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Learning from HuffPost College

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

Some of the lessons my students and I learned during our grueling education (it wasn't easy, even it it was funny) on and about YouTube concisely define the education one might get here.

Learning from Learning from YouTube

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

This post provides some context to understand the thinking behind and learning from my 2007 Media Studies course, Learning from YouTube, recently feat...

Jason Linkins

Kathleen Sebelius Went Soft On Insurers, Not That Anyone Noticed | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Kathleen Sebelius's meeting with health insurance executives was pre-sold as something of an epic clash, with the HHS Secretary striding into the lion's den to battle the largest interest group arrayed against health care reform and to offer them some stark choices. Funny thing, though! The battle didn't exactly play out as expected. Sebelius deviated dramatically from the prepared remarks blasted around to reporters -- and at one key moment, rather than firing shots, Sebelius buckled.

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Donna Brazile: Let's Get Rid Of The Pundits! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post apparently asked various luminaries to name one thing the world should just get rid of (sadly, none said "jeggings") and Donna Bra...

Howard Stern Can Shove It, Gabby's Hot!

Laura Beck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Laura Beck

I love that Gabourey Sidibe is making America look at her. If every young woman had her confidence, we'd see a fraction of the body issues that plague us today.

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Washington Post Pretends Complaints About Unemployment Insurance Are Credible | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Michael A. Fletcher and Dana Hedgpeth have a piece up on unemployment benefits in today's Washington Post that is a classic example of a piece that strives so hard to achieve balance that it actually sacrifices credibility.

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Thiessen Alleges That Embattled DoJ Attorneys Are "Al-Qaeda Lawyers" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Marc Thiessen's latest defamatory shot at American legal traditions begins with something of a thought exercise -- which I imagine is intended to not ...

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Rahm Emanuel And David Axelrod Have Become The Sum Of All Media Crapulence | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

These two men will never stop feeding the Beast: not now, not ever! Welcome to Washington, DC. Everyone's right and nobody's sorry, that's the start and the end of the story.

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Kent Conrad's Repeated Explanation Of Budget Reconciliation Not Good Enough For Mike Allen | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

No discussion of the media's ongoing battle to understand basic seventh-grade civics would be complete without enjoying Jonathan Chait's post in which...

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New York Times Provides A History Of Budget Reconciliation, Finds It To Be Non-Controversial | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Over the weekend, the New York Times published online a great infographic, documenting the history of budget reconciliation back to 1981. It definitely cuts through a lot of the bullroar we've heard lately.

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David Broder Takes On His Own Paper For Airing Rahm's Grievances | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Things are getting downright strange in the ongoing Rahm Emanuel Media Charm Offensive. Now, the Washington Post's own David Broder is straight up blowing my mind by calling out his own paper for participating in this long con.

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It's Apparently Very Hard Being Rahm Emanuel | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Washington emerges from the icy grip of the Snowpocalypse and slides into spring, everyone's fancy has turned to thoughts of love. The Beltway medi...

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Mitt Romney Offers TV Audiences Some Of His Patented Warp Speed Flip-Flopping (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ben Armbruster at ThinkProgress provides a helpful mashup video of Cylon Presidential contender Mitt Romney doing what he is best known for: wildly fl...

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Romney Got Assist On Book From Fortune's Nina Easton [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

When former presidential contender Mitt Romney needed help communicating his ideas with the non-Cylons living in America in his latest book, he got an assist from Fortune magazine's Nina Easton.

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Sally Quinn Will Settle All Of Her Scores, On Twitter | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last week, a world mourned when Dame Sally Quinn, of the Washington, DC Bradlee-Quinns, had her print column -- which I believe was titled "The Drowsy...

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WSJ Columnist Attributes Low Death Toll In Chile Quake To Friedman, Pinochet | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake, it was inevitable that somebody would pen a piece crediting the low casualty rate (next to the Haitian earthquake) to Milton Friedman and Augusto Pinochet.

Hamster Balls to Inflatable Beavers: Experiments in Tackiness at the Closing Ceremonies

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Elise Crane

Russia's presentation of a new face echoes its Soviet past more than its leader may realize or admit. We got a taste of this as we said good-bye to Vancouver and hello to Sochi.

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Today we will talk about health care reform for the 4,398th time in the past year on a Sunday because of the Health Care Summit where no one solved the problem but nobody killed each other either, so, win for America.

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Health Care Summit Happily Brings Period Of Bipartisan Illusioneering To An End | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House needed to look open-minded, the Republicans needed to turn the recitation of talking points into a cathartic experience, and the overall presentation was a political theater.

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The Real Bipartisan Lie | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You only need to read one paragraph of this Politico article, "The big bipartisan lie," before you recognize the lie, and it isn't what Politico think...

In Reply to Al Gore: We Need to Thaw Our Human Climate First

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carol Smaldino

The National Pubilc Radio Morning blog recently gave us more of the news to which we have gotten dangerously accustomed: Most Americans regard evidenc...

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Why Is ABC News Nakedly Gay-Baiting In Their Napolitano Story? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

ABC News has a story up today by Devin Dwyer about how Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is facing "tough questions" about "h...

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Rosen On NYT Tea Party Piece: 'A Faltering Sense Of Reality' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jay Rosen has a thoughtful post up at PressThink, which hasn't gotten nearly the amount of attention it deserves, so away we go! Rosen's topic is the...

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The War On Budget Reconciliation, Part Deux | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The battle lines over the use of the budget reconciliation process have been drawn for a long time. Back in October, Republicans were referring to the...

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Sally Quinn's Overshare Column Becomes Fodder For Workplace-Issues Live Chat | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Last week, in a puzzling editorial decision, the Washington Post gave in-house social gadfly Sally Quinn the column space to overshare at length about...