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My 5 Smooth Stones

BY | Friday, February 1 2008

We are in this race to win despite the desper Read More

MoveOn Endorses Obama

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 1 2008

It wasn't a total surprise, but MoveOn members have voted to support Barack Obama in MoveOn's endorsement primary. Obama received an overwhelming majority of the votes. Ari Melber, the Nation's indefatigable reporter on ... Read More

Daily Digest: Hillary Is Starting to Get It!

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 1 2008

Matt Bai talks to Tracy Russo, of the John Edwards campaign, about how to move on; Barack Obama and Ron Paul are added to the roster for MTV and MySpace's Closing Arguments event; MTV's Street Team '08 is armed and ready ... Read More

Daily Digest: Hillary Reboots the Conversation

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 1 2008

Matt Bai talks to Tracy Russo, of the John Edwards campaign, about how to move on; Barack Obama and Ron Paul are added to the roster for MTV and MySpace's Closing Arguments event; MTV's Street Team '08 is armed and ready ... Read More

Our Favorite Videos of the Week: Who's Freefalling?

BY Joshua Levy | Friday, February 1 2008

It’s the last Friday before Super Tuesday — gosh, are we really here? — and we’re chock full of fun vids. Hulk Hogan “endorses” Barack Obama; Mike Gravel produces another talk/rap ... Read More

Sean Hannity...Now It Makes Sense

BY | Friday, February 1 2008

Sean Hannity: "I'll tell you right Read More

YouTube: Ron Paul's son Rand Paul at the Montana GOP Kick-Off

BY | Thursday, January 31 2008

Dr. Rand Paul speaks at the Montana GOP Kick-Off on January 26. Filmed and edited by Ian Scott. Author: RonPaul2008dotcom Keywords: "ron paul" "rand montana Added: January 31, 2008 Read More

Odds and Ends

BY Joshua Levy | Thursday, January 31 2008

A couple of quick bits at the end of the day: First, I got my hands on some Yahoo Buzz stats for the Democrats in New York State that show that, while Barack Obama enjoyed a huge surge in attention directly before and ... Read More

Birddogging and Blogging the Primaries

BY Allison Fine | Thursday, January 31 2008

Do you know which sector is the tenth largest biggest business sector in the country as measured by its revenue and number of employees? It’s the nonprofit sector, a sprawling, incongruous group of causes, agencies, ... Read More

The Money Myth

BY Patrick Ruffini | Thursday, January 31 2008

If he wins, John McCain will have spent roughly $40 million to secure the nomination against two vastly better funded opponents. That is a far cry from the conventional wisdom that it would take $100 million to compete. ... Read More

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.


wednesday >

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.


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.


tuesday >

Weekly Readings: What the Govt Wants to Know

A roundup of interesting reads and stories from around the web. GO

Russia to Treat Bloggers Like Mass Media Because "the F*cking Journalists Won't Stop Writing"

The worldwide debate over who is and who isn't a journalist has raged since digital media made it much easier for citizen journalists and other “amateurs” to compete with the big guys. In the United States, journalists are entitled to certain protections under the law, such as the right to confidential sources. As such, many argue that blogging should qualify as journalism because independent writers deserve the same legal protections as corporate employees. In Russia, however, earning a place equal to mass media means additional regulations and obligations, which some say will lead to the repression of free speech.


Politics for People: Demanding Transparent and Ethical Lobbying in the EU

Today the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) launched a campaign called Politics for People that asks candidates for the European Parliament to pledge to stand up to secretive industry lobbyists and to advocate for transparency. The Politics for People website connects voters with information about their MEP candidates and encourages them to reach out on Facebook, Twitter or by email to ask them to sign the pledge.


monday >

Security Agencies Given Full Access to Telecom Data Even Though "All Lebanese Can Not Be Suspects"

In late March, Lebanese government ministers granted security agencies unrestricted access to telecommunications data in spite of some ministers objections that it violates privacy rights. Global Voices reports that the policy violates Lebanon's existing surveillance and privacy law, Law 140, but has gotten little coverage from the country's mainstream media.