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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

Drinking & Talking Mourns The Death Of Immigration Reform

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Every now and then the stars align for the passage of monumental legislation. An election creates a mandate, a party decides it needs to change, a voting bloc flexes its power, and so on.

Immigration reform was that legislation. President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012, coupled with a poor showing...

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Top Official For GOP Governors Praised Their Strong Partnership With Koch Network

(67) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 4:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- One of the top officials responsible for electing Republican governors this November lauded the partnership between his organization and a leading arm of the Koch brothers' political network during a mid-summer conference.

Phil Cox, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, was a guest speaker at a...

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At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise

(735) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Three top Republican Senate candidates heaped praise on the political network built by the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch during a secretive conference held by the brothers this past summer, according to audio of the event.

Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton directly...

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ISIS Has The Sunday Shows Discussing The Specter Of Another 9/11

(338) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 8:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Petrified about the prospect of a domestic terrorist attack? This round of Sunday shows was not for you.

The common theme on all channels was that the United States was quite vulnerable to an attack from the Islamic State, the militant group also called ISIS. In terms...

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Rand Paul's Anti-Foreign Aid Policy Attacked By Fellow Republican

(81) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- GOP speechwriter Michael Gerson argued Sunday that Republican Sen. Rand Paul's position against foreign aid could create heavy humanitarian suffering around the world.

Though the 2016 Republican presidential primary is yet to officially begin, it's already ramping up informally, with Paul as a possible contender for the top...

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Counterterrorism Experts: U.S. Partnership With Assad May Be Necessary To Take Out ISIS

(133) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- Two former top military and counterterrorism officials said on Sunday that the United States should be prepared to start working with the very dictator that the Obama administration said must leave office because of the humanitarian atrocities he has committed.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," General John...

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Rand Paul Supports Legislation To End Deportation Relief For Dreamers

(535) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 9:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in an interview published Thursday that he supports legislation ending the president’s program to defer deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Speaking to Breitbart News during a medical mission in Guatemala, Paul lent his backing...

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Jay Nixon Orders National Guard To 'Begin Systematically Withdrawing' From Ferguson

(203) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 2:04 PM

In a sign that tensions in Ferguson are continuing to de-escalate, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has ordered the state’s national guard to begin withdrawal from the city of Ferguson.

Below is the statement issued by the governor’s office on Thursday.

I greatly appreciate the men and...
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Lawmakers Who Cut Funds For ALS Research Take Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS Research

(125) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:07 PM

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Cops Shoot People Dead Every Day. Why Did Ferguson Become Such A Huge Deal?

(28) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- Last year, 16-year-old Kimani Gray died after New York Police Department officers shot him seven times. The police had accosted the Brooklyn teen because he was fumbling with his waistband as if he had a gun, which they said he then pointed at them.

Eyewitnesses said there...

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McConnell Warms Up To The Idea Of Another Government Shutdown

(489) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the October 2013 government shutdown -- as each side took stock of its gains and losses -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave one of the saga’s more memorable quotes.

“One of my favorite sayings is an old Kentucky saying, ‘There’s no...

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Paul Ryan Rewrites His Government Shutdown Role

(93) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- In his new book, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recounts shaking his head in frustration last fall as fellow Republicans sought to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare.

"It was a suicide mission," Ryan writes in The Way Forward, his memoir released Tuesday. "This can't...

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Obama On Police Militarization: We Need To Make Sure They're Buying Stuff They Actually Need

(142) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 5:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- Appearing at the White House during a respite from his vacation, President Barack Obama on Monday offered support for a review of the militarization of local law enforcement.

Addressing the ongoing strife in Ferguson, Missouri, Obama sought a balanced resolution. He urged looters to stop commandeering a legitimate...

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Sarah Palin Stars In DSCC's Joni Ernst Ad

(36) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin’s political stature has faded in the years since she bolted from politics.

Her endorsements in 2010 were powerful, and helped her chosen candidate gain media attention, grassroots donations and conservative credibility. Two years later, that influence had waned. Now, during the 2014 election cycle, mere...

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Obama, Clinton Camps Move To Downplay Schism

(24) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 6:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- For months now, political junkies and the national press corps have been salivating over the prospects of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama once again applying proverbial chokeholds to each other.

Conflict seemed inevitable since she -- contemplating a presidential run -- needed distance from him --...

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Democrats Lay Groundwork For Obama To Take Big Steps On Immigration

(385) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration gets ready to unveil a potentially wide-ranging new policy on deportation relief, Democrats are making the case that there is political cover and precedent for him to go big.

In a newly released memo, the Democratic opposition research firm American Bridge...

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Lanny Davis On How To Handle And Haggle With Nouri Al-Maliki

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- These are tense times for Nouri al-Maliki. Pushing for a third term, the embattled prime minister of Iraq is on the verge of being ousted from office. In a show of force on Sunday night, he dispatched allied troops and security forces to Baghdad’s Green Zone. But his...

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Former Deputy CIA Director Disagrees With Hillary Clinton On Syria

(121) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- On one of the first major foreign policy rifts between President Barack Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one top former administration official is siding with the president.

Former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morell said he disagreed with Clinton’s suggestion –- offered in a...

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White House: No End Date On Military Action In Iraq

(186) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- The White House gave vague assurances on Friday that U.S. military involvement in Iraq will be limited in nature, seeking to ease political and public concern about Americans being drawn back into another war.

During his daily briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly stated that...

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The Secret Behind The Passage Of VA Reform

(36) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday afternoon, in the Wallace Theater at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, President Barack Obama signed into law a major reform of the embattled Veterans Affairs system.

The celebratory nature of the event was rare. Signing ceremonies are fewer and farther between for this White House. Occasionally, they are...

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