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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

Sorry, Michael Dukakis Fans, He's Not Running

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 1:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, something happened on Twitter. Specifically, an account surfaced encouraging 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis to run again in 2016. 

Could it be? Another potential Democrat in the race? 

The account began tweeting its encouragements to the former Massachusetts governor.

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A Debt Ceiling Showdown Between Republicans Comes Into Focus

(30) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 3:35 PM

At a certain point during the middle of the summer, Republican operatives began worrying that the party was flirting dangerously with self-immolation, though not for the reasons many suspected.

Yes, Donald Trump launched a presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants illegally crossing the border “rapists.” And yes,...

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Joe Biden Rallies DNC Members Behind Iran Deal

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden gave an impassioned pitch in support of the Iran nuclear deal during a conference call with top Democratic Party officials Wednesday, the latest in the administration's aggressive public relations campaign around the accord.

"The idea that there's...

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Trump Telling GOP Brass He Will Forgo A Third-Party Run: Sources

(10) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON - Businessman Donald Trump has told several top Republicans that he will swear off the possibility of an independent bid and commit to running his presidential campaign under the party's banner, according to several sources.

Such a move could endear Trump further to Republican voters who have remained...

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Patty Murray, Top Senate Democrat, Backs Iran Deal

(6) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, becoming the final member of the Senate's main Democratic leadership team to weigh in on the agreement.

The endorsement of Murray, the secretary of the Senate Democratic conference, brings...

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Joe Biden Worried Hillary Clinton Isn't Credible On Income Inequality

(23) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- If Vice President Joe Biden decides to jump into the presidential race, his decision will be driven, he has said in recent conversations, by a belief that Hillary Clinton's background won't allow her to be a credible messenger when it comes to income inequality, which Biden...

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July Was The Hottest Month Ever; Cable News Barely Noticed

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 2:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a dire report about the state of the planet: July 2015 was the earth's warmest month on record, dating back to 1880.

This wasn’t some one-off study. It was supplemented by similar findings from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space...

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Scott Walker Completes The Journey Back To Not Repealing The 14th Amendment

(36) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 10:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) affirmed on Sunday that he would not seek to end birthright citizenship as president, seemingly bringing to an end a days-long grapple for a definitive position on the issue.

“No,” said the Wisconsin Republican when asked if he was “seeking to repeal or...

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The Clinton Campaign Is In 'The Barrel.' They Have A Plan To Get Out.

(12) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- There is no such thing as a smooth presidential campaign, veterans of the crucible note. Crises can't be avoided, just merely separated into categories of existential and superficial threats.

Inside the Hillary Clinton campaign right now, the modus vivendi is about differentiating between those two. 


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Potentially Deal-Shattering Report About Iran Inspections Has Some Issues

(24) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Associated Press reported Wednesday that future oversight of Parchin, an Iranian military site suspected of hosting past nuclear weapons development over a decade ago, would be conducted by Iranian scientists rather than the International Atomic Energy Agency’s nuclear inspectors.

Critics of the...

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John Kasich No Longer Wants To Eliminate The Department Of Education

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich admonished his fellow Republicans on Wednesday for calling for the elimination of the Department of Education, which is an odd stance to take for someone who called for eliminating the Department of Education.

The presidential candidate was speaking at a pro-education reform forum in...

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Iran Deal Backers Turn To Former Israel Security Agent To Help Convince Dems

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 2:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of Israel's top former intelligence officials has been quietly encouraging U.S. lawmakers to back the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran, the U.S. and five world powers.

Ami Ayalon, the one-time head of Israel’s Shin Bet, is a known supporter of the deal, which...

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AIPAC Chose A Peculiar Admiral For Its Memo Against The Iran Deal

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 3:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel advocacy group in the United States, released a memo listing former military commanders opposed to the Iran nuclear deal. Among the luminaries was one not-so-recognizable name.

Unlike others on the AIPAC memo -- including former Chairman...

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Jeb Bush’s Cavalry Arrives Amid Worry He's Ceding Too Much Ground

(16) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Since January, the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush has done one thing, and done it well: amass a nine-figure fortune, in hopes of making the former Florida governor's Republican presidential bid a political death star.

Now, as that super PAC...

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A Good Chunk Of GOP Field Wants To Repeal The 14th Amendment

(137) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the fall of 2010, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most hawkish anti-immigrant voices in Congress, launched a legislative campaign to end the scourge of "anchor babies," as he called them.

The target was the 14th Amendment, which grants everyone born in the United...

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Rahm Emanuel Backs The Iran Deal

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 5:15 PM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, one of the country's more prominent Jewish Democrats, said Wednesday that he supports President Barack Obama’s deal on Iran’s nuclear program. 

Emanuel, who served as Obama’s chief of staff during the first two years of his presidency, during which...

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How Will You Vote, Ben Cardin? Iran Deal Supporters Turn Their Lonely Eyes To You.

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Of all the senators on the fence about the deal President Barack Obama struck...

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Campaign Finance Reformers Finally Get The Campaign They've Longed For In Donald Trump

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 11:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- Though it's unlikely his intent, real estate mogul Donald Trump is delighting campaign finance reform activists with his theatrical presidential bid.

In recent weeks, the Republican presidential candidate essentially admitted he used his personal wealth to bribe politicians, taunted opponents over past requests they made for his...

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Statement On Charges Against HuffPost Reporter Ryan J. Reilly From Arrest In Ferguson

(4) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 7:57 PM

The Huffington Post condemns the charges filed by St. Louis County against our Justice reporter, Ryan J. Reilly, while covering the protests in Ferguson last year. Ryan has the full support of The Huffington Post in fighting these charges.

Almost a year ago today, Ryan was working...

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Larry Lessig Believes Democracy Is Screwed. So He's Running For President To Save It.

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 7:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Larry Lessig, a well-known legal theorist and political activist, is taking the plunge into electoral politics, announcing on Tuesday that he will formally explore a run for the presidency in 2016 as a Democrat.

Lessig, a Harvard law professor, will be a distinctly...

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