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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...

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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?

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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.'

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Politico Doesn't Want To Help People Understand The CBO's Obamacare Analysis

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

Reading for comprehension can be hard for some people who work in the media. And we all know that the typical Congressional Budget Office report i...

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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Long-Term Unemployed: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

this weeding out of the long-term unemployed is occurring because of some sort of blanket heuristic being applied to pools of job applicants, in which "long-term unemployed" is getting equated with "weakest candidate." Let's face it: Even when the job market has boomed, an applicant with a long gap in work history would likely draw some scrutiny.

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Non-Existent Candidate Leads Non-Existent Competitors In Non-Existent Race, According To Poll

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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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Pardon The Disruption: A Sunday Chat Show Is Briefly Forced To Cover West Virginia

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

The tidy Sunday Morning Narrative suffered some brief disruption this past weekend courtesy of Guardian columnist Ana Marie Cox, who served as a guest...

Dealing With Criticism, From Sherri Shepherd (VIDEO)

Posted 01.30.2014 | MarloThomas

Since Sherri Shepherd, Emmy Award-Winning Cohost of The View, is a public figure constantly in the limelight, she’s learned some excellent coping me...

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Getting Away With It In West Virginia: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

A week after a massive chemical spill at a Freedom Industries storage facility contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia with 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol and forced 300,000 residents of the state to go without potable, usable water, life is slowly starting to return to normal. Well, that's the casual way of describing what's happening, anyway.

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State Of The Union Rebuttals: What's The Point?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

As we've previously discussed in this space, State of the Union addresses are mostly useless. The pageantry is nice, and the speech itself provides ad...

The Curious Case of Criticism

Marty Kaplan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Marty Kaplan

Reviews throw a spotlight on work we might ignore, and they can embed that work in a context and tradition we might only dimly be aware of. The problem is that reviews also function as commodities.

Is it Possible to Find Truth in News?

Linda Durnell | Posted 03.25.2014 | Media
Linda Durnell

The duty of our news media is to bring to the audience impartial news, representing the real nature of the event and presenting it without introducing bias or partiality. Today, the political polarization using these sources has never been greater.

Jason Linkins

Let's Make 2016 Pollster Speculation Better By Using These Shorthand Symbols In Headlines

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Terrorism and the Media: Something to Think About

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Nushin Arbabzadah

The recent suicide attack in Kabul that killed 22 innocent civilians reminded me of a conversation I had with a BBC colleague in 2006. We had just rep...

Richard Sherman, the NFL and a Glimpse Behind the Curtain

Matt Jordan | Posted 03.24.2014 | Sports
Matt Jordan

Most of the time, we would rather avoid uncomfortable truths that are right in front of our eyes because they force us to reflect on the things we hold dear.

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Almost Forgotten, West Virginia: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

A week after a massive chemical spill at a Freedom Industries storage facility contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia with 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol and forced 300,000 residents of the state to go without potable, usable water, life is slowly starting to return to normal. Well, that's the casual way of describing what's happening, anyway.

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Almost Forgotten, West Virginia: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

A week after a massive chemical spill at a Freedom Industries storage facility contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia with 7,500 gallons of 4-met...

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More And More People Are Not Running For President

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

It is 2014 at the moment, but since there isn't any kind of massive unemployment problem and it's totally safe for pregnant women to drink the water, ...

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Fancy Newspaper Columnists Aggrieved Cancer Patient Is Getting Attention On Twitter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Well, we're less than two weeks into the new year and we've already got an early contender for the 2014 "Piece You're Glad You Weren't Dumb Enough To ...