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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

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

(32) 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

(0) 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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Immigration Advocates Brace For Big Win, Then Backlash

(863) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 8:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama announces his plans Thursday evening to shield potentially millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, it will represent a victory for immigration reform advocates who have worked decades on the issue.

Years of failure to move a bill through Congress and stalled efforts to persuade...

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Legal Panel At Federalist Society Begrudgingly Accepts Obama's Immigration Powers

(254) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 9:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last Thursday evening, word spread on Capitol Hill that House Speaker John Boehner was considering suing President Barack Obama over his impending executive action to grant deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. Hours later, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer appeared on Fox News and...

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Following 2014 Drubbing, Democrats Fret Things Could Get Worse

(496) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 1:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the days following their party's thrashing in the 2014 elections, Democratic operatives at all levels have been contemplating a frightening question. What if this is not rock bottom?

The electoral landscape was certainly difficult, with high-profile Senate races in Republican-leaning states and the usual...

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Inside Obama's Plan To Beat Health Care Enrollment Expecations

(71) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Willie Sutton supposedly said he robbed banks because that's where the money is. As the Obama administration tries to firm up the health care law, officials are going deep into Texas because, they argue, that's where the uninsured are.

A bold play in the second most-populous state...

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Jon Tester Will Lead Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee For 2016

(5) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was named the next chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday, placing a red-state Democrat with a populist streak in charge of recruiting 2016 candidates for the party.

Tester's new role was announced after Democrats in the Capitol held their leadership elections....

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This Philly-Based Investment Adviser Has Become Obamacare's Digital Menace

(433) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 8:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- You could pardon Rich Weinstein for gloating. These past few days, he’s enjoyed the type of journalistic high that comes with unearthing a particularly meaty scoop.

Except Weinstein is no journalist. He’s a Philadelphia-based investment adviser approaching 50 who, until a half-year ago, was unknown to the...

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The Dark-Horse Policy Reform That Has Both Obama And Some GOPers Optimistic

(132) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:08 PM

With Democrats holding the White House and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it's been suggested that the odds are slim of any major legislation becoming law over the next two years.

But officials in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill say there is one issue that may...

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(244) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- As it prepares for both a wave of new health insurance shoppers and a return of many seeking to re-enroll, the team behind says the website will be able to handle twice as many simultaneous users as it did on the busiest day of its...

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Were Democrats Wrong To Sideline Obama? Even Top Republicans Are Split

(46) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 12:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Following their major losses in Tuesday's elections, Democrats' self-therapy sessions have largely boiled down to grappling with a single question: Would the party’s candidates have done better if they hadn’t distanced themselves from President Barack Obama?

The data suggests that the president was a huge drag on...

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Joe Manchin Steps Down As Co-Chair Of No Labels

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:41 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced on Friday that he is leaving his role as honorary co-chair of the non-partisan, centrist advocacy organization No Labels, following a disagreement over one of the group's endorsements in the 2014 midterm elections.

“No Labels began as an organization that attempted to foster...

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Reince Priebus Softens Push For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(312) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 9:27 AM

After the 2012 elections, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, asked his team to complete what was dubbed an "autopsy report" to figure out how the party could turn around its political fortunes.

In that report, the authors concluded that if the next GOP presidential candidate...

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Moderate Senate Democrats Plot Ways To Make Their Chamber Function Better

(5) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two moderate senators have been in talks for several months with a handful of Republicans on ways to improve the functioning of the Senate, according to several sources familiar with the talks. The informal discussions don't rise to the level of what's often referred to as a "gang"...

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What Democrats Can Learn From Their Election Night Red Wedding

(34) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 4:19 PM

So that happened: And we mean this literally just happened. The 2014 midterm elections are in the books, and for the Democratic party, it was one big coast-to-coast Red Wedding. "Drinking and Talking" host Sam Stein joins the podcast to pick through the wreckage and answer some questions:...

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Democrats Get Trampled On Election Night

(2115) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:11 AM

WASHINGTON -- Call it a thumping. Call it a shellacking. However you want to describe the 2014 midterm elections, the point remains the same. Democrats took it on the chin Tuesday night, losing the Senate, getting crushed in winnable governors' races, solidifying their minority status in the House for years...

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Joe Manchin Considers Bolting No Labels Over Gardner Endorsement

(13) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 3:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The result of the closely fought Senate race in Colorado won’t be known until late on Tuesday evening. But already, the contest is causing political sniping in Washington, D.C.

Multiple national Democratic sources have told The Huffington Post that Senate Democrats are furious with the non-partisan group...

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Medicaid Expansion For Millions Hinges On Key Governors' Races

(233) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The last few years of Tarika Collins’ life have been a series of horrendous medical complications. Four separate car accidents in 2012 left her with nerve damage in her back. That same year, she was diagnosed with an aortic valve leak, which, over time, led to heart disease....

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Obama Tries A 'Throw Everything Against The Wall' Approach To Ebola

(15) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 1:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the biggest challenges facing health care workers trying to solve the Ebola crisis in West Africa is the clothing they wear.

Hazmat suits protect doctors from contracting the highly dangerous virus. But in climates as humid and hot as Liberia and Sierra Leone, they can...

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John Kerry On 'Chickensh*t' Criticism: 'We Condemn Anybody' Who Uses That Language

(11) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday distanced himself from and sharply criticized the use of an epithet by an anonymous Obama administration official to attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum, Kerry said the description of Netanyahu as "chickenshit" was dramatically at odds...

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