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Jason Linkins

Politico Criticizes Obama For Following Advice Offered By Politico

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.14.2011 | Home

Wednesday, Politico offered President Obama some advice on how to approach his afternoon deficit speech in a piece titled "7 things Obama needs to do....

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GOP Governor Convinces Reporters He Definitely May Or May Not Run For President

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home

If you happen to be wondering if Mitch Daniels will join the field vying for the GOP nomination in 2012, you have options. For instance, you can ...

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Red Cross Study: A Majority Of Teens Now Support Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home

Over at the Daily Beast, Daniel Stone dives into a study on torture conducted by the American Red Cross. "Americans' opinions on torture seem to have ...

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How Will The Beltway Media Cope With A Government Shutdown?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.08.2011 | Home

If there is indeed a government shutdown, your heroic Beltway media will have to transition from the state of uncertainty about a pending shutdown to the state of uncertainty about an actual and ongoing shutdown.

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Ben Quayle Sparks Comedy Battle With Politico At Fancy Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2011 | Home

Rep. Ben Quayle apparently crossed the line last night when he said something mean about a Beltway media organ at a fancy party for the media.

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Late Returns: Insiders Give Mitt Romney The Inside Track

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2011 | Home

Who is leading this race for the GOP nomination that's causing everybody agita even before it's actually started? Chances are, if you asked the opinio...

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White House Avoids Oval Office Address On Libya For Fear That Someone Might Think There's Some Sort Of 'War' Underway

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Maybe at some point Obama will make some sort of address to the nation, and maybe he won't. Chances are, if he does, our involvement in Libya will probably be couched in the same euphemistic terms we've already heard.

Detroit's Reform Roller Coaster

Jessica Rauch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jessica Rauch

I have more hope than ever for Detroit's future and am excited to share some of the highs that, I believe, will help form the building blocks for future positive reform.

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Primacy Of Campaign Process Stories Threatened By Actual News Happening In The World

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Ben Smith makes note of the fact that we are currently living through a pretty interesting time in our lives, as far as news coverage goes. You see, t...

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Flashback: In 2012 Campaign Reporting, Watch For The 'Sweet n' Blow'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Here at the Speculatron, we shall from time to time warn you about particularly odious forms of campaign journalism that will utterly ravage your mind...

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Where Things Stand: Campaigning vs. Exploring vs. Running

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Yesterday, Tim Pawlenty made news when he announced that he was launching a presidential exploratory committee. This is exciting news! It means that...

The More You Watch, the Worse You Feel

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marty Kaplan

As if the triple whammy of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster weren't enough to enthrall and terrify us, the war in Libya is now providing cable news viewers a fresh hell to follow 24/7.

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Speculatron Weekly Roundup: Barbour Jumps Back Into The Fray

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Did the 2012 race finally get real this week? Maybe just a smidge, actually! A week ago, Haley Barbour was staking out a position outside the covera...

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CNN To Send Small Army To Cover Royal Wedding [UPDATE]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2011 | Home

CNN is planning on being the most trusted name in royal wedding coverage. This will be Piers Morgan's time to shine, obviously, and he raises the curtain by saying that the soon-to-be-betrothed Kate Middleton is "this classless underdog who Americans can relate to."

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Time To Celebrate The Success Of TARP Again, While Ignoring The Totality Of The Taxpayer Bailout

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It seems it's time for this old song and dance again: Six banks repaid nearly half a billion dollars in funds they received from the government bai...

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In Wake Of Texas Gang Rape, Florida Lawmaker Proposes School Dress Code Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Last week, the world learned about the town of Cleveland, Texas, where 18 teenage boys gang-raped an 11-year-old girl and, according to The New York T...

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Danny Pye, Christian Missionary Wrongly Interned In A Haitian Prison, Has Fallen Into A Media Black Hole [UPDATED]

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

UPDATE, 3/16: Abe Sauer emails me today to report some good news: Danny Pye has been freed. With any luck, he will soon be in the company of his wife,...

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Further Analysis Finds Deceptive Editing In Sting Tape, As NPR Gains An Unlikely Defender

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Last week, a Project Veritas "sting" operation directed at National Public Radio cost some NPR executives their jobs. Beginning with Senior Vice Presi...

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For a long while now, we've been told that we should be impressed with the potential candidacies of Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, who have been two heads on a three-headed frontrunner with Mitt Romney.

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Residents Of Town Where Awful Gang-Rape Occurred Are Also Awful, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Earlier this week, the New York Times published a piece about a harrowing gang-rape that occurred in Cleveland, Texas, in which "18 young men and teen...

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Rick Santorum Described As A 'Force,' Because It's March Of 2011 And So Why Not?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By now, you are probably aware that Rick Santorum is running for president. You're also probably aware that he plans to participate in this thing call...

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The Case For NPR Giving Up Federal Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NPR seems to have a crisis every time they encounter a situation where their contributors and staff are revealed to be human beings who have points of view on various and sundry matters. NPR is hardly the only media organization with this problem, but they're the only one that keeps tripping headlong over it in headline-making pratfalls and have an extant need to keep a bunch of politicians happy. At some point, you have to wonder if the spectacles aren't exacerbated by the dependency.

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The Ironies Of Newsweek's New Cover

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It's going to be interesting to see what dividends can be wrought from all of Secretary Clinton's hard work. That said, any veteran of Hillaryland has got to groan when they see with whom Clinton is sharing the Newsweek cover.

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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Oh, Newt Gingrich! For four presidential cycles you have been teasing us with the idea that you are running for president. I think that two ladies h...

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2012 Campaign Coverage Will Ruin Your Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Over at the Awl, Ben Dolnick writes, "I Know The 2012 Election Will Destroy My Life," in that he's poised to become a "Politico-reading, blog-commenting, Sunday-show-watching lunatic... I dread the coming darkness," says Dolnick.