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House Dems Look to Go Viral With Health Care Push

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 10 2012

Nancy Pelosi/Facebook

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's newly minted new media director, Faiz Shakir, is out to challenge House Republicans' stranglehold on social media. House Democrats' latest work is an image shared on Pelosi's Facebook page that links a call for health insurance for firefighters to the Affordable Health Care Act. It uses a pullquote from John Lauer, a "hotshot crew" firefighter with a South Dakota-based outfit in the United States Forest Service that recently worked a massive blaze in Colorado. Lauer, who started a Change.org petition in support of health care for firefighters that has 126,241 signatures out of a goal of 150,000, was quoted in an A.P. article as saying, "You pray you don't get sick ... I wonder if people know we're uninsured." Read More

Nancy Pelosi Hires Think Progress Editor as New Media Director

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, May 8 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has hired Faiz Shakir, editor-in-chief of the liberal-leaning Think Progress blog run by the Center for American Progress thinktank, as her new director of new media and senior adviser, the Huffington Post reported. He will be replacing Karina Newton, who plans to travel the world with her husband, according to the Huffington Post. Read More