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The 1 Mistake The Political Media Must Not Make In 2016

(63) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:26 PM

We are now just a few short months before the midterm elections, after which the coverage of the 2016 presidential election and its attendant frenzy of nonsense and intellectual dystopia will kick in like a boot to your face. This is the perfect time to reflect upon the coverage of...

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The Brutalist Guide To 2016's Democratic Contenders (Not Named Hillary Clinton)

(213) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, Steven Brill has a "story he'd like to see." Specifically: What's the deal with "the Hillary alternatives?" You know, those other people who might compete in a Democratic primary in 2016.

Brill writes:

Can it really be such a certainty...
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Dick And Liz Cheney Are Not Well

(477) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:18 PM

At all.

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Clinton 2016 Coverage Is A Wild Ride On The Signal-To-Noise Rollercoaster

(13) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Longtime Eat The Press readers know that our official position on 2016 speculatin' in the year 2014 is that we'd love it if there was far, far less of it. But that doesn't mean we'd like none. As Jonathan Bernstein wrote two days after the last presidential election,...

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Rumors Of A 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:03 PM

As America has become used to the new landscape of money in politics -- now featuring rampaging, steroidal super PACs running amok in every corner of the country -- you've probably been told one nice little story that's supposed to make you feel better about what would seem to be...

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Elite Beltway Consensus Is A Looming Danger For America

(8) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 2:26 PM

It's not often that I have the opportunity to read something sensible about deficit mania and the terrors that have followed in its wake, but when I do it's a real relief to the soul. So, in case you missed it over the holiday weekend, here's The Week's...

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How The U.S. Team Escaped The 'Group Of Death,' We Think

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 7:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- What does it sound like when HuffPost Raconteur Jason Linkins and HuffPost Senior Political Economy Raconteur Zach Carter take a break from all the political chatter to sit down and talk about sports?

Find out by listening to them discuss the nail-biting World Cup match between the U.S....

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Cochran Vs. McDaniel: The Winner And The Whiner

(93) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:36 PM

They said it couldn't be done. Or rather, that it shouldn't be done. But someone went and did it anyway. And now, they are frothing with incandescent anger.

That's the situation we're left with in the aftermath of the runoff election in the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi, where the...

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True Chyrons For Bush-Era Iraq War 'Experts'

(180) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:34 PM

As Michael Calderone noted earlier this week, one of the more astounding things that has happened in the wake of the sectarian deterioration and renewed violence in Iraq is that the people whose actions led to these natural, predictable consequences have been reinvited onto your televisions and op-ed...

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Clinton Looks A Little Rusty On Her 'Hard Choices,' Avoidable Errors Tour

(6) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Hillary Clinton has a book out. It's called Hard Choices. It's about hard choices. Lots and lots of hard choices. I did not read this book. Easy choice, really.

Hillary Clinton should not take it personally that I didn't read this book. (Seriously, she should work hard at...

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Ari Fleischer Can't Remember Whether He Likes Iraq Withdrawal Or Not

(18) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:16 PM

On October 21, 2011, The New York Times reported on President Barack Obama's announcement that "the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of this year." Not everyone agreed with the decision, but it had its supporters. Like, say, this guy:

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Native American Tribe To Air Anti-Redskins Ad During NBA Finals

(64) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:56 PM

On Monday, we learned that Washington, D.C.'s National Football League team had hired a group of lobbyists -- specifically, McGuireWoods Consulting -- to help it in its continually inane public relations battle to keep its racist name. The move raised a lot of questions, such as, "Is this...

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Twilight Of The International Sports Scoundrels: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

(2) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 9:02 AM

In just a few days, the eyes of the sporting world will be on Brazil, where the world’s finest soccer teams (and also Australia) will gather in the South American nation for the 2014 World Cup. And upon its conclusion in mid-July, Brazil will begin a sprint to...

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Hurricane Names Don't Scare You Enough? Tremble Before These

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:13 PM

Earlier this week, we learned that America has a hurricane name problem. Specifically, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that people tend to show insufficient fear in the face of a hurricane if the hurricane has a feminine name. And...

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Maureen Dowd Eats Some Pot Candy, Succumbs To Reefer Madness

(10) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Dig, if you will, a picture: You're alone, in an unfamiliar place. In your possession, you have something that -- according to what you've heard -- a lot of people enjoy consuming, but of which you are reluctant to partake. Steeling your nerves, you allow yourself a taste and, as...

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'Let's Have Some Random Doctors Guess Chris Christie's Weight!' Said Someone At Politico, Apparently

(208) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:11 PM

Chris Christie's year has been more than a little bit tough, what with "Bridgegate" and its attendant melodramas. But one thing he's got going for him is that, frankly, dude's been looking much healthier lately. A seemingly successful lap band surgery and healthier living have helped Christie shed...

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Better Know A Koch Brother!

(255) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:25 PM

As the 2014 midterms approach, the billionaire industrialists and politically conservative uber-donors known as the Koch Brothers continue to loom large in our political discourse. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has famously targeted Charles and David Koch with his ire, and prominent Democrats have labored to cast the pair...

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Jason And Zach's Ideas Festival: Growing Synergy In The Hyperconnected Mindspace

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Thomas Friedman once said, "We live in a hyperconnected world." Then he said it a thousand more times, and we noticed that The New York Times only kept giving him more money to keep saying it. So Zach Carter and I realized, "Hey, we can do that." And then we...

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10 Things You Need To Know About Julian Castro If You'd Like To Be Somewhat Informed

(146) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 7:50 PM

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been nominated to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What's to be said about this? Well, over at The Washington Post, The Fix hooks you up with "The 10 things you need to know about...

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It's Amateur Hour With The Benghazi Select Committee

(1202) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 8:07 PM

Over at the New Republic, Brian Beutler gives good gobsmack on a very strange action taken by the post-modern Richelieu, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), on the eve of the new Benghazi Select Committee getting up and rolling. Per ABC News, it seems that Issa went ahead...

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