Arthur Delaney

    Arthur Delaney

    Senior Reporter, HuffPost

  • Trump Administration Finalizes Unemployment Drug Testing Rule

    States can now require laid-off workers to pee in cups in order to receive unemployment benefits.

  • Chuck Grassley Slams Democrats' Handling Of Tax Whistleblower

    The GOP senator has defended the Ukraine whistleblower but says Democrats are mishandling this case involving Trump's tax returns.

  • Trump Administration Proposes Yet Another Food Benefit Cut

    The third draft regulation in a year would shrink benefits for millions.

  • Trump's Lawyers Say Tax Whistleblower Is Irrelevant To Tax Return Case

    Democrats say a federal employee has "evidence of possible misconduct" concerning the president's taxes.

  • Mitch McConnell Has No Thoughts On Trump Suggesting 'Civil War' Over His Impeachment

    The president also is throwing the word "treason" around a lot. NBD!

  • Democrats Show Unity On Impeachment; Republicans Show Fractures

    The loudest GOP voices are trashing the whistleblower, but some Republicans aren't so sure.

  • HUFFPOST HILL - America Needs Me, Gary Johnson Says To Joint

    Duncan Hunter said Donald Trump "saying things about things is different than him saying what he’s going to do," which we think is a serious cry for help. The Trump campaign has only 30 paid staff, though it has a plan to conceal the deficiency with an elaborate weave. PAUL RYAN IS FOR DONALD TRUMP, BUT ALSO AGAINST HIM - It's very clever.

  • HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Weighs In On Cincinnati Gorilla, Silent On Baby Hitler

    Until today, we assumed the only giant primates that Donald Trump cared about were ones that do facade damage to New York landmarks while kidnapping blondes. Trump said he's spent $5.6 million on veterans, which is roughly the amount he's spent on ersatz marble fountains depicting little boys peeing. CLINTON CAMPAIGN CAN'T ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTION ABOUT KILLING A GUY - Sam Stein: "For nearly a week now, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has refused to answer a simple yes or no question: whether she favors the Department of Justice’s decision to seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine people last year at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • HUFFPOST HILL - NRA Endorses Trump; Armed Man Immediately Shot Outside White House

    Today, Donald Trump addressed the NRA, in what is almost certainly a run-up to some sort of Reichstag Fire. There, he loudly touted the utility of teleprompters and reversed his past position on gun control. The only thing that could get fawning coverage of the speech off cable news was a shooting outside the White House, because life is pain.

  • HUFFPOST HILL - Election To Be Determined By Turnout, Relative Hotness Of Women

    Ed Rendell said most women are ugly and won't vote for Donald Trump, which we rate half-true. The House Appropriations Committee voted against making Congressional Research Service reports publicly available, because if members of Congress aren't going to read these reports, then why should the American public? POLITICIANS PLAY POLITICS WITH TERRIBLE ILLNESS - Laura Barron-Lopez and Michael McAuliff: "Senate Democrats tried and failed Wednesday to expedite emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, stymied by Republicans who objected and tried to extract cuts to Obamacare as a condition for their agreement.

  • Would Jesus Cut Food Stamps?

    Republican and Democrats sparred this week on where Jesus Christ would stand on food stamps, a federal program that supported 47 million Americans last year. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved Republican legislation that would reform farm subsidies and trim the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by roughly $2.5 billion a year. Republicans want fewer Americans to qualify for food stamps simply because they receive benefits from another safety net program.

  • More Evidence Older Unemployed Less Likely To Get Hired Again

    Older workers laid off during the Great Recession and in its aftermath have had less luck than younger ones in finding new jobs, according to new Labor Department data. Of the 2.5 million workers aged between 55 and 64 who lost their jobs from 2009 through 2011, slightly less than half were working again in January 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest biennial survey of "displaced workers" -- people laid off because their plant or company closed, had too little work for them to do, or abolished their position or shift. Older workers accounted for 19.6 percent of the displaced but just 15.1 percent of the re-employed, according the AARP Public Policy Institute's Sara Rix.

