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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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Rubio Backer Praises Him For Vote He Actually Missed

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 10:29 AM

How hard is it to name a Marco Rubio accomplishment? For some, it seems to be a difficult endeavor. Maybe it's because the Florida senator's accomplishments are not memorable, or that he has very few that Republicans want to brag about during the presidential primary. (Cough! Gang of Eight, cough!)...

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The Democratic Nomination Has Become A Battle Of Race, Gender And Bruised Egos

(20) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 6:22 PM

So, that happened. Whatever remained of the genteel rivalry between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has probably been ground to dust in the wake of a New Hampshire primary mollywhopping that's left Clinton's campaign grasping for answers. Thursday night, it was on Gwen Ifill and...

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Here Comes Another Superdelegate Crisis

(21) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 3:09 PM


Shortly after the New Hampshire primaries concluded, a great confusion arose among those who don't have several hundred hours of free time to study the Byzantine way we decide presidential nominees. That confusion coalesced into a single question: Why, if Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton decisively in the...

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Jeb! Comeback Watch: Jeb Shall Reap The Souls Of His Enemies

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 4:43 PM

For a few months now, Jeb Bush's campaign has been insisting that the Jeb! Comeback is on and that the media should get in on the ground floor of this amazing narrative. New Hampshire may have given the GOP hopeful just the lift he needs to aid him in his...

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40 Takeaways From The 2016 New Hampshire Primary, Ranked

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 10:57 AM


America's quadrennial obsession with New Hampshire finally reached its anti-climax Tuesday night, leaving pollsters looking redeemed, party elites feeling dismayed, and the rest of us just grateful that important aspects of the contest weren't determined by coin tosses. Not that it was even close -- New Hampshire's late-breaking...

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Jeb! Comeback Watch: It's All Happening In New Hampshire!

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 5:31 PM

For a few months now, Jeb Bush's campaign has been insisting that the Jeb! Comeback is on, and that the media should get in on the ground floor of this amazing narrative. Will he do it in tonight's New Hampshire primary or nah? Here's how the comeback is going. 

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Grover Norquist: Election Will 'Be Determined By The Vaping Community'

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 4:04 PM

You've heard of soccer moms, cybervoters and boomer grannies -- obscure segments of the population that definitely decided previous elections and put the country on a firm path to cyber-soccer for grandmothers. What segment of the electorate will rise to determine the winner of the...

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This Is A Bad Tweet, 'Hardball'

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 1:56 PM

What does it mean if Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton in polls of New Hampshire voters by margins that range from nine points to thirty points? Ordinarily, this question wouldn't be answered by saying, "Depends on who you ask?" But MSNBC's Hardball apparently decided to make this difficult, by tweeting...

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More Than Half Of GOP Voters Still Undecided In New Hampshire

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 1:41 PM


From the standpoint of anyone nurturing a media narrative, anything other than wins for Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders and GOP front-runner Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primary would be either mildly surprising or downright shocking.


But history teaches us that the state is a ripe...

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12 Things To Watch In The New Hampshire Primary

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 3:21 PM


We're in busy JD's Tavern in Manchester, New Hampshire, where anyone can get a free (and quite good) hamburger. Why? Because it's MSNBC's broadcast site. TV producers need a hubbub-y background of happy New Hampshirites for on-air interviews with candidates, handlers, poll-takers and pundits.  


Right now,...

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Is Donald Trump Too Lazy To Be President?

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 1:53 PM

Donald Trump makes big promises. But how he describes the means by which he'll fulfill them? Well, that's even more outlandish. Basically, it boils down to:

Step One: Trump hates something.
Step Two: ???????
Step Three: "Winning."

That's essentially the model...

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What Time Is The Super Bowl Really Going To Matter?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:15 PM

The intrinsic value of Super Bowl 50, conceptually, will never matter more than it does right now. Your imagination can accommodate the idea that an ideal Super Bowl is possible. You can take some comfort in the notion that the unobserved Super Bowl that only exists in your...

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Hillary Clinton's Governing Vision Receives Affirmation... From Bernie Sanders

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 11:11 AM


One of the hotter debates happening in the Democratic nominating contest is really a dispute about governing style. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has argued that she's best-suited to be president at a time when the legislature is under control of the GOP because she's an operator, a...

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Hillary Clinton Says Goldman Sachs Keeps Paying Her To Tell War Stories

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:02 AM

At Thursday night's debate in New Hampshire, MSNBC moderator Chuck Todd tossed one of this week's bigger questions to Hillary Clinton, asking if she'd provide the public with a record of what she said in the numerous...

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The Democrats' Debate About The Future Has Become A Battle Of Bona Fides

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:02 PM

So, that happened. Hillary Clinton's candidacy has a very compelling mission: She'll hold fast against the GOP's attempts to roll back the accomplishments of the Obama administration. Bernie Sanders presents himself equally compellingly: Holding what's been gained isn't good enough; real progress requires a revolution. For a time, this was a heady...

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New Hampshire: Live Free Or Die, But Always Break Late

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:15 PM

When political observers characterize New Hampshire, host state of the first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9, one aspect that they typically focus on is the state's famed independent-mindedness. That's a quality that helps make sense of the fact that the two insurgent candidates, Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump, boast...

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Jeb! Comeback Watch: Please, Please Clap

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 11:41 AM

For a few months now, Jeb Bush's campaign has been insisting that the Jeb! Comeback is on, and that the media should get in on the ground floor of this amazing narrative. Today, that narrative is channeling Percy Bysshe Shelley. Here's how the comeback is going. 

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Jeb! Comeback Watch: Iowa, By The (Mostly Bad) Numbers

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:53 PM

For a few months now, Jeb Bush's campaign has been insisting that the Jeb! Comeback is on, and that the media should get in on the ground floor of this amazing narrative. Well, the Iowa results are in. Here's how the comeback is going.

Monday night, former Florida Gov....

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The Iowa Caucus Is Trash And We Should Get Rid Of It

(10) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:01 PM

It was right around the time that news broke that certain Iowa precincts were determining which candidates were going to win delegates by virtue of a coin toss that I'd finally had enough, and decided...

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40 Takeaways From The 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Ranked

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 11:14 AM

The Iowa caucuses, mercifully, are over. The votes are in, the winners have declared victory and the people who finished third are also sort of declaring victory for some reason. The delegates have been apportioned...

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