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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

Mike Pence's Religious Freedom Law Condemned As Discriminatory By Evan Bayh

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Retired Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) sharply criticized his home state governor on Tuesday for signing a controversial "religious freedom" law that he said would unambiguously invite discrimination against gays and lesbians.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Bayh called on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to either...

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Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling The Number Of Commutations He's Issued

(277) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 individuals on Tuesday, more than doubling the number of commutations he has issued in the six-plus years he's been in office.

The men and women granted the reprieves had been imprisoned under an "outdated sentencing regime," the administration concluded. Eight...

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Dick Durbin Says He Won't Vote For Government Funding Bill Without Sequester Fix

(64) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 1:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says he won't support a government funding bill this fall if it does not include relief from spending cuts brought about by sequestration.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he is deeply concerned...

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The Remarkable And Complex Legacy Of One Harry Reid

(197) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 3:30 PM

During the tail end of an interview in July 2012, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked about Mitt Romney’s reluctance to release his tax returns. The question was whether, in some hypothetical universe, the Senate would confirm a nominee without further disclosure of his personal finances. “Not...

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The Lawsuit That Could Take Down Obamacare Has A Paper-Trail Problem

(450) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Walking down the steps outside the Supreme Court earlier this month, following a two-hour oral argument over President Barack Obama's health care law, Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of health and human services, projected an aura of confidence.

As someone critically involved in putting together the Affordable Care...

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U.S. Lawmakers Unfazed By Allegations Of Israeli Spying

(265) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 4:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- A report from The Wall Street Journal that Israel spied on U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations and then fed that information to members of Congress seemed like a shocker at first blush when it published Monday night. While spying is a seedy but accepted part of geopolitics, using...

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Sen. Dan Coats Will Not Run For Re-Election In 2016

(43) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 11:59 AM

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) announced on Tuesday that he will retire from the United States Senate, becoming the fourth senator of the 2016 cycle to not seek re-election.

The announcement, broken by the website Indy Politics, provides another nugget of good news for Democrats who are hopeful...

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(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 9:44 PM


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[허핑턴포스트 버락 오바마 독점 인터뷰] "나는 이전 50년보다 더 많은 진보적 사안을 집행한 대통령"(전문)

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 7:30 PM

버락 오바마 미국 대통령은 20일(현지시간) 허핑턴포스트US 정치에디터 샘 스타인과 인터뷰를 가졌다. 국내 현안과 외교 안보, 개인적으로 스트레스를 푸는 법, 대통령으로서의 삶 등 다양한 주제의 이야기가 오갔다. 아래는 인터뷰 전문이다.

샘 스타인(허핑턴포스트US 정치에디터) : 인터뷰에 응해주셔서 감사합니다.

오바마: 만나서 반갑습니다.

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US-Präsident Obama nach Israel-Wahlen: "Der Status Quo ist unhaltbar" (HUFFPOST-EXKLUSIV)

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 10:25 PM

Nach den Parlamentswahlen in Israel ist die Situation so angespannt wie vorher. Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu gewann deutlicher als erwartet. Seine konservative Likud-Partei erhielt 30 Mandate, das Mitte-Links-Bündnis unter Jizchak Herzog nur 24 Sitze.

US-Präsident Barack Obama dürfte dieses Ergebnis nicht gefallen. Die US-Regierung...

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Watch Obama's Interview With The Huffington Post

(71) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 6:31 PM

President Barack Obama sat down for an interview with The Huffington Post on Friday, covering such topics as pardons, sequestration and pay for college athletes, among other things.

Watch the full interview with Obama above, and see a list of all the stories from the interview below:


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Obama Vows Not To Sign A Budget Bill That Doesn't Fix Sequestration

(1168) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:21 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday drew a sharp line in the sand before the next big battle over funding the government, pledging his opposition to any bill that does not alleviate the spending cuts scheduled to become law this fall.

“I will not,” the president said in...

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Obama Details His Disappointment With Netanyahu In First Post-Election Comments

(1948) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is operating under the assumption that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not support the creation of a Palestinian state, despite the Israeli leader's post-election efforts to recast himself as amenable to a two-state solution.

"We take him at his word when...

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Here's The Full Transcript Of Obama's Interview With HuffPost

(207) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:13 PM

President Barack Obama sat down with The Huffington Post's Sam Stein for an interview on Friday, discussing everything from sequestration, the Iran nuclear talks and presidential pardons, to overtime pay, athletic scholarships and sleep.

Below is the full transcript from the March 20 interview. Watch a video of the interview...

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House GOP Votes Down NIH Funding Measure One Day After Members Praised NIH Funding

(263) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:53 AM

WASHINGTON -- One day after conservative Republicans thrilled an audience of science research advocates by pledging their support for more federal investments in their field, House Republicans on the Budget Committee voted against appropriating more money for just that purpose.

Late Wednesday evening, the House Budget Committee rejected an...

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How Tea Party Republicans Stunned A Room Full Of Scientific Research Activists

(805) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two minutes into a speech Tuesday morning, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) turned to the subject of his hair. He had shaved his head recently to honor the top official at the research department at the University of Arizona, who had died from pancreatic cancer. It was growing back....

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White House Issues Saturday Night Iran Deal Warning To Senate

(2370) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 8:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to reassert control over the domestic political debate surrounding sensitive negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, the White House penned a letter Saturday night warning senators to hold back on legislation that would detract from the president’s ability to affect and approve a final...

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Republicans Blame Obama For Tom Cotton Letter

(2378) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 7:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans, under fire for a letter signed by 47 senators to the leadership of Iran, said Tuesday that complaints about violating foreign policy convention should be leveled not at them, but at President Barack Obama.

GOP lawmakers spent much of Tuesday being pressed on why Senate...

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Scott Walker Skips Firefighters Conference

(62) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Presidential hopefuls from both parties made their way to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill this week, where they spoke to thousands of firefighters at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference. Everyone from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stopped by, with former...

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Hillary Clinton: 'I Thought It Would Be Easier' To Use One Email Address

(1018) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) addressed the controversy over her use of a private email address while at the State Department, saying she thought it would be easier to use one email address.

"I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and...

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