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Another Political News Site, But This One Will Sell You Things — 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, a startup whose funding, and, more intriguingly, business model, comes from the world of e-commerce.

The Clintons And The Ponzi Schemers — 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 — 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 — 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 — "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 — 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 — 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.

Not If, But When: Clinton Is Running For President, Aide Says — Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Encountered John Podesta and asked him if Hillary would release all the emails. Awkward silence, followed by advice to call her staff - BuzzFeedBen (@Ben Smith) Podesta:"when I am in charge of the campaign I will return your calls." Definitely holding him to that, but stonewall today.

How To Beat Hillary Clinton — Joyce Naltchayan / Getty Images Back before Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, and before she was beaten, she was pretty much unbeatable. In a pair of New York Senate races in 2000 and 2006, Clinton and her sprawling network intimidated potential candidates like Rep.

BuzzFeed Edit News — BuzzFeed sprouted from the depths of web culture, and began its life as a place to find delightful things on the internet. The explosion of Cates Holderness' post about The Dress (white and gold, by the way) is a reminder that while we now do so many more things, we've never moved away from our roots.
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May 22, 2015

@ron_fournier @brianefallon @fshakir it's not an embargo, just a request.but reporter shouldn't be surprised flack is pissed if he ignores

May 22, 2015

RT @TimJHanrahan: Clinton: "Well, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger (as I have rationalized for years)"…

May 22, 2015

RT @lachlan: State reached out directly to Google CEO Larry Page to get the anti-Islam video taken down

May 22, 2015

@brianefallon @fshakir @ron_fournier yeah if it's not worth breaking, people won't break it I think? That is I think the implicit deal

May 22, 2015

@fshakir @ron_fournier I mean, if you want to keep a secret don't send it to hundreds of reporters...

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