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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

Hillary Clinton Is About To Get Two Key Chances To Quiet Her Skeptics

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 2:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- The next two weeks will provide Hillary Clinton with two of her best chances yet to distinguish herself from her presidential primary opponents and put to rest lingering concern over the private email server she used while secretary of state.

The first chance comes Tuesday, when...

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News Organizations Caught In Biden Limbo Along With Biden

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 9:19 AM

NEW YORK -- “Will He Run? Biden Speculation Mounts.”

That Wall Street Journal headline appeared on June 28, but it could be just as applicable this week as Vice President Joe Biden still is in the process of considering a...

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The Surgeon General Wants You, America, To Sleep More

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- The surgeon general of the United States is worried that we aren't getting enough rest. 

Dr. Vivek Murthy made the case that the country needs a collective nap during an appearance at the Washington Ideas Festival last week, arguing that work efficiency and lifestyle balance would benefit as a...

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The Congressman Who Restricted Gun Violence Research Has Regrets

(25) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Looking back, nearly 20 years later, Jay Dickey is apologetic.

He is gone from Congress, giving him space to reflect on his namesake amendment that, to this day, continues to define the rigid politics of gun policy. When he helped...

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Watch Robert Kennedy Push Gun Control In Same Town As Recent Mass Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- Forty-seven years before 10 people were shot and killed at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy pushed for stricter gun laws while campaigning in the town.

The footage of that moment, which resurfaced after the recent tragedy, is both poignant and...

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Hillary Clinton Goes Big On Gun Policy, Creates Contrast With Bernie Sanders

(36) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 9:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton called Monday for substantial new limits on the availability and distribution of firearms, stepping...

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Jeb Bush Opposes New Gun Laws On Grounds That 'Stuff Happens'

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush’s time on the campaign trail hit another awkward patch on Friday when he said at a rally in South Carolina that there wasn’t much the country should or could do about gun control.

 “Stuff happens,” the former Florida governor said.

 Or, if you'd like, the full...

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Politicians Can't Pass Actual Laws To Stop Gun Violence, So They Tweet Prayerfully

(18) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- To promote the general welfare, members of Congress have the power to craft laws, pass them and send them to the president for his or her signature.

In the wake of gun massacres, however, politicians reliably and reflexively reach for the most casual response possible:...

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The View From The White House As A Mass Shooting Unfolds

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:48 PM

A version of this article was originally published on June 21, following the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It is being republished after another mass shooting at a community college in Oregon. 

WASHINGTON -- On the morning of December 14, 2012, as news trickled...

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Watch Obama Address Homicidal Gun Violence Again, And Again, And Again, And Again, And...

(11) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:39 PM

A version of this article was originally published on June 18, following the shooting at the Emanuel AME...

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Bernie Sanders Is Catching Up To The Clinton Fundraising Juggernaut

(32) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 9:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign raised more than that of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the third...

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One Year Ago Today, America Collectively Lost Its Mind About Ebola

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- On this day in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States.

The patient was in Dallas. A video of a press conference by...

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The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington

(8) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 5:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- This summer, Hillary Clinton endured withering criticism over her use of a private email account, President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal faced a multimillion-dollar attack ad campaign and Democratic presidential candidates maligned the party's debate schedule as unfair.

Through it all, the party operated with...

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Boehner's Departure Won't Make Congress Better, But It Could Make It Worse

(16) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner may be able to leave office on a high note...

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Man, Eric Cantor Was REALLY Close To Being The First Jewish Speaker

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 10:26 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) learned on Friday that at one point, while serving as House majority leader, he'd been on the cusp of achieving his life goal to become the first Jewish speaker of the House in U.S. history.

Two years ago,

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House Speaker John Boehner's Biggest, Saddest And Gladdest Moments

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Friday that he would resign his speakership, he did...

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Carly Fiorina's Defense Of Hewlett-Packard's Iran Dealings Has Some Big Holes

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 2:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's explanation for a controversial business practice undertaken by Hewlett Packard during her time running that company appears incomplete, if not misleading.

On Sunday, the rising GOP primary star was pressed on allegations that her former company did business with Iran during...

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The Scientist Who Taught Cookie Monster Self-Control Has A Warning For Congress

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- Among the characters on Sesame Street, Cookie Monster is perhaps the most simplistic. That furry guy loves freshly baked chocolate chip treats so much, he can't help but violently stuff them into his big blue face.

But in 2012, something weird started happening to his...

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Bernie Sanders Raises $1.2 Million Off Of Attack By Clinton-Allied Group

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised more than $1.2 million in the past two days off of an attack launched by a group supportive of Hillary Clinton.

The haul, collected through the website...

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GOP Candidates Say Jailing Of Kim Davis Is Worse Than Ahmed Mohamed's Arrest

(24) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 6:52 PM

The GOP candidates sidestepped a question during Wednesday night's undercard debate about Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old...

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