  • Half Of Baby Boomers Say They'll Probably Never Retire

    "People between 50 and 64 in general are at the peak of their earning power. We do not expect to see the highest levels of economic anxiety among that age cohort."

  • Surprise! 'Job Killer' Claims Usually Unsubstantiated

    The analysis, conducted by Peter Dreier of Occidental College and Christopher R. Martin of the University of Northern Iowa, examined every occurrence of the phrase or one of its variants, like "kill jobs" or "job-killing," in articles by the Associated Press, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post going back to 1984. The study noted that while legacy papers usually didn't bother to look into job-killing claims, other sources occasionally did, like when PolitiFact.com checked out whether the 2010 health care reform law was as "job killing" as Republicans said it was and found the claim false. It rested on a Congressional Budget Office report (PDF) that found that subsidies in the law would reduce available labor, since some poorer workers won't need to work as much in order to cling to health insurance.

  • Former Gannett CEO Battling Ostentatious Display Of Wealth Next Door

    The golden parachute CEO of a giant media company is battling the construction of a new mansion in his wealthy Washington, D.C. suburb. The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning that Craig Dubow, who stepped down as CEO of Gannett Co. last fall, has sued to stop a new neighbor from building a "25,424-square-foot mansion modeled on the Palace of Versailles." The Dubows alleged in court this month that the chateau would ruin the "sylvan character" of their Great Falls, Va. neighborhood, and that a gaudy mansion would sink property values, the Post reported. During his six-year tenure as CEO, Gannett stock declined 85 percent, advertising revenue shrank from $5.2 billion in 2005 to $2.7 billion in 2010, and the company laid off tens of thousands of journalists.

  • Strictest Rules Yet Proposed For Unemployment Benefits

    Republican lawmakers in South Carolina want unemployed people to prove they're not on drugs to qualify for unemployment insurance. Proposals to drug test poor and unemployed people have ricocheted from state to state over the past year, even landing in the U.S. House of Representatives. The South Carolina proposals, taken together, thus far represent the strictest measures targeted at unemployed people.

  • Republican Primary's Next Stop: Foreclosureville

    Now it heads to three states with some of the country's highest rates of unemployment and foreclosures. In South Carolina, where primary voters hit the polls on Jan. 21, unemployment's flying high at 9.9 percent. After that, elections will be in Florida, with a 10 percent unemployment rate, and Nevada, where it's 13 percent.

  • States Scramble To Prevent Unemployment Insurance Cutoffs

    Alec Johnson of Delaware, Ohio, paid close attention last month as members of Congress fought over a bill to reauthorize the federal unemployment insurance he'd relied on for the past year. Eventually, they struck a deal averting an abrupt cutoff for nearly 2 million unemployed Americans, preserving the jobless benefits until March. Ohio is one of several states where the local government needs to take quick action to claim the final 20 weeks of federal unemployment insurance, which for Johnson, a laid-off political organizer, would kick in come February.

  • Socialist Party Derides Rick Perry 'Fairy Tale' Of Obama As Socialist

    The Socialist Party USA is more than a little skeptical of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's claim Sunday that President Barack Obama belongs in their ranks. "The notion that Barack Obama is a socialist ranks among the greatest fairy tales in American society -- right up there with the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the idea that if you work hard enough your children will live a better life than you," Socialist Party spokeswoman Lynn Lomibao said in an email. Perry made his claim during the Sunday morning Republican presidential debate, when asked if he considered Obama opposed to the "founding ideals" of the United States.

  • Dems Fire Back At GOP Proposals To Drug Test Jobless: 'You Pee In The Cup'

    The past year has seen an unprecedented wave of Republican bills to drug test the poor and jobless. One of the most recent retorts comes from Georgia, where last month Democratic state Rep. Scott Holcomb introduced a bill requiring members of the local legislature to prove they're not Legislating Under the Influence. Holcomb told HuffPost he came up with the idea because he was struck by a bill from his Republican colleagues to drug test welfare applicants.