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Drinking and Talking

Listen To Barney Frank School Us All On The History Of LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

As the Supreme Court sits down to deliberate over a landmark same-sex marriage case, The Huffington Post sat down for drinks to discuss the LGBT right...

Jason Linkins

This Might Have Been The LGBT Community's Most Significant Setback In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

What was the most significant setback the LGBT community has endured at the hands of Washington lawmakers? According to the panel we assembled for our...

Jason Linkins

How LGBT Activists Won The PR Game: Cash, Culture And Community

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

What's the secret of the LGBT community's success, as they've moved toward societal equality? According to our most recent "Drinking & Talking" panel,...

Jason Linkins

Here's What Dick Cheney And Julian Bond Have In Common

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond don't end up in the same category of leaders every day, but according to the m...

Jason Linkins

The Road To LGBT Equality Won't End At The Supreme Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality this summer, is there a concern in the LGBT activist community that suddenly, the momentum fo...

Listen To These Hillary Clinton Experts Dish On Her 2008 Presidential Campaign

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton is running for president. Old news to be sure, but after a career of over 20 years in the political arena, there's always something mo...

Sam Stein

Hillary Clinton, The Underappreciated, Vodka Drinking Pol, Hoping For Redemption

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

As everyone knows, Hillary Clinton, onetime first lady and former secretary of state, is running for president. Ever since her 2008 primary loss t...

Listen To These White House Correspondents Trade Stories From The Briefing Room

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

While some might say that covering the White House can be a boring beat, the guests on the latest “Drinking & Talking” podcast prove that anything...

Sam Stein

The Life Of A White House Correspondent Is Not As Glamorous (Or Boring) As You Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

Congratulations, you’re a White House correspondent. You’ve reached the top of your professional pyramid, the most glorified post in political jou...

Can I Bring A Joint To The Dinner Party?

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

The cultural acceptance of pot has had major ripple effects politically, with lawmakers adjusting their views on legalization, and law enforcement rec...

Sam Stein

The Country Is Learning To Love Legalized Weed. So When Will Congress?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

Weed. It's become serious business. No longer stigmatized as the drug of the unambitious and basement-ridden (ok, it still has some of that stigma), i...

We Wanted To Know What Makes Harry Reid Tick. So We Boozed Up His Former Aides

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Harry Reid's career is at a crossroads. His eight years as Senate majority leader came to a dramatic end this year, following a 2014 mid...

Sam Stein

Top Obama Adviser Tackles 2014, 'The Wire,' Vetoes, Obamacare And Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

For President Barack Obama and his administration, the last few weeks of 2014 were dramatically different from the rest of the year. Up to that point,...

Sam Stein

Police Are The 'Harlem Globetrotters' Of The Legal System. 'They Don't Lose'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The decisions of two grand juries not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have spa...

Sam Stein

As ISIS Threatens A Key Town In Syria, Is The U.S. Playing A Dangerous Game?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

As the U.S.-led coalition continues to engage the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, much of the world's attention has been focused on Kobani, a city on...

Top D.C. Lobbyist Reveals The Craziest Request She's Ever Gotten

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Lobbyists are hired to affect legislation, secure government contracts or influence votes. On occasion, however, they take on the tasks and persona of...

Jason Linkins

How The Internet Beat Lobbyists At Their Own Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

When advocates of the open Internet rose up to thwart Congress' efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act (known more colloqui...

'Drinking And Talking' Exposes The Secret Lives Of D.C. Lobbyists

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbying. Depending on who you talk to, it is either the most reviled of political trades or a dramatically misunderstood and overly sti...

Can You Be A Political Mudslinger And Still Have A Soul?

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political campaigns are increasingly staffed by people whose sole job is to figure out how to destroy the opposition. They tend to be yo...