Author: Jason Linkins

Jeff Sessions Is Just The Latest Member Of Trump’s Team To Earn The President’s Anger

THE HUFFINGTON POST As President Donald Trump and his inner circle prepare for former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, scuttlebutt from White House sources depicts Attorney General Jeff Sessions as having fallen from grace in the president’s eyes. The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman reported on Monday that Trump has “grown sour” on Sessions, with “people close to Mr. Trump who insisted on anonymity” describing how months of “intermittent fuming” has given way to “exasperation” ― much of it derived from Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the very investigation...

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Henry Kissinger Barely Musters Up Some Thoughts On Jared Kushner

THE HUFFINGTON POST One of the annual traditions over at Time magazine is the unveiling of the “Time 100,” which exists to remind everyone that the editors of the podiatrist waiting-room glossy have access to the world’s elite. Basically, they call up a bunch of famous people, ask them to write articles about another bunch of famous people, and then someone says, “Okay, that’s 100, we did it guys.” Later, there is a fancy party for all of these party-impoverished people. Aging murder-satchel Henry Kissinger is apparently one of Time’s go-to eminences whenever there is a need for a...

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White House Announces Jared Kushner Is Now Responsible For Everything

THE HUFFINGTON POST The president of the United States has a very difficult job, and in recent weeks we’ve all been given to wonder whether President Donald Trump really wants to do it. Last week, Trump’s first big legislative initiative ― the American Health Care Act ― foundered, partially due to the fact that the president abruptly stopped trying to facilitate negotiations with members of Congress. Over the latter half of Thursday, we went from House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) extolling Trump’s efforts, to Trump suddenly bailing on the effort and demanding a Friday resolution to the...

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Will Judith Miller Ever Live It Down?

At this point, a question occurs. Judith Miller’s past: Will she ever live that down? Let’s find out. Judy’s Iraq-War starting stories ALL based off leaks. Those leaks killed 100s of 1000s. Ready to send your murderous sources to prison? — emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 17, 2017 Judith Miller’s inability to recognize the fact or breadth of her own body count is one of the great rationalizations of history — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 17, 2017 Judith Miller should probably sit this one out. — Jane Coaston (@cjane87) January 17, 2017 @JMfreespeech apparently none–unlike the known hundreds of thousands who died based on faulty Iraq WMD coverage — Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) January 18, 2017 So, ah, the answer is “no.” This has been “Will Judith Miller Ever Live It Down?” Jason Linkins edits “Eat The Press” for The Huffington Post and co-hosts the HuffPost Politics podcast “So, That Happened.” Subscribe here, and listen to the latest episode...

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Get Ready For The New York Observer To Become Donald Trump’s Garbage Tribune

If you think about the storied history of the New York Observer ― which since 1987 has been one of New York City’s best-read weekly newspapers ― you might wonder what many of its former editors (Peter Kaplan and Elizabeth Spiers come to mind) would have made of a Donald Trump presidency. In all likelihood, their reaction would have been something like mordant concern lit by the flash of crashing rapiers. But with the paper under the control of Trump-kin-by-marriage publisher Jared Kushner and Trump campaign aide-de-camp editor Ken Kurson, it’s rather clear that the Observer is set to become some sort of garbage tribune, serving the president-elect with the devotion of a Kim Jong Un sycophant. At first blush, the Observer would look like an unlikely herald for a Trump World Order. After all, it has historically been a tidy chronicle of Manhattan’s mostly liberal elites and their doings, pitched to an audience of mostly liberal Manhattanites climbing society’s ladders at slightly lower rungs. But changes are afoot. As the New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum reported just days after the election, it was announced that the Observer would cease its print edition and fully shed itself of its “New York” branding. And although Observer Media’s chairman (and Kushner brother-in-law) Joseph Meyer insisted the media organization would retain “coverage of New York City politics and culture,” these changes, coupled with...

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WATCH: Kellyanne Conway Used To Complain About Donald Trump’s ‘Rigged Election’ Whining

TAPPER: Let’s talk about this idea that everything is rigged. Yesterday, Mr. Trump once again arguing that the election will be rigged ― it’s a charge that he makes with no real evidence to suggest it, that many Republican secretaries of state and others are very upset that he is making. Now, back in April when you were working against Donald Trump, when you were working for Ted Cruz and advising his super PAC, you had some tough words for Mr. Trump when he was lashing out at the time against the system being rigged. Take a listen. [VIDEO CLIP PLAYS] CONWAY, on video clip: We hear from the Trump campaign, rules … the rules change, it’s not fair, the system’s rigged, the system’s corrupt. He can whine and complain all he wants that he didn’t know the rules. TAPPER: Is this a pattern with Mr. Trump? If he starts losing, he starts lashing out and calling the system corrupt and calling it rigged? CONWAY: We love watching that clip together. But that was actually about what was happening on the weekends. When Donald Trump would win the vote, he would basically win all the electoral votes in a state, and on the weekends, the Cruz campaign would go back and follow the rules and get back some of those delegates. So no, it’s not a pattern for him....

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Hey, Remember How The GOP Had A Bunch Of 2016 Candidates Who Weren’t Serial Sexual Predators?

Here’s some news that is probably going to shock you, so sit down: As Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli reported this week, Republican presidential nominee and razor-burnt sasquatch Donald Trump “rebuffed his political aides’ requests to research his past … a decision that contributed to his campaign being caught unprepared for the past week’s barrage of claims he had mistreated women.” Oh, no kidding! You mean that maybe the river of sleaze that’s now become a feature of Trump’s campaign could have been avoided? Hey, that’s cool. Here’s another fun fact, though: Did you know that the GOP had, like, 16 other people running for president, none of whom seem like they’d have taken the presidential race down into debasement? How bad are the Octobers in the parallel universes where Trump didn’t become the GOP nominee, perhaps because the parallel universe Reince Priebuses were smart enough to disallow him from running for president under their party’s banner? Obviously, we don’t know everything about those other candidates’ pasts, but we have some idea of the broad contours, and in most cases, we have to say, we envy the alternate Earths quite a bit. On this week’s First To Last, we run down all of the very worst things you could say about all the candidates who didn’t openly express an abiding love for sexually assaulting women....

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Hey, Is Matt Drudge OK?

Hey, happy October 2016, you guys! Is Matt Drudge doing OK today? Oh, yeah, this was on Glenn Beck’s site, like, months ago. Bill Clinton reportedly had an affair with a prostitute in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her name is Bobbie Ann Williams, and she – along with her family – have passed multiple lie-dictator tests when asked if Clinton is the father of her illegitimate son Danny. Buddy Young, a former Arkansas State Trooper, has admitted that in 1983, he drove Clinton and Bobbie to her mother’s home near Hot Springs for an extended, intimate visit while the mother was out-of-town. Both were paid $400 each, plus a $50 tip. What makes the story so compelling is, the Danny also looks like Bill! Or you may have seen this story getting the Rush & Molloy treatment in the New York Daily News of January 1999: The 13-year-old son of a former Arkansas prostitute has reportedly undergone DNA testing to see if his father is President Bill Clinton. Star Magazine reporter Richard Gooding tells us that Little Rock Teen Danny Williams is cooperating with the tabloid to find out if he was conceived during an alleged paid sex encounter between Clinton and Bobbie Ann Williams when she was a hooker. Gooding, who in 1996 broke the news of Clinton adviser Dick Morris’ relationship with a prostitute, says Danny Williams’ test results are...

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