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Jason Linkins

Lanny Davis Seems To Believe That Roger Goodell Has Been A Really Good Crisis Manager

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

So there is someone willing to defend beleaguered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and it turns out it's the guy who's willing to defend almost anyone ...

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Here's A Close Look At John McCain's Long-Running War Powers Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

As you may have noticed if you've been unfortunate enough to have tuned in to any TV coverage of American politics in the past decade, Sen. John McCai...

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Obama Finds An ISIS Strategy While Congress... Privatizes Asteroids? Really?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

So, that happened: Fresh off polls indicating that a majority of Americans now believe that the Islamic State (or, if you prefer, ISIS or ISIL) poses ...

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Coming Soon: Panic-Induced Election Year War With ISIS!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

Seemingly before the question, "Do I, as an American, have any reason to panic over the emergence of this group, ISIS?" has even been asked, it's been...

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Canadian Homophobe Joins The Train Wreck Interview Hall Of Fame

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

What if you took one part Labour Party leader and hapless talking point repeater Edward Miliband ... ... and added one part Australia Prime Min...

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Scott Brown Gives Confused Lady A 'Hero Award,' For Some Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

[Updated, below.] Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R-Bqhatevwr) is running for the Senate in New Hampshire now, where polls indicate he is th...

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Alison Lundergan Grimes' Parents Looking At Some Christmas Ornaments Is Somehow News

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

It's been awhile since I've come face to face with one of those "how on Earth did this become a news story" stories, but Monday morning, The Hill spew...

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Bob McDonnell's Trial Comes To Merciful End, But The Weirdness And The Shame Remain

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics

So, that happened: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) career as a professional defendant has finished its first big story arc, with he and wife Maureen being convicted of 20 counts of corruption between them.

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Everybody Calm Down About The Kansas Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

If you spent any time Wednesday scanning headlines and tweets about the Kansas Senate race, you wouldn't be thought a fool to have come away with the ...

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Politico Columnist Pretty Sure Glenn Greenwald Has 'Peaked'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

Over at Politico, Michael Hirsh is wondering if Glenn Greenwald -- one of the select few journalists to whom former National Security Agency contracto...

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Here Are The 55 People That Pollsters Have Included In 2016 Polls (So Far)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

We've gone back over all of the 2016 presidential polls that have been conducted so far and discovered that as of this moment, pollsters have already ...

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Barack Obama And The Misery Of His Augusts, Ranked

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

There was definitely a time in President Barack Obama's life in which he looked forward to August. He was, after all, born on Aug. 4. And Hawaii seems like it's maybe the best part of America in which to spend an August.

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Media People: Polls Say It's Throwback Thursday To That Time Romney Ran For President

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

A few days ago, former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential aspirant Mitt Romney told Hugh Hewitt that he was not going to run for preside...

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Worrying About Ebola Coming Over The Border Is The Hot New Thing In Paranoid U.S. Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

What's hot for August 2014? Basically, August has been terrible, so I'll say that for me, it's been "sheltering in place with a bottle of Xanax and an...

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The Future Of Attack Ads Is An Endless Loop Of Loony Billionaires Yelling At Each Other

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Terrible political attack ads used to be so simple. Time was you could forget to press forward on your TiVo and accidentally catch some dire-sounding ...

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Finally, A Senator In A Tough Re-Election Fight Bets On Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

The Affordable Care Act, in its brief time on this earth, has endured its share of storm and stress. The bungled rollout of the federal online interfa...

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White House And Congressional Democrats Spin Through Another Cycle Of Psychodrama

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

How to solve a problem like the White House relationship with Congress? And why should I be involved -- aren't these people supposedly adults? These a...

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Paul Ryan Took A Long Time To Get Grossed Out By 'House Of Cards' Frank Underwood

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

In an interview with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the former vice presidential candidate, Andy Abrahams of Parade magazine inquires about Ryan's teevee vi...

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Mike Allen Has Some Fact-Free Smarm-Thoughts For Wesley Lowery

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

In today's Politico Playbook -- presented by Chevron, Chevron is awesome, please let us know, Chevron, if there's any pending legislation we can help ...

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Oklahoma Governor Gives Free Publicity To Area Satanists For Some Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

It's not every day that an American politician has to do battle with Minions Of Darkness, but this week, that responsibility seems to have fallen to O...

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Human Charlie Crist Attacked By Robo-Charlie Crist In Clever Bit Of Political Chicanery

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist -- now running for governor again, because time is a flat circle -- was, for a long time, a Republican. Then, for a ...

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A New Host On 'Meet The Press' Isn't Going To Solve Its Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2014 | Media

As noted earlier this morning, the David Gregory rumor mill has spun round to the news, courtesy of Politico's Playbook, that Chuck Todd is reportedly...

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The Inexplicable Resilience Of Scott DesJarlais, Explained

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics

Anyone who's opened an article about Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the past two years has read the same thing in the opening paragraph: DesJarlai...

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Let's Do It! Let's Bring Back Earmarks!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

For the past several years, Congress has been operating under a formal ban of earmarks -- tiny bits of spending that members previously enjoyed insert...

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This Is What Happens When A Politician Really Doesn't Want To Answer A Reporter's Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

What's a politician to do when he or she takes a tough question from a reporter? Well, in general, they do this thing called "dodging the question," d...