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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

Here Is Why You're Not Making It In America: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

(1326) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Is the United States a strong nation? There's a notion that it is, of course -- based mainly on the disruptive philosophical underpinnings upon which this country was established. But these are all really the fumes of nostalgia. What else is there? Well, we have the best fleet of aerial...

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Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors

(81) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinarily something that most of the wide world outside the Brandeis community could frankly give two figs about. But here's what happened. Brandeis had intended to bring author and...

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Dear America, 'Meet The Press' Wants To Meet You: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

(359) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 9:44 AM

For years and years, anyone who tuned in to America's Sunday morning political chat shows was invited into a world of cloistered elites whose understanding of the impacts of public policy ended at the bank of the Potomac River. It was a realm in which a massive unemployment crisis that...

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Politicians Are Releasing B-Roll Videos Of Themselves, And They Are Ridiculous

(19) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Political campaigns are not allowed to coordinate their efforts with the super PACs that nominally support them -- or so they would have us believe, which we do not. So when a super PAC needs choice, clean, professional footage of the candidates they support but aren't allowed to talk to,...

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CNN Reports News That Disappeared Malaysian Airplane Was, At Some Point Before Disappearance, Not Disappeared

(42) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:46 PM

Breaking news from CNN, the most trusted name in obsessing over what might have happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Rose Marie Arce brings us a new and exciting report, with the headline, "Plane buffs captured Flight 370 in images before disappearance."

Sweet fancy Moses, the what...

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Please Spare A Thought For The Real Victims Of The McCutcheon Decision

(22) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:07 PM

The Supreme Court's latest decision in McCutcheon v. FEC continues the long process of deforming our once-thought-to-be-timeless experiment in "We the people"-style representation into a new system where twitchy billionaires and corporo sapiens essentially dominate the political discourse. Free speech is still free, of course, but...

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Mystery Super PAC Theatre 2014: The Further Adventures Of Campaign B-Roll Video

(6) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:54 PM

As Paul Blumenthal reported last week, the hot new thing in the shady interplay between political campaigns and the super PACs that support them is the posting of long, nearly incomprehensible videos of nothing but candidate b-roll footage on the Internet, which can then be mined by dark...

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Rep. Dave Camp Gave This 'Congress' Thing His Best Shot, But He's Done

(20) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:16 AM

Is there even much of a point to being a member of Congress anymore, if you're nominally committed to public service? Probably not, and now Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has decided to consciously uncouple himself from his 23-year career in the House of Representatives.

According to reports broken nearly simultaneously...

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Stay Calm Or Go Crazy: Everyone's Got Some Free Advice On The Ukraine Crisis

(46) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:21 PM

Vladimir Putin's recent incursion into the Crimean peninsula may be bad news for anyone who likes things like "democratic norms," but it's been a heyday for anyone who wants to do a little consequence-free foreign policy back-seat driving -- a field as fertile as any burgeoning bubble of American Thought...

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Seeking To Win Back Black Voters, Alabama GOP Goes On Minority Recruitment Drive

(317) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Back when the Republican National Committee put together its “Growth and Opportunity Project” -- the 100-page document with the better-traveled nickname “RNC autopsy” -- one of its bigger aspirations was to “earn more supporters and voters” in a number of different demographic communities, including the African-American community. “Unless...

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America Is Well On Its Way To Tuning Out The Sunday Shows

(75) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Last week, Jonathan Bernstein, writing in Bloomberg View, issued a plea to America: stop watching the Sunday morning political blatherskite shows. I've already complied with this request, and I can report, anecdotally, that my life is much improved. (Did you know that instead of watching "Meet The Press,"...

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Mark Halperin Has A Sudden Flash Of Insight, Takes To Twitter

(45) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 9:54 AM

It was in the wan light of a morning still sleepily breaking into the day to come that the idea occurred to him. It was a thought, a notion, that first seemed to be slowly ambling into his consciousness, and then was suddenly there, all at once, like a flood...

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James Carville's Midterm Advice To Dems: Basically, Hope For The Best

(157) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:45 PM

The last time I recall famed Democratic strategist James Carville reacting to some special elections and responding with advice, it was September 2011, and Carville was advocating that everyone hit the panic stations, and that President Barack Obama to fire a bunch of people in a melodramatic show...

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RNC Looking To 'Hand-Pick' Moderators For 2016 Primary Debates

(102) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Despite my arch take on the RNC's "one year after the autopsy" video yesterday, you can color me impressed with the way Reince Priebus and his fellows have moved to address one of things about the 2012 election season that was clearly sapping Americans' collective will...

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Would-Be Hillary Clinton Campaign Insiders Have One Non-Negotiable Demand For 2016

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Back in April of 2013, Salon's Alex Pareene offered up a simple gauge by which you could determine whether or not a 2016 campaign for president by Hillary Clinton would outpace Clinton's 2008 campaign for president. "The Mark Penn Test," wrote Pareene, "determines whether or not a person...

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RNC Touts Past Year's Progress From Grim 'Autopsy' In 2012

(649) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Back in March of 2013, the Republican National Committee undertook an organization-wide wound-licking from its subpar 2012 campaign efforts, coming up with a report called the "Growth And Opportunity Project." Colloquially known as the "RNC autopsy," the report was billed as the "most comprehensive...

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Columnist Suddenly Worried About The Uninsured, But Not Enough To Get It Right

(43) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:33 PM

It's been a while since we got to read a solid, hopelessly clueless op-ed inveighing against Obamacare, but The Washington Times' Joe Curl brings us a snow-day special. Seems that he noticed, some days back, that there were 46 million people in these United States who were uninsured. In 2009,...

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Turns Out The Ohio Chrysler Plant Deemed Doomed In 2012 Is Not So Doomed After All

(217) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:10 PM

The Toledo Blade's Tyrel Linkhorn reported Friday that a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, is having itself a pretty terrific year. Chrysler is planning on hiring "up to 1,000 part-time employees for the Toledo Assembly complex" in order to give their full-timers a break. Those full-timers have been...

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LeBron James' Latest Decision: Signing Up As Obamacare Pitchman

(545) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:47 AM

In the most recent P.R. push to remind people of the March 31 deadline to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges, the White House has borrowed a little bit of celebrity to get the message out to would-be enrollees -- especially those "young-and-healthies" who are critical to organizing the pool of...

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WSJ Editors Seem To Think Widely Reported Obamacare Extension Is A 'Secret'

(46) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM

On Wednesday, the editors of The Wall Street Journal filed a diatribe about "ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption," bragging about unearthing a closely guarded "secret" that only their super-cool sources had noticed and passed on exclusively to them. Scoop, if true! But spoiler alert: It's not. How did this...

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