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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

The Spiritual Allure Of Dr. Ben Carson

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 9:34 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Other speakers had rowdier receptions and larger followings. But few who appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference this past week had an emotional pull on the audience quite like Dr. Ben Carson.

The renowned pediatric neurosurgeon-turned-Obama antagonist-turned-conservative darling drew a less than ideal slot...

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Ted Cruz Makes A Crude Bill Clinton Joke And Some Important Policy News

(212) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:02 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday filled with so many red-meat applause lines that it will likely overshadow some important policy pronouncements he made at the end.

On two major planks of the culture wars, the...

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John Barrasso: Republicans Are Not Prepared To Fix Obamacare

(219) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:44 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A Republican-run Congress will not support a quick legislative fix should the Supreme Court rule that a large chunk of Obamacare's health care subsidies are illegal, a leading GOP senator said Thursday.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told conservatives gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action...

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Democrats Are Roaming The Halls Of CPAC, Hoping To Capture A Viral Blunder

(7) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:40 AM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists and party leaders, has in recent years become a comparatively glitzy affair. Organizers moved it from a stuffy hotel in northwest D.C. to a sprawling complex 20 miles away in Maryland. And the activists and...

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Bitter Fights Over DHS Brought Down A Democrat In 2002. Could It Happen To The GOP In 2016?

(33) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 13 years later, it remains one of the most infamous campaign ads of the post 9/11 era.

A 30-second spot that then-Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) ran against Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) in 2002 earned its notoriety by casting Cleland, a triple-amputee Vietnam veteran, as soft on...

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Days Before DHS Funding Runs Out, The Post-Shutdown Debate Is Heating Up

(1186) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- TSA agents would remain in airports, patrol agents would still be manning the border and Coast Guard officers would continue monitoring the waters if the Department of Homeland Security were to shut down.

But out of the public eye, there would be major problems, DHS officials warned...

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Gay Rights Group Will Participate In Conservative Conference.... On Russia Panel

(9) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- An annual standoff between a Republican gay rights advocacy group and the organizers of a top conservative gathering reached a curious détente on Monday.

After complaining about their exclusion from the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Log Cabin Republicans are now set to participate in a...

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Elizabeth Warren's Loved By Progressives. But They're Torn On Convincing Her To Run For President.

(572) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 7:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, eyeing a defeat of Scott Brown, the liberal activist group Progressive Change Campaign Committee loudly encouraged Elizabeth Warren to return to Massachusetts and make a run for the Senate. The group raised $100,000 to draft the consumer advocate, which it gave to her the week...

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Russ Feingold Is Leaving The State Department. Is A Senate Run Next?

(42) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 6:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold will soon deliver his final speech as United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, closing one chapter of his career and inevitably sparking speculation about the next.

Many have speculated the former Democratic senator will run for his old seat...

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Gay Rights Group Excluded From CPAC Yet Again

(124) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 12:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- The wave of progress on LGBT rights has yet to reach the halls of the unsuitably named Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

For yet another year, the Conservative Political Action Conference will exclude from its list of sponsors the Log Cabin...

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Why Some Democrats Are Longing For The Bush Years

(438) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 1:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- On May 2, 2007, President George W. Bush issued only the second veto of his presidency, sending back to Congress a bill that would have appropriated $124 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan War while including a deadline for withdrawal from the former. In July, Senate...

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Immigration Standoff May End With A Congressional Punt

(770) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge's ruling halting the president's executive actions on immigration did little to persuade either party in Congress to publicly back down from a budget standoff.

Republicans professed they remained resolved not to fund the Department of Homeland Security without provisions reversing President Barack Obama's expansion...

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Obama Wanted To Stop Endless Wars. He'll Leave Office Waging One.

(358) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made waves this week by sending a proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force to Congress for its consideration.

What was striking about his proposal wasn't so much that it came six months after the start of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic...

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We Wanted To Know What Makes Harry Reid Tick. So We Boozed Up His Former Aides

(18) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON -- Harry Reid's career is at a crossroads. His eight years as Senate majority leader came to a dramatic end this year, following a 2014 midterm cycle waged, in part, over his management of the chamber. A nasty accident while using an exercise machine in January left him with...

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Obama Wants More Free-Spending Visitors To America

(40) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama wants more tourists to visit the United States and spend their hard-earned cash, whether at the slot machines in Vegas, the beaches of Miami, the vineyards of California, or the pizza parlors of New Haven.

Obama on Friday will take a step toward that...

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The Dream Of Dogs Riding On Amtrak Is Tantalizingly Close

(59) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a historic step for the rights of dog owners, legislation that would instruct Amtrak to develop a pet-friendly policy is on the verge of passing the House of Representatives.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed by voice vote on Thursday the Passenger Rail...

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House Republicans Plead With Mitch McConnell To Weaken Filibuster

(496) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 2:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Stymied in their attempts to pass a bill that would curb President Barack Obama's immigration orders, some conservative House Republicans have a fallback option: They're pushing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to change the Senate's rules.

On Thursday, four GOP lawmakers called on McConnell...

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Hillary Clinton Waits ... And Waits ... And Waits

(133) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 2:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- The continued volatility of the Republican presidential field, and the sheer tameness of the Democratic one, have convinced prominent backers and donors for Hillary Clinton that she should take her time before announcing her candidacy.

In late January, Politico reported that Clinton was...

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Netanyahu Speech Critics In Congress Say They're Gaining Steam

(217) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 7:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- A congressman urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to delay his speech to Congress next month said more than 20 of his colleagues now back his effort.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that he was buoyed the growing number of signatories on...

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16 Times The Obama Administration Lied About The President's Position On Same-Sex Marriage

(524) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- It can now, apparently, be told: During his run for the presidency and his first years in the White House, President Barack Obama deceived the American public about his position on same-sex marriage.

The revelation, underwhelming as it may be to those who followed the debate closely,...

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