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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

Inconsistencies Emerge In GOP's Latest Case Against Obamacare

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Over the past year, a number of Republican lawmakers have gravitated to the claim that there is a central flaw in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Jumping aboard a lawsuit that has now made its way to the Supreme Court, they argue that a close reading of...

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Obama Wants To End The Era Of Sequestration

(393) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 6:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will propose a budget on Monday that calls for an estimated 6.8 percent increase in discretionary spending -- an approach diametrically different from the last time Democrats sustained major midterm election losses.

The spending proposal will almost assuredly get strong pushback from Republicans in...

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Dem Donors Plot Campaign Battle Against $889 Million Koch Behemoth

(90) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 3:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Reactions from Democrats to news that the billionaire Koch brothers are planning an $889 million blitz for the 2016 election has run the gamut from outright alarm to shoulder shrugs.

Various top party officials interviewed by The Huffington Post said they expected outside groups and...

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The Select Committee To Investigate Benghazi May Be Falling Apart

(493) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- From the Department of Predictable Outcomes: The House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, appears to be falling apart.

At issue are two complaints from committee Democrats. The first is that they have been systematically excluded from at least...

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John Boehner Knocks Minimum Wage Hikes, But They Don't Seem To Have Hurt Him

(346) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- In an interview with CBS’ "60 Minutes" on Sunday night, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) turned to autobiography to explain his opposition to raising the federal minimum wage.

“I've had every kinda rotten job you can imagine growin' up and gettin' myself through school,” the...

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Rob Portman Gets A Democratic Challenger For 2016

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats gained their first challenger to Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Thursday, with 30-year-old P.G. Sittenfeld, a member of the Cincinnati City Council, jumping into the 2016 race and betting that Ohioans want someone new in the stodgy Senate.

"I believe that I have got the right kind of...

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Elizabeth Warren Proposes Big Pharma 'Swear Jar' To Fund Medical Research

(169) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to fund scientific research in the era of divided government, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is seeking to force lawbreaking pharmaceutical companies to carry a heavier burden.

Warren will introduce the Medical Innovation Act on Thursday in remarks at a conference hosted by the pro-health...

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How The Chamber Became The Most Powerful Group That Each Party Kinda Hates

(49) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Forty-plus minutes into his annual press conference on the state of American business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue fielded a question from The Washington Post's Dana Milbank.

Known for his burlesque takes on insider-Washington events, Milbank asked if the current good economic news had...

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How Democrats Could Get Outflanked On The Minimum Wage

(130) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a recent conference meeting, Senate Democrats eager to see the federal minimum wage increased from $7.25 an hour were presented with a proposal. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) suggested that Democrats could offer a trade to their Republican colleagues: In exchange for agreeing to legislation authorizing the construction...

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White House Admits It Was Wrong Not To Send Higher Official To Paris March

(364) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is keen on saying it doesn't put much stock in political optics.

This, of course, is itself a bit of optics intended to produce an image of a president too focused on weighty matters to bother with trivialities. It also willfully ignores the fact...

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So That Happened: 2015 Offers No Respite From 2014's Misery

(9) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, radical militants from a pseudo-Islamic death cult murdered 12 members of the staff of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in their Paris office, ending any hope we had that 2015 would be a respite from 2014's garbage and misery.

Listen to this week's "So That...

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Marco Rubio Heading To New York City For Fundraiser

(13) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 4:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will head to New York City next week for a fundraising event hosted by high-powered GOP insider Wayne Berman, according to an invitation of the event obtained by The Huffington Post.

The affair will take place on Jan. 13 over lunch at Patroon,...

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Donors To Michael Grimm, The Convicted Former Congressman, Regret Nothing

(44) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- There are sound investments. There are risky investments. And then there are investments in individuals facing public disgrace and possible prison time.

Nearly 200 people made that last sort of investment in 2014. They're the folks who gave itemized donations (i.e., donations in the aggregate of more than...

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Obama Announces New Sanctions On North Korea In Response To Sony Hack

(657) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Escalating a conflict that's engulfed a major motion picture studio and nearly derailed a movie's release, President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The sanctions, which target three companies and 10 North Korean government...

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Commutes State's Remaining Death Penalties

(351) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 10:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- In one of his final acts as governor of the state of Maryland, Martin O'Malley has commuted the sentences of four death row inmates to life without parole.

The likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate helped shepherd in the abolition of the death penalty in his...

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Grover Norquist Calls Out Republicans For Not Taking Credit For Economic Recovery

(685) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Grover Norquist would like Republicans to shut up about how bad the economy is, and instead take credit for the recovery.

The prominent anti-tax crusader hasn't turned into a bullhorn for President Barack Obama's economic policies; he still thinks they're a drag on jobs and wages. But...

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Top Obama Adviser Tackles 2014, 'The Wire,' Vetoes, Obamacare And Weed

(15) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:00 PM

For President Barack Obama and his administration, the last few weeks of 2014 were dramatically different from the rest of the year. Up to that point, 2014 had been characterized by a series of crises, culminating in the crushing blow of the November midterms. And yet, in less than two...

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Do Not Watch These Movies With Your Family Over Christmas Break

(39) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:06 PM

Picture this: It’s Christmas Day. You’ve been stuffing your face with food for the past four hours, and you’re a bit drunk. You’re at your in-laws' house, and everyone is tired and just wants to watch a movie before passing out.

But there are eight of you. The couch...

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Obama Ends 2014 With Swagger And A Boatload Of Unanswered Questions

(822) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 4:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- A month and a half ago, President Barack Obama went to the East Room of the White House to take his medicine. His party was fresh off a horrible midterm election loss. His name was toxic. One leading Democratic Senate candidate wouldn't even say whether she had voted...

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Raise The White House Fence, Secret Service Review Says

(12) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- An independent panel tasked with investigating the shortcomings of the United States Secret Service has recommended the White House undergo a bit of a face-lift in order to stop potential intruders.

The panel, which was convened by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this October,...

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