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Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Herman Cain Takes A Victory Lap

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

Five men competed in last week's Republican debate in South Carolina, but only one of them could credibly package the entire experience in a video hig...

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Donald Trump Talks Cufflinks And Orgasms With 'Rolling Stone'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, Public Policy Polling had some bad news for people who like the idea of Donald Trump running for president (by which I mean, "Donald Trump ...

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Newt Gingrich, Renewing American Leadership, And Their Vision For America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

What would a Newt Gingrich presidency look like? Whether or not he has managed to remain an "ideas guy" in his post-Congressional career has always been a subject of intense debate. Sometimes, Gingrich's "ideas" are warmed-over policy proposals from his Speakership heyday. Sometimes, his "ideas" are things that other people have already proposed. On rare occasions, his "ideas" involve laser beams. Regardless, Gingrich's reputation as some sort of walking reliquary of policy innovations precedes him.

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Late Returns: If Trump Has 'Collapsed,' Where Does That Leave Pawlenty?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

The news today is that it's looking like the Donald Trump boomlet is all but done, with a new round of numbers from Public Policy Polling finding that...

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Let's All Start Speculating About Thaddeus McCotter In 2012!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

As Salon's Steve Kornacki pointed out yesterday, there's still a strong desire among GOP elites for some yet-to-be-named candidate to jump into the ra...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For May 6, 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

This week was an important week for American democracy, as the GOP met in South Carolina for a grand debate, in which all most some a handful of longs...

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Drugs, War, And Bells: The Debategasm

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

Did you miss last night's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, between four people who have only a slim chance of ever being the party's nominee...

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Late Returns: Fred Karger Will Play Frisbee With New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

The Speculatron's favorite longshot candidate, Fred Karger, has released a new web video in support of his ongoing efforts in New Hampshire. Titled "D...

Jason Linkins

South Carolina Primary Debate To Feature No-Shows, Spurned Hopefuls, And Media Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

The candidates that the debate organizers want won't be showing up. The AP is in a kerfuffle with Fox News over "restrictions placed on media access." What is the point of this debate, again?

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Huckabee Disputes Report Fox News Gave Him Presidential Ultimatum

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

Here's some good news for people who heart Huckabees! Huckabee's employer, Fox News, has given him until the end of the month to come to a decision on whether or not he'll run for president.

Jason Linkins

Buddy Roemer: 'That's What's Wrong With The American System .. It's Bought'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics

Hey, you guys remember Buddy Roemer, right? Former Louisiana Governor? Re-emerged after a quarter-century of being out of politics to announce he was ...

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Late Returns: The Brief Life Of The Osama Bin Bounce

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

Everybody is pretty happy over the news that they won't be sharing their future with Osama bin Laden. But it's hard for most people to actually visualize a future -- let alone plan for one -- without having a steady job and the income it provides.

Jason Linkins

Will Newt Gingrich Finally End His Torturous Period Of Indecision?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

For so many months, we have waited and waited for Newt Gingrich to resolve his many thousand "financial entanglements" and make up his mind on whether...

Jason Linkins

Mitt Romney Loses Support Of Key New Hampshire Operative From 2008

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

Some bad news for presumed candidate for president and putative frontrunner Mitt Romney today. Mother Jones' Andy Kroll reports that Bruce Keough, who...

Jason Linkins

Former Ambassador Presses Ahead With 2012 Plans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

Former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has only recently completed his overseas obligations, but as reports from last week sug...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics

This week, the 2012 presidential landscape was rocked by a couple of big announcements. Haley Barbour, who had us more or less convinced he was going to take a run at the White House, surprised everyone by announcing that he had decided against mounting a campaign. Now, the insider knowledge and deep connections that Barbour has spent his career cultivating are hot commodities -- as is his endorsement. Will Barbour lay his kiss of approval on the brow of Mitch Daniels? Or will he back his fellow southerner, Mike Huckabee? Or Tim Pawlenty? At this point, nobody knows.

Jason Linkins

Karger-mentum: Longshot Hopeful Hits 1 Percent Polling Threshold

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics

On Thursday, we brought you word that longtime Republican consultant Fred Karger was battling to overcome the obstacles between him and the May 5 GOP ...

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First GOP Debate Of 2012 Campaign May Have To Soldier On Without Newt Gingrich

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

As you may have heard, the South Carolina GOP is having a difficult time getting people to participate in its May 5 debate. So far, its only confirmed...

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Mark Halperin Makes An Omission

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

It looks like it's all been all but decided that part of the important work of political touts circa April 2011 is to reckon why no Republicans seem t...

Jason Linkins

Jon Huntsman Is Rich, But Not Rich Enough To Foolishly Self-Fund A Presidential Run

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

The Salt Lake Tribune today delves into the issue of whether former Utah Governor-slash-U.S. Ambassador to China-slash-potential GOP contender for the...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

This week, a black cloud settled over the 2012 campaign when a bunch of polls came back and the results showed that no one was all that happy about th...

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Donald Trump Writes YET ANOTHER Letter To Media

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.22.2011 | Media

As you probably know by now, Donald Trump is running for (the attention one can receive by running for) President of our United States. He offers a ro...

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Late Returns: Gary Johnson Looks For Room To Run

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

We have another official candidate for President -- by which we mean: past the "testing the waters" and "exploratory committee" stages into a full-blo...

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Here Is Your First Electoral College Projection Map Of 2012, So Go Nuts, Nerds!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Sound the alarms! The first electoral college map for 2012 has been released for us to masticate, digest and, much later, expel from one end of our alimentary canal or another, depending on taste. Let's begin by noting that the map's creator basically urges everyone to not start getting crazy about it. But I promise you, his urgings will be in vain. So get ready to see American politics devolve entirely into a hilarious crap-show.

Emily Swanson

Polls: Republicans Lack Enthusiasm For Their Presidential Hopefuls

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential contenders face a lack of visibility or enthusiasm among their base nationwide, according to two new polls released this week....