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Ryan Grim
Ryan Grim is the Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post and an MSNBC contributor. He is a former staff reporter with and Washington City Paper. He won the 2007 Alt-Weekly Award for best long-form news-story for "The Painmaker," a December 2010 Sidney Hillman Award for "The Poorhouse" and a 2011 Maggie Award for Behind The Assault On Planned Parenthood. His article on lobbying over swipe fees was included in the 2012 Columbia Journalism Review's Best Business Writing anthology. He is the author of the book This Is Your Country on Drugs. Sign up for his newsletter here.

Entries by Ryan Grim

The Vultures' Vultures: How A New Hedge-Fund Strategy Is Corrupting Washington

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 6:13 PM

WASHINGTON - Take Robert Shapiro.

A Harvard-trained political economist, Shapiro is the head of a consulting firm called Sonecon. That business card doesn't do it for you? He's got a few more in his wallet:

Senior fellow at the Georgetown University School...

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Elizabeth Warren Is On An Anti-Trump Tweetstorm. The Clinton Campaign Has Noticed.

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 4:34 PM

Twice this past week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has unleashed a seemingly unprompted tweetstorm on Donald Trump, taking shots at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for being sexist, a scam artist, "reckless" and "embarrassing."

Dripping with disdain, the 140-character asides got under Trump's skin (admittedly, not...

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Harry Reid Thinks Alan Grayson Is A Loser, Tells Him So

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 3:30 PM

A meeting hosted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus devolved into a bitter, uncomfortable airing of grievances after Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) confronted Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over Reid's calls for Grayson to drop out of the Florida Senate race.

Reid had ventured over to...

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The House Just Passed Opioid Legislation, But There's Still A Fight Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the modern era of Congress, it's a rare day when lawmakers vote on legislation actually intended to go to the president's desk. It's an even rarer occasion when that legislation is meant to help individuals battling opioid addiction -- as is the case with the...

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The Guy Who Rescued Obamacare's Website Has A New Project: The VA

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- It was October 2013 when the Obama administration triumphantly flipped the switch on, the landing page for the White House’s landmark domestic policy achievement.

It promptly crashed. 

As administration officials absorbed the extent of the catastrophe, they realized they had to go...

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Here's Actual Evidence That Racial Fear Benefits The Tea Party (And Probably Trump)

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 3:28 PM

Ever since the rise of the tea party, a populist, libertarian-tinged movement that has morphed into the Trump groundswell, the most controversial question about it has been whether its members are animated, at least in part, by racism.

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Plan C: Third-Party Run A Daunting Task For GOP Establishment

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hopes of stopping Donald Trump short of the Republican nomination ahead of this summer's convention came to a crashing end Tuesday night after Sen. Ted...

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House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 12:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of House Democrats is organizing an effort that could slow down an Obama administration plan to reduce drug prices, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post.

The Department of Health and Human Services is working toward

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Bernie's Political Revolution Comes To The D.C. Suburbs

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 7:56 PM

In one of the most closely watched Democratic primaries in the country, a wealthy self-funder squared off against a highly regarded progressive, state Sen. Jamie Raskin, and against a popular former local TV anchor, Kathleen Matthews.

Raskin won the primary contest Tuesday for Maryland's 8th Congressional District.


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Addiction Recovery Groups Warn House Republicans Are Prolonging Opioid Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 4:24 PM

Addiction recovery groups are opening up a full-throated campaign against legislation that House Republicans will propose as the chamber's response to the opioid epidemic.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have been promising swift action following the March passage...

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Why Elizabeth Warren Would Have More Clout As Hillary Clinton's VP

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 3:53 PM

As Hillary Clinton moves closer to officially clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, the next phase of the competition has already begun: speculation about her running mate.

A Boston Globe article kicked off the latest round on Thursday by floating the possibility of an all-female ticket --...

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Under Pressure, House Republicans Inch Forward On Opioid Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 10:26 AM

WASHINGTON -- As House Republicans come under increasing pressure to act on the opioid epidemic, a health subcommittee addressed a dozen bills this week to address the issue, with House leaders promising more to come.

The movement has done little to assuage Senate Republicans, who continue to...

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage To Heroin Addicts: Drop Dead

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 5:05 PM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has routinely attracted attention for off-color, racist or bizarre public statements.

But in what ranks as one of the most vicious messages ever to accompany a veto, LePage explained Wednesday that he blocked a bill to increase access to a life-saving...

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Here's The Real Story Of Why We Celebrate 4/20

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:10 PM

This article was originally published on April 20, 2009, and has been reposted and updated each year since. 

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful...

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Anti-Slavery Hamilton May Get To Stay On $10 Bill While Genocidal Slaver Jackson Gets Pushed Off The $20

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 11:48 AM

On Saturday, CNN reported that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was planning to announce that rather than replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, the department might consider supplanting Andrew Jackson on...

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Mississippi Prison Boss Defends Repossessing Inmates To Cover Budget Shortfall

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 2:10 PM

On Thursday, The Huffington Post reported that local officials across Mississippi have grown deeply concerned about revenue losses stemming from a recent decline in the prison population. On Friday, Marshall Fisher, commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, fired back.

When the state's prisons became overcrowded...

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Why A GOP Lobbyist Is Giving Money To A Democratic Senate Candidate

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:51 AM

WASHINGTON -- A white Republican lobbyist has been giving money to Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), who is African-American, because, the lobbyist says, the Senate's not diverse enough.

Sam Geduldig first gave $200 to the Edwards campaign last year, an...

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Mississippi Jails Are Losing Inmates, And Local Officials Are 'Devastated' By The Loss Of Revenue

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 5:37 PM

County officials across Mississippi are warning of job losses and deep deficits as local jails are being deprived of the state inmates needed to keep them afloat. The culprit, say local officials, is state government and private prisons, which are looking to boost their own revenue as sentencing...

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Ahead Of A Key Meeting, Russia Is Driving Global Drug Policy Into The Ground

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 5:20 PM

As the first major global meeting on drug policy in two decades approaches, Russia is quietly emerging as a powerful force working to perpetuate the war on drugs in the face of growing weariness with the quagmire worldwide.

Later in April, the United Nations will...

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To Turn Around The Drug War, GOP Senator Wants To Bring Back The Egg

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 10:53 AM

Ron Johnson has an idea.

And it couldn't have come a moment too soon. With the opioid epidemic raging throughout the country and in his home state of Wisconsin, the Republican senator, who earlier...

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