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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

That Time Someone Pulled The Heart Out Of A Roasted Lamb And Gave It To Eric Holder

(41) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 2:06 PM

He had to wait nearly 170 days for the occasion. But on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder will officially be replaced by Loretta Lynch, whose nomination finally made its way through the Senate this week.

To mark the occasion, Holder’s first press secretary in the AG’s office, Matthew...

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Iran Nuclear Bill Faces Next Big Hurdle

(111) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 8:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- A delicately assembled bill to give Congress oversight of the Iran nuclear deal is set for renewed scrutiny as it heads to the Senate floor for debate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday formally brought to the floor the legislation authored by Foreign...

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Newt Gingrich Wants To Double The NIH Budget. Some Of His Old Colleagues Aren't So Sure.

(35) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday morning called for doubling the budget of the National Institutes of Health, writing favorably in the pages of The New York Times about the chief federal spigot for science research.

“House and Senate negotiators are at work on a budget resolution...

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Drinking And Talking Discovers The Exhilarating, Sad, Frustrating Life Of A White House Correspondent

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Congratulations, you’re a White House correspondent. You’ve reached the top of your professional pyramid, the most glorified post in political journalism. Did you ever think it could be this tedious?

Well, that’s what being a reporter is like inside the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: a combination of stress,...

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Clinton Campaign Gears Up To Crush Another Book

(371) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 2:52 PM

The impending publication of a book examining donations made to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Department has put the former secretary and her allies in a familiar place.

For decades now, the Clintons have been trying to kill critical books in the crib, starting...

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Can I Bring A Joint To The Dinner Party?

(21) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 2:40 PM

The cultural acceptance of pot has had major ripple effects politically, with lawmakers adjusting their views on legalization, and law enforcement recalibrating the resources it devotes to an expensive, often unproductive campaign against the drug.

The impact has been felt socially as well. Habits that were routine are now...

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How A Man Who Got His Start In Construction Became The Most Powerful Foreign Policy Voice In Congress

(198) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Last week witnessed one of the most piqued foreign policy showdowns between the executive and legislative branch during the Obama presidency. And in a clash between a president allied with his secretary of state and vice president -- themselves former chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee --...

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Clinton Campaign Will Accept Donations From Lobbyists And PACs

(124) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees, a difference in policy from the man she's hoping to replace, President Barack Obama.

The Clinton campaign confirmed that there would be no prohibition on such donations, after The Huffington Post was tipped off...

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Abraham Lincoln Is Our Most Beloved President, But What If He Had Lived?

(9) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 5:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- This Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln –- a somber moment marked by expressions of reverence for perhaps the nation’s most admired president.

For historians and political scientists, April 14 is also a time for playful speculation. What would have happened,

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Senate Panel Backs Iran Deal

(202) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bill to provide congressional oversight for a nuclear deal with Iran passed unanimously on Tuesday through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and seems destined to become law after the White House expressed support for the measure.

The 19-0 committee vote was unexpected less than 24 hours...

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Iran Deal Reached In Senate; White House Hints Its Support

(1296) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- A tentative deal has been reached by senators on a bill to apply congressional oversight to a nuclear deal with Iran. And early signals from the White House suggest the president will drop his veto threat and sign the measure.

Under the deal, the president would still be...

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Mark Kirk Says People Drive Faster Through Black Neighborhoods

(223) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a little-noticed interview last week, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) described African-American neighborhoods as areas that people in his state try to avoid.

The comment, with its racial undertones, came during a sit-down interview with the Peoria Journal Star and followed a question about how...

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Rand Paul Says There's 'Not A Place On The Globe' Where Hawks Don't Want U.S. Troops

(403) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 11:12 AM

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-K.Y.) efforts to soften the non-interventionist edges of his foreign policy as he embarks on a presidential bid have been fairly transparent.

The senator offered billions of dollars in additional defense funding to a Senate Republican budget bill, albeit offset with cuts elsewhere. He’s been...

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Kerry Says Iran Deal Critics Were Wrong Before And Are Wrong Now

(207) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday continued a wave of Obama administration pushback against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that Republicans lacked legitimacy as they attempted to sow seeds of doubt about the agreement.

Appearing on CBS' "Face The Nation," Kerry noted that Russia, hardly the greatest...

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Mitt Romney Is Glad Harry Reid Is Retiring

(1005) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 10:05 AM

In yet another chapter in the ongoing feud between the two men, Mitt Romney lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Sunday for refusing to apologize for accusations that Romney didn’t pay 10 years' worth of taxes.

"He surely went over the line," Romney said of...

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Mitt Romney Explains The Secret To His Success As A Bracketology Savant

(95) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 9:43 AM

Mitt Romney, who has been proven right about everything since losing the presidency in 2012, was also right about college basketball when he filled out his NCAA bracket this past March.

The former Massachusetts governor, famous for once assuming that a tall man he met was...

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Eric Cantor Wants The GOP To Fund Science Research. He Doesn't Think They Have To Offset It.

(411) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 9:07 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) made an extraordinary pitch to his one-time colleagues this week as they head into tense government funding negotiations this summer. If they want to secure increases in defense spending, he said, they should dramatically increase funding for biomedical research -- and...

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This Scientist Wants To Solve Global Warming. He's Turned To Coupons For Funding

(99) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Kai Landskron is not a merchant. He doesn’t have an economics degree or a background in business, or a history of peddling or manufacturing goods.

For the past few weeks, however, Landskron has played the part of salesman. Specifically, he is selling “Dinner and...

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GOP Steadfast On Passing Iran Bill Despite Obama's Plea To Stand Down

(1506) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 7:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Appearing in the Rose Garden on Thursday to announce the framework of a historic deal on Iran's nuclear program, President Barack Obama practically begged lawmakers not to mess with the still delicate arrangement.

"If Congress kills this deal not based on expert analysis and without offering any...

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As A Congressman, Mike Pence Campaigned Against Adding LGBT Protections To Hate Crime Legislation

(103) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- As he pushes back against criticism over the "religious freedom" law he recently signed, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has insisted that the statute does not, as his detractors allege, invite discrimination of gays and lesbians.

"I think that’s a separate issue. All right?" Pence said

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