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Jason Linkins

For Obamacare Proponents, A Grueling Month Of 'Trench Warfare' Lies Ahead | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Anyone who wants to be hopeful about the future of the Affordable Care Act has a long wait ahead of them. Specifically, until the end of November, whi...

Jason Linkins

Bill Daley Is Apparently The One Guy Who Really Took The 'Joe Biden-Hillary Clinton Switch' Seriously | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Given enough exposure to political punditry, you are going to hear a lot of extremely stupid ideas bandied about -- in fact, you may never hear an int...

Reading the Pictures: Meet the De Blasios!

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.31.2013 | Media
Michael Shaw

2013-10-31-Screenshot20131031at8.39.58AM.jpgIt's the Hollywood-style titling and typeface, as if branding The De Blasio family as a show. It might as well read: Meet The Jeffersons ... with a White Dad!

Jason Linkins

Anthony Weiner Manages To Blame The Media For His Problems In The Strangest Way Possible | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Forgive me if I'm glossing over some of the fine points here, but let's try to recall a basic timeline of Anthony Weiner's life in the past few years....

Ryan Grim

The Definitive Guide To Washington's Anonymous Sources | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress has increasingly injected itself into people's lives by randomly disrupting them for no obvious reason, interest in the minu...

Jason Linkins

How Can Become Exactly Like The Iraq War In 12 Easy Steps | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

As many of you may know, whenever the media sees a significant, developing story, their natural tendency is to think in terms of comparison. Their eye...

Think Again: 10 Years of False Equivalence and Still Going Strong

Eric Alterman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

The mainstream media's greatest failure has been its members' inability to acknowledge this reality. Over and over, no matter what the issue, journalists create a sense of false equivalence between positions that rest on data and logic and those that don't.

Jason Linkins

Most Political 'Messaging' Is Not All That It's Cracked Up To Be | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

If you read enough Beltway reporting, you will probably die pretty quickly of intellectual dysentery. But for those whose hearty constitutions allow t...

Jason Linkins

Cliche Watch: Hacks To Crack About Cracks In The Dome | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

The Architect of the Capitol is undertaking a "multi-phased" project geared to restoring the structural integrity of the U.S. Capitol dome, one of Was...

Jason Linkins

A Spoonful Of Sugar Is Not Going To Fix A Website | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

Now that the government shutdown is over, the bungled rollout of the federal Obamacare exchange website is drawing the attention it might have otherwi...

Jason Linkins

Raul Labrador Castigates Media: 'We Have Never Asked For A Full Repeal Of Obamacare' | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

Earlier Wednesday, at a monthly meeting of conservative House Republicans and reporters in the Rayburn House Office Building, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Id...

When Chicken Little Comes Home to Roost: Why Many Americans Aren't Concerned About a National Debt Default

Adam Levin | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

Between this budget showdown and that sequester, the last debt ceiling fight and the more recent government shutdown, the majority of Americans found themselves, at best, inconvenienced. Why, they must be thinking, is this any different? What's the big deal?

Solutions to the Climate Crisis: Hidden in Plain Sight

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

The most censored story of our lifetime is hiding in plain sight. We humans are disrupting the climate of the planet to the point where the world our children and grandchildren will inhabit may be unrecognizable.

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to your quickly typed liveblog of the Sunday morning political coprophage chat shows. My name is Jason, and I ...

Jason Linkins

No, Americans Are Not Suffering From 'Apocalypse Fatigue,' They Are Suffering From Actual Apocalypses | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

One of the more interesting things about our American life is that since 2008, we have had a financial sector crisis and then an unemployment crisis a...

Jason Linkins

Obama Said Some Pretty Dumb Things About The Debt Ceiling In 2006 | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

Over at Slate, Matt Yglesias digs into the speech that then-Sen. Barack Obama gave back in 2006 to preface his "no" vote on raising the debt ceiling. ...

Jason Linkins

Someone Had This Crazy Notion That Maybe The Media Should Inform The Public About Stuff | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

One of the best teachers I ever had was Ms. Bresnick, who taught my AP Biology class at South Lakes High School. After our class took a test, in addit...

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Land O' Goshen! Now The Government Shutdown Is Causing Thomas Friedman To Write Half-Decent Columns! | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

What is happening? A day after the government shutdown forced the scales to fall from the eyes of the editors of the Washington Post, Thomas Friedman ...

Hind Swaraj: Mahatma Gandhi's Timeless Manifesto for "Self-Rule"

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For all the Gandhi-reverence we learned in our schools and culture, it seems to me an incredible loss that I did not ever get a chance to read his book Hind Swaraj anywhere in the course of my school or college education. Now that I teach it in some of my classes.

Jason Linkins

Holy S#!t, The Washington Post Published An Editorial That Doesn't Suck Canal Water! | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

The Washington Post completed its sale to Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, and within 24 hours, a new hope was born unto this world. The Post's e...

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Anyone Who's Been Adversely Affected By The Government Shutdown Needs To Go To The World War II Memorial, I Guess | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

It's Day Two of the government shutdown, and the lesson of the day is that if you have been adversely affected by the closure of government agencies a...

What the U.S. Media Are Ignoring in Government Shutdown Coverage

Kathy Gill | Posted 12.02.2013 | Media
Kathy Gill

It's not just that media miss key elements of the story, it's how media frame the story; after all, research shows that words and tone do shape opinion.

Jason Linkins

Never Forget The Great Moderate Republican Revolt Of 2013! | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

Monday night's bicameral back and forth between the House GOP and the Senate ended in the way everyone saw coming: a shutdown of the federal governmen...

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A Government Shutdown And Debt Ceiling Guide For Journalists Who Don't Want To Be Complete Idiots | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

Writing for the Atlantic, James Fallows has offered a "False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead," by which he means the coming government shutdown sh...

Jason Linkins

The Only Way To Show Leadership In A Debt Ceiling Crisis Is To Refuse To Negotiate On The Debt Ceiling | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

The thing about the debt ceiling is that it's not in any way, shape, or form a "partisan" issue. There's no "position" to take on it. It is not a libe...