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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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Who Wants To Play A Nerve-Wracking Election Simulation Game?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 12:16 PM

The Republican National Convention is over, and 2016’s movable feast of nonsense and worry now shifts to Philadelphia for the Democratic event. There are many revelations to come, such as the size of GOP nominee Donald Trump’s “convention bounce” in the polls, and the...

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White Supremacist David Duke Gives Trump's Speech Rave Review

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 1:09 AM

Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday elicited a range of reaction ― with convention delegates in attendance feeling largely thrilled by the oration, even as some Republicans viewed the moment as the death of their party. But one important review, naturally, came from a former...

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If Anyone Is Unifying The GOP, It's Clinton, Not Trump

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 4:00 PM

So, that happened. At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, expressions of party unity toward the nominee, Donald Trump, have failed to fully flower. The beginning of the convention was marred by two consecutive days in which the restless “Stop Trump” faction of delegates attempted to have their voices...

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Hey, Let's Remember What Ted Cruz 'Really Thinks About Donald Trump'

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 6:30 PM

Wednesday night, late into prime time, the Texas senator and former presidential aspirant Ted Cruz will take the stage at the Republican National Convention. He’ll give a speech right before a scheduled video package from the Trump family titled, “My Father,” that seeks to define the character of GOP nominee...

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Donald Trump Planning To Just Let Mike Pence Run The Country, Apparently

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 12:10 PM


Anyone looking to tune in to the Republican National Convention this week to hear from the man the GOP is seeking to send to Washington to run the country needs to adjust their DVRs, because that speech won’t be given by Republican presidential nominee and apocalyptic...

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Watch The RNC Devolve Into A Total Sh*tshow As Officials Silence Never Trump Crowd

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 4:54 PM

A group of anti-Trump delegates at the Republican National Convention pressed unsuccessfully for a roll call vote on the convention rules Monday afternoon, only to be quashed by convention...

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8 Ways Trump And Pence Could Be A Really Awkward Pairing

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 3:36 PM


In the immediate wake of Donald Trump choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) as his running mate, the consensus that quickly congealed among the political commentariat was that Trump had finally done something boring and conventional. Hashtag sad!


Well. First of all, political reporters should probably...

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The Knives Are Out For The New Trump/Pence 2016 Logo

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 1:29 PM

GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) as his vice presidential running mate, just as everyone assumed earlier this week when the news initially leaked. But what nobody knew ― and what no one was seemingly prepared for ― was what the new campaign...

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Cleveland's Cavalier Convention Is On!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 4:26 PM


So, that happened. A night about Benghazi, a speech from at least one cast member from “The Apprentice,” plus a special guest appearance from former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow ― these are among the highlights of a leaked draft schedule for the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland,...

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What We Talk About When We Won't Shut Up About Vice Presidential Speculation

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 11:35 AM


Sometime very soon, we’re going to find out if Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin was correct when he predicted that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would name “a prominent Republican” to be her vice president. This would be a staggeringly strange thing for Clinton to do, given a...

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GOP Platform Identifies Pornography As A National Public Health Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 3:09 PM


This week, Republican delegates are meeting in committee to lay out the 2016 version of their party’s platform document ― a non-binding declaration of #squadgoals that will generate a few days of stories like this one before being largely forgotten. This year’s platform committee has taken dead aim...

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These Republicans Are Under Trump's Skin

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 3:04 PM


According to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight will be a key figure at the upcoming Republican National Convention ― where he will presumably hurl Clint Eastwood’s 2012 convention chair at an underperforming point guard, or something....

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FBI Investigation Into Clinton Emails Finds That Elites Have It Pretty Good

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 5:24 PM

So, that happened. This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s lengthy investigation into the private email practices of former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton concluded with the Bureau’s head, James Comey, recommending against criminal charges. Which is not to say he gave Clinton a rosy review ―...

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Coal Industry Worried Its Executives Might Somehow Be Responsible For Their Companies' Actions

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 4:18 PM

After Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship knowingly conspired to violate the safety standards at his Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia, a jury of his peers said, “Yeah, you are totally guilty of conspiring to violate the safety standards at your mine.”

In the wake of his malfeasance,...

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Hey, Did Donald Trump Ever Give You A Tim Tebow Helmet?

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 3:06 PM

It has happened again. The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold ― plugging away at the “what actually happened to that money presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump promised to give to charity?” beat ― has, through his dogged reporting, forced a response from the Trump camp.

Previously, Fahrenthold’s work tracking the some $6...

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New George W. Bush Biography Not Likely To Be Shelved At His Presidential Library

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 10:34 AM


Rarely in the history of reviewing presidential biographies for major American newspapers has the nation been so well-served as it has been by The New York Times' Peter Baker in his review of Bush -- Jean Edward Smith's newly published account of George W. Bush's...

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Donald Trump's Pretty Sure That Governing Country Is As Easy As Owning A Golf Course

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Here in the U.S., we're pretty used to hearing our politicians offer up pleasing-sounding bromides about how simple it is to govern the country -- as if the complexities of our economy can be tamed just by following the advice offered on Successories postersWelp, I'll tell ya, if...

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GOP Strategist On Trump: 'Not Even The Best Digital Strategy Can Help Him'

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 5:46 PM

So, that happened. In February 2013, The New York Times Magazine published a 2012 election postmortem titled, "Can The Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence." The author, Robert Draper, profiled several innovative Republican strategists who'd all been left on the sidelines as Republican candidate Mitt Romney went down to defeat. The...

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Embattled GOP Senator Throws Trump Under The Bus In New Ad

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 12:45 PM

Just over two weeks ago, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) made news when he became the first of his Republican legislative colleagues to rescind a previously extended endorsement of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Now, as Politico's Kevin Robillard reports, he's set to become another famous first in...

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Campaign Reeling, Donald Trump Pivots To, Uhh...Scotland? Okay, Man.

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 3:37 PM


These recent news cycles, lo, they have not been kind to presumptive GOP nominee and cursed blood pudding Donald Trump. With national poll numbers cratering, money in unprecedentedly short supply, and a staff in chaos, anxious Republican elites who have bought in to...

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