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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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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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Donald Trump's 'Winning' Streak Comes To A Screeching Halt Before It Starts

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 9:58 AM

A great man named Donald Trump once said, "I am a whiner, and I keep whining and whining until I win." Sadly, this Churchillian testicular fortitude came to naught on Monday, as the country's foremost...

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Jeb! Comeback Watch: Former AIG Failure To The Rescue

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 6:50 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. Tonight we'll find out if he's got anywhere to go after the Iowa Caucuses. Here's how the...

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12 Things To Watch In The Iowa Caucuses

(8) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 3:03 PM


Hello from the High Life Lounge and El Bait Shop, down by the river in Des Moines, Iowa. It's our favorite purpose-built dive bar cafe. The cheap panelling and old Schlitz signs recall "Starsky and Hutch" but the place opened in 2006, just as the Obama team brought irony...

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'The Big Short' Director Adam McKay Isn't Done With Wall Street

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 5:32 PM

So, that happened. Adam McKay, a multi-platform Hollywood hyphenate who helped create some of the most memorable comedies to hit the theaters, is back at the box office with his rendering of Michael Lewis' The Big Short. And he's a man on a mission: "I just feel like if another crisis comes, we're going to...

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'Let's Drag Veterans Into Our Gross Spectacle,' Said Some GOP Candidates

(8) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 12:40 PM

You may have heard that reality teevee mogul Donald Trump has opted to pull out of Thursday's Republican debate on the grounds that Megyn Kelly was mean to him one time (i.e., asked him a question). Instead of joining the rest of the field on the Fox News debate stage,...

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Fox News Threatened By Trump's Latest Faustian Bargain

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 3:33 PM

This week's Republican debate, scheduled to take place on Fox News, is all ass over tea kettle now,...

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Jeb! Comeback Watch: Barbara Bush Is All In!

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 3:57 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. Can an infusion of blue blood help? Let's find out. Here's how the comeback is going.

As...

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The Parties Decide (To Implode)

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 1:33 PM


Republicans and Democrats are dying brands. Evidence? They both could end up with non-members as nominees. On the eve of the first votes in the process they no longer control, here's why they're fading away.


The nation's founders hated political parties, or so they said. It took...

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WaPo Bombshell: Marco Rubio Was A Teenager Once

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 11:24 AM


Now that it's pretty clear that either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is going to be the Republican nominee for president, reporters who've collected dribs and drabs of information on the candidates once thought to be contenders are taking that material and stitching it up into story form. After...

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