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Entries by Jason Linkins from 01/2011

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 01.02.2011 | Media

Ow, wow, people: Happy New Year and welcome to this, your first Sunday Morning Liveblog of 2011, and thus, THE FUTURE. Yes, today we have a new innov...

WaPo Editors Finally Realize The GOP Isn't Serious About The Debt

Posted 01.03.2011 | Media

For the past year, the WaPo editors have been generically a-screech with worry over the deficits, and how the Obama administration needs to get serious about them. Well, today, they've finally realized that the alternative is not much better.

Florida Welcomes Rick Scott As Their New Fraudster King

Posted 01.04.2011 | Politics

As a raft of newly-elected governors take office across the country, the one I'm most excited about is Florida's Rick Scott, who's getting sworn in at...

House GOP Backtracking on Promised 'Reforms' Before They Even Get Started

Posted 01.04.2011 | Politics

Back when he was the leader of the House minority, John Boehner's salty tears were shed over the many indignities he had to suffer, just because his party was oriented toward pointless obstruction, which forces the Democrats to use every procedural weapon in their arsenal to simply pass the legislation they were elected to deliver. Boehner promised to reform the "cycle of gridlock" and restore "a functioning civil society in the House" by "focusing on our collective responsibility to govern." As it turns out, nobody should have taken Boehner seriously.

Will Charlie Crist Replace Biden As Obama Veep?

Posted 01.04.2011 | Media

No. Jesus, people, get ahold of yourselves. [Would you like to follow me on Twitter? Because why not? Also, please send tips to

Efraim Diveroli, 20-Something Arms-Dealing Fraudster, Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

Posted 01.04.2011 | Politics

Even as Floridians brace for a new wave of fraudulence to consume their waking existence, they can happily shut the door on another local bit of crimi...

Reporters Not Welcomed At Corporate-Sponsored Rick Scott Inaugural

Posted 01.05.2011 | Politics

Scott's inauguration was a gift that kept on giving. Notable for its lack of austerity at a time where other lawmakers are avoiding showy displays, it "rivaled that of a presidential event, with the press having to cope with limited access."

Anonymous Sources Tell Ed Henry That Something Might Happen At The White House At Some Point

Posted 01.05.2011 | Media

So, here's what you need to know about the pending decision on who will fill the role of White House Chief of Staff for the Obama administration: the ...

Navy Investigation Over Lewd Videos Expands To Offender's Superiors

Posted 01.05.2011 | Politics

In response to the revelation that U.S. Navy Captain Owen Honors produced a series of lewd videos while serving as the executive officer on board the ...

Budget-Cutter Paul Ryan Still Not Entirely Clear How He Plans To Cut The Budget

Posted 01.05.2011 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, has generally been held out to be some genius solutioneer-in-waiting. And it seems to hardly matter a whit to anyone that his plans to cut taxes and rein in spending would raise taxes on most Americans and blow out the budget deficit. Ryan is handsome and personable and can speak in complete sentences, and these facts alone pretty much put him in the upper percentile of talent in just about any House of Representatives. But we're still waiting for him to sort of deliver on the hype.

Review Of Juan Williams Firing Complete: NPR To Undertake Ethics Review; Weiss Resigns, Schiller Denied Bonus

Posted 01.06.2011 | Media

In the end, this whole incident is more about NPR's discomfort with their contributors having actual thoughts than about some full-throated defense of the dignity of Muslim airplane passengers.

Marco Rubio Announces That He Will Forgo A Presidential Run To Remain In The Office He Assumed A Few Hours Ago

Posted 01.06.2011 | Politics

I have to say, I sort of admire the way new Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) shoots down the speculation that he might run for president: "It's a circus. Yo...

Bill Daley Was Sad When Democratic Rep. Who Voted Against The White House Agenda Continually Switched Parties

Posted 01.06.2011 | Politics

Wonkette's Jack Stuef points us to this Dec. 24, 2009 op-ed authored by new White House Chief of Staff William Daley: The announcement by Alabama Rep...

Health Care Reform Opponents Say The Darndest Things

Posted 01.07.2011 | Politics

Today begins the House GOP's latest kabuki pageant, entitled "Let's Repeal Obamacare Despite The Fact That Most Americans Prefer It Or Want It Expande...

GOP Not Sweating Breaking Their Budget-Cutting Promise

Posted 01.07.2011 | Politics

Prior to taking office, the GOP made a bunch of promises to the American people about what they would do to make everything perfect again. They wrote them down, in a "Pledge To America." Then they went to a hardware store, one of America's most sacred places, to unveil their promises. And there was one promise so nice that they promised it twice! It was pretty easy to understand: $100 billion of government spending cuts in "the first year alone." But it turns out that many of the House GOP's promises have something of a transient nature, and in this case, words seem to have no real meaning.

Get Ready To Hear The Words 'Job Killing' Over And Over Again, Forever

Posted 01.07.2011 | Politics

If you're a Republican, it is now a violation of House rules to utter the word "taxes" or "tax increase" on the chamber floor without the "job-killing" prefix.

Virginia Delegate Wants To Bring Back Confederate Money, Or Something

Posted 01.07.2011 | Politics

As longtime Eat The Press readers may know, I have lived most of my life in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I schlepped around this state for many years...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 01.09.2011 | Politics

Good morning and welcome to your Sunday Morning Liveblog. Our thoughts and prayers this morning are with the many people who were the victims of a ma...

Rebecca Traister: Giffords 'Represents Much That Is Revolutionary And Hopeful' In Politics

Posted 01.09.2011 | Media

Rebecca Traister, author of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, says that while she was out on her book tour...

Jan Brewer Leads Standing Ovation For Daniel Hernandez

Posted 01.10.2011 | Politics

Moments ago, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer spoke out in support of "extraordinary Arizonans who responded with professionalism and saved lives" during this ...

How Will 'The Daily Show' Respond To This Weekend's Tragedy?

Posted 01.10.2011 | Media

Tonight will be an interesting moment, in terms of how firmly Stewart reclaims the mantle of "sanity" and pushes the momentum of his rally.

Stewart, Colbert Draw Contrasts In Response To Tucson Shooting (VIDEO)

Posted 01.10.2011 | Media

On last night's Daily Show, host Jon Stewart began by admitting that he wasn't sure that the evening's show was going to be a particularly good one. "...

Frum Fingers Marijuana As Culprit In Tucson Shooting

Posted 01.11.2011 | Media

David Frum has a lot of smart things to say about this past weekend's tragic armed rampage in Tucson, but his comment about marijuana isn't one of them.

Lincoln Chafee To Enforce Talk Radio Silence For Rhode Island State Officials

Posted 01.11.2011 | Politics

Political talk radio enthusiasts who were looking forward to hearing the dulcet tones of Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) easing them through thei...

Glock Pistol Sales Up After Arizona Shootings

Posted 01.11.2011 | Politics

Hey, everyone. Not to unnerve you, but apparently, days after a madman went on a murdery rampage with a Glock in Arizona, Arizonans are heading to gun stores in droves to purchase the very same weapon used by Jared Lee Loughner. It's as good an example as anything to demonstrate that there really is no such thing as bad publicity, only an implacable, gnawing cynicism that permeates our existence and sends us, sobbing, into a fetal position.