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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

Chris Christie Will Charm The Hell Out Of Nancy Pelosi As President

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 2:21 PM

Stratham, N.H. -- Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) on Friday pledged to be a charmer of a president, dispensing airplane rides and chocolate gifts to recalcitrant Democrats in order to win their votes.

“Nancy Pelosi would be on Air Force One every time she turns around,” Christie said of...

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Jeb Bush Seeks To Escape The Jaws Of Humiliation In New Hampshire

(12) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:36 PM

LACONIA, N.H. -- A New Hampshire-style barbecue featuring an array of Dunkin Donuts Munchkins and a Box O’ Joe rested untouched on a folding table next to the subdued primary voters seated in neat rows. 

Most in the crowd of a couple hundred were of the gray-haired persuasion, and...

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Simmering Tensions Erupt In First Face-Off Between Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders

(65) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:34 PM

DURHAM, N.H. -- In their first head-to-head debate, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made it clear that any lingering pleasantries from a happier time earlier in the campaign are vanishing quickly.

The two engaged in their most heated exchanges to date over issues like international diplomacy, the death penalty...

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Bernie Sanders Made Jewish History, Yet No One Seems To Be Kvelling

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:03 PM

CONCORD, New Hampshire -- At a semi-circle table at the back of the True Brew Barista in downtown Concord, Rabbi Robin Nafshi of Temple Beth Jacob holds court on Thursday mornings. Congregants, or really anyone who wants a friendly ear, are invited to take a seat....

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Clinton Aides Warn Of Electoral Havoc With Bernie At The Helm

(64) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 9:03 AM

In sharper terms than usual, aides to Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that Democrats face a bloodbath in the general election should they choose Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as their nominee.

Speaking before reporters at a Bloomberg Politics breakfast, Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon carefully...

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Hillary Clinton's Problem Isn't That She's Not Progressive, It's That She's Cautious

(40) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:41 AM

DERRY, N.H. -- Back in May 2015, when Hillary Clinton's status as a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination seemed slightly more secure, a few of her former aides came to The Huffington Post to discuss what she truly was like as a person and...

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Wendy Davis Wants GOP Women To Stand Up To Donald Trump's Horrifying Sexism

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 7:53 PM

One of the most consequential moments of the Republican presidential primary happened to come during the first major debate, when Fox News' Megyn Kelly pressed Donald Trump about his history of sexism.

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat...

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Wendy Davis Says She Wants To Run For Office Again

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:46 PM

Wendy Davis' 2014 campaign for governor of Texas may have ended in a historic drubbing, but the former state senator and feminist icon isn't done with electoral politics.

In the latest episode of "Candidate Confessional," Davis did something rare for a politician...

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Donald Trump Came In Second, But The Republican Establishment Still Lost

(41) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:22 PM

The most self-assured candidate in the 2016 race failed to win the Iowa Republican caucus Monday night. But as unexpected a setback a silver medal is for Donald Trump -- a man who loves seeing his name emblazoned in gold -- he can take solace: his...

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The Real Story Of The Most Memorable Iowa Concession Speech Of All Time

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Later tonight, a dozen candidates for the presidency will lose the Iowa caucus. None of them, it stands to reason, will deliver a barnburner concession address.

The perils of doing that came into sharp focus 12 years ago, when Howard Dean gave the infamous “I Have A...

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The New Anti-Sanders Super PAC Is Funded By Anti-Clinton Donors

(4) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 4:04 PM

About a week ago, a super PAC bankrolled by a wealthy conservative donor announced that it would run an ad attacking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for being too far along the ideological spectrum.

The group, called ESA Fund, was reportedly backed by $600,000 in spending...

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Wendy Davis Opens Up On The Burden Of Running As A Feminist Icon In Texas

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 1:17 PM

One Tuesday in late June 2013, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis stood on her feet for just under 13 hours in an attempt to stop a draconian anti-abortion bill. While the bill would eventually pass, Davis’ filibuster turned her into a...

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Clinton And Sanders Agree To New Debates, But Spar Over Time And Place

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2016 | 4:32 PM

The Sanders and Clinton campaigns are on the verge of agreeing to four additional debates, but the details remain deeply contested.

The campaigns have reportedly agreed to a debate in New Hampshire this Thursday in advance of the Feb. 9 first-in-the-nation primary in the...

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Massive Shakeup At Politico With Co-Founder Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen Set To Leave

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 5:41 PM

Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and chief White House correspondent Mike Allen will leave the news organization they helped launch nine years ago and built into a politics and policy juggernaut. 

VandeHei told staff Thursday that he was departing after the election and that Allen,...

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In The Clinton-Sanders Spat Over Getting S**t Done, The Party Sides With Clinton

(65) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 7:05 PM

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised to unite Washington and the nation behind progressive change. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton mocked him.

"The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing...

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Mitt Romney, Donald Trump And The Shifting Politics Of Personal Wealth

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- When he ran for president in 2012, Mitt Romney had hoped voters would see him as a chief executive who could boost the sluggish American economy. The private equity firm he had founded, Bain Capital, had done well investing in companies like Staples and...

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The Inside Story Of Why Clint Eastwood Talked To An Empty Chair At The GOP Convention

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 2:58 PM

As Clint Eastwood took the stage of the Tampa Bay Times Forum on the night of September 3, 2012, it became quickly apparent that his would not be a typical Republican National Convention speech.

The Oscar-winning actor/director/legend entered in dramatic fashion with the backdrop...

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Republicans Still Don't Agree On Why Mitt Romney Lost

(19) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 10:02 AM

Following Mitt Romney's defeat in his run for president in 2012, his Republican party did what all parties do: It went through a mourning period. Officials dished, often anonymously, about mistakes the campaign made and began searching for a new path to victory.

The internal...

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The GOP Establishment Has Found The One Thing That Can Make Donald Trump Palatable: Ted Cruz

(25) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 11:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ted Cruz may wind up becoming Donald Trump's greatest weapon.

The Republican establishment has spent the last few months warning that the rise of Trump's presidential candidacy represented a grave threat, not just to the party, but to the country...

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Bernie Sanders' Camp: We Aren't Gonna Stumble Like Howard Dean

(8) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 12:20 PM

The emergence of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as a viable presidential nominee for the Democratic Party has sparked some deja vu for those who came of political awareness during the George W. Bush era.

Vermonters of a seemingly liberal bend, with grassroots armies of supporters...

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