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Sam Stein
Sam Stein is a Political Reporter 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

Rand Paul Supports Legislation To End Deportation Relief For Dreamers

(533) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 9:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in an interview published Thursday that he supports legislation ending the president’s program to defer deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Speaking to Breitbart News during a medical mission in Guatemala, Paul lent his backing...

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Jay Nixon Orders National Guard To 'Begin Systematically Withdrawing' From Ferguson

(203) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:04 PM

In a sign that tensions in Ferguson are continuing to de-escalate, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has ordered the state’s national guard to begin withdrawal from the city of Ferguson.

Below is the statement issued by the governor’s office on Thursday.

I greatly appreciate the men and...
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Lawmakers Who Cut Funds For ALS Research Take Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS Research

(118) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:07 PM

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Cops Shoot People Dead Every Day. Why Did Ferguson Become Such A Huge Deal?

(22) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last year, 16-year-old Kimani Gray died after New York Police Department officers shot him seven times. The police had accosted the Brooklyn teen because he was fumbling with his waistband as if he had a gun, which they said he then pointed at them.

Eyewitnesses said there...

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McConnell Warms Up To The Idea Of Another Government Shutdown

(478) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the October 2013 government shutdown -- as each side took stock of its gains and losses -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave one of the saga’s more memorable quotes.

“One of my favorite sayings is an old Kentucky saying, ‘There’s no...

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Paul Ryan Rewrites His Government Shutdown Role

(89) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- In his new book, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recounts shaking his head in frustration last fall as fellow Republicans sought to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare.

"It was a suicide mission," Ryan writes in The Way Forward, his memoir released Tuesday. "This can't...

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Obama On Police Militarization: We Need To Make Sure They're Buying Stuff They Actually Need

(142) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 5:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Appearing at the White House during a respite from his vacation, President Barack Obama on Monday offered support for a review of the militarization of local law enforcement.

Addressing the ongoing strife in Ferguson, Missouri, Obama sought a balanced resolution. He urged looters to stop commandeering a legitimate...

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Sarah Palin Stars In DSCC's Joni Ernst Ad

(36) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin’s political stature has faded in the years since she bolted from politics.

Her endorsements in 2010 were powerful, and helped her chosen candidate gain media attention, grassroots donations and conservative credibility. Two years later, that influence had waned. Now, during the 2014 election cycle, mere...

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Obama, Clinton Camps Move To Downplay Schism

(24) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 6:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- For months now, political junkies and the national press corps have been salivating over the prospects of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama once again applying proverbial chokeholds to each other.

Conflict seemed inevitable since she -- contemplating a presidential run -- needed distance from him --...

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Democrats Lay Groundwork For Obama To Take Big Steps On Immigration

(380) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration gets ready to unveil a potentially wide-ranging new policy on deportation relief, Democrats are making the case that there is political cover and precedent for him to go big.

In a newly released memo, the Democratic opposition research firm American Bridge...

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Lanny Davis On How To Handle And Haggle With Nouri Al-Maliki

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- These are tense times for Nouri al-Maliki. Pushing for a third term, the embattled prime minister of Iraq is on the verge of being ousted from office. In a show of force on Sunday night, he dispatched allied troops and security forces to Baghdad’s Green Zone. But his...

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Former Deputy CIA Director Disagrees With Hillary Clinton On Syria

(121) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- On one of the first major foreign policy rifts between President Barack Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one top former administration official is siding with the president.

Former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell said he disagreed with Clinton’s suggestion –- offered in a...

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White House: No End Date On Military Action In Iraq

(186) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House gave vague assurances on Friday that U.S. military involvement in Iraq will be limited in nature, seeking to ease political and public concern about Americans being drawn back into another war.

During his daily briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly stated that...

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The Secret Behind The Passage Of VA Reform

(36) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday afternoon, in the Wallace Theater at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, President Barack Obama signed into law a major reform of the embattled Veterans Affairs system.

The celebratory nature of the event was rare. Signing ceremonies are fewer and farther between for this White House. Occasionally, they are...

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The Congressional Town Hall Is On Death's Doorstep

(73) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 10:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Okoboji Kitschy Barefoot Bar in Iowa rests near the Minnesota border. Per Trip Advisor users, it is known as “a touch of the Islands in the Midwest” and a place where "decent atmosphere” meets “TERRIBLE service.”

On Monday, it became the setting for the...

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Top D.C. Lobbyist Reveals Craziest Request She's Ever Gotten

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Lobbyists are hired to affect legislation, secure government contracts or influence votes. On occasion, however, they take on the tasks and persona of an agent, catering to their clients' whims and requests either as a matter of courtesy or to uphold the relationship.

During the latest episode of Drinking...

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John Kerry Hasn't Been MIA On The Middle East -- If Anything, He's Traveled Too Much

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" several weeks ago, Secretary of State John Kerry was confronted with comments he had made in an interview earlier that day, apparently unaware that the cameras were rolling.

"It's a hell of a pinpoint operation," Kerry said, referring to Israel's airstrikes...

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The Case For Allowing The Blind To Buy Guns, From An NRA News Contributor

(115) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:59 AM

WASHINGTON -- Some people have a tinge of concern at the thought of blind people brandishing guns. The logic is that it's valuable to see what you’re shooting before you shoot.

But Dom Raso, a commentator for NRA News, has a different take on the debate. In a video...

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'Drinking And Talking' Learns How Lobbyists Make And Scare Friends In Washington

(14) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 10:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- Lobbying. Depending on who you talk to, it is either the most reviled of political trades or a dramatically misunderstood and overly stigmatized profession.

For critics, the image that comes to mind is of Jack Abramoff decked out in a three-piece suit, driving with the top down along...

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Obama Expected To Sign Executive Order On Federal Contractor Workplace Conditions

(10) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order on Thursday seeking enhanced workplace conditions and rights for federal contract workers, three separate sources have told The Huffington Post.

One of those sources told The Huffington Post that “progressive workers' rights groups are getting asked for...

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