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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

Agency Leading Ebola Response Has Had Budget Cut Nearly $600 Million Since 2010

(194) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- The lead agency tasked with responding to the threat of Ebola both within the United States and abroad has seen its budget drop dramatically in the past four years.

In breaking the news on Tuesday that the first Ebola patient had been diagnosed in the...

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In Showdown With Giffords, GOP Candidate Announces Support For Gun Limits On Stalkers

(10) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Amid a high-profile fight with a leading gun-control group, a Republican congressional candidate in Arizona has come out in support of new gun restrictions for convicted stalkers.

Martha McSally, a retired Air Force combat pilot who is running to unseat Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), said for the first...

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Tim Kaine: Congress Has Opened The Door To The 'Cheney Pre-emptive War Doctine'

(492) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- As bombs dropped over Syria Monday evening, marking the beginning of a U.S.-led effort to eradicate the Islamic State in that country, most members of Congress were back at home.

The legislative branch adjourned its business at the end of last week to

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Senate Dems Don't Think The 2014 Elections Will Turn The Political Tide. Here's Why

(198) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sitting in his office seven weeks before voters head to the polls, the man in charge of electing Democrats to the Senate cops to being unable to pinpoint the single animating issue of this cycle.

He prefers it that way.

Guy Cecil,...

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Senate Democrats Reveal Not-So-Secret Weapon In Campaign To Stay In Control

(44) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- By all rights, Democrats in the U.S. Senate should be measuring drapes for smaller offices as they head home for an election season that many analysts predict will hand control of the upper chamber to Republicans.

But the man most directly in charge of salvaging...

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Lawmakers Try To Save Science Funding Amid Rush To Restore Defense Spending

(401) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- As pressure builds among the hawks in Congress to get rid of budget limits on defense spending, liberals in the House are making sure their own priorities aren't left underfunded.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation late Thursday that would...

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Democratic Senate Candidates Run From Obama While GOP Moves Toward His Agenda

(29) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the 2014 campaign enters its final stages, the two parties are approaching President Barack Obama in unconventional ways.

Some Democratic candidates for Senate seem hellbent on creating distance from their standard-bearer, either by avoiding him on the campaign trail or publicly denouncing his legislation, despite their...

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How A Failed Experiment On Rats Sparked A Billion-Dollar Infant-Care Breakthrough

(154) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:28 AM

WASHINGTON -- At a research lab at Duke University Department of Pharmacology in 1979, a group of scientists sparked a major breakthrough in infant care from a failed experiment on rats.

At the time, Dr. Saul Schanberg, a neuroscientist and physician, was running tests on just-born rats to measure...

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CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy, Sources Say

(47) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- At a recent closed-door congressional briefing on the administration's new strategy to combat the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in the room about the agency's attitude toward the project.

The official's muted approach to the briefing dovetails with what senior intelligence community...

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Top Obama Adviser: The President Didn't Change, ISIS Did

(99) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- As he embarks on a new, more aggressive approach to confront the rise of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama is being hit from all sides with criticism, including that he waited too long to formulate a strategy and act.

But in one of the more detailed...

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One Family Was Powerful Enough To Change The Course Of This GOP Primary

(149) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:42 PM

To understand what transpired in the craziest Republican primary of the 2014 election cycle, you need to take a look at one family: the Barbours.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his nephews Henry and Austin were instrumental in saving the political hide of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Amid signs...

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White House Denies Truce Between Syrian Rebels And ISIS

(17) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday disputed reports that a group of moderate Syrian rebels -- part of the larger coalition that President Barack Obama wants to help fight the Islamic State -- struck a non-aggression pact with the Islamic State.

Those reports, which emerged late...

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Congress Likely To Duck War Powers Question Until After Elections

(177) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congress was torn Thursday over whether President Barack Obama actually has the authority to broaden a war against the so-called Islamic State. And with elections coming, and the itch to campaign becoming more difficult to ignore, ducking a vote on that authority until at least mid-November is a...

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Rob Portman: GOP-Run Senate Would Vote On Obamacare Repeal

(1538) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- Though the law will be a year older, Republicans will push a vote to repeal Obamacare if they take back the Senate in November, a top GOP senator told reporters Thursday morning.

“I suspect we will vote to repeal early to put on record the fact that we...

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Obama: 'We Cannot Rely On An Assad Regime That Terrorizes Its People'

(399) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is keen on portraying the president's general bent on foreign policy as a derivative of realism. He isn't a skeptic about America's ability to shape international events. But he's not a doe-eyed idealist, either. It's why, time and again, President Barack Obama's aides go back...

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Drinking & Talking Wonders Whether The 2014 Primaries Did The GOP Any Good

(7) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:25 PM

On Tuesday night, America closed the chapter on the 2014 Republican primary season. And boy, what a season it was.

Actually, what kind of season was it?

On the one hand, there was high drama. The House majority leader lost his race against an obscure college professor. A...

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Americans Panicked Over ISIS Threat That Experts Say Isn't Imminent

(90) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 5:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama calls Wednesday night to expand the fight abroad against Islamic State militants, he'll be addressing an increasingly supportive public, recent polls suggest.

Ninety-one percent of Americans see the Islamic State as a "threat to the vital interests of the United States," according...

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GOP Candidate Accuses Harry Reid Of Running Senate Like A Plantation

(25) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the Louisiana House member in a tight race for the state’s Senate seat, found himself in a self-inflicted mess Tuesday morning when it surfaced that he had made comments comparing Congress to slavery.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), he said, according to a...

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Joe Biden On Ray Rice: 'The Ravens Did The Right Thing'

(11) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Vice President Joe Biden commended the Baltimore Ravens for firing running back Ray Rice after footage of him beating his then-fiancee emerged on TMZ Monday morning.

Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, Biden pointed out that a good chunk of the NFL's fan base is female, giving the league an imperative...

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White House On Ray Rice Video: 'Hitting A Woman Is Not Something A Real Man Does'

(151) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 2:41 PM

In response to a question about a newly released video from February showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice violently knocking out his fiancée in an elevator, The White House on Monday strongly condemned violence against women and urged men to band together to stop it. The comments came shortly...

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