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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

Marco Rubio ISO Billionaires For Heavy Campaign Petting

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Even as the Democratic candidates gather in Las Vegas for the first of their party's primary debates, some consequential news is emerging from Sin City that doesn't involve whether or not Vice President Joe Biden's going to drop in on tonight's affair unexpectedly like he was Nicki...

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Join HuffPost As We Break Down The Democratic Debate Tuesday Night

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 8:15 AM

The first Democratic primary debate of the 2016 race is happening on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and The Huffington Post...

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Who Else Besides Joe Biden Might Crash The Debate?

(4) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 1:13 PM

This week, from the Wynn Las Vegas Casino Hotel, CNN will televise the first Democratic debate of the primary season. The news channel's guru, Jeff Zucker, has a problem here: Unlike the fractious, bumptious, eminently televisable Republican mess that garnered huge ratings for the network, the...

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Chris Christie Doesn't Care About All This House Speaker Drama, Man

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 12:03 PM

As you may have heard, Washington has, over the past 36 hours, descended into full-scale disarray after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced he was pulling out of the race to become the next speaker of the House. It's been quite a time: There has been a lot of weeping,

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Doctors Without Borders Meets Bombing Without Consequences

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 4:38 PM

So, that happened. This week, we bombed some folks at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Will anyone be held accountable? 

Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) joins us to make the case for a congressional committee to address gun violence.

And government officials have suddenly become interested in big-money fantasy sports organizations. Should...

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Hmm, This Dark Money Organization Seems To Exist Just To Help Marco Rubio

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:22 PM

For a long time, I've been pointing out that the rumors of a "firewall" between the activities of political candidates and the activities of the dark money nonprofits that support those candidates have been somewhat exaggerated, much like the rumors of flying reindeer or sasquatches. Clearly,...

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The Nightmare Scenario That John Boehner Fears The Most

(10) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 3:57 PM

As Scott Wong of The Hill reported Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner experienced a fitful night's sleep last week, during which time the Ohio Republican had a nightmare about a "hand" that "came reaching, pulling," and, ultimately preventing his dream-self from making a needed escape. "I...

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Clinton Campaign Urged To Abandon New Hampshire, By Idiots

(7) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:18 AM

The New Hampshire primary is four months away, and as any political wag will tell you, it's a contest that tends to "break late." Back in 2008, in fact, the primary broke late very memorably, with Hillary Clinton prevailing just a day and a half after...

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Anyone Can Be Speaker ... Even Kanye

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Little-known fact: The Constitution does not require that the Speaker of the House be a member of Congress. This got us thinking -- always dangerous, but also fun. Why should those wild and crazy Republicans, whose caucus is reminiscent of the Washington Nationals' dugout, elevate one...

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A New Hampshire Primary For World Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 3:04 PM

Imagine the world is a giant New Hampshire and the 2016 primary election is this week. We here at First to Last 2016 are doing just that, inspired by Pope Francis’ on fleek American tour and the start of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual fall festival...

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Huge Leaked-Audio Revelation! Hillary Clinton Still Supports Thing!

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 11:59 AM

In this broken future of ours, it makes me happy that we could be on the precipice of a golden age of reporters ferreting recordings out of political fundraisers and onto the web. Yes, please! There's almost nothing more valuable than documenting the weird people who'll spend thousands of dollars...

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Jeb Bush Donors Are Not Panicking. Or Are They? Really, Who Can Tell?

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Something is going on with Jeb Bush's campaign these days. Maybe something bad? But maybe something good -- the intel is fuzzy. Luckily, we have journalists to sort it all out. Journalists like Politico's Eli Stokols, who reported on Tuesday that the Bush campaign is working very hard...

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Pope Francis Looks To Congress To Get Serious On Immigration, Environment

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 4:56 PM

So, that happened. This week, Pope Francis came to Washington, seeking Congress' indulgence on a host of issues of great importance to the Holy See. Meanwhile, in the 2016 presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called it quits after 70 days on the campaign trail. Finally, rock musician Ted Leo stopped by...

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Advice From A Rocker: 2016ers, Keep Us Off Your Campaign Playlists

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 3:15 PM

It's a story that gets retold in every election cycle: a political candidate -- and let's face it, it's almost always a Republican candidate -- plays a rock song at a campaign event, and before the rally is over the artist identified as the soundtrack provider is issuing statements of condemnation....

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RNC Primary Rules That Haven't Yet Taken Effect Have Failed: Report

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:20 PM

The New York Times over the weekend reported some bad news for the Republican Party, pertaining to the effort party elites have made to re-engineer a primary process with new rules, in the hope that the 2012 presidential election defeat would not be repeated. It's not working out,...

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Clinton's Lead Over Sanders Both Growing And Shrinking, According To CNN

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:02 PM

We woke up to a pretty extraordinary email this morning from CNN's PR team. It contained the results of their latest poll, conducted by ORC International between Sept. 17 and 19. This poll offered some good news for Hillary Clinton, advertised right in the email's subject line: "CNN/ORC...

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When Will Another One Bite The Dust?

(7) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Autumn officially begins this week. It’s a perfect time to weed the garden, trim the hedges and cut down sapless presidential timber. Here at First to Last, we’ve gone into the shed, found our hand-shovels and shears, and are ready to decide which 2016 candidates should...

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Bernie Sanders Reaches For The Converted At Liberty University

(8) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:08 PM

If you open the Bible and turn to the Book of Hebrews, you'll find this bit of good advice: "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." This line might have been in the minds of...

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Rand Paul Now Just An Itinerant Prop Comic, Apparently

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:12 PM

What a difference an election cycle makes.

Back in the 2012 nominating contest, one couldn't help but be impressed with the way then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul and his campaign had undertaken a deep dive into the arcana of the nominating process, using an advanced study...

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Join HuffPost As We Break Down The GOP Debate

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 12:29 PM

The second GOP primary debate of the 2016 race is taking place tonight, and The Huffington Post is getting in on the action.

Join us during the debate for updates and conversation on the best and worst moments, and stick around after for more.

Watch us live...

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