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Jason Linkins

10 Things You Need To Know About Julian Castro If You'd Like To Be Somewhat Informed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been nominated to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What's to be said about this? Well, over at the Washington Post, The Fix hooks you up with "The 10 things you need to know about Julian Castro." This must be a misprint, because the article goes on to relate 10 very inessential and/or inconsequential things about Castro. For example, did you know that he has a twin brother? Or that he does not speak Spanish? Here's a hot scoop: Castro could one day be the first Hispanic president of the United States, according to this one guy who said so once, unless of course someone else becomes the first Hispanic president of the United States. The whole "who will be the first Hispanic president of the United States" thing is really sort of up in the air at the moment.

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It's Amateur Hour With The Benghazi Select Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Over at the New Republic, Brian Beutler gives good gobsmack on a very strange action taken by the post-modern Richelieu, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.),...

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The President Isn't Green Lantern. So What Is He Then?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Over at Vox this week, Ezra Klein offers up the latest critique of the "Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency." He's not the first to have done so, a...

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Dems Still Trying To Dial In Exact Right Amount Of President For Midterms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Back in February, it was reported that if there was one thing that Democrats contending in the 2014 midterm elections wanted President Barack Obama to...

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#Randbrackets, The Fun New Out-Of-Context Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Earlier today, Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski posted an item about a mailer from the National Association for Gun Rights that contained a fundraising let...

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Harvard Study Suggests Health Insurance Saves Lives. The Hill Wonders If That's A Good Thing.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have conducted a study of Massachusetts' Commonwealth Care program, and they've found something ver...

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Republican Senators Promise To Work Five Whole Days A Week If Elected

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Good news for people who hate lawmakers giving themselves three-day weekends on the regular! According to Politico, should the Republicans win back the Senate in 2014, they "are vowing to reinstate the five-day workweek." It's a supreme sacrifice that would leave the U.S. Senate with the same workweek as many normal human Americans -- at least the ones who haven't been cowed by their employers into giving up their weekends, which is a new thing that some lawmakers want to help facilitate. There are a lot of schools of thought on whether or not lawmakers should spend more time in Washington, D.C. One theory is that if our Congresscritters actually brought their families to Washington and spent the weekends here, they all might spend more time together socially, would develop more cordial relationships, and thus be less inclined to screw each other over and insult one another all the time.

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Here Is Why You're Not Making It In America: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Is the United States a strong nation? There's a notion that it is, of course -- based mainly on the disruptive philosophical underpinnings upon which this country was established. But these are all really the fumes of nostalgia. What else is there? Well, we have the best fleet of aerial drone death-dealers in the world (for now). Certainly our fast-food accomplishments are second to none. And our Reality Teevee Industry remains one of the more successful and innovative welfare programs in the world, lifting individuals with no evident utility to the human race -- and who would quite likely be pushed into ditches to die in lesser nations -- into the warm embrace of the Fame Economy.

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Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinaril...

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Dear America, 'Meet The Press' Wants To Meet You: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

For years and years, anyone who tuned in to America's Sunday morning political chat shows was invited into a world of cloistered elites whose understanding of the impacts of public policy ended at the bank of the Potomac River. It was a realm in which a massive unemployment crisis that swept across post-crash America was only perceived to affect a group of affluent political celebrities and their electoral hopes. 'Will the terrible Senator What's-His-Nuts lose his ability to go on naming post offices after his cronies' children, or will he be forced to accept six-figure salaries on K Street or through meaningless board positions at useless foundations?'

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CNN Reports News That Disappeared Malaysian Airplane Was, At Some Point Before Disappearance, Not Disappeared

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media

Breaking news from CNN, the most trusted name in obsessing over what might have happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Rose Marie Arce brings us a...

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Please Spare A Thought For The Real Victims Of The McCutcheon Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court's latest decision in McCutcheon v. FEC continues the long process of deforming our once-thought-to-be-timeless experiment in "We the...

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Mystery Super PAC Theatre 2014: The Further Adventures Of Campaign B-Roll Video

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

As Paul Blumenthal reported last week, the hot new thing in the shady interplay between political campaigns and the super PACs that support them is th...

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Rep. Dave Camp Gave This 'Congress' Thing His Best Shot, But He's Done

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

Is there even much of a point to being a member of Congress anymore, if you're nominally committed to public service? Probably not, and now Rep. Dave ...

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Stay Calm Or Go Crazy: Everyone's Got Some Free Advice On The Ukraine Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Vladimir Putin's recent incursion into the Crimean peninsula may be bad news for anyone who likes things like "democratic norms," but it's been a heyd...

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Alabama GOP Has A Plan To Win Back Black Voters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Back when the Republican National Committee put together its “Growth and Opportunity Project” -- the 100-page document with the better-traveled ni...

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America Is Well On Its Way To Tuning Out The Sunday Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

Last week, Jonathan Bernstein, writing in Bloomberg View, issued a plea to America: stop watching the Sunday morning political blatherskite shows. I'v...

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Mark Halperin Has A Sudden Flash Of Insight, Takes To Twitter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

It was in the wan light of a morning still sleepily breaking into the day to come that the idea occurred to him. It was a thought, a notion, that first seemed to be slowly ambling into his consciousness, and then was suddenly there, all at once, like a flood of unfamiliar beliefs. He struggled to understand this new concept welling up in his imagination. A full approximation of its significance was not something he was constitutionally able to achieve in the split-second that was afforded him by this new insight before its insistent demands for concrete realization compelled him -- with the same instinctual needfulness that a worn-out body would seek to put down a heavy load in order to obtain a sweet, spare moment of relaxation -- to get this flash of perception out of his mind and into the world. So he quickly turned to Twitter.

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James Carville's Midterm Advice To Dems: Basically, Hope For The Best

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

The last time I recall famed Democratic strategist James Carville reacting to some special elections and responding with advice, it was September 2011...

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RNC Looking To 'Hand-Pick' Moderators For 2016 Primary Debates

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

Despite my arch take on the RNC's "one year after the autopsy" video yesterday, you can color me impressed with the way Reince Priebus and his fellows...

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Would-Be Hillary Clinton Campaign Insiders Have One Non-Negotiable Demand For 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

Back in April of 2013, Salon's Alex Pareene offered up a simple gauge by which you could determine whether or not a 2016 campaign for president by Hil...

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RNC Touts Past Year's Progress From Grim 'Autopsy' In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

Back in March of 2013, the Republican National Committee undertook an organization-wide wound-licking from its subpar 2012 campaign efforts, coming up...

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Columnist Suddenly Worried About The Uninsured, But Not Enough To Get It Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

It's been a while since we got to read a solid, hopelessly clueless op-ed inveighing against Obamacare, but The Washington Times' Joe Curl brings us a...

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Turns Out The Ohio Chrysler Plant Deemed Doomed In 2012 Is Not So Doomed After All

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

The Toledo Blade's Tyrel Linkhorn reported Friday that a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, is having itself a pretty terrific year. Chrysler is planning on hiring 'up to 1,000 part-time employees for the Toledo Assembly complex' in order to give their full-timers a break. Those full-timers have been 'regularly working 60 hours a week,' racing to keep up with 'record demand for the Jeep Wrangler and the launch of the new Jeep Cherokee last year.' Chrysler's already been through a round of hiring part-timers: 50 of the 380 they've brought in have had their positions converted to full-time. And both management and the union are content with this arrangement.

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LeBron James' Latest Decision: Signing Up As Obamacare Pitchman

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

In the most recent P.R. push to remind people of the March 31 deadline to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges, the White House has borrowed a little bit...