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Jason Linkins

BREAKING: Politico, Drudge-Baiting And Pointlessly Mystifying The Political Process | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Much has already been said about Politico editor John F. Harris's recent idiotic "7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told" article. Matt Yglesias mak...

Fear and Envy of Black Masculinity: How Politico's Jonathan Martin Mugged President Obama and Got Away With It

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronald B. Robinson

Almost all black men recognize the contemptuous look Jonathan Martin gave Obama on Thursday.

Putting Off Health Care

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Delaying implementation only allows the relentlessly increasing unemployment rate to push up the relentlessly increasing rate of the uninsured.

CNN's Dobbs: Creating a Hostile Image of Hispanics

Adam Luna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Adam Luna

Ninety percent of Latino leaders believe that Lou Dobbs is having a hostile impact on Hispanics. We know Dobbs doesn't care about this, but does his network?

Sarah Palin Is Winning

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

There are only two political stars in the country. One is president, the other is Sarah Palin.

Jason Linkins

Politico's Thrush Apologizes For Using Misleading GOP Transcript Of Perriello [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The line between evaluative reportage and frenzied press release stenography often gets blurred in Washington, and this blurring is a feature, not a b...

Ryan Grim

Frank Bites Back, Demands Retraction Of Blue Dog Comments In Politico | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Backers of President Obama's cornerstone financial regulatory reform proposal pushed back Monday against the Blue Dog Coalition, which is promoting a ...

Eight GOP Politicians Parrot False $1,761 Talking Point on Costs of Climate Bill

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

When your position is based on ignoring science to prop up polluting industries -- as is the case for many Republican politicians -- you have little choice but to cite misleading statistics to make your point.

Women Lawmakers are Top Dogs on Animal Welfare

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

You might say that female legislators are more likely to stand up for the underdogs, so it's no surprise that there's a gender gap on animal protection, with women more likely to be involved in animal advocacy.

Jason Linkins

Everything You Need To Know About Czars | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Driving today's fearful discussion about czars this morning is a Politico article that 's a fine example of what it does best: provide a distillation of political scuttlebutt and press releases into a story.

Putting the 'Change' Back in "Change You Can Believe In": The Two Faces of Barack Obama

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Auerback

A broad number of polls indicate that progressive opinion, particularly in the area of health care, is much more profoundly aligned with popular opinion than the damp squib of a proposal currently being championed by the president.

The Myths of the Battle of Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The traditional media has talked itself into believing certain things about the fight over health care reform, whether there is any serious evidence beyond their own self-reinforcing stories or not.

Wolf Blitzer, Others Offer First Family Vacation Advice (VIDEO)

Huffington Post via Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Politico asked a slew of Washington veterans to give advice to Obama on how to pass his Martha's Vineyard days. Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norq...

Jason Linkins

Politico Weighs In On Obama's "Pet Peeves" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Politico's Amie Parnes has basically won the rest of August with her fearless expose on President Barack Obama's "pet peeves." I'm a little disappoin...

Our Shadowy Government: Czars, Health Reform, And Bush's Resurgence

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Criticism of Obama and the czar "system" is overblown. In fact, a czar's power comes not from dictatorial authority, but from humble restraint.

Aggravating the Base into Action

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Obama creates the appearance of a White House in crisis, allowing legislative turmoil and spastic town halls. Why not galvanize the left by threatening to pull the plug on any serious reform?

CNN, Others Using "Fig Leaf" to Justify Whack-Job Coverage

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

Cable news, it's been noted, is the beast that must be constantly fed. And lately, with the coverage of the Birthers, it's been on a junk-food diet.

What's Wrong with the Media?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

What's the motivation for Politico and the Washington Post to help the healthcare industry fight back against Obama's proposals?

Pay for Play - Conservatives Busted Again

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

How much of what we see on TV, hear on the radio and read in newspapers or online as "conservative" or "centrist" opinion is actually paid for by corporate interests?

Summer's State of the Union: SCOTUS, Politico & Bruno Bring the Heat

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Nobody, especially Sotomayor, is really going to say anything new or dramatic, so can we skip it? No? D'oh! A wise Latina might let us, but we all know how the Republicans feel about them.

Your Message Here: Salons, Sponsors, Pay-to-Play & Journalism

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

When the Washington Post recently unveiled its plan to sell sponsorships of off-the-record "salons," the move was widely pilloried in the press and elsewhere.

Green Shoots, Urban Policy Edition

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Though this is less robust a beginning than urban policy advocates might have liked, Obama will address the Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable, which demonstrates his continued commitment to cities.

Being Undermined by National News

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judith Ellis

I will not subscribe to the Washington Post. But how can we come together as citizens of our great democracy and make them feel the impact of their action?

Think Again: Conflicts of Interest by the Wealthy and for the Wealthy

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Given the power of perception media institutions enjoy over the profits of so many industries, these same institutions can use this privilege to line their own pockets.

Chuck Todd, Mike Murphy Discuss GOP's 'Circular Firing Squad' Over Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The sniping between McCain staffers and Palin defenders has only gotten worse since Todd Purdum's lengthy Vanity Fair article slamming Sarah Palin cam...