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Entries by Jason Linkins from 02/2011

Jon Huntsman Preps For White House Bid Four Years Too Soon

Posted 02.01.2011 | Politics

Former Utah governor and current U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has quit his post and will return to the States at the end of April to "positio...

What's Behind The Drive To Redefine Rape In New And Insane Ways?

Posted 02.01.2011 | Politics

The recent drive behind H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," is animated by one thing and one thing only -- the deep and abiding belief...

2012 DNC Site Charlotte Feeling Housing Pain

Posted 02.01.2011 | Politics

With Charlotte cemented as the site of the Democratic National Convention, it's a little unfortunate that words like "housing" and "foreclosure" aren'...

Richard Cohen Explains Why Egyptians Can't Have Nice Things

Posted 02.01.2011 | Media

The images coming out of Egypt today are as powerful as any that we've seen during the past week. Few are unmoved by what's going on. But at least o...

Suspects Reported To FBI By Planned Parenthood Turned Out To Be Hoaxers, Like Planned Parenthood Suspected

Posted 02.01.2011 | Politics

The actual ringleaders of actual prostitution rings never walk into places like Planned Parenthood and declare, "Hey, I run this prostitution ring of minors and undocumented immigrants!"

Reince Priebus Will Pay Down RNC Debt With Reagan Swag

Posted 02.02.2011 | Politics

Let's cast our mind back to March. Back then, the Republican National Committee was being led by hip-hop all-star Michael Steele, and his Finance Dir...

Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Seeks Dismissal Of Reporter Who Documented How Terrible He Was At Everything [UPDATE]

Posted 02.02.2011 | Media

Here in Washington, D.C., the local National Football League team is the Washington Redskins, and it is owned by Dan Snyder -- easily one of the most ...

Washington Post Accidentally Breaks Dana Milbank's 'Palin-Free February' Promise

Posted 02.02.2011 | Media

On January 21, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank boldly declared he was going to take a "Palin-free month" in February. On February 1, Milbank posted an item on Sarah Palin, breaking this promised moratorium.

Michael Hastings On Afghanistan: Petraeus Is Pursuing A 'Failed Strategy'

Posted 02.02.2011 | Politics

Michael Hastings' latest dispatch from the War in Afghanistan pretty much picks up where his piece, "The Runaway General," leaves off. Gen. Stanley Mc...

Dan Snyder Makes Good On Threat, Sues Washington City Paper

Posted 02.03.2011 | Media

It will be indescribably awesome to hear lawyers for the owner of the Washington Redskins lecture a court about ethnic slurs, I can tell you!

Kimberly Thune Worries That 2012 Campaign Reporters Will Reduce Her To A Sexist Caricature

Posted 02.03.2011 | Media

Part of the asinine glory of rampant 2012 presidential election coverage is that from time to time it's deemed necessary to check in on all the various potential candidates.

Politico Is Blinded By The Shininess Of Having Two Mormons Maybe Run For President

Posted 02.03.2011 | Media

As far as I knew going into this day in my life, the first Presidential primary of any kind was going to take place in just about one year's time. Bu...

'O: A Presidential Novel' Flops With Readers

Posted 02.04.2011 | Media

What is "O: A Presidential Novel," exactly? If you believe Mark Halperin, it's a work of campaign slashfic written by Mark Salter so that he could get...

'You Will Be Lynched': One Reporter's Harrowing Account Of Violence In Cairo

Posted 02.04.2011 | Media

Bloomberg reporter Maram Mazen was not acting in her official capacity as a Bloomberg reporter when she was attacked by Mubarak supporters and pro-reg...

Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Back Off Crazy Rape Redefinition, Find New Way To Marginalize Women

Posted 02.04.2011 | Politics

Last week, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," was drawing criticism from all quarters because of the insane way that the language of the law ...

John Boehner Rejects C-Span Offer To Increase Transparency

Posted 02.04.2011 | Politics

Let's face it, arm-twisting and backroom deals are a big part of how your legislative sausage gets made. So, in November, C-Span sent Boehner a letter in which they offered to improve that. He has, however, chosen to decline.

Dan Snyder Mounts Charm Offensive Many Years Too Late

Posted 02.04.2011 | Media

As you know, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has decided to file a lawsuit against Atalaya Capital Management, a hedge fund that owns Creative Lo...

Washington City Paper Launches Legal Defense Fund

Posted 02.04.2011 | Media

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been insisting today that all he wants from the Washington City Paper, an organization that neither he or his...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 02.06.2011 | Media

Good morning to one and all and welcome to your Sunday morning liveblog of the fast-typing and the political chit chat. My name is Jason, and today i...

Ben Quayle Has Delicious Memories Of Ronald Reagan

Posted 02.07.2011 | Politics

My favorite part of the celebration of Reagan's 100th birthday was a Politico op-ed by Rep. Ben Quayle, in which the Arizona Republican strongly advances the argument that he has some fuzzy memories of the '80s.

Obama Said to Be "Playing the Media Like a Fiddle"

Posted 02.07.2011 | Media

The American media has more or less abandoned a substantive discussion of the effects of policy, because they are -- for a lot of reasons -- averse to the idea of coming down on one side or another. Many Beltway media types don't want to do this, for fear of coming across as biased. The rest literally cannot do this because they lack the chops. That's why when major events happen, like the ongoing revolt in Egypt, most of the political media cannot muster up any sort of analysis beyond how those events will effect everyone's reelection hopes back home.

Apparently It's Not Way Too Soon To Start Speculating About Potential Vice-Presidential Candidates

Posted 02.08.2011 | Politics

With the Iowa caucuses less than a year away, political journalists find themselves in a blind panic because all of 2012's would-be presidential candidates are thus far refraining from formally jumping into the race.

New Jersey Legislature To Join The New Trend Of Dismantling Successful Education Programs

Posted 02.08.2011 | Politics

If you are a habitual watcher of the Colbert Report, you probably caught the segment a few weeks ago where he ridiculed the recent decision of the Wake County, N.C. school board to dismantle a successful school program that had achieved schools of high performance, high economic diversity, and high parent satisfaction, because... well, because they are idiots, mainly. But now they have some compatriots in the New Jersey state legislature who want to do similar damage to their own school system.

2012: Enter The Speculatron

Posted 02.09.2011 | Politics

"It's a circus. You guys are part of the circus...This is stuff they talk about. They'll talk about somebody else next week. I'm here to be a United S...

The Government's Case Against Julian Assange Is Falling Apart

Posted 02.09.2011 | World

The more you shine sunlight on this matter, the more the case that Assange induced Pfc. Bradley Manning to provide WikiLeaks with classified information, or otherwise assisted in the procurement of same, falls apart.