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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

The Gay Rights Movement Is About To Make History. Then What?

(123) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 9:05 AM

The gay rights movement is on the doorstep of history. Sometime in June, the Supreme Court will issue a ruling on same-sex marriage, and the going bet is that at least five of the nine justices will find same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

Should that happen, it would be a milestone...

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The Attack On Jeb Bush's Iraq Fumbles Grows Personal

(427) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush’s much-chronicled difficulties in describing how, with 20/20 hindsight, he would have handled the Iraq invasion have raised doubts about the former Florida governor's dexterity as a presidential candidate.

Shouldn’t he have been better prepared? the wonderment goes. Will his brother’s legacy prove problematic...

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Mike Huckabee Becomes Latest GOP Candidate To Call For More Spending On Science Research

(88) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential field will spend the next year or so competing over the sterling nature of their fiscally conservative credentials. But for the time being, on one domestic topic, many of the leading candidates are embracing more federal spending.

Faced with stagnant budgets and impending cuts, the...

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Original Iraq War Skeptics Find The Rekindled Debate Maddening

(715) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 10:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Though there were some bumps, leading Republican presidential candidates in the past week settled on an Iraq war narrative. Yes, the intelligence turned out to be faulty, so much so that there wouldn't be a strong enough case to authorize the invasion in retrospect. But there was consensus...

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Lindsey Graham And Dick Durbin Join Forces For The Love Of Science Research

(15) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 6:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two of the Senate’s more outspoken members, one on the Republican side of the aisle the other on the Democratic side, are teaming up to build support for federal investment in scientific research.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced on Monday the formation of...

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Richard Perle Really Doesn't Care What Jeb Bush Thinks Of The Iraq War Vote Today

(168) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:28 PM

Richard Perle thinks your question about the Iraq War is trivial.

The former Defense Department adviser, who was one of the key figures crafting the policy for invasion in 2003, isn't interested in what what politicians today would do if they could go back in time and vote on...

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George Stephanopoulos Won't Moderate 2016 Debate After Donation Revelation

(333) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:17 PM

NEW YORK -- ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos will not moderate a Republican debate during the 2016 elections after it was revealed on Thursday that he gave $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation.

The donations, which were sitting in plain view on the Clinton Foundation website,...

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Riding Amtrak The Morning After The Deadly Crash

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 8:13 PM

SOMEWHERE ALONG AMTRAK'S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR -- Elliott Gregg sat in the cafe car of Amtrak Train 174 late Wednesday morning, eating a hot dog and pretzels and washing them down with soda. He rides the train to baseball games. Last year he watched from the stands as Derek Jeter hit...

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Here's How Hillary Clinton Measures Up On Bill De Blasio's 13-Point Progressive Litmus Test

(138) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 7:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) traveled more than 200 miles south on Tuesday to debut what he hopes will be a unifying progressive agenda for the upcoming presidential election.

Formally known as "The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality," de...

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Have Lawmakers Tired Of Correcting Constituents Who Think Obama's A 'Muslim Terrorist'?

(72) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 5:15 PM

It was a defining moment of the 2008 election. When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) corrected a woman at a town hall who referred to then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as an Arab, it seemed to mark the ebb of the lunacy that defined the election’s closing weeks.

Instead, the myths...

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Ebola Is Nearly Gone And Largely Forgotten. Thank The Government, Says Ebola Czar.

(16) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The West African country at the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak that killed 11,000 people was declared free of the deadly disease on Saturday. The milestone -- seemingly inconceivable just a few months back -- was marked by relative silence.

The World Health...

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Bernie Sanders Raises $3 Million In Four Days

(341) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:59 PM

With the help of a crew of former aides to President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) campaign has raised $3 million in four days for his presidential campaign -- a dramatic indication that he won’t be confined simply to a long-shot role in the Democratic primary.

Sanders, who is...

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Drinking & Talking Presents: A Portrait Of Clinton, From People There For The Highs And Lows

(26) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 4:07 PM

As everyone knows, Hillary Clinton, onetime first lady and former secretary of state, is running for president.

Ever since her 2008 primary loss to Barack Obama, it’s been assumed she’d take another stab at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So when it was finally announced, the prevailing reaction wasn't one of...

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McConnell Will Move Iran Bill Forward Without Controversial Amendments From Senate Hawks

(582) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a defeat for Republican Party hawks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cut off debate on a Senate bill on the Iran nuclear agreement without consideration of amendments that demand more conditions from the Iranians.

The legislation, which will likely go to the Senate floor on Thursday,...

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White House Moves Closer To Major Executive Action On Overtime Pay

(319) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 9:24 AM

The Obama administration on Tuesday morning put in motion one of the last major elements of the president's economic agenda, a reform to overtime rules that could result in a pay bump for millions.

Fulfilling an executive order issued last year by President Barack Obama, Labor Department...

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The 2016 Republican Field Has A Complicated History With The Bank Bailout

(267) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 4:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- The bailing out of U.S. banks in the fall of 2008 represents one of the most controversial government interventions in modern history. Multiple books have been written about those harrowing days. Debates -- still without end -- were sparked over the structuring of the $700 billion Troubled Asset...

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Tom Cotton's Latest Attempt To Kill The Iran Bill

(406) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- An unexpected procedural maneuver by hawkish freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Thursday threatened to torpedo the delicate effort to pass a bill granting Congress oversight of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Arkansas Republican invoked an obscure parliamentary procedure to compel a vote on a package...

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Remember Ebola? It Could Soon Be Declared Gone From Liberia

(16) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Half a year ago, the political world was in a tizzy over the prospect of a massive outbreak of Ebola finding its way from West Africa to the United States. Congress hastily put together hearings and managed to find billions of dollars to help...

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An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled

(312) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 150 or so people gathered in an otherwise empty National Press Club in downtown D.C.

Hours earlier, in the room down the hall, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had drawn throngs of press during an appearance before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Now, none...

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The Story Behind The Story Behind The False Story Of Harry Reid's Injuries

(130) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- In early April, John Hinderaker, one of the main authors of the conservative blog Power Line, wrote a story alleging that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had not been injured in an accident involving broken exercise equipment, as he said he was. Rather, Reid was likely involved...

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