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Our Favorite Videos of the Week: War of the Words and Very Bad Songs

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 22 2008

Barack Obama has been accused of “plagiarizing” others’ campaign speeches, including those of his friend, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Whether or not absorbing phrases from friends — or ... Read More

Obama: $60M in February?

BY Patrick Ruffini | Thursday, February 21 2008

According to my initial projections off this crowdsourced spreadsheet of Obama donations I set up after the Wisconsin victory, Obama has already raised at least $45 million for February and is on track to raise $60 ... Read More

Obama Online Ad Seems Aimed at General Election

BY Colin Delany | Thursday, February 21 2008

The Obama campaign seems to have shifted at least some of its online ad buying towards a general election strategy, at least judging from a display ad on a decidedly non-political site Read More

Political Parietals

BY Zephyr Teachout | Thursday, February 21 2008

Newspapers print--sadly, I think--"advisors say" stories all the time. But one of my biggest objections to the New York Times story is what it implies for gender relations on the job in politics. The subtext is pretty ... Read More

Daily Digest: A New And Improved YouChoose '08

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, February 21 2008

YouTube re-imagines YouChoose '08; Will.i.am remixes his "Yes We Can" video with mixed results; Joe Trippi speaks the truth, tells it like it is; a skeptic about a Lessig run for Congress and the first interview with ... Read More

Daily Digest: A New And Improved YouChoose '08

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, February 21 2008

YouTube re-imagines YouChoose '08; Will.i.am remixes his "Yes We Can" video with mixed results; Joe Trippi speaks the truth, tells it like it is; a skeptic about a Lessig run for Congress and the first interview with ... Read More

YouTube: Huckabee Rallys Supporters in Plano

BY | Thursday, February 21 2008

Clips of Gov. Huckabee rallying supporters in Plano, TX Author: explorehuckabee Keywords: mike huckabee president 2008 Added: February 20, 2008 Read More

YouTube: Candid Video from Plano

BY | Thursday, February 21 2008

Candid video from before an event in Plano, Texas Author: explorehuckabee Keywords: mike huckabee president 2008 Added: February 20, 2008 Read More

YouTube: Candid Video from Plano

BY | Thursday, February 21 2008

Candid video of Gov. Huckabee before an event in Plano, Texas Author: explorehuckabee Keywords: mike huckabee president 2008 Added: February 20, 2008 Read More

On The Trail In Texas

BY | Wednesday, February 20 2008

My candidacy is, and always has been, about c Read More

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Ruck.us Reboots As a Candidate Digital Toolkit That's a Bit Too Like Democracy.com

Ruck.us launched with big ambitions and star appeal, hoping to crack the code on how to get millions of people to pool their political passions through their platform. When that ambition stalled, its founder Nathan Daschle--son of the former Senator--decided to pivot to offering political candidates an easy-to-use free web platform for organizing and fundraising. Now the new Ruck.us is out from stealth mode, entering a field already being served by competitors like NationBuilder, Salsa Labs and Democracy.com. And strangely enough, Ruck.us seems to want its early users to ask Democracy.com for help. GO

Armenian Legislators: You Can Be As Anonymous on the 'Net As You Like—Until You Can't

A proposed bill in Armenia would make it illegal for media outlets to include defamatory remarks by anonymous or fake sources, and require sites to remove libelous comments within 12 hours unless they identify the author.

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The Good Wife Looks for the Next Snowden and Outwits the NSA

Even as the real Edward Snowden faces questions over his motives in Russia, another side of his legacy played out for the over nine million viewers of last night's The Good Wife, which concluded its season long storyline exploring NSA surveillance. In the episode titled All Tapped Out, one young NSA worker's legal concerns lead him to becoming a whistle-blower, setting off a chain of events that allows the main character, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and her husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), to turn the tables on the NSA using its own methods. GO

The Expanding Reach of China's Crowdsourced Environmental Monitoring Site, Danger Maps

Last week billionaire businessman Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba, appealed to his “500 million-strong army” of consumers to help monitor water quality in China. Inexpensive testing kits sold through his company can be used to measure pH, phosphates, ammonia, and heavy metal levels, and then the data can be uploaded via smartphone to the environmental monitoring site Danger Maps. Although the initiative will push the Chinese authorities' tolerance for civic engagement and activism, Ethan Zuckerman has high hopes for “monitorial citizenship” in China.

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The 13 Worst Bits of Russia's Current and Maybe Future Internet Legislation

It appears that Russia is on the brink of passing still more repressive Internet regulations. A new telecommunications bill that would require popular blogs—those with 3,000 or more visits a day—to join a government registry and conform to government-mandated standards is expected to pass this week. What follows is a list of the worst bits of both proposed and existing Russian Internet law. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if we missed anything.

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Transparency and Public Shaming: Pakistan Tackles Tax Evasion

In Pakistan, where only one in 200 citizens files their income tax return, authorities published a directory of taxpayers' details for the first time. Officials explained the decision as an attempt to shame defaulters into paying up.

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Facebook Seeks Approval as Financial Service in Ireland. Is the Developing World Next?

On April 13 the Financial Times reported that Facebook is only weeks away from being approved as a financial service in Ireland. Is this foray into e-money motivated by Facebook's desire to conquer the developing world before other corporate Internet giants do? Maybe.

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The Rise and Fall of Iran's “Blogestan”

The robust community of Iranian bloggers—sometimes nicknamed “Blogestan”—has shrunk since its heyday between 2002 – 2010. “Whither Blogestan,” a recent report from the University of Pennsylvania's Iran Media Program sought to find out how and why. The researchers performed a web crawling analysis of Blogestan, survey 165 Persian blog users, and conducted 20 interviews with influential bloggers in the Persian community. They found multiple causes of the decline in blogging, including increased social media use and interference from authorities.

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