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Entries by Jason Linkins from 03/2011

Jon Stewart Critiques Wisconsin's 'Class Warfare' (VIDEO)

Posted 03.01.2011 | Comedy

Jon Stewart's opening segment on Wisconsin Monday night did a really great job connecting various dots on how the giant budget deficits that now endan...

This Day In Troubled Asset Relief Program Mythmaking

Posted 03.01.2011 | Media

Another day, another article attesting to the glorious success that was the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Today's story comes from Jim Puzzangher...

Darrell Issa Spokesman Kurt Bardella Fired Over Emails Probe

Posted 03.01.2011 | Politics

It looks like Howard Kurtz is going to get a whole lot of new clarity about who he's talking to when he has Representative Darrell Issa on the phone.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Seek To Criminalize Prank Phone Calls That Make Scott Walker Look Bad

Posted 03.01.2011 | Politics

Last week, Ian Murphy of the Buffalo Beast won the week when he called up Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and pretended to be billionaire David Koch. ...

Rogue States Threaten To Destroy Delicate Balance Of 2012 Primary Calendar

Posted 03.01.2011 | Politics

The iron lock Iowa and New Hampshire have on starting the presidential primary process is pretty much hated by just about everyone else, and, with increasing frequency, other states typically try to crash the early primary party. In 2008, this led to all sorts of comical angst on the Democratic side, as Florida and Michigan defied party leaders to have early primaries. If you enjoyed all of that michegas in 2008, then you should look forward to 2012, which is shaping up along the same lines.

Michael Bloomberg Won't Be Running For President In 2012, Apparently

Posted 03.01.2011 | Politics

It seems like only months ago that the internet was buzzing anew with the rumors that Michael Bloomberg might run for president of these United States...

Late Returns: Gingrich Takes Us Down A Familiar Path

Posted 03.01.2011 | Politics

At long, long last, one of the presumed contenders for the 2012 nomination is planning to formally enter the race, sort of. That person: Newt Gingric...

So, What The Heck Is Going On With Newt Gingrich?

Posted 03.02.2011 | Politics

For 16 years, Newt Gingrich has performed a solo performance art piece where he dances right up to the line of running for president, only to pull back at the last possible moment. For reasons that surpass my ability to understand them, this has only increased his overall mystique with the political press, which enables him to repeat this performance every four years. But on Tuesday, it looked as if Gingrich was going to finally jump into the race and be the first man in the field who could be considered a serious contender.

Beltway Reporters' Garters Popping In Aftermath Of Bardella Email Flap

Posted 03.02.2011 | Media

On Tuesday afternoon, Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), was fired after it came to light that he had sh...

New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger Draw Criticism For Their Coverage Of Wisconsin Protests

Posted 03.02.2011 | Media

The Awl's Abe Sauer has been in Madison covering the ongoing demonstrations against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill. And after ...

Buddy Roemer, Former Louisiana Governor, Is Poised To Jump Into The 2012 Race

Posted 03.02.2011 | Politics

While the world waits to see if Newt Gingrich will finally end his 16-year tease and jump into the presidential fray, another GOP figure moves closer to making a decision to run for the GOP nomination.

George Will Is Confused By The Concept Of Trains

Posted 03.02.2011 | Politics

In George Will's latest grapple-with-the-real-world session he attempts to figure out "Why liberals love trains."

Late Returns: Huntsman Courts The Cahiers Du Cinema Set

Posted 03.02.2011 | Politics

According to reports, Jon Huntsman has been busy behind the scenes prepping for a run at the White House -- staffing up, putting out feelers -- but as...

Making Light Of Libya: Comedians Take On Gaddafi (VIDEO, POLL)

Posted 03.03.2011 | Comedy

Making fun of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi: it seems like there's never been a better time to do it, but is it a bad karma thing to do?

Missouri State Senator Fights To Ban Red Light Cameras For Reasons That Are Not Ironic At All [UPDATE]

Posted 03.03.2011 | Politics

Traffic light cameras: their proponents say that they are a powerful deterrent to red-light runners, fostering public safety and alleviating burdens o...

Tim Pawlenty Is Pretty Sure Bank Of America's Taxes Are Too Damn High (They Are "Zero," Actually)

Posted 03.03.2011 | Politics

Corporate tax rates! I still have fond memories of the 2008 campaign, where Senator John McCain and his sometime-surrogate business super-genius Car...

Rick Scott Hates Health Care Reform, But Will Take The $35 Million It Provides

Posted 03.03.2011 | Politics

Shiny-pated Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has never been shy about his opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Back in 2009, Scott's Conservatives For Pa...

Mike Huckabee Don't Know Much About History

Posted 03.03.2011 | Politics

This has not been a very good week for presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee. Unless, of course, your standard for "good week for Mike Huckabee" is "Mike Huckabee said a bunch of stuff that will appeal directly to the sort of insane voters he needs to court to win the GOP presidential primary," in which case it's been a great week for Mike Huckabee. But if you view "greatness" by any other standard then no, it's not been good.

Late Returns: 2012 Campaign Coverage Will Ruin Your Life (If You'd Only Let It)

Posted 03.03.2011 | Politics

Over at the Awl, Ben Dolnick writes, "I Know The 2012 Election Will Destroy My Life," in that he's poised to become a "Politico-reading, blog-commenting, Sunday-show-watching lunatic... I dread the coming darkness," says Dolnick.

The Beltway Bubble And Unemployment

Posted 03.04.2011 | Media

Felt searingly throughout the nation, and especially so in isolated pockets, concern over the unemployment crisis seems to be largely declining inside the Beltway bubble, and many have blamed President Obama and a polarized Congress for that. But perhaps the party that's really to blame for the disconnect on unemployment isn't our politicians, but a group of people who rarely get mentioned but who most definitely reside within the same bubble: the Beltway media.

Hey! Let's Listen To The 'Morning Joe' Crew Have An Awkward Conversation About Sex And The Youth

Posted 03.04.2011 | Media

Friday's Washington Post brings word of new findings on U.S. sexual behavior in the form of the National Survey of Family Growth, with good news findi...

New Gingrich Website Inspires Web Shenanigans

Posted 03.04.2011 | Politics

After a week of keeping the media guessing on a nearly hourly basis as to whether he was going to officially enter the 2012 presidential fray, former ...

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

Posted 03.04.2011 | Politics

Oh, Newt Gingrich! For four presidential cycles you have been teasing us with the idea that you are running for president. I think that two ladies h...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 03.06.2011 | Media

What is the Congress going to do to stave off a government shut down? Well, their workin' it out with Smilin' Joe Biden. Maybe they'll just cut a few things each week?

The Ironies Of Newsweek's New Cover

Posted 03.07.2011 | Media

It's going to be interesting to see what dividends can be wrought from all of Secretary Clinton's hard work. That said, any veteran of Hillaryland has got to groan when they see with whom Clinton is sharing the Newsweek cover.