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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

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Suddenly Unable To Find The Donald Trump Mattress Of Your Dreams? Try These Other Classy Products

(21) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- News broke Thursday that Serta would stop selling Donald Trump mattresses after the businessman turned Republican presidential candidate made incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants.

Which begged the question: Donald Trump has a line of mattresses?

In fact, he does. A lot of companies...

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One Very Large Man's 18-Year Quest For Hot Dog Eating Glory

(89) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Eric "Badlands" Booker is exceptional at eating burritos.

In fact, he may be the best in the world. He holds the record for this particular act of gluttony, having once taken down 15 in an eight-minute span.

His gastronomical heroics have also made him a celebrity...

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Bernie Sanders Raises $15 Million In Just 2 Months

(856) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:42 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose bid for the Democratic nomination for president has drawn the largest crowds on the campaign trail, is raking in major money as well.

His campaign reported on Thursday that it had raised $15 million over the last two months.

It is an impressive...

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Hillary Clinton Raised $45 Million In Latest Quarter

(949) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON –- Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Wednesday announced a massive fundraising haul in the quarter that ended on June 30, further cementing her status as the clear front-runner in the 2016 race.

All told, the Democratic candidate and former secretary of state raised more than $45 million in...

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Wedding Vendors Gear Up For A $ame-$ex Wedding Boom

(86) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's ruling that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional represents the culmination of a decades-long political campaign, a historic benchmark in civil rights and a massive upending of social mores.

It also is a lucrative business opportunity.

The wedding industry -- as many...

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Some Republicans Want Their Party To Just Shut Up About Gay Marriage Now

(380) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- In a sweeping advancement of civil rights, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay marriage bans were unconstitutional. Republican strategists and supporters of same-sex marriage promptly encouraged the party to shut the hell up.

It’s hardly a secret within the GOP ranks that their platform opposing same-sex...

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Scalia Said To Ask The Nearest Hippie About Marriage, So We Did

(211) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON -- In his dissent in the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage throughout the country, Justice Antonin Scalia rested part of his case on the notion that marriage was inherently a self-limiting proposition. Rather than expanding intimacy, as the majority of justices concluded, marriage restricted it. And if...

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Here's The Story You'd Be Reading Today If The Supreme Court Had Gutted Obamacare

(38) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:39 PM

The Affordable Care Act won a major victory in the Supreme Court on Thursday when the justices, on a 6-3 basis, declined to stick a knife into one of the law's major organs. This was a major news story with huge implications for President Barack Obama’s legacy and for millions...

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Hillary Clinton's Newest Consultant Was A Major Keystone Lobbyist

(106) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 12:34 PM

The newest hire for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is a longtime strategist who played a key role in her 2008 primary defeat while working for then-Sen. Barack Obama.

He’s also a Washington lobbyist who lobbied the State Department -- led, at the time, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton --...

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Long Before Nikki Haley Took On The Confederate Flag, There Was Zell Miller

(60) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Monday afternoon, South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds in the wake of the murder of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston.

Surrounded by lawmakers from her state -- black...

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The View From The White House As A Mass Shooting Unfolds

(234) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- On the morning of December 14, 2012, as news trickled in painfully slowly about a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, aides gathered in the White House to chart out a response.

Moments of national crises require, at a basic political level, a prompt...

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Marco Rubio Backed Measure Seen As Protecting The Confederate Flag In Florida

(169) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- As a state lawmaker in Florida in 2001, Marco Rubio, now a leading Republican presidential candidate, co-sponsored a bill that would have protected the Confederate battle flag’s place in public spaces.

The bill was described as a racially charged response to a decision from then-Gov. Jeb...

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Sidney Blumenthal's Benghazi Testimony Focuses More On Domestic Politics Than The Attack

(23) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 11:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, have been investigated by congressional Republicans for years. Increasingly, however, they've resembled a vehicle for probing the actions of one player in that tragedy: then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now a Democratic presidential candidate.

The most recent...

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Houses Of Worship Hit By Violence Offer Advice, Prayers For Charleston

(29) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 4:31 PM

The horrific shooting that left nine dead at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston will be "etched in that community forever," according to Rev. Arthur Price. As pastor of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where four young girls were killed in a bomb attack in...

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

(166) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 4:28 PM

President Barack Obama found himself in a familiar, dark place on Thursday: addressing the nation about a shooting that had taken multiple lives.

It was the 14th time during his administration that he had been forced to issue a statement in response to a mass killing, according...

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Hillary Clinton Wants To Give Companies A $1,500 Reward For Hiring Apprentices

(98) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton, unveiling the latest plank of her policy platform, on Wednesday will call for a new tax credit to benefit companies that hire people as apprentices.

The proposal will be debuted during a campaign swing through South Carolina and, in a bit of political gamesmanship, builds...

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Donald Trump's 19-Point Plan To Make America The Best

(129) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- A serious man uniquely suited to these perilous times, Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he will indeed run for president in 2016. Our country is collectively indebted.

The announcement, made at Trump Tower in New York City, featured the real estate mogul coming down...

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Mark Kirk Apologizes For Saying Lindsey Graham Is A 'Bro With No Ho'

(80) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 6:08 PM

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) apologized on Monday for calling his colleague Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a “bro with no ho” last week.

Five days of news coverage, almost exclusively negative, preceded Kirk’s apology, which came in an email statement and was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.


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There's A Lobby For Single People -- And Its Members Are Torn Over Lindsey Graham

(112) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 4:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is many things as a senator: a foreign policy hawk, an immigration reform supporter and a voice of relative moderation amid feverish partisanship. But as a presidential candidate, he's been reduced to one thing: a bachelor.

On the campaign trail and back in Washington,...

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Lindsey Graham Is A 'Bro With No Ho,' According To Mark Kirk

(138) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a “bro with no ho,” according to his colleague, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

The assessment of Graham’s love life was made during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup on Thursday and caught on a live microphone.

Listen to Kirk's comments, which come around...

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