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Jason Linkins is a Political Reporter at the Huffington Post, covering media and politics. He's based in Washington, DC. Previously, he wrote for HuffPo's Eat The Press, and has also contributed to DCist and Wonkette.

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Donald Trump's Pretty Sure That Governing Country Is As Easy As Owning A Golf Course

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Here in the U.S., we're pretty used to hearing our politicians offer up pleasing-sounding bromides about how simple it is to govern the country -- as if the complexities of our economy can be tamed just by following the advice offered on Successories postersWelp, I'll tell ya, if...

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GOP Strategist On Trump: 'Not Even The Best Digital Strategy Can Help Him'

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 5:46 PM

So, that happened. In February 2013, The New York Times Magazine published a 2012 election postmortem titled, "Can The Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence." The author, Robert Draper, profiled several innovative Republican strategists who'd all been left on the sidelines as Republican candidate Mitt Romney went down to defeat. The...

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Embattled GOP Senator Throws Trump Under The Bus In New Ad

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 12:45 PM

Just over two weeks ago, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) made news when he became the first of his Republican legislative colleagues to rescind a previously extended endorsement of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Now, as Politico's Kevin Robillard reports, he's set to become another famous first in...

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Campaign Reeling, Donald Trump Pivots To, Uhh...Scotland? Okay, Man.

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 3:37 PM


These recent news cycles, lo, they have not been kind to presumptive GOP nominee and cursed blood pudding Donald Trump. With national poll numbers cratering, money in unprecedentedly short supply, and a staff in chaos, anxious Republican elites who have bought in to...

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Bill Kristol's Tweet Dooms Effort To Thwart Trump At Convention

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:35 PM

As we've previously reported, a significant number of convention delegates are conspiring to stop Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in what would amount to a smash-and-grab heist of the nomination. The mission is daring, a high-wire act with no real certainty of success. To...

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Trump's Campaign Financials Give Delegates Another Off-Ramp

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 2:08 PM

Over the past week, a growing number of Republican convention delegates have been organizing to mount an effort to wrest the GOP nomination from the party's presumptive nominee, pan-fried wereferret Donald Trump. For those delegates, the issue has become a matter of conscience. But now that...

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All The Folks Who Would Need To Come Together To Stop Trump At The Convention

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 1:07 PM


As more and more Republican elites come to the realization that they’re stuck with Donald Trump -- a rabid Teddy Ruxpin doll with Skrewdriver’s debut album wedged inside it -- as their nominee, the dream of blocking his ascension continues to flit about fitfully...

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In The Fight To Stop Mass Shootings, Don't Forget The Real Crime In Orlando

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 1:36 PM

So, that happened. In the wake of last weekend's horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Senate Democrats launched a lengthy "talking" filibuster to try to force Senate leaders to allow the body to consider measures that would help curb the flow of deadly weapons to deranged killers. The threat of...

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Trump Has A Media Blacklist. If You're A Journalist, You Should Get On It.

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 8:43 PM


This week, presumptive GOP nominee and peripatetic heap of tannery fleshings Donald Trump announced that his campaign will no longer offer press credentials to The Washington Post. The Post joins a growing number of media outlets that have been similarly blacklisted by the campaign. Over...

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Trump’s Campaign Strategy Is An Off-Track Mess

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 2:20 PM


By the time you read this, presumptive GOP nominee and anthropomorphic zeppelin disaster Donald Trump will be a handful of days into the three-week deadline imposed by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to “fix” his campaign, or else ... what, exactly?...

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Republicans Revive The Dizzy Dream Of A Contested Convention

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 3:33 PM

For a hot minute, it looked like it might happen. Weeks after GOP elites were forced to come to terms with the fact that Andy Serkis' latest motion-capture monster project, Donald Trump, had won their party's nomination, House Speaker Paul Ryan finally bestowed his blessing on the arrangement, and it...

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Hillary Clinton's Nomination Brings America To The Brink Of Modernity

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 1:58 PM

So, that happened. The primary season, for the Democrats, is now over, and the hard task of knitting up rival factions, and acknowledging the youthful vigor and obvious durability of Bernie Sanders' movement is now the responsibility of the victor, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It's going to be one of the...

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Donald Trump's Vice Presidential Picking Process Sounds Dodgy As Hell

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 2:54 PM

If you're like, say, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) -- who's given presumptive GOP presidential nominee and foaming man-possum Donald Trump three weeks to "fix" his campaign -- you might be nervously watching for signs that Trump is undertaking an effort to bring order to an organization that has lately lapsed into...

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GOP Senator: Donald Trump Has 3 Weeks To Fix His Broken Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 5:11 PM

How's that "pivot to the general election" going? For presumptive GOP nominee and Dunning-Kruger love child Donald Trump, not very well.

Amid multiple reports of campaign incompetence and the constant blowback from his racist attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Trump's alienation of the party...

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Of Course Dick Morris Might Join The Trump Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 10:30 AM


[Updated, below.] Recent reports suggest the campaign of Donald Trump, presumptive GOP nominee and irate cartoon volcano, just might be a vastly disorganized mess. Too small to surmount basic challenges, yet riddled with toxic infighting, Trump's organization is reportedly struggling to create a...

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Republicans Really Hope Trump Will Stop Saying Racist Things About Judge

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 2:53 PM

As you may recall, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spent the better part of the past year running for president of the United States, a position that would have required him to take an active role in world affairs and make swift, judicious, and responsible decisions. He failed, however, to secure...

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Trump Vows To Prey Upon New Marks For His Super-Scammy 'University'

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 4:38 PM

So, that happened. When it comes to spending your hard-earned dollars on education, you have many choices. Like, culinary school. Or clown college. Perhaps there is even a clown culinary school, who knows?

But if presumptive GOP nominee and flatulent kleptocrat Donald Trump has his way, you'll take your money to "Trump University,"...

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CNN Discovers Elegant Way To Call Bulls**t On Donald Trump's Bulls**t

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 12:22 PM

As I've noted before, one of the big challenges the media faces as it attempts to cover the policy positions of presumptive GOP nominee and seething ham planet Donald Trump is that those policy positions are in a constant state of flux. He'll take one side in the morning,...

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Media Heroes Rescue Veterans' Charity Money From Scam Artist

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 10:33 AM


Not all heroes wear capes -- because, I'm sorry, they are just not a functional garment. And this week, that truism proved itself in grand fashion, as members of your free press pulled off a significant accomplishment: forcing presumptive GOP nominee and sclerotic pannus Donald Trump to...

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It's Going To Be Great When Donald Trump Controls The Drone Program

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 1:02 PM


Here's a quaint memory from a bygone period in American politics: Back in November 2012, after President Barack Obama secured his re-election, The New York Times' Scott Shane reported that with "the possibility that President Obama might not win a second term," his administration had "accelerated...

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