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WSJ Editors Seem To Think Widely Reported Obamacare Extension Is A 'Secret' | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

On Wednesday, the editors of The Wall Street Journal filed a diatribe about "ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption," bragging about unearthing a closel...

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Why Obamacare Is The Least Of Dems' Worries | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

Will a March election in a Florida House race be your bellwether for how the 2014 midterms will play out? Be wary! If last night's special election...

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Nate Silver Hates All The Right Things About The Political Media | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

In the upcoming issue of Time magazine, Jack Dickey will offer a feature on Nate Silver, whose FiveThirtyEight enterprise will soon become a semi-inde...

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Marco Rubio Is On The 'Comeback' Trail Because Of That Time He Totally Criticized A Retiring Liberal Senator | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Earlier this week, in an attempt to get everyone to calm down about the far-off 2016 presidential campaign and stop proclaiming non-candidates to be "...

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Relax Everybody, Nobody Is A '2016 Frontrunner' Yet | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

I don't know if it was the anticipation of being snowed in today, or the zany highs of award season reaching their peak with last night's Academy Awar...

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A Brief History Of The Republican Alternative To Obamacare: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

How to explain the history of the 'Republican alternative to Obamacare?' It seems to reside in a realm where time elongates and reality warps. I cannot remember a time in which Republicans weren't fervently offering an 'Obamacare alternative.'

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Ronan Farrow Denies It Was His Idea To Ban Woody Allen Questions | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media

Earlier Wednesday, the New York Post's Page Six reported that MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, who is set to receive the "Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exp...

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Anyone Who Fact Checks This Obamacare Attack Ad Hates Cancer Patients, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Big news from the war on fact checking today, folks. About a week ago, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) launched an attack ad against Rep. Gary Peters (...

Sochi Games Dazzled, But Should Not Blind

Nafees Syed | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Nafees Syed

While there are differences between the two nations, including the fact that China is a Communist state while Russia is now a democratic one, strong parallels connect the former Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China in their efforts to host the prestigious Olympic Games.

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WaPo Editors Express Dismay With The Monster They Created | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

The editors of The Washington Post are shocked -- shocked! -- to find that deficit panic is happening in their backyard: Virginia Republicans, havi...

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Let's Do It! Let's Raise The Minimum Wage! Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

This week, the Congressional Budget Office has once again proven itself an able newsmaker, issuing a report scoring the economic impact of a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. And once again, the CBO has produced a reality-based mixed bag.

'The Biggest Loser' Is Society

Annie Schugart | Posted 04.14.2014 | Teen
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The biggest problem isn't the debate over The Biggest Loser or Frederickson; the biggest problem is that society is constantly a critic (excuse the irony that I am criticizing society for being critics). Perhaps it's human nature to criticize, but where is the line when it has gone too far?

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Democratic Senators Need A Better 2014 Plan Than Just 'Stay Away Obama' | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

Probably one of the easiest stories you can write in an election year is the one where you find some vulnerable members of Congress running for reelec...

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How The Media Blew The Biggest Story Of The Week | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Just over a week ago, Philadelphia Weekly published a cover story about a local musician named Jordan White, premised on the notion that White -- an earnest singer-songwriter type -- was some sort of stealth superstar in the Philadelphia music scene. The headline in the print edition was insistent in pushing this zingy notion: 'Jordan White may be the most famous local rock balladeer you've never heard of.'

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In What World Is Bernie Sanders Only The 37th Most Liberal Senator? | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

National Journal, as is its wont, has released its latest round of rankings in an effort to determine who are the most liberal and most conservative m...

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Everything Hillary Clinton Does Fuels 2016 Speculation, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

The year is young, but it's going to be a tough competition to write a dumber sentence that includes the word "speculation" and the number "2016," tha...

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Chris Cillizza Would Prefer His Readers Be Mystified | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

Following hard on the heels of Politico's own 'Up With-Misinformation!' take on Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report, here comes Chris Cillizz...

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Politico Doesn't Want To Help People Understand The CBO's Obamacare Analysis | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

Reading for comprehension can be hard for some people who work in the media. And we all know that the typical Congressional Budget Office report i...

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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Long-Term Unemployed: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

this weeding out of the long-term unemployed is occurring because of some sort of blanket heuristic being applied to pools of job applicants, in which "long-term unemployed" is getting equated with "weakest candidate." Let's face it: Even when the job market has boomed, an applicant with a long gap in work history would likely draw some scrutiny.

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Non-Existent Candidate Leads Non-Existent Competitors In Non-Existent Race, According To Poll | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

The 2016 election, as you know, is basically any minute now -- if by "any minute" you mean "one million, four hundred and fifty-four thousand, four hu...

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What Can A State Of The Union Address Do For Income Inequality? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Tuesday night is the State of the Union address, and as is my wont, I'll remind you that the whole exercise is basically America's greatest Nothingbur...

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Pardon The Disruption: A Sunday Chat Show Is Briefly Forced To Cover West Virginia | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

The tidy Sunday Morning Narrative suffered some brief disruption this past weekend courtesy of Guardian columnist Ana Marie Cox, who served as a guest...

Dealing With Criticism, From Sherri Shepherd (VIDEO)

Posted 01.30.2014 | MarloThomas

Since Sherri Shepherd, Emmy Award-Winning Cohost of The View, is a public figure constantly in the limelight, she’s learned some excellent coping me...

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Getting Away With It In West Virginia: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

A week after a massive chemical spill at a Freedom Industries storage facility contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia with 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol and forced 300,000 residents of the state to go without potable, usable water, life is slowly starting to return to normal. Well, that's the casual way of describing what's happening, anyway.

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State Of The Union Rebuttals: What's The Point? | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

As we've previously discussed in this space, State of the Union addresses are mostly useless. The pageantry is nice, and the speech itself provides ad...