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Entries by Jason Linkins from 06/2010

Mark Kirk Military Service Story Was Born In The Blogosphere, Ignored By 'Hardball' Producers

Posted 06.01.2010 | Politics

Before we get too ahead of ourselves and credit the Post for being the story-breaker it's worth pointing out that this story was born in the oft-maligned blogosphere.

Oil Spill Response: If Relief Well Drilling Is Only Guaranteed Option, Why Not Make It Mandatory? [UPDATE]

Posted 06.01.2010 | Green

My layman's read of the ongoing Top Kill/Hot Tap/Top Hat/Hat Kill/Top Tap Kill efforts is that these are mainly hoped-for quick fixes, intended to all...

Palin Biographer Joe McGinniss Warned By Alaska Newspaper: She Has Right To Kill In Self-Defense

Posted 06.01.2010 | Politics

Author Joe McGinniss has moved next door to Palin as part of an extreme effort to research the Palins for a book. Would it be OK if the Palin's just straight up killed Joe McGinniss in self-defense?

Shadow Congress: TPM Offers Guide To More Than 170 Congressmen Turned Lobbyists

Posted 06.01.2010 | Politics

In their ongoing efforts to destroy America, lobbying firms have hired over 170 former lawmakers to skulk around the corridors of power to make sure that moneyed interests retain their iron grip on your lawmakers.

How Congress Works, Rendered Visually

Posted 06.01.2010 | Media

Like a lot of people, the foundation of my understanding of how a bill becomes a law was shaped by the Schoolhouse Rock cartoon "I'm Just A Bill", whi...

White House Press Corps' Latest Obsession: Obama's Emotional State

Posted 06.02.2010 | Media

The media must capture the full panoply of presidential emo and put it on their teevees, for the ratings! And the best part of it is that no amount of emotion, of raging, of garment rending, will ever be enough.

Tim Crawford, Tea Party Democrat, Struggles To Explain His Candidacy (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2010 | Politics

Last month, the Washington Post's Dave Weigel introduced us to young Tim Crawford, a "Tea Party" conservative who managed to win the Democratic primar...

Vanity Fair Profiles The Frantic Existence of Sally Quinn

Posted 06.02.2010 | Media

Sally Quinn, American journalist, was for a long while best known for her Washington Post column, "The Party." From that perch, she offered Washingto...

BP Media Clampdown: No Photos Of Dead Animals, Please

Posted 06.02.2010 | Media

When we last left reporter Mac McClelland, she was in the Gulf Coast region, caught up in the surreal tangle of media roadblocks that were being erected by British Petroleum to keep reporters at bay. How have things done since then?

Newsmax's Newsweek Bid

Posted 06.02.2010 | Media

In less than an hour, the next chapter for Newsweek will begin to unfold, as interested bidders are expected to make their initial offer for a magazin...

Alabama's Defeated Gun-Toting, Obama-Dissing YouTube All-Stars, Remembered (VIDEO)

Posted 06.02.2010 | Politics

Primary season 2010 continued yesterday, most notably in the state of Alabama, where voters in both parties went to the polls to advance the cause of ...

Fiorina Ad Hits Boxer, Climate Change (VIDEO) [UPDATE]

Posted 06.03.2010 | Politics

In the California Senate race, Republican Tom Campbell has decided to temporarily pull his ads off the air, leaving his front-running primary opponent...

Obama's Oil Spill Response: Do Americans Want Him To Show More Emotion? No, They Do Not

Posted 06.03.2010 | Media

Unless you're comatose or have found another pleasant way of avoiding the subject, you're probably aware that for the past week or so the political media has been blissing out to a pointless discussion of whether or not President Barack Obama has shown sufficient emotion over the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Is it possible to know what actual humans think about the notion that the oil spill needs to be confronted with lots of feelings?

Washington Times Reporter Fired For Speaking Out About Newsroom Conditions

Posted 06.03.2010 | Media

Duin's sin, however, was to tell the Washington Post's Ian Shapira that the Times newsroom has basically succumbed to a terrifyingly Hobbesean level of disarray.

Chuck DeVore's Don Henley Lawsuit: California Senate Candidate Loses Case Over Song Parody

Posted 06.03.2010 | Politics

In other California Senate primary news, perennial GOP also-ran Chuck DeVore is finishing out his campaign the way he's run it all along -- as an anno...

Dale Peterson: I'm Not Going Away But I Need Money

Posted 06.03.2010 | Politics

Yesterday, Ben Craw and I got so gosh-darned sad over the loss of Alabama's beloved political YouTube artists that we damn near stopped the Deepwater ...

Ohio Legislature Bans Human-Animal Hybrids

Posted 06.04.2010 | Politics

I don't think any of us will ever forget that time that President George W. Bush stood in front of Congress at the 2006 State of the Union Address and...

Here's Your Eat The Press Guide To America's Beaches

Posted 06.04.2010 | Media

You might have heard about how many of the beaches in America may soon be, or already are, blanketed with oil and tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Well, fret not. Unnamed "experts" are saying that it's totally safe!

Jake Knotts, Slur-Spewing South Carolina State Senator, Deploys The 'Saturday Night Live Defense'

Posted 06.04.2010 | Politics

There you have it, in the most bigoted terms Knotts can muster. Of course, after the fact, Knotts invoked a very novel justification for his remark: the "Saturday Night Live defense."

Rosy Top-Line Masks Utterly Dismal Employment Numbers

Posted 06.04.2010 | Media

If your entire exposure to the recently-released jobs report has come in the form of breaking news alerts to your inbox, you may be only aware of the ...

Two Ways To Get Fired From The Oil Spill Cleanup Effort

Posted 06.04.2010 | Media

Are you an undocumented immigrant that wants to pursue a path to citizenship by contributing your services to help America? You may have already planned to head down to the Gulf region. You know what, though? Don't do that!

Arizona Elementary School Will Whiten The Faces Of Its Own Students On A Mural Because Some Racists Yelled At It [UPDATE]

Posted 06.04.2010 | Media

This is just the worst story in the world. We're talking about a group of adults who have decided to send a stirring message to their students and the world: when a bunch of mentally deranged adults threaten a bunch of children, the best thing to do is to accede to their psychotic, racist "demands." Seriously, educators of Prescott, Arizona, when some creep demands you whiten the faces of your own students on a mural, the correct response is to say, "No, we will not be doing anything of the sort."

Tim D'Annunzio, North Carolina Congressional Contender, Attempts To Debunk The Idea He Is 'Unfit For Office'

Posted 06.04.2010 | Politics

If you read our article on Campaign 2010's most storied self-funders, then you are already familiar with Tim D'Annunzio. He's just a guy with a milli...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 06.06.2010 | Media

Hello and good morrow and welcome to this week's edition of your Sunday morning liveblog of what poet laureate Ke$ha called "Blah Blah Blah," only about politics.

Slate Writers Help Readers Demystify The Political Press

Posted 06.07.2010 | Media

I'm loving this piece from Chris Beam in Slate entitled "The Only Politics Article You'll Ever Have To Read." It's a rather brilliant and hilarious plumbing of the puddle-deep political tropes that the political media reflexively dials up.