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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

Former Top Gay Republican Says Reince Priebus Was Too Scared To Meet With Him

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 11:26 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus refused to publicly meet with a prominent gay Republican group for fear of a social conservative backlash, one of the leaders of that group alleges in a new book -- a charge the RNC denies.

Jimmy LaSalvia, a founder of the

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Obama Has A Plan To Protect The Iran Deal In August, His Least Favorite Month

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 4:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House and allied groups are preparing a robust campaign to protect President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran during August recess.

The effort comes as support for the deal has faded in some recent public opinion polls and as criticism has heightened in...

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Claire McCaskill Shotgunned A Beer When Todd Akin Won The GOP Primary

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Some politicians celebrate major career milestones with reflection, others with words of thanks to staff. Some stay humble in victory; others take to the podium to gloat. And some just chug booze.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) shotgunned a beer the night then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)...

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The 50 Most Beautiful People On A Hill

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:02 AM

Sure, one could call it an accomplishment to appear on The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful, its annual elite roundup of the best-looking people in Washington. 

But you know what's better than being on the list of beautiful people on The Hill? Being one of the best-looking people on a hill....

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The Republican Party Tried To Kill Its Demons In 2013. They're Still Alive.

(17) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- After the Republican Party took a drubbing at the polls on Election Day 2012, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus ordered an autopsy. The party, the coroner's report found a few months later, had alienated women and minorities and came off as plutocratic. 

But with another presidential...

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Lincoln Chafee: I Compare Favorably To Teddy Roosevelt

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, whose candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination hasn’t yet found a pulse in public opinion polls, hasn't lost hope.

In a briefing with reporters hosted by The Christian Science Monitor, he compared himself favorably to two former presidents,...

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All Barack Obama Did Was Follow Mike Huckabee's Advice On Iran

(22) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:48 AM

WASHINGTON -- Picture this: In the early winter of 2008, a presidential candidate decides to upend conventional foreign policy wisdom by arguing that engagement, not confrontation, is the right route with Iran.

This isn’t some rhetorical gaffe. It’s a major policy pronouncement, laid out in a lengthy...

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New York Times Corrects Explosive Hillary Clinton Email Story Amid Campaign Pushback

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 4:53 PM

An explosive New York Times story detailing a potential probe of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account unravelled quickly on Friday morning, prompting questions about how inaccurate, politically sensitive information could end up in the paper of record.

At issue was a Times breaking news...

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Senate's Iran Hearing Reveals How Bad Senators Are At Hearings

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:33 PM


WASHINGTON -- Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) drew a plum assignment in Thursday morning's Senate hearing on the recently completed Iran nuclear deal. After the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), delivered his remarks and the ranking member, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)...

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162 Talking Heads Have Weighed In On Trump vs. McCain

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:15 PM

Ever since Donald Trump claimed Saturday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) isn’t a war hero -- or, maybe, is one only because he was captured in Vietnam -- cable networks have covered those remarks without pause.

The national media are obsessed with Trump, who has ridden the feedback...

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Bernie Sanders Spent $0 On Polling, Because Really, Would It Change His Mind Anyway?

(21) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 4:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has raised $15 million since April 30, when he announced his candidacy...

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Could Obama Have Gotten More From Iran With Additional, Crippling Sanctions?

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 3:44 PM

WASHINGTON – Critics of the nuclear deal that major world powers struck with Iran this week have largely based their case on a counterfactual. Had President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Iran that were more aggressive -- “crippling,” even -- then, the theory goes, he would have extracted...

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Literally No One Supports Lincoln Chafee In Latest Poll

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:45 AM

 WASHINGTON -- Running for president can be a humbling experience. And former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is testing the depths of a candidate's psychological endurance. 

The one time Republican-turned-Independent-turned Democrat barely raised any money for his White House bid, reporting less than $30,000 on hand. And on...

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How A 2007 Debate Gaffe Paved The Way For A Deal That Will Define Obama's Legacy

(1097) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 7:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- On June 3, 2008, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, secured the necessary delegates to become the Democratic nominee for president. The next day, he spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobby.

For the presumptive nominee, the stakes were high. Not only...

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Clinton's Big Economic Speech Will Go Heavy On Middle Class Wages

(1235) Comments | Posted July 11, 2015 | 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- In her first major economic policy speech on Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faces dual tasks: contrasting her agenda with the leading Republican presidential candidates and embracing -- while still drawing distinctions from -- the president she hopes to succeed.

The former will come quite...

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The House Just Passed A Major Science Research Funding Bill. No, Really, It Did.

(109) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Science advocates scored a major legislative victory on Friday -- a rarity in recent politics -- after the House of Representatives passed a bill directing billions to agencies that promote biomedical research.

The 21st Century Cures Act sailed through the chamber by vote of 344 to 77,...

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Obama Wants An Iran Deal. He Also Doesn't Want To Be Blamed For Failure To Get One.

(325) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- As international talks with Iran over its nuclear program enter the eleventh -- and twelfth and thirteenth -- hour, the Obama administration is refusing to heed calls to leave the negotiating table, for two reasons. One is substantive: The administration believes a nuclear deal remains possible. The other...

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Rick Perry Goes From Freaking Out Over Gay Service Members To Accepting Them

(142) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 3:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waved the white flag on allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, telling ABC’s "This Week" that “the horse is out of the barn” on that particular policy.

Considering the time that’s lapsed since the end of...

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Suddenly Unable To Find The Donald Trump Mattress Of Your Dreams? Try These Other Classy Products

(23) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- News broke Thursday that Serta would stop selling Donald Trump mattresses after the businessman turned Republican presidential candidate made incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants.

Which begged the question: Donald Trump has a line of mattresses?

In fact, he does. A lot of companies...

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One Very Large Man's 18-Year Quest For Hot Dog Eating Glory

(99) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Eric "Badlands" Booker is exceptional at eating burritos.

In fact, he may be the best in the world. He holds the record for this particular act of gluttony, having once taken down 15 in an eight-minute span.

His gastronomical heroics have also made him a celebrity...

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