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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

America's Top Young Scientists Warn Of Systemic Brain Drain: Colleagues 'Sort Of Disappear'

(1532) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Every three years, a diverse group of top scientists from around the world convenes at the International Conference of Gas Hydrates. The meetings, which have been taking place since 1993, provide a rare opportunity to explore developments surrounding the highly important ice-like substance.

This year's conference...

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Martin O'Malley Explains What It Will Take For Him To Run For The White House

(29) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Martin O'Malley refuses to stay put.

The Maryland Democrat is barnstorming the country, in the midst of a productive legislative session that culminated in the state legislature's passage of a minimum wage hike and the signing of a marijuana decriminalization bill on...

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CBO: Obamacare Will Cost Less Than Projected, Cover 12 Million Uninsured People This Year

(8066) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office has released updated estimates on the Affordable Care Act's impact on both the budget and the health insurance industry. The findings show that the president's signature health care law is actually growing cheaper to implement, costing the government $5 billion less in 2014 than...

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Lawmakers Pass Pediatric Cancer Bill Undoing A Bit Of The Damage They Did To The NIH

(22) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 5:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Thursday afternoon at the White House provided political leaders from opposing parties a rare moment to celebrate together, as the president signed a bill devoting $126 million in the next decade toward pediatric cancer research.

After months of sometimes contentious negotiations, both the House and the Senate...

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White House Says Obamacare Politics 'Are In A Different Phase Now'

(2256) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- With news that more than 7 million people have chosen plans through the Affordable Care Act exchanges, it seems logical that Democrats, who have endured months of criticism of the law's launch, would now be gloating. And, indeed, during a Tuesday afternoon news conference in the White House's...

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Obamacare Enrollment Hits 7.1 Million On Final Day

(5979) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- After a rollout so shaky that many wondered if the Affordable Care Act would be able to stand, more than 7 million people have chosen health plans through the insurance exchanges created under the law, the White House said on Tuesday.

"Last night, the first open enrollment period...

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Breaking Down Harry Reid's Latest Koch Brothers Rant

(25) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the Senate floor Tuesday morning to rip into the political machinations of Charles and David Koch, the wealthy industrialists who have heavily funded conservative causes and campaigns.

Reid has routinely bemoaned the endless series of anti-Obamacare ads...

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Democrats' 2014 Strategy: 'I Don't Think You Run On The Past'

(336) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has a vision for this year's congressional midterm elections. Instead of the apocalyptic scenario of Democrats losing control of the Senate and cementing their minority status in the House, Schumer said he thinks the party can do just fine.

The theme Democrats must...

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Senate Democrats Plot Move To Make Medicare Changes Harder

(61) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- As part of a midterm elections effort to portray Democrats as the party protecting and nurturing the middle class, the Democratic Senate leadership is eyeing a way to make it harder for lawmakers to cut Medicare.

The proposal, which was outlined by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in...

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Jim Bob Duggar Drops Support For Candidate Who Represented Risque Lingerie Shop

(80) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Jim Bob Duggar, the well-known television patriarch and active Republican, has rescinded his endorsement of an attorney general candidate in Arkansas after it was revealed that the candidate once provided legal representation for a risqué lingerie shop.

David Sterling, a lawyer in North Little Rock, announced earlier this month that...

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Obamacare Modification Proposals Unlikely To Get A Vote

(51) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Eager to respond to the angst over the Affordable Care Act, a group of six moderate Democratic and Independent senators have introduced a series of policy proposals designed to fix the health care law.

The proposals, from Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Warner (D-Va.),...

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Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 6 Million

(9382) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 2:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- The number of people who have chosen a health care plan through a state or federal exchange topped 6 million on Thursday, putting the administration ahead of revised projections with several days before the enrollment deadline.

The number, which was announced by President Barack Obama during a...

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Obama Administration Allows Extra Time For Some Health Care Enrollees

(825) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 10:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will allow Americans who have begun the insurance enrollment process to complete their application after the March 31 deadline, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that the Obama administration and...

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Half The Country Doesn't Know Who The Koch Brothers Are

(641) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 6:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- More than half of the country has no idea who the Koch brothers are.

That was the news from a George Washington University Battleground poll released Tuesday morning. And it was immediately interpreted as bad news for Democrats, who have tried to turn the billionaire...

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Obama: Romney Was Wrong On Russia, Still Is

(1302) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ever since Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, U.S. conservatives have gleefully recalled how President Barack Obama condescendingly dismissed Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign for labeling Russia as America's number one geopolitical foe.

Current events had revealed the former Massachusetts governor as a foreign policy oracle and the...

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After 13 Years In The White House, Economic Adviser Gene Sperling Learns To Unplug

(445) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- Gene Sperling may no longer be at the White House, but he still gives the impression of a man moving at a frantic pace.

President Barack Obama's former top economic adviser, who spent a huge swath of his career in public service, was supposed to finally rest once...

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Obama Responds To O'Reilly: Lincoln 'Loved Telling The Occasional Bawdy Joke'

(192) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:50 AM

As part of his wall-to-wall media tour to promote health care reform, President Barack Obama appeared Thursday morning on ESPN's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd." It's a sports radio talk show, which meant that the first chunk of the interview was spent chatting about the NCAA tournament.

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Scott Brown Awkwardly Finds Out That Obamacare Is Also Helping Republicans

(1220) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- As former Sen. Scott Brown barnstorms through New Hampshire in a likely prelude to another Senate run, he has dusted off a familiar playbook. Condemnation of Obamacare has been front and center of his pitch, much like it was in 2010 when he unexpectedly won a race to...

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The Original Koch Brothers Campaign

(344) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 1:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the Senate floor two weeks ago to denounce energy tycoons Charles and David Koch and the campaign ripples their millions have caused, he didn't mince words.

"What is un-American is when shadowy billionaires pour unlimited money into our...

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Ted Strickland Joins Top Democratic Think Tank, Has 'No Plans For The Senate'

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Ted Strickland, the former Ohio governor often mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate for federal office, will instead become president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

In an interview with the Huffington Post on Tuesday, Strickland said the position was the ideal fit for him...

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