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Entries by Jason Linkins from 12/2012

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 12.02.2012 | Media

It looks very much like now until the end of the year we will be spending our Sundays watching various people act all panicky over the Fiscal Glyph that is dominating the news.

Jim DeMint Seems Determined To Give John Boehner Agita Over Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) opted to wade finally into the the "fiscal cliff" frenzy with an official GOP counter-offer to President Barack Ob...

Republican Voters Pretty Sure 2012 Election Was Stolen By Non-Existent Organization

Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

How badly are Republican voters taking the results of the 2012 election? Pretty badly, according to the latest numbers from Public Policy Polling. Ful...

David Brooks Thinks It Would Be Sporting If The GOP Would Hold Off On Threatening The Global Economy For A Year

Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Over in the op-ed pages of The New York Times, David Brooks continues his reliable Ahab act, yearning to see some sort of "Grand Bargain" harpooned an...

Fiscal Cliff Primer: Should We Be Worried About A Market Crash?

Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

No.* *We explain in the video above. Previously on The Huffington Post: CNBC Pretty Sure That Brief Appearance From Raul Grijalva Devastated The...

Sheldon Adelson Is A Low-Information Billionaire, Apparently

Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's involvement in electoral politics has never made a whole lot of sense -- after all, before he was bankrolling Mitt Romn...

Ashley Judd Runs For Senate In Kentucky? I'm Pretty Sure That Would Be A Bad Idea

Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

According to POLITICO, Kentucky native and actress Ashley Judd is said to be "exploring" a run for the U.S. Senate, against Senate Minority Leader Mit...

Stephen Colbert Would Like To Replace Jim DeMint In The Senate, As Everyone Expected

Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

Thursday's surprise announcement that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) would be taking his leave of that body and moving to a slightly different part of Washi...

Dick Morris Still Blaming Hurricane Sandy For His Own Terrible Predictions

Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

Dick Morris, famously "benched" by Fox News (whatever that means) for being generically terrible and constantly wrong about politics, returns to his o...

Lots Of Confused People Looked Up The Word 'Socialism' In The Dictionary Because Of The Election

Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

According to the news, two of the most looked-up words in the dictionary (or, at least the Merriam-Webster dictionary, anyway) in 2012 were "capitalis...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 12.09.2012 | Media

So, what's brewing up on Fox News Sunday? Fiscal cliff bullroar and Syrian chemical weapons, a classic combination. Here today to jabber about this stuff until they are blue in the face are Chuck Schumer and Bob Corker, plus Ambassador Michael Oren, and also a panel.

Buzzfeed Gives You 23 (Or 24) Beat-Sweeteners For The Price of 1

Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

Anyone who was wondering what Buzzfeed's first big post-election beat-sweetener would look like probably won't be surprised to find out that it is -- ...

Richard Mourdock: 'Liberal Media' To Blame For Senate Loss For Reporting Dumb Public Statements

Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Failed Indiana Senate aspirant Richard Mourdock needs some money, please. Just a few bills, if you can spare them? As it turns out, he has a "few last...

Poll Respondents Are Determined To Prove Me Wrong About The Viability Of An Ashley Judd Campaign

Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Last week, I endeavored to explain why I felt the prospect of an Ashley Judd Senate bid was not a particularly great idea, despite the fact that she i...

PolitiFact Awards 'Lie Of The Year' To Romney Jeep Ad

Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

We have come to the end of another year, and so it is once again time for PolitiFact to tell us what the 2012 "Lie Of The Year" is. For me, it's prett...

Fact-checkers Sputter And Flop Attempting To Explain How Social Security Works, Affects Deficit

Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A gaggle of fact-checkers recently attempted to bring clarity to the question of whether Social Security adds to the deficit. Much as they did during ...

Jim Moran Is Not Exactly Helping His Son Out

Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

The Washington City Paper reports that the son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Patrick Moran, pled guilty Wednesday to simple assault stemming from an inci...

'Simpson-Bowles' Nominated For Time Magazine Person Of The Year

Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

If you had asked me this morning, "Hey, what is the most grotesquely 'Washington' thing that will happen this week," I definitely would have said, "Th...

'Sequestration II': The Latest Stupid Idea That People Will Be Stupidly Talking About

Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

So, every day for the past month or so we have been told that we are nearing a "fiscal cliff" and without a "grand bargain" we will "go over" it and "...

Virginia Foxx Will Have The Head Of Anyone Caught Riding Her Special Elevator

Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Last week, the hot dollop of Capitol Hill gossip was that Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) had "chewed out a House staffer after catching her riding on a ...

Mitch McConnell Is Keeping The Paranoid Style Of American Poll-Watching Alive

Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

Here is an immutable law of politics: all fundraising letters need a villain. Another rule of politics is that all politicians need money. So, when th...

Andy Harris, Super-Genius Congressman, Takes Himself Hostage In Fiscal Cliff Talks

Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

One of the more fun aspects of the ongoing negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff is that so many of the participants just do not seem to be par...

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 12.16.2012 | Media

The elephant in the room today is this terrible tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, which may be the saddest thing I've seen in the news since I started writing here in 2007.

Sandy Hook Solutions Should Not Include This Dumb Idea Megan McArdle Had

Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

You know what the dumbest thing I've read since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is? It's the same thing everyone else is calling the dumbest...

Rick Snyder Vetoes 'Guns In Schools' Bill: Right To Work, But No Right To Shoot

Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

In the wake of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., there has been much renewed attention to the notion that ...