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Sam Stein
Sam Stein is the Senior Politics Editor at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, D.C. Previously he has worked for Newsweek magazine, the New York Daily News and the investigative journalism group Center for Public Integrity. He has a masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. Sam can be reached at

Entries by Sam Stein

Brace Yourself For The Return Of South Carolina's Notoriously Awful Politics

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 4:51 PM

If politics were, in fact, a game of beanbag, the South Carolina primary would be a bag of rusty nails. Alas, politics ain't beanbag. And South Carolina is just the campaign equivalent of throwing rusty nails at your rivals.

The first projectiles came on Thursday, as...

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(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 6:26 AM


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The Democratic Primary Is About To Get REALLY Messy

(38) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:13 PM

CONCORD, N.H. -- Sen. Bernie Sanders' victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary all but guarantees the party what it wanted to avoid: a long, costly, and potentially damaging primary fight...

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The Night Hillary Clinton Shocked The World And Her Staff By Winning New Hampshire

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 11:01 AM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Hillary Clinton finds herself in a familiar place Tuesday morning, the day that New Hampshire voters finally choose who should be their party’s prospective nominees for president.

She is down by a significant margin, and once more facing an opponent with more swagger and youthful...

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Donald Trump Basically Called Ted Cruz A 'P***y'

(9) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 8:31 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Donald Trump liked it when a woman yelled out at his rally Monday night that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was a "pussy." He liked it so much that he repeated to the...

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Former Presidential Candidate Laughed At The Idea Of A Super PAC, Then Lost Immediately

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 4:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- When he entered the 2012 race for president, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty shot out of the gate. He was the first substantial Republican candidate for president to create an exploratory committee. He had already begun visiting the early caucus and primary states,...

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Marco Rubio's Super PAC Is Blanketing New Hampshire With Attack Mail

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 10:00 AM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- If you live in New Hampshire and have a mailbox, there is a very good chance that it is currently stuffed with glossy campaign fliers detailing horrifying traits of specific presidential candidates.

Over the weekend, a variety of mail pieces begin showing up at homes here in...

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Bernie Sanders' Female Supporters Want To Break The Gender Barrier... Just Not Now

(27) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 11:47 PM

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- When former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright scolded young women who support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday for taking for granted the notion of a woman president, the bluntness of her language caught people off guard.

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How Tim Pawlenty Blew It On The Biggest Stage Of His Career

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 8:50 AM

It seems odd to recall now, but former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was fairly well-positioned to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

He had been on the short list to be the party's vice presidential nominee in 2008. He was a Republican governor of...

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A Voters' Guide To Comparing Presidential Candidates: Imagine Them As Used Car Salesmen

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 3:58 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Would you buy a used car from Ted Cruz? What about Donald Trump or Jeb Bush? And if so, what kind of deal would you get?


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Ben Carson And His Supporters Are Still Pretty Pissed Off At Ted Cruz

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 3:36 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) campaign began spreading rumors ahead of Monday night's Iowa caucus that Ben Carson was dropping his presidential campaign, and the indignation in Carson world remains.

The neurosurgeon, for his part, has said he accepts Cruz's apology...

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What Clinton And Sanders Supporters Would Ask The Candidate They Oppose

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 8:37 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Say you're head over heals for Bernie Sanders. You're staying in a stranger's house along with 10 other people outside Manchester, and volunteering for his campaign without pay. And suddenly, as you're walking down Elm Street, a figure emerges over the...

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Chris Christie Will Charm The Hell Out Of Nancy Pelosi As President

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 2:21 PM

Stratham, N.H. -- Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) on Friday pledged to be a charmer of a president, dispensing airplane rides and chocolate gifts to recalcitrant Democrats in order to win their votes.

“Nancy Pelosi would be on Air Force One every time she turns around,” Christie said of...

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Jeb Bush Seeks To Escape The Jaws Of Humiliation In New Hampshire

(24) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:36 PM

LACONIA, N.H. -- A New Hampshire-style barbecue featuring an array of Dunkin Donuts Munchkins and a Box O’ Joe rested untouched on a folding table next to the subdued primary voters seated in neat rows. 

Most in the crowd of a couple hundred were of the gray-haired persuasion, and...

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Simmering Tensions Erupt In First Face-Off Between Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders

(71) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:34 PM

DURHAM, N.H. -- In their first head-to-head debate, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made it clear that any lingering pleasantries from a happier time earlier in the campaign are vanishing quickly.

The two engaged in their most heated exchanges to date over issues like international diplomacy, the death penalty...

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Bernie Sanders Made Jewish History, Yet No One Seems To Be Kvelling

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:03 PM

CONCORD, New Hampshire -- At a semi-circle table at the back of the True Brew Barista in downtown Concord, Rabbi Robin Nafshi of Temple Beth Jacob holds court on Thursday mornings. Congregants, or really anyone who wants a friendly ear, are invited to take a seat....

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Clinton Aides Warn Of Electoral Havoc With Bernie At The Helm

(65) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 9:03 AM

In sharper terms than usual, aides to Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that Democrats face a bloodbath in the general election should they choose Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as their nominee.

Speaking before reporters at a Bloomberg Politics breakfast, Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon carefully...

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Hillary Clinton's Problem Isn't That She's Not Progressive, It's That She's Cautious

(40) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:41 AM

DERRY, N.H. -- Back in May 2015, when Hillary Clinton's status as a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination seemed slightly more secure, a few of her former aides came to The Huffington Post to discuss what she truly was like as a person and...

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Wendy Davis Wants GOP Women To Stand Up To Donald Trump's Horrifying Sexism

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 7:53 PM

One of the most consequential moments of the Republican presidential primary happened to come during the first major debate, when Fox News' Megyn Kelly pressed Donald Trump about his history of sexism.

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat...

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Wendy Davis Says She Wants To Run For Office Again

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:46 PM

Wendy Davis' 2014 campaign for governor of Texas may have ended in a historic drubbing, but the former state senator and feminist icon isn't done with electoral politics.

In the latest episode of "Candidate Confessional," Davis did something rare for a politician...

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