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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

Raise The White House Fence, Secret Service Review Says

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- An independent panel tasked with investigating the shortcomings of the United States Secret Service has recommended the White House undergo a bit of a face-lift in order to stop potential intruders.

The panel, which was convened by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this October,...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:21 PM


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Obama Speaks On Relations With Cuba, Release Of Alan Gross

(1179) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 11:09 AM

President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday on U.S. relations with Cuba, hours after American Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison, where he'd been for five years.

Gross was accompanied back to the U.S. by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jeff Flake...

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Pamela Wright's Son Was Shot Dead A Month After Newtown. This Is Her Story.

(98) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 12:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- Tyrone Lawson's pictures are still on the wall of his home in Chicago. His clothes are there, too. Every now and then, his mother, Pamela Wright, will take out an old gray T-shirt to remind herself of his smell. She still sees his friends. And she even stays...

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Obama's New Triangulation Strategy Has Democrats On Edge

(657) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:10 AM

WASHINGTON -- Thursday night's close House vote to pass a government funding bill split both political parties into factions. But it's the division among Democrats that got the most attention Friday morning.

That's because, like few other times during President Barack Obama's tenure in office, disagreements over...

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No One Wants To Take The Blame For The Omnibus Campaign Finance Rider

(39) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 8:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Facing a tough election landscape this year, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had to go deep in the red, ending the electoral cycle with roughly $20 million of debt. But not all that money has to be paid off now. And a rider on the omnibus spending bill...

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Former Wyden Aide Responds To Hayden Taunt: 'Go The F*ck Ahead'

(14) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 5:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- In his aggressive efforts to salvage his reputation in the wake of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s use of torture, former director Michael Hayden has offered a number of defenses for the agency's conduct.

He's argued that the interrogation methods used were...

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Omnibus Bill Allows Wealthy Donors To Give Even More to Political Parties

(62) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:03 AM

WASHINGTON -- Congressional budget negotiators from both parties have included a provision in the bill to continue funding the government into next year that dramatically changes campaign finance law to allow lawmakers to solicit even bigger contributions from the wealthiest donors.

The omnibus bill includes a provision (on...

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This May Be The Most Remarkable Story In The CIA Torture Report

(103) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee’s long anticipated report on CIA interrogation and detention techniques is filled with anecdotes that make readers squeamish and disturbed. Tales of rectal feeding, threats to rape family members, death by hypothermia and the use of power drills punctuate the report's...

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Police Are The 'Harlem Globetrotters' Of The Legal System. 'They Don't Lose'

(106) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The decisions of two grand juries not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked emotional reactions and protests throughout the country.

But for those who have toiled in the criminal justice system -- prosecuting cases involving police shootings...

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White House Turns To Aggressive Defense Of Immigration Actions

(428) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 7:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House is moving into a new phase for its policy on deportation relief for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants: Not just selling it, but going on the offense to protect it.

The House voted on Thursday to block President Barack...

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Trent Lott Encourages GOP To Make Fix To Obamacare Before Supreme Court Case

(179) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 10:27 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott encouraged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work on a technical fix to the Affordable Care Act to ensure that those purchasing coverage on federally run exchanges would continue receiving subsidies.

The Mississippi Republican said that when he was in office, it...

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Meet The One House Republican Willing To Call For A Gas Tax Hike

(49) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 4:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- As gas prices nationwide continue to plummet, advocates for enhanced federal investment in transportation are sensing a rare political opening.

A hike in the federal gas tax -- so these advocates argue -- would have a smaller psychological impact at a time like this, when the cost...

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John Boehner Plots A Way Around A Government Shutdown

(702) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stepped back on Tuesday from an immediate confrontation with President Barack Obama over immigration, taxes and funding the government, deferring a showdown until a new Republican Congress is sworn in next year.

Though no plans have been formally announced, early reports suggest that...

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President Obama Would Like To Reintroduce America To The Ebola Crisis

(32) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Amid nationwide protests over police tactics, intense scrutiny of an expansive immigration policy and growing concern about military strategy in the Middle East, President Barack Obama will drive 10 miles northwest on Tuesday to discuss a crisis that’s largely slipped the public consciousness.

Appearing at...

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As Ferguson Protests Continue, Parents Bring Young Children To Bear Witness

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 1:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Brooke Jones kept her kid out of school Tuesday. The news coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, was too important. A better lesson, she thought, would be for her daughter, January, to absorb the moment. So instead of class, the two talked about how a police officer who had...

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Governor Jay Nixon Ups National Guard Presence In Ferguson

(104) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said Tuesday that he will significantly increase the presence of National Guard troops in Ferguson following the episodes of looting and protesting that took place Monday night.

During the press conference, Nixon said 2,200 Missouri National Guard troops would be deployed, compared...

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Immigration Groups Have Won The Battle; Now Comes The War

(100) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 5:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- After years of pushing the Obama administration to issue an executive action granting protections to undocumented immigrants, advocacy groups are now gearing up for a dramatically different challenge: making sure that policy actually works.

There is a vast difference between advocating for action and implementing it. And...

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How Democrats Fell Into The Ultimate Death Spiral: A Drinking And Talking Investigation

(35) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:44 PM

The 2014 midterm election was such a drubbing for Democrats, so embarrassing in its lopsidedness, that there doesn't appear to be much more to say about it. One party completely walloped another. Period. Full stop.

But there's new ground to explore, and in the latest episode of Drinking & Talking,...

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Gary Johnson Hopes To Run In 2016 And Promises Not To Pander To Iowans

(30) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said he is likely to run for president again in 2016 and will be blunt as hell when he does it.

"I hope to," Johnson told The Huffington Post when asked whether he'd make another go of it.

The two-term governor,...

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