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Hey, Let's Stop Being Idiots, Okay?

Valerie Alexander | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Valerie Alexander

In Los Angeles, since Jan. 1, we've been struggling to overcome the horrors of the Great Grocery Bag Upheaval. To sum it up: Our leaders have banned plastic grocery bags altogether and now require shoppers to pay for paper bags. Oh, the humanity!

Jason Linkins

Third Way Warns Democrats That Running On Popular Economic Positions Would Be 'Disastrous'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the supposed think tank Third Way have taken to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal Tuesday to offer the nation an...

Jason Linkins

Kenneth Cole: Tweet Was To 'Provoke A Dialogue' About Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Thursday afternoon, the Twitter account of designer-shoe pimp Kenneth Cole tweeted out an inane message reminding followers to buy Kenneth Cole shoes ...

Jason Linkins

Supposedly Important Beltway Machers Really Just Being Clowns On Twitter All Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

I know it seems like there are a lot of very important things going on the world for both the people who are connected to the policymaking apparatus a...

Dear Fox Business: Nature's Calling

David Trumble | Posted 07.31.2013 | Media
David Trumble

2013-05-31-DavidTrumblelouddobbs Watching a collection of supposed experts trying to positively align the idealised (and increasingly narrow) vision of a conservative "nuclear family" and the natural world should be funny, but instead it's just deeply worrying.

What's Up With Spam Comments?

David Latt | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
David Latt

You'd think part of the fun of posting online is hearing back from readers. The whole Internet-is-great-for-community-building notion seems like such a good idea. The reality is kind of different.

Stuck.

David Trumble | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
David Trumble

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History of Political Idiots

Jag Bhalla | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Idios in Ancient Greek meant private, and only someone not in their right mind would choose to ignore the fact that all private interests depend on the public good. We are idiots if we ignore this, or vote for politicians that do.

Jason Linkins

Maryland Congressman Takes Himself Hostage In Fiscal Cliff Talks

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

One of the more fun aspects of the ongoing negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff is that so many of the participants just do not seem to be par...

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Thomas Friedman Has Some Dumb Ideas About Who Should Be Secretary Of State

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

As most of you may know, Hillary Clinton will be stepping down from her current position as the U.S. Secretary of State, and the reelected President B...

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Donald Trump Uses Twitter To Show The World How Little He Knows About Charities

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

Ever since his chosen candidate, Mitt Romney, lost the election, things haven't been the same for poor old reality-teevee nincompoop Donald Trump. All...

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Donald Trump's Announcement A Gigantic, Pointless Bust

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

Yes. If you'd prefer to not click the link there and watch his YouTube, here's the summary: Mitt Romney campaign surrogate Donald Trump will give $5 m...

REVEALED: MAD Magazine's First eBook Takes On The White House

Bryan Young | Posted 11.05.2012 | Books
Bryan Young

The usual gang of idiots over at MAD are launching a new mobile app. Here's an exclusive look at a new ebook they've made for it

Jason Linkins

Steve King Ponders The 'Telegram From Kenya' Scenario, For The Birthers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

You know, we make fun of Rep. Steve King for the way he opposes restricting dogfighting on the grounds that boxing exists, and isn't that the same thing? (No.) But you've got to hand it to King -- the man is an innovator. Scott Keyes (who I guess is on the Steve King beat these days, not that I'm complaining) has now caught King indulging in a little bit of Birther Calvinball. He's pretty sure that Obama's papers are legit, but you never know, because reasons. The whole point to Birtherism, though, is that you don't need to conclusively make this case to sell it. It's just that the buyers are all blithering loons.

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: A Supreme Court Strikedown Of Health Care Reform Would Not Be A Boon To Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Because political discussion is primarily forged in the flames of a pointlessly crazy news cycle, by a profoundly decadent set of pundits farting into...

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Are Voters Stupid, Or Are They Just Routinely Subjected To Terrible Political Reporting?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.15.2012 | Media

While the various grand debates over the deficit that went down during 2011 received a massive quantity of coverage, the quality of that coverage was, at all times, pretty lacking. When the Senate's own attempt to form a deficit commission foundered, David Broder posited that it was the fault of Democratic "committee chairmen." This was comically wrong -- 10 of those committee chairs voted for it, versus six against, which was not enough to decide the matter. The measure failed because seven Republican cosponsors of the bill bailed on it. This stuff isn't that hard to figure out. And yet this is just a single example out of many where ordinary Americans haven't been properly informed on a variety of important details about an issue.

MAD Magazine's Banana Republicans: An Exclusive Look

Bryan Young | Posted 04.16.2012 | Comedy
Bryan Young

The usual gang of idiots over at MAD Magazine have come up with what I think is one of their funniest political spreads over. Hitting newsstands next week will be a "Banana Republican" catalogue and readers of my Huffington Post blog get to see it first.

Jason Linkins

Herman Cain Chief Of Staff Mark Block Proving To Be A Serial Screw-Up Artist [UPDATED]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

Yesterday, as Herman Cain continued to fend off multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, Cain's chief of staff Mark Block went on Sean Hannity's epo...

They Can't All Be Idiots!

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

What has been lost in public discourse is the use of hard facts to make the point we want to get across. Reporting is too often simply the restating of what someone else says without checking the facts.

Jason Linkins

Rep. Paul Broun Highlights Plight Of Country Club Members In Debt Ceiling Kabuki Play

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

Everyone at the center of the fake negotiations over the fake debt ceiling crisis has their own bad metaphor that they use to describe what the "conse...

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GOP Rep Says The 'Period Of Crisis' Provided By Default Might Inspire Lawmakers To Actually Do Their Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

It seems to be the consensus among sane individuals that if the United States defaults on its debt, the result would be somewhere between calamitous and apocalyptic. It's the sort of thing that I would recommend avoiding at all costs, but Representative Devin Nunes from California apparently doesn't feel that way. In fact, it seems as if he believes that the "period of crisis" catastrophe provides is just the prescription our log-jammed legislative process needs to start functioning again.

Jason Linkins

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.

Jason Linkins

Richard Cohen Explains Why Egyptians Can't Have Nice Things

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The images coming out of Egypt today are as powerful as any that we've seen during the past week. Few are unmoved by what's going on. But at least o...

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Slight Uptick In Pedestrian Deaths Is Apparently Michelle Obama's Fault [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Daily Caller's Amanda Carey is pretty sure that a tiny uptick in pedestrian deaths all stems from that time Michelle Obama urged children, "Let's Move!" as though she meant, "Let's move right in front of some moving cars!"

Jason Linkins

Health Care Reform Opponents Say The Darndest Things

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today begins the House GOP's latest kabuki pageant, entitled "Let's Repeal Obamacare Despite The Fact That Most Americans Prefer It Or Want It Expande...