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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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White House Chief Of Staff Negotiating Redaction Of CIA Torture Report

(93) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is personally negotiating how much of the Senate's so-called torture report, a probe into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, will be redacted, according to sources involved in the negotiations.

McDonough's leading role in the redaction discussion has raised eyebrows...

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Drug That Lost High-Stakes Political Fight For Funding Now Being Used Against Ebola

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- An experimental drug now being used by the U.S. government to treat Ebola patients lost a high-stakes battle for federal funding several years ago. The politically connected drug company that won the dispute, meanwhile, filed for bankruptcy in September.

Had a global Ebola outbreak...

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Silicon Valley CEOs Get A Warm Washington Welcome To Politics

(12) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 2:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Silicon Valley executives who gave big money to a super PAC are facing blowback from one of its targets. The mission of the Mayday PAC, a crowdfunded super PAC created by Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, is to make it politically toxic to oppose campaign finance reform,...

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Bill Gates Thinks Thomas Piketty's Attack On Inequality Is Right

(81) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates essentially concurs with French economist Thomas Piketty's landmark book on income inequality, according to a review Gates published on his own blog Monday.

"I agree with his most important conclusions, and I hope his work will draw more smart people into the study of...

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'Citizenfour' Trailer Released Ahead Of Laura Poitras' Edward Snowden Film

(61) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:13 PM

When National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden reached out to Laura Poitras in January 2013, the documentary filmmaker knew just what to do: Make a documentary.

She had recently won a MacArthur "Genius Grant" in 2012 and was already several years into making a film about surveillance in the...

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Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

(484) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 7:30 AM

LOS ANGELES -- With the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary and in a series of interviews with...

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Kill The Messenger: How The Media Destroyed Gary Webb

(200) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:12 AM

WASHINGTON -- Douglas Farah was in El Salvador when the San Jose Mercury News broke a major story in the summer of 1996: The Nicaraguan Contras, a confederation of paramilitary rebels sponsored by the CIA, had been funding some of their operations by importing cocaine into the United States. One...

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Silicon Valley Democrats Spar At HuffPost Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:03 AM

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna squared off in the only debate for California’s 17th Congressional District Monday evening in San Jose, with questions from The Huffington Post.

The moment that may linger longest was Honda's response to allegations that his staff used his public...

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Justice Department Blocks Deportation Of Immigrant Beaten By California Police

(54) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:01 PM

LOS ANGELES -- The Department of Justice has stepped in to free a man from detention by immigration authorities, telling a federal judge that the DOJ needs the man's help with an investigation.

The crime Edgar Arzate may have witnessed: his own savage beating at the hands...

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Julian Assange riposte face à Eric Schmidt et le «colonialisme digital» de Google

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Un officier de police se tient dans le vestibule du 3 Hans Crescent, un immeuble quelconque au coin de la rue du Harrods de Londres et au sud de Hyde Park. Il garde la porte du 3b, un petit appartement qui, depuis deux ans, est le lieu de résidence du...

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Julian Assange Fires Back At Eric Schmidt And Google's 'Digital Colonialism'

(47) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:22 AM

ECUADORIAN SOIL -- A police officer stands just inside the lobby of 3 Hans Crescent, a nondescript apartment building just around the corner from Harrods of London and a few blocks south of Hyde Park. He's watching the door to apartment 3b, a mini-flat that has for two years been...

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CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy, Sources Say

(47) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a recent closed-door congressional briefing on the administration's new strategy to combat the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in the room about the agency's attitude toward the project.

The official's muted approach to the briefing dovetails with what senior intelligence community...

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Top Obama Adviser: The President Didn't Change, ISIS Did

(99) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- As he embarks on a new, more aggressive approach to confront the rise of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama is being hit from all sides with criticism, including that he waited too long to formulate a strategy and act.

But in one of the more detailed...

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ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels: Reports

(911) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:48 PM

As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key component of its coalition appears to have struck a non-aggression pact with the group.

According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and a...

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A Thank You Note To HuffPost Readers

(14) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 9:19 PM

As Ferguson, Missouri, began to recede from the headlines, a familiar pattern took shape: The national media was preparing to move to the next big story.

This, on one level, is by necessity. The media simply can't camp out in Ferguson indefinitely, with more stories to cover -- the ebola...

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Koch Brothers' Real Fear Revealed In Secret Audio: Liberal Money

(819) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Charles and David Koch may be annoyed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has made it his mission to elevate the billionaire industrialist brothers to the highest level of political villainy. But when it comes down to it, the biggest issue weighing on the Kochs' network of wealthy...

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Meet The Two Women Who Hold The Future Of The Internet In Their Hands

(92) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- One of the most consequential decisions Washington is set to make in 2014 won't come out of the White House, Congress, or any of the nation's boardrooms, but rather from a nondescript federal building along the city's southwest waterfront. It's here, in the offices of the Federal Communications...

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Elizabeth Warren Defends Israeli Shelling of Gaza Schools, Hospitals

(1294) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 6:59 PM

The Israeli military has the right to attack Palestinian hospitals and schools in self defense if Hamas has put rocket launchers next to them, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said last week at a local town hall, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Warren, in defending her vote to...

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세인트루이스 경찰, 흑인용의자 총격 동영상 공개

(8) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:34 PM

8월 9일, 세인트루이스 교외의 퍼거슨에서 18세의 흑인 소년 마이클 브라운이 경찰의 총에 맞아 사망했다. 그로부터 열흘 후인 19일, 퍼거슨 인근의 세인트 루이스에서 또다시 25세의 흑인 청년인 카지메 파월(Kajieme Powell)이 경찰의 총에 맞아 사망한 사건이 벌어졌다. 당시 세인트루이스 경찰국장 샘 돗슨은 트위터를 통해 "이날 사망한 남성은 흉기를 들고 '나를 지금 죽이라'고...

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黒人男性ケイジーム・パウエルさんを射殺した際の動画をセントルイス警察が公表、説明との矛盾も

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:49 AM

セントルイス警察は8月20日、黒人男性ケイジーム・パウエルさん(23)が射殺された際の携帯電話動画を公開した。パウエルさんは19日、2人の警官に射殺された。ミズーリ州セントルイスの地元ラジオ局「セントルイス・パブリッシュ・ラジオ」が報じた。

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