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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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Carly Fiorina Is Hopping Mad At CNN Over Looming Debate Snub

(10) 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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Scott Walker's Still Working Out His Stance On Birthright Citizenship

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 4:40 PM

At the outset of the 2016 election season, the conventional wisdom on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was that he was in a fairly unique position among the Republican Party’s presidential contenders. He was a favorite of both major donors and grassroots activists. His appeal was broad enough that...

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YOLO Joe: 11 Reasons Why Biden Should Jump In Already

(15) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 4:36 PM


It’s late August 2015. There are already more than 20 people running for president. Only about five of those have a realistic chance of actually winning, and we should not be encouraging anybody else to participate in the race. But here we are, just a group of...

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If Clint Eastwood Ran For President, He Would Destroy Donald Trump

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:58 PM


Presidential hopeful Donald Trump might be doing well in the polls, but a recent survey released Thursday shows his chances would be destroyed if Oscar winner Clint Eastwood entered the race. Which would be astounding, given that the last time Eastwood took to politics was at...

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Trump's Helicopter Entertains Small Children, Reporters In Iowa

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 11:48 AM

As Vox's Todd VanDerWerff noted over the weekend, one of the things that entertainer Donald Trump is using to sustain his ersatz political campaign is his reality-television acumen. "Compared with many of his competitors," VanDerWerff wrote, "Trump seems to be playing at a whole other level when it comes...

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How To Win The GOP Primary Debate

(8) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 3:30 PM


Donald Trump and nine other people will take the stage in Cleveland on Thursday night for the first of at least nine Republican presidential debates. Earlier in the day, several lesser-known candidates will go at it on an undercard that’s been set up to contend with the fact...

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How To Solve A Problem Like The GOP Debate

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:30 PM

So, that happened. On this week's podcast, we game out the survival strategy for the 17 GOP candidates who hope to succeed in August's debate, check in on the progress Congress has made on the highway funding bill, and note the irony of Phil Gramm returning to Washington to testify against...
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Anonymous Former CBO Head Slags $15 Minimum Wage As A Job Killer

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:10 PM


Over at The Hill, Mike Lillis has the story on how the proposed $15 minimum wage is dividing Democrats, in a piece auspiciously titled, "$15 minimum wage divides Democrats." The article describes how the hike to $15 is being pushed hard by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie...

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Elizabeth Warren 1, Wall Street Clown 0

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 4:11 PM

So, that happened. On this week's podcast, we look back on Elizabeth Warren ripping apart a rip-off artist from Primerica, break down the latest effort to pass a highway funding bill, and explain why a former NSA chief is talking to a bunch of fruit growers. 
 
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Jim Webb Losing His Early Allies With His Quixotic Presidential Bid

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:03 PM


Back in 2005, Jim Webb -- the former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan -- was urged to take part in a new mission: enter the Virginia Senate race, dispatch the Democratic Party's bland establishment hopeful Harris Miller, and ride on to vanquish incumbent Sen. George...

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Forget That Clown. Our Fantasy List Of 2016 Independent Candidates

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:28 PM


By tradition, only grumpy, unglamorous curmudgeons consider running as independent candidates for president -- men such as George Wallace, John Anderson, Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan. They were the political equivalents of a shot and a beer.


But now we have the innovative Donald Trump. He is...

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Midsummer Report On The GOP Field (Without You-Know-Who)

(215) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 5:40 PM



Midsummer Report On The GOP Field (Without You-Know-Who)


Oh, hello, everyone. My, my -- it seems like only last week that we...

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Hillary Clinton Has An Office

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 3:37 PM


Hillary Clinton's campaign has an office. It's in Brooklyn, a New York City borough famed for its high rents, like all New York City boroughs. People work in that office, at desks, with laptops, doing campaign stuff. When asked, those people all express a willingness to be there.

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Sherrod Brown Isn't Running For President, Even Though David Brooks Wants Him To

(2) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:26 PM

So that happened. On this week’s podcast, we talk to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) about austerity in Greece and banking regulations at home, break down the latest attack on Planned Parenthood, and examine how unlimited money is wrecking the Republican National Committee's hopes for an orderly primary season.

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World-Historical Deadbeats Demand Greece Pay Up, To Which Thomas Piketty Says 'LOL'

(56) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 7:36 AM

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we examine the austerity battles in Greece, break down the latest stage of the Iran nuclear talks, and get a real world account of what happens when Congress cuts off your access to food. Plus, the Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson is a huge...

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2016's Race To The Bottom

(204) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:00 PM



2016's Race to the Bottom


“Politics ain’t beanbag,” but the Republican race is extremely not beanbag: a mix of Tea Party rally,...

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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore Might Also Run For President, Because Why Not?

(8) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 3:43 PM

If you were worried the GOP presidential field was going to top out at a measly 17 candidates, never fear: Jim Gilmore is going to be the next Republican to maybe run for the White House. This news comes to us by way of the Richmond...

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Don't Be The Dope Who Gets Roped: A Handy Guide For Campaign Journalists

(7) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 2:27 PM

So it's come to this. Over the weekend, a Hillary Clinton campaign appearance in Gorham, New Hampshire, turned into a wonderful visual metaphor for the modern relationship between presidential candidates and the attendant traveling press corps when the Clinton campaign used a literal rope to keep members of...

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