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Ryan Grim is the Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post and an MSNBC contributor. He is a former staff reporter with Politico.com 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.

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Social Security Fight Heats Up In Maryland Senate Race

(112) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- It was a good thing Chris Van Hollen showed up. At a press conference Wednesday, Van Hollen, a House Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Maryland, stood to the side as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) promoted a bill that would boost Social Security checks for many...

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Rahm Emanuel's Housing Agency Sitting On Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars With Massive Waitlist

(73) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:02 AM

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel's housing agency has been pulling hundreds of millions of dollars from a fund earmarked for its affordable housing program and using the money instead to boost its pension, purchase government debt and build up a staggering cash reserve.

Meanwhile, Chicago's most vulnerable are bearing the...

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Bibi Using Congressional Address In New Campaign Ad, Just As Critics Warned

(622) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress just a few weeks ahead of an Israeli election, he was criticized for giving Netanyahu a platform to boost his campaign.

The United States has a...

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White House Drug Czar Shares The Best Moment Of His Senate Confirmation Hearing

(30) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 3:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before Congress can be a grueling experience, especially when the Senate is considering whether to approve your nomination for a prestigious administration job. Lawmakers may go after a nominee for being unqualified, quiz them on obscure policy issues or hold them accountable for the president's actions that...

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Kentucky Sued In Federal Court Over Drug Treatment Practices

(62) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:41 PM

Two law firms have teamed up to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for its practice of forbidding opiate addicts from receiving medical treatment while under the supervision of the criminal justice system.

The plaintiff, Stephanie Watson, is a nurse with an opiate addiction whose bond...

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Senator Who Organized Letter To Iran Has Said He Wants To Sabotage Negotiations

(928) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the organizer of a controversial letter warning Iran that the U.S. government will not necessarily abide by any agreement Iran strikes with the Obama administration, previously told a conservative audience that the goal of congressional action should be to scuttle talks with...

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Senator Who Cited Snowball In Climate Change Debate Cites Scripture To Back Himself Up

(829) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:53 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senator Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, became the object of global ridicule recently when he sauntered onto the floor of the world's greatest deliberative body with what he declared was persuasive evidence climate change was a hoax. In his hands was a snowball.

Inhofe is...

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Court Orders Army To Stop Referring To Chelsea Manning As A Man

(98) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- An army appeals court has ordered the military to stop its regular practice of referring to Private First Class Chelsea Manning as a man.

The military had been asked by Manning and her attorney to cease the habit, but filed an official opposition to that request. The...

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Working Families Party Threatens Contest Against Ron Wyden Over Free Trade Deal

(50) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- If Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, helps push through a massive free trade deal using fast-track authority, an Oregon progressive party would likely oppose him in the 2016 general election, Working Families Party state director Karly Edwards told HuffPost.

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Fareed Zakaria: 'Netanyahu Has Been Talking About Iran's Imminent Nuclear Program For 25 Years'

(50) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 11:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- In July 1996, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress, warning that Iran was "extremely close" to developing nuclear weapons and that if the United States didn't act, "the lives of our children and our grandchildren" would be at risk.

"Ladies and...

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GOP Launching Last-Ditch Effort This Week To Undo Three Obama Campaign Pledges

(39) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:53 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the course of the coming week, Republicans in Washington will be refighting three of the key battles of the elections of 2008 and 2012.

On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R) welcomes -- against the wishes of the White House -- Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint...

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Senate Passes DHS Funding As House GOP Kicks Can Down The Road

(235) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved funding for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday morning, less than 24 hours before a shutdown.

But the shutdown has not been averted quite yet. At the same time as the Senate approved its bill, House Republicans proceeded with a bill...

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Russ Feingold Could Rejoin The Senate In 2016

(35) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 1:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold has been reaching out to supporters in recent weeks to discuss a 2016 Senate bid to retake his old seat from Republican Ron Johnson, sources with knowledge of the calls told The Huffington Post.

The progressive Wisconsin Democrat was wiped out of the Senate in the...

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The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

(326) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:00 AM

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ever since the Citizens United decision. (Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images)
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Two Red States That Embraced Obamacare Have Seen Their Uninsured Rates Plummet Faster Than Anywhere

(305) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:03 AM

A new Gallup survey has found that the two states with the most dramatic drop in their respective rates of uninsured are Kentucky and Arkansas, both deeply red in presidential years.

The Kentucky rate plummeted from 20.4 to 9.8 percent, while the Arkansas rate dropped from 22.5 to 11.4...

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Karl Rove Now Using Elizabeth Warren To Troll Hillary Clinton

(53) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:59 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Karl Rove-founded group American Crossroads is using progressive icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as a weapon against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new ad.

The ad is entirely narrated by the voice of Warren, relying on her refrain about the deck being stacked...

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Science Be Damned: Americans Prefer Broken Method Of Heroin Treatment, Survey Finds

(64) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:08 AM

In developed countries around the globe, the standard of care for opiate addiction is what's known as "medically assisted treatment." Under a doctor's supervision, people with addictive disorders are prescribed medications like methadone, buprenorphine and Suboxone, which remove the cravings associated with opiate addiction.

In the U.S., however, by...

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When Dad Was VP, Jeb Bush Lobbied The Administration For A Medicare Fraudster

(155) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush personally lobbied the secretary of health and human services, while his father was vice president, on behalf of a Miami figure who would later flee the country accused of one of the greatest Medicare frauds in the program's history.

Bush pressed then-HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler...

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How The Administration Destroyed A North Korea Expert For No Reason

(101) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:13 AM

The Obama administration destroyed the life of a mid-level bureaucrat for doing what countless other government officials do on a daily basis, The Intercept is reporting in a new investigation out Wednesday.

The Intercept looks closely at the story of Stephen Kim, a North Korea expert imprisoned...

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Bill Clinton Apologizes To Mexico For War On Drugs

(330) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violence.

“I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it’s not really your fault,” Clinton told an audience of students and business leaders at the...

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