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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

So That Happened: How One Texas Bill Could Make It Impossible For Minors To Get Abortions

(371) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. On this week's podcast, we look into Texas legislation restricting access to abortion for minors, compare and contrast federal bills aimed at curbing what food stamps can buy with the fact that Congress want us to give them more money, and conclude our conversation from last week...

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If The First GOP Debate Were Held Today, Who Would Be In?

(62) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 7:03 PM

As you may have heard, the first Republican debate is scheduled for Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio. And everyone who's had some hand in organizing this first primary debate has been forced to face the same problem: There are too many candidates. Way too many! By the...

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This Might Have Been The LGBT Community's Most Significant Setback In Washington

(37) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 9:09 AM

What was the most significant setback the LGBT community has endured at the hands of Washington lawmakers? According to the panel we assembled for our most recent edition of "Drinking & Talking," one policy stood out as especially painful.

The Huffington Post's own Jen Bendery joined three members of the...

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The GOP's Evolution On LGBT Rights Has To Be 'Measured In Inches, Not In Feet'

(28) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 9:09 AM

As demographics shift and younger Americans start to form party attachments, we're moving into a future where a politician's opposition to something like marriage equality is increasingly becoming a deal-breaker for voters. With the Democratic Party now more or less fully "evolved" on the issue, to use President Barack Obama's...

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How LGBT Activists Won The PR Game: Cash, Culture And Community

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 9:08 AM

What's the secret of the LGBT community's success, as they've moved toward societal equality? According to our most recent "Drinking & Talking" panel, part of it was simply smart activism. But the money didn't hurt.

The Huffington Post's own Jen Bendery joined three members of the gay community -- former...

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Here's What Dick Cheney And Julian Bond Have In Common

(19) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 9:08 AM

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond don't end up in the same category of leaders every day, but according to the most recent panel for "Drinking & Talking," one thing the two man have in common is that they're both under-appreciated advocates of LGBT rights.

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The Road To LGBT Equality Won't End At The Supreme Court

(25) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 9:07 AM

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality this summer, is there a concern in the LGBT activist community that suddenly, the momentum for full equality might flag? That is just one topic that the most recent "Drinking & Talking" panel took up in earnest.

The Huffington Post's...

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Now That The President Finally Has A Twitter Account, He Should Delete It Immediately

(20) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:06 PM

Monday morning, this happened on Twitter.

Yes, at long last, the United States has a president on Twitter. Or we...

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So That Happened: How A Trade Deal Is Tearing Democrats Apart

(10) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 9:10 AM

So that happened. This week we'll take a look at a trade deal that's so contentious, President Barack Obama is finding himself at odds with congressional leaders in his own party. We'll reflect on the tragic Amtrak train accident that left eight people dead, and discuss what role infrastructure funding...

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People Who Opposed The Iraq War From The Beginning Are The Best Americans

(601) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 4:38 PM

This week, the transfixing event for the world of people who cover the 2016 presidential election came courtesy of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who turned an easy question from Fox News' Megyn Kelly -- "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion [of Iraq]?" --

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Judith Miller And James O'Keefe Supported An Important American Tradition Today

(34) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 4:01 PM

That tradition? Irony.

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Trail To The Chief: 2016 Gaffe Edition

(44) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:26 PM

2016 Gaffe Edition

One of last week's most prominent stories of the 2016 presidential campaign featured former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trying...

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RNC Unleashes Insane Presidential Straw Poll On Unsuspecting World

(426) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Remember back when the Republican National Committee felt that the 2012 primary season was a terrible mess of too many candidates and too many debates, all of which badly spiraled out of control and ended up ruining Mitt Romney's chances of winning the White House? That was an...

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Thinking About Skipping The Iowa Caucuses? Better Think Again!

(20) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Earlier this week, news broke that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was opting out of active participation in this summer's Iowa Straw Poll, the annual event which propelled last year's winner, Michele Bachmann, to ... nowhere in particular, actually.

This year, the Iowa GOP has undertaken something...

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Hot 2016 Scoop: Jeb Bush Slips Up, Tells Reporters He's Running For President, Unless He Isn't

(245) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 3:58 PM

HOLY COW YOU GUYS. Got some habanero salsa hot 2016 scoops coming down the Internet garbage chute for you, courtesy of the dedicated reporters of NBC News. Today, it involves former Florida governor and Iraq War hypothetical-question misadventurer Jeb Bush. So, what's the haps?

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Jeb Bush Manages To Fumble The Iraq War Vote 13 Years After It Happened

(279) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 1:48 PM

If you'd harbored the hope that the 2016 election might be one in which a major presidential candidate didn't soil the bed with regard to an Iraq War authorization vote -- well, I've got bad news. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) somehow managed to wrong-foot what should have been...

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As Liberia Earns 'Ebola-Free' Designation, A Look Back On The Lessons Learned

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 1:56 PM

This weekend brought some good news for people who like to hear about the outbreaks of deadly diseases being curbed.

According to the World Health Organization, Liberia, one of the West African nations that was heavily affected by the most recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, was "declared ......

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Trail To The Chief: How To Become A 2016 Contender

(23) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 4:26 PM

How to Become a 2016 Contender Edition

You don’t have a backer with a billion dollars. You are nowhere in the polls....

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So That Happened: The Economic Context Behind What's Going On In Baltimore

(113) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So that happened. This week we take a look into some of the backstory of Baltimore's issues with inequality in the wake of protests after Freddie Gray's death, get the scoop on arguments heard this week in the Supreme Court's landmark case on same-sex marriage, and explore some of the...

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The 2016 Election Cycle Bids A Fond Farewell To April's Shiny Nonsense!

(7) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 7:58 PM

Friday is the first of May, which means there's only 550 days or so until Election Day 2016. It's a winding road ahead, into an uncertain future, but oh! The places we've already seen! The people we've already met! The memories we've already shared!

Right now, we have people...

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