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BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief. Beats working for a living. Email or gchat me at ben@buzzfeed.com. AIM benobserver.

Russians Try To Build A Normal Media Startup Across The Border

buzzfeed.com — RIGA, Latvia - When Russia closes up, as it has often through the centuries, this Baltic capital becomes a listening post, a safe-ish remove from which to send and receive dispatches from an increasingly controlled society.

BuzzFeed Edit News

buzzfeed.com — The Supreme Court ruling today - astonishing to me, as much as we all knew it was coming - marks the end, more or less, of a story that has helped define BuzzFeed as we've grown, and one that we should be proud of playing a big part in.

Hillary Clinton Hires The Strategist Who Broke Her 2008 Campaign

buzzfeed.com — Hillary Clinton has hired the key tactician behind her stunning 2008 primary defeat, a sign both of her campaign's intense focus on a Democratic Primary that is shaping up as a joke, and of her team's obsession with avoiding the mistakes of her last campaign.

Another Political News Site, But This One Will Sell You Things

buzzfeed.com — Election seasons bring with them fresh waves of media upstarts, and the newest entrant in this cycle's media-contest-within-a-presidential-contest is Cafe.com, a startup whose funding, and, more intriguingly, business model, comes from the world of e-commerce.

The Clintons And The Ponzi Schemers

buzzfeed.com — Yau Cheng isn't the sort of person you'd expect to fall victim to a Ponzi scheme. The former Merrill Lynch banker was, by 2005, a partner in her own investment fund, a savvy and sophisticated investor. But Cheng and her partner didn't do the usual due diligence on Norman Hsu, who offered eye-popping returns from his garment business.

British Election Good News For Hillary Clinton, Cameron Aide Says

buzzfeed.com — The former Obama aide who helped Britain's Conservatives stay in power Thursday told BuzzFeed News that Hillary Clinton, rather than U.S. Republicans, should be taking hope from the victory of Britain's right.

Britain's 2015 Election Pits Newspapers Against The Web

buzzfeed.com — Britain votes next Thursday, and the talk here is of an election reaching Israeli levels of complexity. Will the Scottish nationalists wipe out Labour in the north? Will the Ukippers come back to the Tories? What price will the Irish unionists (remember them?) exact for their support?

Judith Miller Receives Her Admirers At The Harvard Club

buzzfeed.com — "She's always been out in front on the stories that are really still the big stories of our age - Islamic militancy, germ warfare, the Iraq War, terrorism," Tom Freston said Tuesday night, introducing Judith Miller at the Harvard Club party for her new book, The Story. The Iraq War!

Why Is This Fight Different From All Other Fights

buzzfeed.com — I spent last Friday night at the Brooklyn apartment of a veteran Jewish journalist, a man whose values used to be considered pretty much standard for Jewish Democrats who grew up with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He loves Israel but he's conflicted over the occupation.

The Clinton Campaign Gets Off To A Grim Start

buzzfeed.com — The United Nations Security Council Stakeout has played host to world-historic events. It's where Iranian negotiators meet the press, where heads of state talk war and peace. Picasso's "Guernica," looming to the left of the podium, is meant to push them toward peace. The U.N. is also, always, kind of a shitshow.
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Jul 04, 2015

RT @peterwallsten: Bob Vander Plaats and his newfound friendship with an LGBT activist wpo.st/0vNP0 @newsbysamuels

Jul 04, 2015

RT @MattMcBradley: Hilarious @azortiz: #Egypt Foreign Ministry issues foreign press corps style guide for how to describe terror groups. pic.twitter.com/YNxfIyDiva

Jul 04, 2015

RT @katherinemiller: Glad to see everyone's in such relaxed and jovial spirits here on this July 4th today!

Jul 04, 2015

Trump is obviously a gift to Clinton. Question is whether he can help Jeb too twitter.com/gerrymullany/s…

Jul 04, 2015

RT @summeranne: Watch our 18 Vine series in TV mode on Vine for extra TV-y ness: vine.co/channels/every…

Jul 04, 2015

RT @rubycramer: And one more addendum. @HillaryClinton, a regular modern-day Al Smith, on how much she loves this process: pic.twitter.com/Fqte4e9RII

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