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Critics Miss Irony in Royal Baby Comment

Victoria Arbiter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Media
Victoria Arbiter

To address when I commented -- with deliberate irony -- how "brilliant a royal Kate is" [for having a boy], perhaps I should share the historical context that some appear to have missed, where many a royal wife suffered at the hands of her husband for not producing a male heir.

Jason Linkins

OMFG ROYAL BABY DAY 2013, Remembered | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.23.2013 | Media

A historic uprising yesterday in the birth canal of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has apparently ended in the successful birth of a presum...

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Nate Silver Was Apparently Really 'Disruptive' In The Way He Got Lots Of People To Visit The New York Times' Website | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan weighs in on this weekend's big media news -- the departure of polling guru Nate Silver from the Times ...

How This Boy's Story Would Have Been Told If He Were White

sociological images | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents

Editor's Note: Lisa Wade, PhD originally wrote this posted this piece on The Society Pages in 2010. In the wake of last week's verdict in the George Z...

Exclusive: There Is More To Motherhood Than A Post-Baby Bod

Kate Spencer | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Kate Spencer

Our cultural conversation about pregnancy, birth and motherhood is way off from what the actual experience is. And it's hurting women.

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Politico's Article On The Aftermath Of 'This Town' Is Sofa King Dumb | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

It is impossible to overstate just how idiotic Politico’s latest piece on New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich's new book, “‘This Town’ ratt...

Point the Finger at You: Who to Blame for the Zimmerman Trial?

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 09.12.2013 | Media
Rahfin Faruk

For the last month, the George Zimmerman trial controlled the airwaves. From MSNBC to 20/20, every news program has provided disproportionate coverage to a case that has sparked important discussions about American race relations, identity and politics.

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Vito Fossella Denies The Media A Third Ring For Their New York Political Circus | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.11.2013 | New York

The New York Observer's Colin Campbell made good use of the sudden return of Eliot Spitzer to the political limelight, corralling the would-be New Yor...

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Now Is The Perfect Time To Talk About How It Is A Terrible Time To Talk About 2016, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Writing in the National Journal, political analyst Charlie Cook asks the question, "Is 2016 really worth all this talk just yet?" And then he answers ...

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Who Should Stop Writing About Egypt Today? | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics

Here is some good news for The New York Times' David Brooks: He hasn't actually written the worst thing about the ongoing disorder in Egypt today. ...

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WaPo Editors Doing What They Can To Thwart Their Reporters From Covering NSA Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

The Washington Post does some pretty great national security reporting. It was on the pages of the Post that Dana Priest reported on the network o...

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So What If Edward Snowden Isn't Your Unicorn? | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

As National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden continues his stay in the limbo of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, while offici...

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Area Former Presidential Aspirant Buys Sweet Van | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

Mitt Romney has a new van, and WMUR New Hampshire's James Pindell is on it: Last week Romney showed up without an appointment to Granite Ford in Ro...

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West Virginia Finishes Last In Voter Turnout For 2012, Blame CNN | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

The Charleston Gazette reports that the state of West Virginia takes home the dubious distinction of having the lowest voter turnout of any state duri...

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That Terrible Edition Of 'Meet The Press' Was Even Worse Than I Thought | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

But [Mike] Murphy himself has a stake in this debate that arguably ought to have been disclosed. Though Murphy was introduced only as a “Republican ...

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Presidential Bully Pulpit Is Not Dead -- It's Never Actually Been Alive | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

When Chris Cillizza writes, as he did Monday, that the "bully pulpit just ain’t what it used to be," it primes me to expect that some exciting news ...

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The Most Terrible Edition Of 'Meet The Press' To Ever Air | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

Those of you who already join me in my semi-self-imposed Sunday morning entrapment where I watch the terrible Sunday shows so you don't have to, will ...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.23.2013 | Media

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Sunday morning of quickly-typed recaps of political blathering shows. My name is Jason, and I'm really wondering why we haven't just gotten rid of "waking up on Sundays" as a concept altogether. Really, it should be just banned, from American life.

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Pro-Hillary Super PAC Seems To Worry A Few Anonymous Washington Post Sources And That's About It | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

There are well over 1,000 days before the 2016 election, but there is already a very prominent super PAC supporting a potential presidential bid from ...

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Politico's Harris And VandeHei Are Sick Of Your Politico Critiques | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

Every interview with Politico's two-headed hydra, John Harris and Jim VandeHei, is a tiny little puzzle-box treasure. And credit must be dispensed: Th...

Please Stop Yelling in a Little Box

Alison Rosen | Posted 08.18.2013 | Media
Alison Rosen

There was a time when having a nuanced, measured, well-considered take on something, one that didn't fit neatly into a, well, box was appreciated. Those days are gone.

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Is Pretty Sure That Cynicism Is The Real Threat To Our Nation | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

David Brooks has really only got one thing to say about the world, and that is that we live in an "atomized" society; it's pretty much the only insight he brings to the table. His fellow New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has really only got one thing to say about the world, and that is that we live in a "hyperconnected" society. Maybe if we put them in a room together, they would both wink out of existence, leaving us with Gail Collins, I guess. Naturally, David Brooks has sized up the whole Edward Snowden/NSA data mining story with his "have hammer, nails everywhere" approach to the world. At bottom, however, is the assertion that the real grave threat America faces is cynicism. Brooks seems to ignore the things that could only instill those feelings of cynicism, because there is no other rational way to respond to them.

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Supposedly Important Beltway Machers Really Just Being Clowns On Twitter All Day | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

I know it seems like there are a lot of very important things going on the world for both the people who are connected to the policymaking apparatus a...

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Area Athletic Squad Judged To Have Had More Dreadful Week Than Suddenly Exposed Surveillance State | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

Then there is the disaster happening on the field. Heading into Friday night, the Nationals were 29-30 and in third place in the National League East ...

A Generation Obsessed With Obsessing Over Itself

Leonard Friend | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
Leonard Friend

Quitting Twitter, as trivial as it may seem, got me thinking a lot about social media and the internet in general. Let's dive straight into it with a recent example.