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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

The Black Friday Backlash Has Only Just Begun

(7) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:49 PM

So, that happened: Black Friday, once the day retailers celebrated finally being "in the black," has for a long while been known for something much worse -- an annual post-Thanksgiving retail Bacchanal of "doorbuster" mayhem and instant YouTube shaming in which big-box retailers throw caution and good sense to the wind and stoke...

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No One At The New Yorker Understands How Pop Music Works, Apparently

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 12:11 PM

Evan Osnos' new profile of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is titled "The Opportunist," which makes it sound like a rough ride is in store for the young Republican presidential aspirant. And as it happens, the piece paints Rubio at times as a little green, and at times, a...

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The Week All Of The 2016 Presidential Candidates Lost Their Minds

(9) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 3:19 PM

So, this week on the campaign trail is going to go down in history -- hopefully! -- as one of those long, regrettable nights after which you wake up lamenting the things you said and did, knowing you could have done better, and now it’s time...

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What ISIS Wants: To Destroy The 'Gray Zone Of Coexistence'

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:33 PM

On this week's edition of "So, That Happened": Last week's terror attacks in Paris were horrific and senseless, but for the perpetrators -- the death-cultists of the self-described Islamic State -- they served a specific purpose: to eliminate the "gray zone of coexistence" between Muslims living in the West...

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Koch Brothers Take The Paranoid Style Of Politics To The Next Level

(3) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:13 PM

Ken Vogel, who muckrakes the world of the idle-rich weirdos who run our political system like none other, returns Wednesday with the latest inside dope on the famous Brothers Koch, last seen in these pages describing how they'd been "dragged ... kicking and screaming" into politics...

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Bernie Sanders Pins The Rise Of ISIS On 'Disastrous' Invasion Of Iraq

(5) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 9:24 PM

At Saturday's Democratic debate, the Paris attacks were a front-and-center concern, with most of the opening questions from...

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Donald Trump: Polls Declining, Ego Expanding

(9) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 2:56 PM

Donald Trump, the distended bladder of anger and Chex Mix currently running for the GOP’s presidential nomination, is starting to lose it. His poll numbers are back within Earth’s gravitational pull. His performance at the latest debate was, dare we say, low energy. Maybe that 12 minutes...

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Will The Fight For $15 Come To The Democratic Debate?

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:48 PM

At this week's Republican primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Neil Cavuto went there with his first question:

Candidates, as we gather tonight in this very august theater, just outside and across the country, picketers are gathering as well. They’re demanding an immediate...

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Missouri Students Prevail In Power Struggle, But What's Next?

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 3:40 PM

So, that happened. Students at the University of Missouri, angry about the school's indifference to numerous instances of flamboyant racial hate, this week forced the resignation of the anthropomorphic shrug emoticon that had managed to become the university's president. But now, it's time to shape the school's future.

It's a role into...

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Marco Rubio Responds To Question About Minimum Wage By Saying We Need Fewer Philosophers

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 9:40 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made it clear during Tuesday's GOP debate that he won't be easily...

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America Needs Ben Carson To Keep Telling His Zany Stories

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 2:25 PM

As we've noted before, Ben Carson's turn as the GOP frontrunner has led the media to shine a spotlight on some of his quirkier viewpoints and tall tales from his biography.

But most recently, the abundance of this sort of coverage has inspired...

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John Bel Edwards' New Ad Attacking David Vitter Is Not Subtle

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 4:45 PM

You can be forgiven if, up until now, you've not been paying much attention to the race to replace outgoing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, which has now come down to a matchup pitting longtime Republican Sen. David Vitter (La.) against state Rep. John Bel Edwards, the Democrat who serves Louisiana's 72nd District.

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How Each Of The GOP Candidates Can Still Win

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 4:41 PM

The tides are starting to shift in the race to be the Republican nominee. Slowly but surely, the debates are winnowing the field. With growing intensity, enmity between rival candidates is starting to come to a boil. And the happy free-for-all scene of the early primary...

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Ben Carson’s West Point Claim Is Latest Controversy To Rattle His Campaign [UPDATED]

(35) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Ben Carson has been having a rough time since he ascended to front-runner status in the race for...

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Live From New York: It's A Saturday Night Trumptroversy

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 5:54 PM

If you cast your mind back to June of this year, you might remember how it came to pass that the National Broadcasting Company parted ways with the star of their "The Apprentice" reality show, Donald Trump. At the time, Trump was just wading out into the waters of his...

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Don't Worry, The Associated Press Knows Who Martin O'Malley Is

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 4:15 PM

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) isn't exactly setting the world of presidential politics on fire these days, but is he such a non-factor that The Associated Press would fail to recognize him in a photo? Of course not, come on you guys. But if you've encountered this image on Twitter,...

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Democratic Party Continues To Be A Nonentity In State Politics

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 3:34 PM

So, that happened. The 2015 election is over, and Democrats' continuing failure to generate credible campaigns in down-ticket races will come at a cost, as thousands of poor Kentuckians now face the prospect of losing their health insurance as a result of the GOP's victory.

Will this finally...

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Michael Bloomberg Sure Paid A Lot For This Zamboni Ride

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 2:06 AM

Whoever has been making it a habit to watch Bloomberg Politics' "With All Due Respect" -- the vlog that Michael Bloomberg pays Mark Halperin and John Heilemann lots of money to produce, because it's really, really, really part of Bloomberg Politics' strategy and not...

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Stop The Presses: Billionaire Weirdo Likes Something!

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio is generally regarded as one of the GOP presidential candidates faring the best at this stage in the primary process. Despite the fact that he currently sits in third place, more than 20 points off the front-runner's pace, and despite the fact that...

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Jeb's Last Hope: Reclaim The Sword Of Chang!

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 7:06 PM

Something has gone wrong with Jeb Bush. You've seen it: The uncertain posture. The way he seems to want to just die in this Vine where he is made, by off-screen tormentors, to don a hoodie. And the look in his eyes! An uncanny combination of longing, fear...

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