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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

Rubio Personally Apologized To Trump For Implying He Had A Small Penis

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 9:41 AM

During a particularly nasty stretch of the Republican presidential primary, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) mocked Donald Trump for, among other things, his face, his hair, and the size of his hands ... er, manhood.

It wasn’t exactly high-minded stuff. And though Rubio had been...

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Sanders Says It's Clinton's Responsibility To Bring His Supporters Into The Fold

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 8:54 AM

Ending a presidential primary is often a bitter affair. But with rare exceptions, the party’s factions usually come together. That seems likely to be the case again this year with the Democrats, even as the contest drags out longer -- and grows a bit more contentious --...

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The Democratic Leader House Members Feared The Most Wasn't Nancy Pelosi

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 2:53 PM

The first two years of President Barack Obama's first term in office will be remembered as a time of tremendous legislative productivity. Part of it, of course, was owed to the Democratic Party's complete control of the lawmaking branches of government. But some of it was...

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GOP Senator Says He Was Unmoved By Meeting With Merrick Garland Before Meeting Actually Happens

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:52 AM


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in an op-ed published early Thursday morning that a meeting with Merrick Garland hadn't persuaded him that Garland should be confirmed to the Supreme Court, despite the long history that the two men share.

The meeting, however,...

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The Person With One Of Washington's Most Thankless Jobs Is Likely To Keep It

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- Grumblings over Debbie Wasserman Schultz's tenure as chair of the Democratic National Committee crescendoed this week, with chatter growing inside the party that she may not survive through her current term.

But as votes of confidence are fewer and further between, Wasserman...

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Bernie Sanders Opposes Death Penalty For Dylann Roof

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 7:38 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) opposes the Justice Department's decision to seek the death penalty in the case of Dylann Roof, the accused killer of nine parishioners at a church in South Carolina last year.

The Democratic presidential candidate has long...

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How Obamacare Town Halls Went From Chaotic To Downright Frightening

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:16 PM

In August 2009, the debate over the proposed Affordable Care Act made its way into town hall meetings across the country. Democrats hoped to use the forums to explain the complexities of health care reform and dispel any myths. They came with long-winded answers and PowerPoint slides.

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Donald Trump Has Spent A Lot Of Time Battling Drag Queens

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 11:07 AM

Long before he stared down Hillary Clinton in a high-stakes presidential campaign; before he bested 16 other Republicans for the party's nomination; before he needled President Barack Obama with conspiracies about his birth; before he looked Gary Busey in the eyes and uttered...

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This Congressman's Story Perfectly Illustrates GOP Obstructionism Toward Obama

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 12:32 PM

Even with President Barack Obama’s triumph on election night in 2008, Tom Perriello needed a recount to squeak out a victory in his House race. He ended up winning by roughly 700 votes in a district the size of New Jersey -- a margin that infuriated Republicans...

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How Donald Trump Gained Power Over Senate Republicans With His Supreme Court List

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's decision to unveil a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees that he would choose from as president has been viewed as a...

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Jesse Jackson Saw Greatness For Bernie Sanders Back In The '80s

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:52 PM

When he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had precious few prominent endorsers. Many African-American officials turned elsewhere during his first run. Though black leaders were more supportive four years later, the predominantly white Democratic establishment was spooked that he'd torpedo the ticket....

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The 2016 Race Oddly Resembles 'Game Of Thrones' Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 8:33 AM

Yeah, yeah. We know. The basic premise of this piece has been done a million times before. We plead guilty to un-originality.

But in an effort to fit the plot lines of the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" around the landscape of the 2016 election, we're struck by how...

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Bernie Sanders Supporters Unleash Sexist, Nasty Attacks On Nevada's Dem Chair

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:49 PM

It's no secret that some supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are deeply convinced the Democratic Party's presidential nomination process is rigged, unethical and inherently corrupt.

They've protested front-runner Hillary Clinton's wins in a number of states under the guise that the rules are too...

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Jeb Bush Has Some Thoughts On Trump's Cinco De Mayo Tweet

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:18 AM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn't been coy about the scars he bears from the Republican primary. He won't be voting for his bete noire, Donald Trump, in the general election (although he's not casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton either -- protests have...

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A Notorious Washington Lobbyist Wants To Raise Money For Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 5:08 PM

What do you do if you're a Republican lobbyist and your party's presumptive presidential nominee thinks your industry is abominable?

If you're an enterprising influence-peddler like the semi-notorious Jack Burkman, you throw a fundraiser without the candidate's consent, raise as much as possible, and...

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The Moment A Kid Named Obama Realized A Black President 'Can Happen'

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the winter of 1983, as he considered running for president in the Democratic primary, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. didn’t see himself as the best choice for the job. He thought of successful African-American politicians better suited to the rigors of a national campaign...

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How A Classmate's Scheduling Conflict Paved The Way For Sandra Fluke

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 12:11 PM

In the first half of 2012, Sandra Fluke went from being an unknown student at Georgetown University Law Center to a leading advocate for contraception rights and a rising star within the Democratic Party.

Her trajectory began with a fight over congressional testimony. She’d been...

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Elizabeth Warren Is On An Anti-Trump Tweetstorm. The Clinton Campaign Has Noticed.

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 4:34 PM

Twice this past week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has unleashed a seemingly unprompted tweetstorm on Donald Trump, taking shots at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for being sexist, a scam artist, "reckless" and "embarrassing."

Dripping with disdain, the 140-character asides got under Trump's skin (admittedly, not...

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Harry Reid Thinks Alan Grayson Is A Loser, Tells Him So

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 3:30 PM

A meeting hosted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus devolved into a bitter, uncomfortable airing of grievances after Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) confronted Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over Reid's calls for Grayson to drop out of the Florida Senate race.

Reid had ventured over to...

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Watch Anthony Weiner Discover He's Not Going To Be New York's Mayor

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 8:21 PM

In an interview a few months back, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) explained exactly what was going through his head as his career hit a new nadir. 

The setting was a press conference in the midst of his 2013 mayoral campaign, and the news had broken that...

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