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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

Elizabeth Warren Teams Up With Orrin Hatch To Push Huge Science Research Fund

(116) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 6:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan duo of Senate heavyweights is set to unveil an unusual bill that would give lawmakers an incentive to fund biomedical research and, potentially, add billions to that mission.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have been quietly working for the past year on...

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Nina Pham, Nurse Infected With Ebola, Is Now Virus-Free

(75) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:19 AM

WASHINGTON -- Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first Ebola-stricken patient in Dallas, is now virus-free.

"I think hope just went up a notch today by the fact that we are all here to celebrate the recovery of a patient who was afflicted with a...

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Senate Democrats Not Running Or Already Retired Sit On $52 Million

(24) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats who aren't running for re-election this year and those who have retired were sitting on nearly $52 million in campaign cash at the end of September, even as their party's candidates are slogging through a difficult electoral cycle.

That untouched pot of money has become a...

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The Ebola Outbreak And The Void Left By The Absence Of Government

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Few epidemiologists are as publicly lauded as Don Francis. The longtime public health worker has toiled on multiple continents in efforts to eradicate some of the world's deadliest diseases, from smallpox in South Asia to cholera in Nigeria to hepatitis B in the United States and China.

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CDC To Monitor All Travelers Coming To U.S. From Ebola-Stricken Countries

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday that it will implement a tougher, new 21-day monitoring period for travelers coming to America from the three West African states plagued by the Ebola epidemic.

The new system will be implemented starting Oct. 27, and will...

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These Are The Bombs And Guns Being Used In The Fight With ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Late Sunday night, word came from the Obama administration that U.S. officials had dropped arms, weapons and medical supplies to Kurdish forces in northern Syria who were battling members of the Islamic State.

The news marked a new frontier in a monthslong campaign in that country. American...

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Ebola Panic Hits Schools, Businesses, Airlines Across U.S.

(222) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON -- One person in the United States has died from Ebola. And that person, so far, has infected just two people -- both health care workers tending to him in a Dallas hospital. And yet, a large chunk of the country is fearful over the possibility of this disease...

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Ebolotics: DSCC Attacks Cory Gardner For Supporting CDC Budget Cuts

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- Just two weeks before the midterm elections, there are no signs of a de-escalation in the ongoing political tangle over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its emergence in the United States.

On Monday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a statement attacking Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)...

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The Tangled Story Of Why Ebola Vaccine Research Came Up Short

(147) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 9:58 AM

WASHINGTON -- Around 2008, an Ebola outbreak in Africa sparked a renewed push within the U.S. biomedical research community to find a vaccine. A company called Integrated BioTherapeutics Inc. was given a $5.8 million contract from the National Institutes of Health for vaccine research.

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Kansas Senate Debate Marked By Fear Of Ebola Crossing Southern Border

(11) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- The second debate in the unexpectedly tight Kansas race for U.S. Senate was marked by sharp jabs, bitter disagreements, backhanded compliments and fear, mainly about Ebola.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), the endangered incumbent, was often the aggressor against Greg Orman, the independent businessman challenging him in next...

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When It Comes To ISIS, How Screwed Is The U.S.?

(12) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's been a little more than a month since President Barack Obama announced an expanded fight against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. Few foreign policy officials would argue that this is anything less than the most complex military engagement undertaken during Obama's time in office....

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Obama Also Pushed For CDC Cuts In Years Before Ebola Outbreak

(295) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 12:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Recent attacks by a Democratic outside group blame congressional Republicans for exacerbating the Ebola epidemic by continuously seeking to cut funds for government health agencies.

But the charge leaves out a critical point. President Barack Obama hasn't been consistent on funding the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Secrecy, Struggle And Enduring Love: How These Gay Couples Made It To Marriage

(7) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 12:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last week, the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in 11 states by declining to hear challenges to lower court rulings permitting such unions. For same-sex couples across the country, the announcement wasn't just an abstract legal breakthrough, it was personal. After years of doubt over...

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Bio-Disaster Hospital Preparedness Program Has Been Cut 50 Percent Since 2003

(33) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Amid panic over the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and a second diagnosis in the United States, lawmakers are renewing efforts to bolster biomedical research funding and disaster preparedness.

On Monday, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) joined the chorus, urging for more money to be spent on a federal...

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Ebola: Wir könnten schon lange einen Impfstoff haben

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Ebola breitet sich in Westafrika immer weiter aus. Selbst in den USA und Spanien, wo nur einzelne Patienten behandelt wurden und die Sicherheitsstandards angeblich hoch sind, haben sich Krankenschwestern infiziert.

Einen zugelassenen Impfstoff gibt es nicht. Und auch kein Medikament gegen das tödliche Virus. Weil die Staaten...

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Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts: NIH Director

(1465) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 9:30 PM

BETHESDA, Md. -- As the federal government frantically works to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and as it responds to a second diagnosis of the disease at home, one of the country's top health officials says a vaccine likely would have already been discovered were it...

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As ISIS Threatens A Key Town In Syria, Is The U.S. Playing A Dangerous Game?

(126) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 8:15 PM

As the U.S.-led coalition continues to engage the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, much of the world's attention has been focused on Kobani, a city on the northern border of Syria, a stone's throw from Turkey, that the militant group is seemingly determined to capture. The implications...

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Rick Weiland Has A Minivan, $300,000 And A Guitar. Can He Get To The Senate?

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Can you win a seat in the United States Senate by driving around in a minivan, strumming a guitar and singing about the evils of money in politics?

The question will soon be answered in South Dakota, where Rick Weiland, a former Clinton official and top...

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When 5 Women Explain Politics To 1 Man, Good Things Are Bound To Happen

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 9:55 PM

In some matter of time -- maybe soon, maybe not -- America will be led by women.

It's not just because they make up more than half of the population, or because their numbers in Congress keep growing, or because Hillary Clinton is the most likely next president, or...

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White House Seeks To Turn The Page On Dishy Memoirs

(62) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- In late July, Dan Pfeiffer, one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving advisers, was asked to reflect on how the White House communications team had changed over the years.

"There are things that would have caused us to set our hair on fire in the first term that...

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