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Channeling the Bartlet Administration, Obama's Advisor Brian Deese Takes to the White Board

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 11 2012

The White House's newest edition of the White House White Board takes direct inspiration from television's fictional West Wing in a quest to explain the administration's Buffett Rule. In the February 2003 episode from the show's fourth season written by creator Aaron Sorkin, Deputy Communications Director Will Bailey, played by Joshua Malina, is explaining the Jed Bartlet administration's new tax policy to a group of interns as they prepare to help him work on public remarks. To illustrate the plan's impact on different tax brackets, Bailey creates a table on a white board that shows the different earnings and taxes for non-union workers, public school teachers and doctors. Read More

White Boards and Goolsbee vs. Obama and Babies

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 29 2011

The White House, too, sweats pageviews, Macon Phillips revealed yesterday. At a Brookings event event on Tuesday, Phillips, the White House new media director, fielded a question about engaging more than 10 percent of ... Read More

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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