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Jason Linkins

Paul Ryan Is Angry At Obama For Failing To Support The Same Things Ryan Fails To Support | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Seems to me like whether Obama had endorsed it or not, Ryan would have had a convenient reason to beef with Obama over "leadership" and "punting.

Jason Linkins

Argument For Copyright Protection Undermined By Half-Baked Metaphor About Shakespeare | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I missed this on Valentine's Day, but in that day's edition of the New York Times, Scott Turow, Paul Aiken, and James Shapiro published an op-ed weigh...

Why Dogs Don't Do Movie Reviews

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jonathan Schmock


Why Egypt's Nonviolent Victory Is a Win for Us All

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

The movement in Egypt had been planned carefully and had been effective in conveying the need for both sustained pressure on the regime and strict nonviolent discipline.

Jason Linkins

A Letter To Daniel Snyder, From A 'Cranky' Fan | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier Thursday, we took a look at the possibility that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Washington ...

Jason Linkins

How The Huffington Post Works (In Case You Were Wondering) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.28.2013 | Media

In the wake of the AOL acquisition, I've been reading a lot about HuffPost from people who don't really know what we do. I thought it'd be useful to address our content model from the perspective of someone who actually knows something about it.

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If Dan Snyder's Lawsuit Is A 'Publicity Stunt,' It Is The Worst Publicity Stunt Ever | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As you know, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has decided that he's had it up to here with a months-old article by Dave McKenna in the local al...

Jason Linkins

An Insider's Guide To 'How The Presidential Primary Process Actually Works' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Are you interested in how your presidential primary sausage comes to be encased for your consumption? Our own Mark Blumenthal passes along this Feb. ...

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2012: Enter The Speculatron | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"It's a circus. You guys are part of the circus...This is stuff they talk about. They'll talk about somebody else next week. I'm here to be a United S...

Jason Linkins

Obama Said to Be "Playing the Media Like a Fiddle" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The American media has more or less abandoned a substantive discussion of the effects of policy, because they are -- for a lot of reasons -- averse to the idea of coming down on one side or another. Many Beltway media types don't want to do this, for fear of coming across as biased. The rest literally cannot do this because they lack the chops. That's why when major events happen, like the ongoing revolt in Egypt, most of the political media cannot muster up any sort of analysis beyond how those events will effect everyone's reelection hopes back home.

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Washington City Paper Launches Legal Defense Fund | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been insisting today that all he wants from the Washington City Paper, an organization that neither he or his...

Jason Linkins

Dan Snyder Mounts Charm Offensive Many Years Too Late | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As you know, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has decided to file a lawsuit against Atalaya Capital Management, a hedge fund that owns Creative Lo...

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Redskins Owner Makes Good On Threat, Sues Washington City Paper | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It will be indescribably awesome to hear lawyers for the owner of the Washington Redskins lecture a court about ethnic slurs, I can tell you!

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Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Seeks Dismissal Of Reporter Who Documented How Terrible He Was At Everything [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here in Washington, D.C., the local National Football League team is the Washington Redskins, and it is owned by Dan Snyder -- easily one of the most ...

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Richard Cohen Explains Why Egyptians Can't Have Nice Things | 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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Obama Urged To Pardon Tom DeLay ... I Think Because Of Tucson? It's Really Confusing | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is well-known for tightly controlling rank-and-file Republicans with his "hammer," and "Dancing" with...

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SOTU Bores, Bachmann Riles, And For Some Reason, Christine O'Donnell Was Booked On Good Morning America: The Mediagasm | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last night, after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address, your cable teevee people stepped up to the microphone and offered h...

Faster and Faster...

Sue VanDerzee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue VanDerzee

Since the advent of instant news through the internet, it's not the news itself that makes as much difference as reaction to the news.

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British MP Tom Watson To Glenn Beck: 'You Are A Bigot' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As anyone who has spent time watching the British Parliament in operation could tell you, no one would ever suggest that the various factions sit toge...

CNN Tackles HIV and (GASP!) Just About Succeeds

Kellee Terrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kellee Terrell

Mr. Cooper: You and your staff did a good job researching the topic, presenting its history and illuminating some of the pertinent barriers that we face today.

Jason Linkins

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

New York Times Provides The Ultimate Inside-The-Bubble Guide To Economic Crisis | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In a magazine piece previewed in the Times, Peter Baker drops thousands and thousands of words concerning the White House's effort to do something about the terrible economy. The piece sprawls on and on, but it never even attempts to move beyond insider sources who evince no knowledge whatsoever as to how actual Americans are living in the economy. The singular takeaway is that inside the bubble, everyone is doing pretty well in this economy. We'd send you a postcard, but who knows if you'll be in your home a week from now?

Amy Chua's Recipe for Disaster and the Externalized Cost of Book Sales

erin Khue Ninh | Posted 06.07.2011 | Books
erin Khue Ninh

Long after we have tired of responding to Chua's piece, it will still find its way to Asian parents like my own. Whatever we may believe of Chua now, the damage is done.

Jason Linkins

I'm Not Entirely Sure Politico Understands How Lobbying Works | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Apparently, the "health care industry's biggest trade groups" are "uncharacteristically neutral on the Republican effort to repeal the health care reform law"! Neutral? Surely we are straining the definition of that word.

My Thoughts on MLK Day: When Will News Media Stop Enabling Anti-Gay Activists?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

CNN doesn't bring on a member of the Ku Klux Klan for expert commentary when talking about the status of Black people in America. So when will the media take similar action with anti-gay activists?