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Let's Nip This Bikini Body Thing in the Bud

Katie Lowe | Posted 05.31.2014 | Women
Katie Lowe

Why do we allow ourselves to get stuck in patterns of pathological dieting, shaming and self-loathing, disordered eating habits, misogyny and social anxieties over what is, essentially, a couple of napkins held together with string?

Community Comes From Difference, Not Just Commonality

Bob Deutsch | Posted 05.28.2014 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

Sameness can elicit the beginning of an approach to other people. Difference gets you to something more authentic and intimate and wider.

Jason Linkins

Stay Calm Or Go Crazy: Everyone's Got Some Free Advice On The Ukraine Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Vladimir Putin's recent incursion into the Crimean peninsula may be bad news for anyone who likes things like "democratic norms," but it's been a heyd...

The CNN Affect

Zach Hindin | Posted 05.24.2014 | Media
Zach Hindin

Consider the last couple weeks a case study in American infomania. Welcome to the viral world of animals kissing; to Snowmageddons, funny dances and two-headed babies; to Kanye spoofs and Jean Claude Van-Damme's "epic split." Welcome, alas, to Flight 370.

Jason Linkins

America Is Well On Its Way To Tuning Out The Sunday Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

Last week, Jonathan Bernstein, writing in Bloomberg View, issued a plea to America: stop watching the Sunday morning political blatherskite shows. I'v...

Jason Linkins

Mark Halperin Has A Sudden Flash Of Insight, Takes To Twitter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

It was in the wan light of a morning still sleepily breaking into the day to come that the idea occurred to him. It was a thought, a notion, that first seemed to be slowly ambling into his consciousness, and then was suddenly there, all at once, like a flood of unfamiliar beliefs. He struggled to understand this new concept welling up in his imagination. A full approximation of its significance was not something he was constitutionally able to achieve in the split-second that was afforded him by this new insight before its insistent demands for concrete realization compelled him -- with the same instinctual needfulness that a worn-out body would seek to put down a heavy load in order to obtain a sweet, spare moment of relaxation -- to get this flash of perception out of his mind and into the world. So he quickly turned to Twitter.

Jason Linkins

RNC Looking To 'Hand-Pick' Moderators For 2016 Primary Debates

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

Despite my arch take on the RNC's "one year after the autopsy" video yesterday, you can color me impressed with the way Reince Priebus and his fellows...

Jason Linkins

Columnist Suddenly Worried About The Uninsured, But Not Enough To Get It Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

It's been a while since we got to read a solid, hopelessly clueless op-ed inveighing against Obamacare, but The Washington Times' Joe Curl brings us a...

Jason Linkins

WSJ Editors Seem To Think Widely Reported Obamacare Extension Is A 'Secret'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Why Obamacare Is The Least Of Dems' Worries

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Nate Silver Hates All The Right Things About The Political Media

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Marco Rubio Is On The 'Comeback' Trail Because Of That Time He Totally Criticized A Retiring Liberal Senator

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 "...

Jason Linkins

Relax Everybody, Nobody Is A '2016 Frontrunner' Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

A Brief History Of The Republican Alternative To Obamacare: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.'

Jason Linkins

Ronan Farrow Denies It Was His Idea To Ban Woody Allen Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Anyone Who Fact Checks This Obamacare Attack Ad Hates Cancer Patients, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Jason Linkins

WaPo Editors Express Dismay With The Monster They Created

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Let's Do It! Let's Raise The Minimum Wage! Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | 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
Annie Schugart

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?

Jason Linkins

Democratic Senators Need A Better 2014 Plan Than Just 'Stay Away Obama'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.'

Jason Linkins

In What World Is Bernie Sanders Only The 37th Most Liberal Senator?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Everything Hillary Clinton Does Fuels 2016 Speculation, Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Jason Linkins

Chris Cillizza Would Prefer His Readers Be Mystified

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...