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Jason Linkins

Ben Quayle Sparks Comedy Battle With Politico At Fancy Dinner | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

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.

Jason Linkins

Media Is Starting to Panic Over Slow Start To The 2012 Campaign | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics

The 2012 election: wasn't it supposed to have started by now? If you are a normal person, living your normal life, you probably don't really care. 2...

How Bardella, Issa and Politico Gave Mark Leibovich the Perfect Washington Story

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alex Becker

Politico's own reaction provides revealing insight into how Washington's must-read source for political news operates and views itself within the greater media scene.

Jason Linkins

Beltway Reporters' Garters Popping In Aftermath Of Bardella Email Flap | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On Tuesday afternoon, Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), was fired after it came to light that he had sh...

Why the Individual Mandate Is Doomed

Jeff Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Norman

A majority of American taxpayers will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014 if the new healthcare law isn't overturned or revised. I predict it will be.

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.

Jason Linkins

GOP's 'Tech Policy Champion' In The Pocket Of Telecoms | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I have to admit, when I saw this headline, "Will Marsha Blackburn be GOP's next tech policy champion?" in Politico, there was a brief, mad moment wher...

Amanda Terkel

McConnell: 'Virtually All' Senate Republicans Stand Behind Obama On Afghanistan | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans stand behind President Barack Obama's strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch...

Wikipedia Turns 10: What Has the Site Taught Us?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

Despite the early fears of many critics, Wikipedia has proven to be a place to find information quickly and easily. What does this mean for us and how we attain knowledge?

College Republicans: Huge Nerds? (VIDEO)

James Kotecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
James Kotecki

My wife accuses me of stereotyping. But I'm a huge political nerd myself; I just think College Republicans, and all nerds, should embrace their off-beat identities.

Jason Linkins

Did Obama Speech Undercut Federal Case Against Loughner? (No.) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

At last night's memorial service for the fallen victims in Saturday's tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, President Barack Obama spoke at length about the liv...

Jason Linkins

2010: The Year In Wall Street Whining To Politico About Their Hurt Feelings, Mostly Anonymously | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You know, the other day, when I remarked that Politico's story "another piece in a continuing series" of "Wall Street people whining," I wasn't kidding. A whole lot of times, actually.

Jason Linkins

Wall Street Execs Whine To Politico About Their Hurt Feelings | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Wall Street is sad, and its recent record-setting profits are no comfort. Should I begin by assuaging their fears? If we define "pro-business" as "a policy that would allow investments to be made in an actual physical business, spurring economic growth and jobs development," and not "policies that allow Wall Street to return to a regime of creating non-productive casino games based upon the amount of moneydust that can be leveraged from rubbing two ten-dollar bills together to create an ornate daisy-chain of swaps," then we are never going to issue a discouraging word!

Politico Launching Paid Subscription Service | JEREMY W. PETERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Politico, the Web site and free daily publication that brought a 24-7 cable news sensibility to political reporting, is starting a subscription news s...

Palin Overexposure Continues to Alienate Voters (Particularly Women)

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Palin fatigue is not something from which only reporters suffer; even women who voted Republican in 2010 can catch it. At least, according to the lat...

Jason Linkins

Politico Writer Whines About 'Class Warfare' That Top One Percent Decisively Won Years Ago | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

People who live outside the Beltway may not be aware of the fact that in Washington, DC, we have a local competition to see who can write the most sha...

National Security Experts vs. Forces of Delay

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The New START treaty should be a no-brainer: it's a renewal of a treaty originally negotiated by Ronald Reagan and it will make America safer.

Congresswoman Harman's Afghan Delusions

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Jane Harman should be ashamed that she has voted to send U.S. troops to risk their last full measure of devotion on behalf of a corrupt, illegitimate, lawless Afghan government for reasons a schoolchild could discern are fatuous.

Jason Linkins

Obama Needs To Coddle Wall Street Even More Or He's Doomed, Argues Politico | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Politico has a cover story today filled with lament over that time the Obama administration was mean to the business community. Doesn't Obama want to extend his political career? Isn't that the whole point of being president?

McKeon's Right: Petraeus Must Testify on Afghan Review

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

House Republicans are demanding that Gen. Petraeus appear in person to testify on the Administration's December review of policy in the war in Afghanistan, Politico reports.

George Bailey, the Dark Side

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Yvette Kantrow

More than two years have passed since the financial system almost went up in flames, but a big question remains: What should we do about the banks? Na...

Mandate to Repeal Health Care Is a Republican Pipe Dream

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Democrats shouldn't be cowed when the Republicans claim last night's elections were a mandate for repeal. The voters, even this frustrated, angry bunch, said no such thing.

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin's Anonymous Source Hypocrisy: She's Used Them Too | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

For the past few days, Sarah Palin has been beefing with Politico after Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei published an article about how the GOP establishme...

Black Swan Imbroglio: The Crisis of Journalism and Control of the Stack

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Schwartz

21st century journalism will be about controlling and having access to the "stack" -- taking vast amounts of raw information and transforming it into useful material for telling interesting and important stories.

Why Voting Matters for the Climate Movement

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

People in the climate movement -- or anyone who believes in what we're doing to avert a climate crisis and bring about an energy revolution -- can push back on Big Oil and Dirty Coal by exercising their right to vote.