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Facebook Engineering Head Andy Barkett Tapped as New CTO of the Republican National Committee Facebook Engineering Head Andy Barkett Tapped as New CTO of the Republican National Committee

A senior engineer at Facebook has been tapped to lead the Republican National Committee’s new focus on technology and the “digital divide” that some feel contributed to Mitt Romney’s recent loss to President Obama in the 2012 election. Andy Barkett, …

State Senator’s Wife Gives Stern Facebook Warning to Women Asking Him to ‘Explore’ Online

Alabama State Senator Shadrack McGill’s wife isn’t too pleased about recent attempts from women to get her husband to participate in some extracurricular activities. Heather McGill has posted an impassioned Facebook warning to women who are sending emails to her …

Boston Fire Chief Resigns in Wake of Bombing

Boston Fire Department Chief Steve Abraira resigned this week. He will be stepping down on June 7, with Chief of Operations John Hasson selected to become acting Chief. Abraira was named chief less than two years ago, in December of …

Michael Steele Could Run For Governor of Maryland
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Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is giving serious consideration to running for governor of Maryland. Last week, Steele called in for an interview with radio station WMAL, telling the hosts that he and his staff are currently running …

Political Economist Mark Blyth Talks At Google Political Economist Mark Blyth Talks At Google

Political economist Mark Blyth recently gave an “At Google” talk, which Google has now made publicly available via YouTube. Blyth is the author of Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century; editor of The Routledge Handbook …

Obamacare Starts Next Year, Opposed by Over Half of Americans Obamacare Starts Next Year, Opposed by Over Half of Americans
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Major segments of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – known colloquially as “Obamacare” – are set to go into effect by January 1, 2014. Programs such as health insurance exchanges; insurer prohibitions against pre-existing medical condition discrimination and …

Michele Bachmann Retiring from Congress, Announces Via YouTube Michele Bachmann Retiring from Congress, Announces Via YouTube
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Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann will not seek a fifth term in Congress representing the state’s 6th district, as she made an official announcement in YouTube video. “After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year, I …

Obama Forgot to Salute, Apologized to Soldier
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President Barack Obama has certainly had a lot on his mind recently. House Republicans have recently been holding hearings on the Benghazi attacks, while two new scandals have rocked the current administration. One involves the IRS targeting new tax-exempt Tea …

Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly Talk Fox News, IRS, and More

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Wednesday night to promote his new book, and the two provided the usual amicable but combative sparring we expect from any O’Reilly-Stewart meeting. The two …

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray Resigning

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray today announced that he will be resigning his position in government. Murray has been the state’s lieutenant governor since 2007. Before that, he served as the Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts. Murray announced his resignation today …

Anthony Weiner Announces Mayoral Run with YouTube Video
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Last month, as rumors swirled of a possible run for New York City mayor, former congressman Anthony Weiner rejoined Twitter – the service the led to his downfall back in 2011. He began tweeting out links to a 20-page roadmap …

Bill: Hillary 2016 Speculation a Waste of Time
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Though President Barack Obama easily won two presidential elections, it doesn’t mean he coasted into the White House. Perhaps his biggest political challenge came before he ran for president in 2008, when he fought Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination …

Otis Bowen Dies In Indiana Nursing home
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Former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen, sometimes known as “Doc,” died in a nursing home in Donaldson, Indiana at the age of 95 from unspecified causes. As Governor, Bowen served for two terms, from 1973 to 1981. He also served as …

Paul Ryan: Gay Adoption Ok, Gay Marriage Not
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With a tipping point in the U.S. gay rights debate seemingly reached, even Republican politicians seem to be shifting their positions. In March, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman had a “change of heart” after learning his son is gay, and …

CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed
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As you probably know, on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. The bill, which aims to help the government react to cybersecurity threats by making it easier to …

Palin: ‘Nerd Prom’ Hashtag Aimed at Correspondents Dinner
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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin continued her bid for attention this week by attempting to insult the press via Twitter. The former vice presidential candidate Tweeted that the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was “pathetic” and stated that those attending are …

Zuckerberg’s FWD.us Immigration Reform Group Snags Bill Gates, Sean Parker, and More Zuckerberg’s FWD.us Immigration Reform Group Snags Bill Gates, Sean Parker, and More

Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration-focused political advocacy group is getting the help of a few more tech heavyweights. Today, FWD.us announced a couple of new members: Microsoft founder BIll Gates, current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft EVP Brad Smith and Sean Parker, …

Bill Clinton Is Really Doing Twitter Now. For Real. Bill Clinton Is Really Doing Twitter Now. For Real.
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42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton appears to be using Twitter at his own behest. As you may remember, earlier this month Stephen Colbert kind of sort of forced the former president to join Twitter. At a Clinton …

Anthony Weiner Is Back on Twitter with a New Handle Anthony Weiner Is Back on Twitter with a New Handle

Well what do you know – look who’s back on Twitter. It’s former Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose indiscretions on the social media platform led to embarrassment and his eventual political demise. It appears that Weiner is migrating his Twitter presence …

8th Grader’s Gun T-shirt Leads To Arrest
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According to reports, an 8th grader in West Virginia was suspended and arrested after wearing an NRA t-shirt to school, which says: NRA: Protect Your Right” and features a picture of a rifle. The shirt apparently caused an argument between …

Mitch McConnell Celebrates Gun Control Defeat with Flippant Facebook ‘Meme’ Mitch McConnell Celebrates Gun Control Defeat with Flippant Facebook ‘Meme’
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As you’ve probably heard by now, gun control legislation that would ban certain types of military-style assault rifles, limit magazine sizes, and enact more far-reaching background checks for buyers failed in the Senate on Wednesday. We already knew what was …