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Jason Linkins
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.

Entries by Jason Linkins

A New Hampshire Primary For World Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 3:04 PM

Imagine the world is a giant New Hampshire and the 2016 primary election is this week. We here at First to Last 2016 are doing just that, inspired by Pope Francis’ on fleek American tour and the start of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual fall festival...

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Huge Leaked-Audio Revelation! Hillary Clinton Still Supports Thing!

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 11:59 AM

In this broken future of ours, it makes me happy that we could be on the precipice of a golden age of reporters ferreting recordings out of political fundraisers and onto the web. Yes, please! There's almost nothing more valuable than documenting the weird people who'll spend thousands of dollars...

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Jeb Bush Donors Are Not Panicking. Or Are They? Really, Who Can Tell?

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Something is going on with Jeb Bush's campaign these days. Maybe something bad? But maybe something good -- the intel is fuzzy. Luckily, we have journalists to sort it all out. Journalists like Politico's Eli Stokols, who reported on Tuesday that the Bush campaign is working very hard...

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Pope Francis Looks To Congress To Get Serious On Immigration, Environment

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 4:56 PM

So, that happened. This week, Pope Francis came to Washington, seeking Congress' indulgence on a host of issues of great importance to the Holy See. Meanwhile, in the 2016 presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called it quits after 70 days on the campaign trail. Finally, rock musician Ted Leo stopped by...

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Advice From A Rocker: 2016ers, Keep Us Off Your Campaign Playlists

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 3:15 PM

It's a story that gets retold in every election cycle: a political candidate -- and let's face it, it's almost always a Republican candidate -- plays a rock song at a campaign event, and before the rally is over the artist identified as the soundtrack provider is issuing statements of condemnation....

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RNC Primary Rules That Haven't Yet Taken Effect Have Failed: Report

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:20 PM

The New York Times over the weekend reported some bad news for the Republican Party, pertaining to the effort party elites have made to re-engineer a primary process with new rules, in the hope that the 2012 presidential election defeat would not be repeated. It's not working out,...

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Clinton's Lead Over Sanders Both Growing And Shrinking, According To CNN

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:02 PM

We woke up to a pretty extraordinary email this morning from CNN's PR team. It contained the results of their latest poll, conducted by ORC International between Sept. 17 and 19. This poll offered some good news for Hillary Clinton, advertised right in the email's subject line: "CNN/ORC...

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When Will Another One Bite The Dust?

(7) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Autumn officially begins this week. It’s a perfect time to weed the garden, trim the hedges and cut down sapless presidential timber. Here at First to Last, we’ve gone into the shed, found our hand-shovels and shears, and are ready to decide which 2016 candidates should...

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Bernie Sanders Reaches For The Converted At Liberty University

(8) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:08 PM

If you open the Bible and turn to the Book of Hebrews, you'll find this bit of good advice: "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." This line might have been in the minds of...

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Rand Paul Now Just An Itinerant Prop Comic, Apparently

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:12 PM

What a difference an election cycle makes.

Back in the 2012 nominating contest, one couldn't help but be impressed with the way then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul and his campaign had undertaken a deep dive into the arcana of the nominating process, using an advanced study...

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Join HuffPost As We Break Down The GOP Debate

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 12:29 PM

The second GOP primary debate of the 2016 race is taking place tonight, and The Huffington Post is getting in on the action.

Join us during the debate for updates and conversation on the best and worst moments, and stick around after for more.

Watch us live...

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Dealing With The Skunk In The Room

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 3:22 PM

As the GOP's presidential hopefuls steer their way into the second debate, their challenge in many ways will be the same one they faced before: what to do about the interloper in their midst. Back in August, Roger Ailes attempted to come to the rescue of his beloved...

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Scott Walker Reverses The Position He Took On Taking Positions

(14) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Yesterday, I noted that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, after a long and troubled period in which he struggled to manage the day-to-day trials of being a presidential candidate (including such challenges as "taking a position on issues" and "answering questions from reporters"), had finally hit on a...

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Two DNC Vice-Chairs Push For Additional Primary Debates

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:21 PM

The American political process is, as we all know, an interminable parade of shame and desperation. But the current election cycle has been made a little more bearable thanks to the (relatively) limited number of primary season debates. The Republican National Committee has kept that number somewhere within...

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Scott Walker Won't Take Questions About Past Or Future

(6) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 10:28 AM

To my genuine surprise, no one seems to be wilting under the bright lights of the 2016 campaign trail more thoroughly than Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who hasn't seemed to be able to put a foot right since his presidential campaign began in earnest. Whether he's allowing...

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What We'd Ask The GOP Candidates In A Debate

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Thank God Labor Day has come and gone. After such a sleepy summer, maybe we'll finally have some political news to cover in this boring, routine presidential race. 

The two sentences above are examples of what we ultra-professional writers call "facetious humor." 

In truth, the first...

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Why Every 2016 Candidate Should Get Out While They Still Can

(7) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:59 PM

By now, if you're one of the people who decided to embark on the strange and wonderful journey of becoming president, you've probably experienced a lot of personal highs. You've traveled to far-flung parts of the country and met some great people. You've gotten your mug on television...

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Carly Fiorina Is Hopping Mad At CNN Over Looming Debate Snub

(14) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Is CNN about to screw up its upcoming GOP primary debate by screwing over one of the candidates? At least one aggrieved Republican contender, Carly Fiorina, is angry today about the criteria the venerable cable news network will use to choose its debate participants, and her campaign

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Scott Walker Wants Everyone To Know That He's Mad At China

(15) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:20 PM

As we noted a few days ago, Scott Walker's been having a hard time doing this whole "running for president" thing, and people are starting to notice and wonder. What's a Wisconsin governor to do to "turn the page" and "change the conversation"? How...

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Bill Kristol Begins His Quadrennial Panic Attack

(6) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Over the past few months, the slate of GOP presidential candidates has gone from glowing reviews of the Republicans' "deep bench" compared to the scant participation of rival Democrats, to recognition of how big that bench actually is and the sight of Fox News struggling to accommodate all comers at...

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