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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

Obama Won't Tolerate Wall Street Gifts, His Treasury Secretary Declares

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday warned Congress against attempting to slip financial deregulation efforts into must-pass year-end spending bills, saying he'd advise the president to veto the measures if they did.

In an interview with The Huffington Post,...

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Senator Pushes For $600 Million Response To Heroin Epidemic

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 9:04 PM

The senior senator from one of the states hit hardest by heroin and opioid abuse will call on Monday for Congress to spend $600 million immediately to address and curtail the epidemic.

The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, being introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen...

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How The White House Lost Democrats On The Syrian Refugee Bill

(43) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the lead-up to Thursday's House vote for tightening restrictions on Syrian refugees seeking entry into the United States, senior Democrats warned fellow members that they faced a massive backlash next fall if they didn't support the bill.

Forty-seven Democrats...

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Your Favorite Presidential Candidate Is A Lot Like This NFL Quarterback

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:19 AM

President Barack Obama compared his political skills to the quarterbacking talents of Aaron Rodgers in an interview with GQ Magazine this week. Like the Green Bay Packers great, the president explained, he doesn't get flustered under pressure, keeps his eye constantly downfield and appreciates a good...

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Senate Dems Try To Shift Focus From Syrian Refugees By Backing Visa Waiver Limits

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leaders are rallying around a strategy to deal with the threat of domestic terrorism without going after Syrian refugees, who have been the target of intense backlash since last week's attacks in Paris.

At a press conference on Thursday, Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.),...

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How To Talk To Your Crazy Uncle At Thanksgiving About Syrian Refugees

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Don't do it. 




Further reading on Syrian refugees:


Refugee Screenings Are More Intensive Than Politicians Would Have You Think

Why You Should Stop Worrying About Terrorists Entering The U.S. As Refugees

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We Aren't Going To Eradicate ISIS, Now Or Anytime Soon

(7) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 3:33 PM

WASHINGTON --  The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris Friday night, which killed 129 people and injured many more, renewing the discussion about how the U.S. should respond to the militant group. But experts say this debate is obscuring a larger point about America's relationship...

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Syrian-Americans' Fears Grow As Governors Crack Down On Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 4:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Syrian-Americans watched with heightened concern on Monday as a number of Republican governors said they would block Syrian refugees from entering their states after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The governors' statements were prompted by reports that one of...

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Marco Rubio Wants More Anti-ISIS Propaganda

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 10:39 AM

WASHINGTON -- The terrorist attacks that tore apart Paris on Friday night, killing 129 and leaving scores critically injured, have prompted calls for a beefed-up policy for dismantling ISIS.

But absent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has called for 10,000 more troops to go into Syria to...

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Bernie Sanders: 'It Is Not A Radical Idea' To Ask For A $15 Minimum Wage

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 9:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defended his call to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an...

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Hillary Clinton Put On The Defensive Over Middle East Policy

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 9:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- Prompted by the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night, the Democratic candidates for...

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Images And Reflections From The Paris Vigil Outside The White House

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 6:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds gathered outside the White House on Saturday night to pay homage to the victims of the Paris attacks that killed at least 129 and critically wounded  99. 

On a fall-like evening, those gathered stood in relative silence, whispered conversations serving as ambient sound, punctured occasionally by song....

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10 Quotes That Capture The Horror And Complexity Of Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 4:36 PM

A series of coordinated terrorist attacks that left at least 129 dead and 99 critically injured in Paris on Friday night has sparked mass outrage, angst and grief. The attacks have also led to questions about the way in which countries, individuals and religions are confronting threats posed...

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Marco Rubio's Immigration Evolution Is Stirring GOP Anxiety

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- The ongoing scuffle between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over immigration...

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How A Makeup Artist To The Presidential Candidates Became A Drug Recovery Crusader

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 2:41 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Of all the tasks Kriss Blevens confronted after her stepdaughter died of a heroin overdose, writing an obituary proved one of the most daunting. Amber had been found near a back alley in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 23, 2014. As Blevens tried...

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Jeb Bush Declines To Attack Rubio On Abortion, Despite Super PAC Moves

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 10:34 AM

MILWAUKEE -- GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s super PAC may be chomping at the bit to...

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Why Do We Care About This Ben Carson Story Anyway?

(8) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 3:56 PM

On Friday afternoon, the national press corps went into a collective furor over news that Dr. Ben Carson, a leading GOP presidential candidate, had misrepresented a part of his biography.

In his book and later on the campaign trail, Carson had claimed...

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A Government Shutdown Is Still Possible, Chuck Schumer Warns

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 3:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday signed a budget deal that sets government spending levels and raises the debt ceiling until well after he leaves office.

In theory, his signature should bring to an end to the high-drama standoffs that have characterized...

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Paul Ryan Won't Pursue Family Leave Legislation

(13) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday resisted calls for him to support a paid family leave policy, saying his personal desire to spend time with his family didn’t mean he had to back legislation facilitating it for new parents.

“Because I love my children and...

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Paul Ryan Says There Will Be No Immigration Reform Under Obama

(7) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 10:28 AM

In case there was any lingering hope of immigration reform passing in the next year, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stamped it out for good Sunday morning.

Ryan told several Sunday shows that he would not work with President Barack Obama on the matter, since the...

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