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Media Goes Gaga After Trump Takes A Night Off From Jackassery

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

The night was still young on Tuesday when it became clear that the New York primary election was headed for a major anticlimax, with Hillary Clinton a...

We Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming: Another Gay Buried on CW's The 100

Jin Jet Cava | Posted 03.15.2017 | Queer Voices
Jin Jet Cava

Fans worldwide revolted. Their sense of betrayal and disappointment echoed in a massive LGBT fans deserve better campaign -- outcry that was tweeted close to 300,000 times in just a few hours. One fan wrote, "LGBT fans deserve better because after some time it starts being hard to see ourselves die/never get a happy ending."

Casual Transphobia in My Media?

Delia Melody | Posted 11.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Delia Melody

You might not want to harm trans people, but that's the thing about casual transphobia; It doesn't need to have true hate behind it to be real and harmful.

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Republicans Have Always Been At War With The New York Times | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

So, who's got their dander up, in the world of the 2016 election? By the looks of things, it's Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, who was hoppi...

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One Hillary Clinton Think Piece To Rule Them All | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

This week, we were faced with the daunting prospect of having to make sense out of all the Hillary Clinton think pieces that were microwaved into exis...

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Ted Cruz Signs Up For Obamacare Is Your Short-Sighted Media Fixation Of The Week | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash pr...

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Dear America, 'Meet The Press' Wants To Meet You: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

For years and years, anyone who tuned in to America's Sunday morning political chat shows was invited into a world of cloistered elites whose understanding of the impacts of public policy ended at the bank of the Potomac River. It was a realm in which a massive unemployment crisis that swept across post-crash America was only perceived to affect a group of affluent political celebrities and their electoral hopes. 'Will the terrible Senator What's-His-Nuts lose his ability to go on naming post offices after his cronies' children, or will he be forced to accept six-figure salaries on K Street or through meaningless board positions at useless foundations?'

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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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Let's Make 2016 Pollster Speculation Better By Using These Shorthand Symbols In Headlines | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

It is currently January 2014, many hundreds of days before the 2016 election. That’s a long journey without much to talk about, but as you soon lear...

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Chris Christie Is Sorry, But Let's Not 'Comeback Kid' Ourselves Just Yet | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Crack-ups and comebacks. There are no two commodities that the political media loves more. Their culture now moves seamlessly between, "What about you...

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Apparently It's Weird That The White House Asks Local Media To Inform Local People About Obamacare | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

According to Politico, strange things are afoot in the world of Obamacare and the media, as the White House makes its case for the law: President B...

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We Have Reached The 'Maybe Democrats Will Scrap Obamacare' Stage Of Panic Speculation | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

It hasn't been the best of months for those Democrats who stood behind the Affordable Care Act all this while, only to be visited upon by the twin mal...

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So, About That Whole 'Obama's Katrina' Thing | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

The hot newscycle ornament everyone's talking about on Friday is an article by Michael D. Shear in The New York Times that essentially advances the id...

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You Too Can Invent A Rival For Hillary Clinton | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Hillary Clinton: She might be running for president, because she once ran for president, that time before. Remember that? 2008? Lost the Democratic pr...

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73 Takeaways From The 2013 Elections | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Election night is over, and you are probably hungering for some Takeaways. At least, this is something that I am assuming that you crave in large numb...

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Benghazi Will Totally Be 'The Next Watergate' Unless It Isn't | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

This week, your House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will bring us the latest in l'affaire Benghazi with a set of hearings titled "Exposing...

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Bush Library Opening Presents 'Delicate' High-Wire Challenge To Obama, For Some Reason | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

The George W. Bush Presidential Center, a museum and library that contains the historic bric-a-brac of President George W. Bush's White House, is bein...

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Sarah Palin Racks Up Another Trollgaze Magazine Cover | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

A forthcoming cover piece from The American Spectator will tell the story of how Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidentia...

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Looking Forward In Angst: In Defense Of Maureen Dowd | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

I rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to say something kind about New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. In fairness, this is mostly because I rarel...

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Unemployed? Maybe You Should Thank Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff! | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Are you unemployed? Perhaps you should blame some of America's most celebrated economists, and their troubles with math. Tuesday's big non-Boston n...

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Looking Forward In Angst: White House Tours Remain The Only Sequestration Casualty Anyone Cares About | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

Life isn’t easy. It’s filled with many inconveniences. The train doesn’t run on time. You shelled out a few hundred bucks to see a Broadway show...

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Looking Forward In Angst: 2016 Presidential Speculators Need Some Serious Rehab | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Florida Sen. Marco Rubio don’t necessarily agree on everything –- as we’ve learned in the past few week...

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Looking Forward In Angst: The Deficit Debate Needs More 'Mark To Market' Accountability | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

As veteran critics of the post-crash financial industry well know, one thing that has allowed big banks to maintain their rosy outlook is a rule chang...

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Sequester Crisis And The Rise Of The 'Leadership' Surrealists | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

By the time you read this, the long awaited and much feared sequestration may have already begun. That means you and your loved ones are huddled toget...