every senior citizen and disabled veteran in America a check for $580. 

The Democratic senator from Massachusetts said she thinks seniors got a raw deal when the Social Security Administration announced last month that, because prices haven't...

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Martin O'Malley Elbows Hillary Clinton On Social Security

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton hasn't taken the most liberal posture on Social Security, and Martin O'Malley's campaign would like to make sure you know it. 

"Democrats should have the confidence that our nominee will not cut Social Security, but right now that's just not the case," O'Malley campaign...

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John Kasich Pursuing Welfare Policy Republicans Hated In 2012

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 1:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- The state of Ohio has asked the Obama administration for leeway from certain welfare rules that dictate what kinds of "work activities" a poor person can participate in while receiving benefits. 

The request makes Ohio the first state to seek a "welfare waiver" under an initiative...

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Paul Ryan Is A Speaker Everyone Can Get Behind, But It Wasn't Always That Way

(5) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 7:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- A young Paul Ryan was once a foot soldier for Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio),...

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Social Security Advocates Shrug At Budget Deal

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 6:36 PM


WASHINGTON -- Advocates for senior citizens said they're neither happy nor unhappy with a congressional

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Paul Ryan Mad About Budget Bill His Staff Helped Write

(10) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday morning that he hadn't seen the new bipartisan budget deal...

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The Budget Deal To End All Obama Budget Deals Is Here. Read The Details.

(20) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 10:13 PM


WASHINGTON -- Just before midnight on Monday, congressional lawmakers and the White House tentatively agreed on a major budget deal that would end such standoffs in the Obama presidency and solve a potentially catastrophic debt default coming within days.

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