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This Day In Anonymous Sourcery: Area Source Concerned Elizabeth Warren Might Get Mad

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 3:15 PM

It's a bit early into 2015, but I think we already have a strong contender for Anonymous Source Of The Year. Our promising entrant appears near the top of this Antonio Weiss vs. Elizabeth Warren battle royale saga by Politico's Ben White. Titled "Behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Treasury...

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Trail To The Chief: Ultra-Premature VP Edition

(17) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 5:54 AM



Ultra-Premature VP Edition


When we started "Trail To The Chief," the first question we got was: "Are you sure it's...

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So, That Happened: Congress Delivered Its State Of Disarray

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress now completely controlled by his opposition. The Huffington Post's Sabrina Siddiqui was there, and she joins us to discuss the oration and the reaction.

Listen to this week's...

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The 10 Best Months For Presidential Election Poll Accuracy, Ranked

(5) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:37 PM

This week, you probably saw some headlines that said things like, "Poll: Clinton clobbers potential GOP foes." Which sounds pretty definitive. But! You may have also noticed that the Republican National Committee did not publish a press release that read, "Piss it, we're conceding the race and regrouping...

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State Of The Union Drinking Game Will Help You Get Through Obama's Speech

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Good evening, America. President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address Tuesday night. You know what that means: Political reporters and pundits across the country will watch the president's oration carefully and parse the hidden messages contained therein obsessively, while the rest of the country takes the opportunity...

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Trail To The Chief: Dirty Dozen Donor Edition

(101) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 5:46 AM



The Dirty Dozen Donor Edition


Our inaugural Trail to the Chief ranked presidential candidates. Now we’re free to focus on the real...

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So That Happened: Against All Logic, A 2012 Loser Is Reborn

(47) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So that happened: This week, the 2016 presidential race was roiled by the announcement that former GOP nominee and 2012 loser Mitt Romney was, against all logic, getting his band back together to mount yet another run for the White House. This has baffled everyone, including The Huffington Post's Amanda...

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RNC Announces New, Vastly Less Insane Primary Debate Schedule

(106) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 6:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee, in its after-action report on the 2012 election (known by its nickname, the "RNC Autopsy"), made it a goal to do something about the long-winded primary process that its leaders believe did their efforts more harm than good. The process of

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IRS Budget Cuts Plus Tribal Politics Will Make Tax Season A Customer Service Hellscape

(55) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:47 PM

As the Washington Post's Lori Montgomery reports, the Internal Revenue Service typically "handles nearly 160 million tax returns each year and more than 100 million phone calls, interacting with more members of the public than any other federal agency." Is there a chance that you might be among...

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Mitt Romney Will Have His Revenge

(309) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 6:13 PM

There was a moment when it appeared that the next presidential contest was simply going to lumber into existence. A slowly emerging field would pace their way through the so-called invisible primary, sides would be chosen, teams selected, camps erected, and at the end, a kind of pecking order would...

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Trail To The Chief: Inaugural Edition

(209) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:00 AM



The Inaugural Edition


Hi there, and welcome to Trail to the Chief, HuffPost’s weekly trip through the folds of time-space to the...

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So That Happened: 2015 Offers No Respite From 2014's Misery

(9) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, radical militants from a pseudo-Islamic death cult murdered 12 members of the staff of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in their Paris office, ending any hope we had that 2015 would be a respite from 2014's garbage and misery.

Listen to this week's "So That...

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In Solidarity With A Free Press, I Put Some Objectionable Content On The Internet

(21) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:25 PM

In the wake of the brutal killings of the satirists of French weekly Charlie Hebdo, the people of the Internet are having a national -- actually, I guess it's an international -- conversation on the role of satire, the importance of free speech and the need to defend free expression,...

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If It's Sunday Morning, Is It Sexist?

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 5:27 PM

If you've spent any length of time watching the Sunday morning political talk shows, as I once, regrettably, did, you've probably noticed that the on-air proceedings are -- how to put this? Let's say, a bit of a sausage-fest. (You know, just the wurst, ha ha.) Male guests consistently outnumber...

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Headline Of The Day Takes Huge Chance With Hillary 2016 Prediction

(56) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Here's your 2016-related headline of the week, courtesy of MSNBC's "The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart":

hillary clinton

So, Hillary Clinton will make her campaign announcement soon, unless she makes her campaign announcement later. Really risky limb you've crawled out on there, guys.

[Would you like...

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Jim Webb's Old Novels Re-Emerge As 'Oppo' In Latest Sign That 2016 Will Be An Unrelenting Storm Of Garbage

(25) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 2:49 PM

The thing about any presidential election is that it could be an event in which sober and intelligent men and women stage a thoughtful and serious debate on the high-stakes issues of our time, guided by the principle that the American people, if nothing else, simply deserve it. On the...

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Maryland Lawmaker Thinks Press Needs His OK To Use His Name, Which Is 'Kirby Delauter'

(332) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:59 PM

Got a little story this morning about the Streisand Effect -- which, if you're unfamiliar with the term, is that thing where an inept attempt to censor information leads to that information being disseminated far more widely than it otherwise would have been had the person who wanted the information...

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Ben Carson's Camp Disputes Union-Leader's "Hefty Fee" Story [UPDATED]

(316) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:58 AM

UPDATE, 1/7/2015: Carson's camp, as well as the New Hampshire Union-Leader's original source for the story, now dispute the Union-Leader's original account. The Granite State newspaper carries this development in a staff report, following on the previous article. From that report:

Dr. Ben Carson was unable...
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Our Prediction For 2015 Is That Most Economic Predictions Will Suck

(92) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 10:19 AM

The American economy, bolstered by a run of decent employment numbers and a party-in-the-USA third-quarter GDP pop, is finally beginning to show signs of health. While this good news didn't arrive in time to help Democrats retain control of the Senate, it still technically...

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Antonio Weiss' Supporters Tout His Authorship Of A Liberal Think-Tank's Economic Plan. But Why?

(10) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Antonio Weiss, the Lazard mergers and acquisitions expert who the Obama administration has tapped to serve as the U.S. Treasury's undersecretary of domestic finance, is facing the prospect of being the first high-profile casualty of the Democratic Party's post-election populist mini-reformation, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

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