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Jason Linkins

Dems Still Trying To Dial In Exact Right Amount Of President For Midterms

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Back in February, it was reported that if there was one thing that Democrats contending in the 2014 midterm elections wanted President Barack Obama to...

India v. Hinduphobia: What Narendra Modi's Election as Prime Minister Really Means

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Narendra Modi's victory needs to be understood beyond the two commonly heard positions we have heard these past few months leading up to the election.

Jason Linkins

Harvard Study Suggests Health Insurance Saves Lives. The Hill Wonders If That's A Good Thing.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have conducted a study of Massachusetts' Commonwealth Care program, and they've found something ver...

How a 47.1 Percent Increase in Homicides Becomes 2

Kyle Hillman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Chicago homicides spiked by 47.1 percent over April 2013, shootings up 65 percent, but if you opened up the news today you will likely see none of that. Instead the city awakened to yet another "not so bad" article about how crime is really down.

Fighting Against the Media's War on Body Positivity

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

To deviate from the standard of beauty that is celebrated by the media is not rebellion, it is nature -- but to accept and embrace our own natural individuality has been deemed nothing less than a thought crime

What Was Felix Salmon Thinking?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Media
Nathan Robinson

I've tried every explanation out in trying to figure out what Salmon is thinking and none of them make sense, except that he's either ten steps ahead of us, has been abducted and replaced, or has joined a cult.

The Emotional Impact Of Journalism, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked if she’s ever held back or killed a story because of the potential emotional damage it might cause its subject, Executive Editor of The N...

Jason Linkins

Here Is Why You're Not Making It In America: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Is the United States a strong nation? There's a notion that it is, of course -- based mainly on the disruptive philosophical underpinnings upon which this country was established. But these are all really the fumes of nostalgia. What else is there? Well, we have the best fleet of aerial drone death-dealers in the world (for now). Certainly our fast-food accomplishments are second to none. And our Reality Teevee Industry remains one of the more successful and innovative welfare programs in the world, lifting individuals with no evident utility to the human race -- and who would quite likely be pushed into ditches to die in lesser nations -- into the warm embrace of the Fame Economy.

Jason Linkins

Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinaril...

What Is Happening to Language?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media
SidneyAnne Stone

I have been trying to avoid writing this piece for fear that I will sound like a grumpy old lady which, by the way, I am not. Even as I hear myself discuss this issue I remind myself of my high school English teacher, who was a miserable little thing in case you were wondering, yet I still feel compelled to introduce the topic.

Jason Linkins

Dear America, 'Meet The Press' Wants To Meet You: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

For years and years, anyone who tuned in to America's Sunday morning political chat shows was invited into a world of cloistered elites whose understanding of the impacts of public policy ended at the bank of the Potomac River. It was a realm in which a massive unemployment crisis that swept across post-crash America was only perceived to affect a group of affluent political celebrities and their electoral hopes. 'Will the terrible Senator What's-His-Nuts lose his ability to go on naming post offices after his cronies' children, or will he be forced to accept six-figure salaries on K Street or through meaningless board positions at useless foundations?'

Jason Linkins

CNN Reports News That Disappeared Malaysian Airplane Was, At Some Point Before Disappearance, Not Disappeared

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media

Breaking news from CNN, the most trusted name in obsessing over what might have happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Rose Marie Arce brings us a...

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...