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Jason Linkins

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.13.2014 | 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

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.06.2014 | 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?'

'Meet The Press' Ratings Continue To Tumble

Posted 03.27.2014 | Media

Meet the third-place Sunday morning news show. Politico reported that 'Meet The Press' continued its ratings slide last week, finishing a distant t...

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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...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.23.2014 | 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.

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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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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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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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Sunday Shows To West Virginia: Drop Dead!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Some 300,000 residents of West Virginia are without safe drinking water this weekend after 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked into t...

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America's French Laundry Health Care Problem: Your Sunday Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

It's often argued that nothing needs to be fixed with the American health care system, because it is the best in the world. The argument I lay alongside that is that the best tasting menu -- at least according to Anthony Bourdain, a man with whom I wouldn't recommend you trifle -- is at French Laundry in Yountville, California.

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As Unemployment Insurance Debate Heats Up, Dems Accused Of Using Unemployed As 'Distraction'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

This past weekend, your Sunday morning news shows finally and at long last took notice of the fact that 1.3 million Americans, unemployed for the long...

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Where Did Chuck Todd Get The Idea That Ron And Rand Paul Favor Women's Rights?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

People be toking in Colorado, and "Meet The Press" is on it! Tepidly, anyway, judging by this weekend's panel. During a brief discussion Sunday of ...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Good morning, everyone. Here is an idea I had: I thought I would wake up, watch the Sunday morning blather shows, type stuff as I watched them, put th...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Oh, hello, and welcome to your penultimate Sunday Morning Liveblog. My name is Jason. Sorry about last week, guys, I was feeling fantastically under t...

Jason Linkins

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

Good morning everyone, welcome back from what I hope was a very happy Thanksgiving break, to your Sunday morning liveblog of the chattering simps that...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week's edition of me staring dead-eyed into the television as a gaggle of human wreckage prattle about politics without mentioning all of the people who are losing their SNAP benefits around the holidays and stuff like that. My name is Jason. It looks like today is going to feature widespread Kennedy-era nostalgia, which will probably solve everything, I bet. I'm not entirely immune -- I just read "Dallas 1963" by Bill Minutaglio and Steven Davis, and if you like cynicism and love eerie parallels, then that is the book for you.

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Good morning everybody! It's Sunday morning and it's time for the Sunday Morning Political Shows And Their Discontents, including especially myself. A...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Today, as you may know, is one of the precious high holy days of the Sunday Morning political television show calendar, the holiest being French Open Sunday, when Meet The Press does not air and many, many angels get their jetpacks. Today is the end of Daylight Saving, when we all get the precious hour that was stolen from us for no good reason back, and we can sleep in one additional hour before we must rise from our slumber and subject ourselves to these terrors. Mitt Romney is going to be interviewed on one of these shows, because cutting-edge relevance. So the punishment continues. But we have at least reclaimed our hour.

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.27.2013 | Media

To those of you who gather here each week to just hang out with one another and get your own valuable Sunday conversation going on in the comments and elsewhere, that here's a space for you all to jam if that's what your heart desires.

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Good morning to everyone and welcome to another edition of your quickly-typed-but-deeply-felt liveblog of the terrible Sunday morning political chat s...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to your quickly typed liveblog of the Sunday morning political coprophage chat shows. My name is Jason, and I ...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.29.2013 | Media

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: This vast and clueless slab of derp Stood in the Senate. Heard him on the stand, Half sunk, in rat...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.22.2013 | Media

Good morning everybody and welcome once again to your weekly liveblog of the Beltway-located political media's shame spiral. My name is Jason, and tod...

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TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.08.2013 | Media

Welcome once again to your Sunday Morning Liveblog, and especially welcome once again to the second week of this great debate: Should We Do Some Ultimately Inconsequential Stuff In Syria For The Sake Of Feeling Credible On The Playground Of Nations or Should We Refrain?