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Democrats Trying To Make 'Panthers Stadium' Happen

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics

Maggie Haberman reports that for the second time, the host committee responsible for spreading the good cheer about the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina has referred to the venue for Thursday night's speech from President Barack Obama as "Panthers Stadium." "Panthers Stadium," if I recall correctly, is where the Dillon Panthers of the "Friday Night Lights" teevee series play. Certainly this would be a bold and transcendental move, to have the last night of the convention take place in a fictional town in Texas. But that's not actually happening. Rather, the folks behind the convention would just prefer to play down the actual name of the Carolina Panthers' home field -- Bank Of America stadium.

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NYT's Awkward Timing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

Remember how last week, Politico wrote this mammoth indictment about how The New York Times and the Washington Post were engaged in a seedy practice o...

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Things That Are Better Than Having Dinner With Donald Trump And Mitt Romney, According To Twitter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

As you no doubt know, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has inexplicably decided that a continuing association with birther looney-tune Donald Trum...

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Conservative Website Freaks Out Over Obama Fundraiser Who Made Striptease Video

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

The Washington Free Beacon -- which, if you don't happen to be playing the home game version of Washington's blog soap opera, was conceived of as a co...

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CNN Is Terrible. Here's Why.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.04.2012 | Media

CNN is terrible. A God-awful, wall-to-wall, epic mess. And now, they have, in their hands, the clearest sign yet of how bad things have actually gotten.

10 Things That Mean Less Than A Trump Endorsement

Posted 02.02.2012 | Comedy

It was the endorsement heard round the world... but outside of Trump's head, how much does his endorsement of Mitt Romney really matter? We used al...

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Donald Trump Manufactures Another Pseudo-Event For Media

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

One of the things you learn from watching political coverage, especially during an election season, is how important it is for the Big-Time Political ...

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Surely President Obama Is Joking About This Whole 'Let's Have Larry Summers Run The World Bank' Thing!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

The hot scoop of the day, where emeritus members of the Committee To Save The World are concerned, is that President Barack Obama is mulling naming fo...

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Looks Like Someone At CNN Accidentally Published Wolf Blitzer's Most Insipid Thoughts About Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media

Wolf Blitzer thinks that politics and the people who do politics are, like, really super neat, for reals! That is what I've divined from these several...

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Politifact Has Decided That A Totally True Thing Is The "Lie Of The Year," For Some Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.20.2011 | Media

Paul Krugman wakes up this morning, mourning the death of Politifact. He has good cause! In announcing its 2011 "Lie Of The Year," the truth-squadding...

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Mitt Romney Needs To Turn Down The Trump Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

UPDATE, 4:17pm: Mitt Romney has evidently taken my advice. Donald Trump, through a spokesman, sent over a response to Romney's decision not to atte...

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Daily Caller Has 'Exclusive' Report On Old News

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media

The Daily Caller has an "exclusive" report Tuesday that sounds an awful lot like an "exclusive" report from many, many years ago, but here goes: Presi...

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College Student Doesn't Get A Bad Example

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.14.2011 | Media

Attention is being paid to a story out of Toronto on Wednesday involving a York University professor who's having to fend off accusations of anti-Semi...

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American Jobs Act Starts The News Corp. War On Office Supplies

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.13.2011 | Media

Did anyone think, in their wildest imaginings that the fastener used to clip the actual pages of the American Jobs Act together would become the flashpoint for criticism in the media?

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How 'Tin Cup' Can Save America, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2011 | Media

At a time when millions of Americans lack employment and the economy appears to be heading back into a period of prolonged dry-heaving, one of Thomas Friedman's prescriptives for America is for President Barack Obama to watch a 1996 Kevin Costner movie.

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George Pataki May Do Something 2012ish This Weekend, So Gird Your Loins, America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

Everyone who is anyone can tell you that the GOP base doesn't care for the current slate of candidates on offer. Or, at the very least, they can tell ...

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Are The American People Secretly To Blame For Congressional Gridlock? (No, That's Actually Crazy)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.18.2011 | Media

Our system of governance is broken. And as I remark almost as often, the way this broken system is covered by the media is also broken, and so our understanding of the reasons for the breakage suffers.

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Thomas Friedman Dreams Of A 'Grand Bargain,' In Which Sentimentality Saves America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.10.2011 | Media

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has returned from another of his periodic sojourns into the cloudcuckooland of his own imagination, and brings us word of this dream he had, which he hopes to implant. The basic plot is this: In an alternate universe, our American lawmakers buck their traditional bases to come up with a plan -- it's a revision of an old plan, actually -- that singlehandedly eliminates the need for the Sad Guys On Trading Floors blog forever.

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Lindsay Lohan Will Let You Pay Her To Have Opinions On Monetary Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

Things got a little weird this week for enthusiasts of monetary policy when Hollywood ankle monitoring bracelet model and sometime actress Lindsay Lohan got all up in the Federal Reserve's grill on Twitter.

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An Online Poll For People Who Like To Stare At Crotches

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.31.2011 | Media

I don't know if you all are up to speed on "Weinergate," but over the weekend, Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) twitter account direct-messaged some crotch-shot to some unwitting woman in Seattle, and the ensuing pseudo-event caused a minor scandal.

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Here Are The Electoral Implications Of The Rapture, In Case You Were Wondering

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

Obviously, Harold Camping is a bad man who convinced hundreds of people to give him all their money and upend their livelihoods on a fraudulent apocalyptic notion, but none of that matters! Not when there are "electoral implications" to consider!

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Rand Uses Rand To Fight Lightbulbs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

"Admit it," says Dave Weigel, "you were waiting for this." What, pray tell, is he referring to? He's talking about Rand Paul, quoting Ayn Rand at le...

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Iowa Family Receives 3 a.m. Visit From Drunk Pawlenty Campaign Worker

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics

GOP presidential-hopeful Tim Pawlenty's Iowa operation is up and running. And apparently testing voter attitudes by "trespassing" in people's homes and "vomiting" in public after getting "wasted." Everyone who said that Pawlenty wasn't going to run an edgy campaign had better apologize now.

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Florida Lawmaker Reprimanded For Saying 'Uterus'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

Apparently, a lawmaker in the Florida House of Representatives ran afoul of that august body's rules of politesse today after he used an inappropriate word on the House floor today. That word: uterus. Wait, what?

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Polls Show That Many People Apparently Believe Health Care Reform Has Been Repealed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Do you remember that time that the House passed a symbolic repeal of the Affordable Care Act, that didn't go anywhere, because Harry Reid is still the Senate Majority Leader and Barack Obama is still the President of the United States? Now, if you are aware of that vote, riddle me this: Are you left with the impression that the Affordable Care Act was actually repealed? If you answered "No," congratulations -- you are apparently in the smarter four-fifths of Americans.