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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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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)

(216) 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

(205) 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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Civilized Nations Don't Put Children In Brutal Prisons, So Why Do We?

(171) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 5:45 PM

So that happened. On this week's podcast, Dana Liebelson joins us to discuss her recent exposé of the prison system in Michigan, where children -- commingled with adult criminals -- are being broken, not rehabilitated. Plus: We discuss last week's marriage equality ruling and this week's new overtime...

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We Talked To Laura Bassett* About England's Heartbreaking Own Goal

(23) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 5:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- England lost to Japan in the Women's World Cup semifinal on Wednesday after Laura Bassett accidentally kicked the ball into her team's own net during the final minute of play.

Many people have confused England's Laura Bassett with HuffPost's Laura Bassett. We interviewed...

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Saying Goodbye To The Things That Made June Another Ridiculous Month On The 2016 Campaign Trail

(9) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 7:37 PM

Well, kids, another month of presidential electioneering is in the books. We've made it to July of 2015, and what a frabjous day it is for our nation. At this point, just about everyone who is going to try to run for president in the 2016 election cycle is in...

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Down In The Email Dumps With Hillary Clinton

(32) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Just in time for Canada Day, the State Department has loosed upon the world a trove of Hillary Clinton's State Department emails, forcing reporters across this great land of ours to comb through the cache, searching for ... you know, some stuff. What have we learned from the...

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Jeb Bush And His Favorite Strategist Are Going To Coordinate With Each Other All The Time

(22) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 6:17 PM

It's early days yet in the post-Citizens United era, and most of the nation is still in a very naive place. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who once warned that "that there will be huge scandals associated with this huge flood of money," is our Tiresias, just...

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Bobby Jindal To Fulfill Son's Dream Of Returning To Iowa, Also Is Running For President

(313) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 1:38 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday joined the crowded field of candidates vying for the GOP's presidential nomination, and may even get the chance to appear in one of his party's debates, if he plays his cards right! But the first order of business in this day and age is...

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I Can't Stop Laughing At The 'True Detective' Bar Scene

(90) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 8:41 PM

If you'll grant me an indulgence, I'd like to take a moment to talk about what so many other people are talking about: Sunday's episode of HBO's "True Detective." What a world we live in that this thing was broadcast to the world on television -- an hour of over-sizzled...

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PolitiFact Goes 1-For-2 In Evaluation Of Obama's Mass Shootings Statement [UPDATED]

(49) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:59 PM

"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," said President Barack Obama, in an emotional reaction to the mass shooting that claimed the lives of nine worshippers at the Emanuel African...

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