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The 2016 Republican Field Is Really Just A Better Version Of The 2012 Republican Field

buzzfeed.com — The first debate of the Republican primary has already brought the derision this moment in the cycle always does: that this is a "clown car" overpacked with second-tier candidates. That story gets written about every group of primary candidates, pretty much every cycle.
Aug 06, 2015

.@BuzzFeedBen: The 2016 GOP field is actually just the 2012 GOP field, except a better version bzfd.it/1hlyoCz pic.twitter.com/6ddvO4AIHc

Aug 06, 2015

The 2016 Republican Field Is Really Just A Better Version Of The 2012 Republican Field buzzfeed.com/bensmith/the-2… via @buzzfeedpol @buzzfeednews

Aug 06, 2015

RT @katherinemiller: .@BuzzFeedBen's theory: Jeb better version of Mitt Walker-Pawlenty Rand-Ron Cruz-Santorum and more buzzfeed.com/bensmith/the-2…

Aug 06, 2015

some #analysis from @BuzzFeedBen: "The 2016 GOP Field Is Really Just A Better Version Of The 2012 GOP Field” buzzfeed.com/bensmith/the-2…

Aug 06, 2015

Well put by @BuzzFeedBen: "The 2016 Republican Field Is Really Just A Better Version Of The 2012 Republican Field" buzzfeed.com/bensmith/the-2…

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Hillary Clinton Gave The Worst Answer To A Classic Job Interview Question

buzzfeed.com — The Taliban has appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansour as its new Afghan leader. Airplane debris discovered Wednesday "very likely" belongs to the same type of aircraft as missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A University of Cincinnati officer has been charged with murder for shooting Samuel Dubose, an unarmed black man.
Jul 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton Gave The Worst Answer To A Classic Job Interview Question buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hilla…

Jul 30, 2015

buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hilla… my question is who gave @buzzfeedben the heads up on this Office clip?

Jul 30, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: Hillary Clinton Gave The Worst Answer To A Classic Job Interview Question buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hilla…

Jul 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton Gave The Worst Answer To A Classic Job Interview Question buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hilla… via @buzzfeedpol @BuzzFeedNews

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Can Bill De Blasio Turn Uber Into The NRA

buzzfeed.com — So will Bill de Blasio pry the Uber app from his constituents' cold dead hands? That is the experiment the New York mayor will start running on Tuesday, when he imposes a cap on the growth of what is one of the fastest-growing businesses in the world, and sets up a high-stakes confrontation that will absorb his mayoralty and define the politics of Uber and its lesser-known siblings in the flexible, insecure new economy.
Jul 19, 2015

Can Bill De Blasio Turn Uber Into The NRA? buzzfeed.com/bensmith/cold-… via @buzzfeedpol @buzzfeednews

Jul 19, 2015

I wrote about my two favorite topics: Uber and NYC politics buzzfeed.com/bensmith/cold-…

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Hillary Clinton's Greek Test

buzzfeed.com — When a colleague and I visited Bernie Sanders in his Senate office four months ago, he was thinking about Greece. He was watching the rise of the left-wing Syriza party hopefully, he said: "It's terribly important that they be allowed to implement what the campaigned on: raising the minimum wage, undoing the privatization, getting the electricity to people who needed it and creating jobs in their country."
Jul 06, 2015

So will Hillary Clinton use Greece to prove how progressive she is? (by me) buzzfeed.com/bensmith/greek…

Jul 06, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: So will Hillary Clinton use Greece to prove how progressive she is? (by me) buzzfeed.com/bensmith/greek…

Jul 06, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: So will Hillary Clinton use Greece to prove how progressive she is? (by me) buzzfeed.com/bensmith/greek…

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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.
Jun 30, 2015

Russians try to build a normal media startup across the border. bzfd.it/1T22Yyz By BuzzFeed's Latvia bureau chief @BuzzFeedBen.

Jun 30, 2015

RT @Mariamrom: This startup in Russia refers to Facebook as the “social Putin” buzzfeed.com/bensmith/russi… by @BuzzFeedBen

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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.
Jun 27, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: So proud of how BuzzFeed's staff, led by @chrisgeidner, covered the long marriage story. Here's the note I sent them buzzfeed.com/bensmith/marri…

Jun 27, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: So proud of how BuzzFeed's staff, led by @chrisgeidner, covered the long marriage story. Here's the note I sent them buzzfeed.com/bensmith/marri…

Jun 27, 2015

So proud of how BuzzFeed's staff, led by @chrisgeidner, covered the long marriage story. Here's the note I sent them buzzfeed.com/bensmith/marri…

Jun 27, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: So proud of how BuzzFeed's staff, led by @chrisgeidner, covered the long marriage story. Here's the note I sent them buzzfeed.com/bensmith/marri…

Jun 27, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: So proud of how BuzzFeed's staff, led by @chrisgeidner, covered the long marriage story. Here's the note I sent them buzzfeed.com/bensmith/marri…

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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.
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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.
May 21, 2015

Another Political News Site, But This One Will Sell You Things buzzfeed.com/bensmith/polit… via @buzzfeedbiz

May 21, 2015

New politics site gets $, biz model from e-commerce. they look uncomfortable standing so close buzzfeed.com/bensmith/polit… pic.twitter.com/gbZyfgoCkF

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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.
May 21, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: I wrote about two felons who were big Clinton donors, and how politicos lend themselves to Ponzi schemes buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hsu-n…

May 20, 2015

I wrote about two felons who were big Clinton donors, and how politicos lend themselves to Ponzi schemes buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hsu-n…

May 20, 2015

I do think this helps explain the failure of the quid-pro-quo hunt: buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hsu-n…

May 20, 2015

How the Clintons do quid pro quo. (Hint: They take the quid and get others to pay the quo.) buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hsu-n… @BuzzFeedBen

May 20, 2015

RT @SchoofsFeed: How the Clintons do quid pro quo. (Hint: They take the quid and get others to pay the quo.) buzzfeed.com/bensmith/hsu-n… @BuzzFeedBen

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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.
May 08, 2015

“The very hard cap on spending was a very good thing,” said Messina, who oversaw Obama 2012 $raising & Priorities now buzzfeed.com/bensmith/cheer…

May 08, 2015

Jim Messina tells me the takeaways from Britain's #ge15 and "progressive" Cameron's win are good for Hillary buzzfeed.com/bensmith/cheer…

May 08, 2015

RT @augustamellon: British Election Good News For Hillary Clinton, Cameron Aide Says buzzfeed.com/bensmith/cheer… via @buzzfeedpol @buzzfeednews

May 08, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: Jim Messina tells me the takeaways from Britain's #ge15 and "progressive" Cameron's win are good for Hillary buzzfeed.com/bensmith/cheer…

May 08, 2015

RT @BuzzFeedBen: Jim Messina tells me the takeaways from Britain's #ge15 and "progressive" Cameron's win are good for Hillary buzzfeed.com/bensmith/cheer…

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Aug 27, 2015

RT @tparti: Very excited to join @BuzzFeedNews next month to cover the hill! And very grateful to my @politico colleagues & friends for 3 g…

Aug 27, 2015

RT @DrewMTips: If, "roll out the Cantor endorsement STAT!" is the answer, what the hell is the question? twitter.com/politico/statu…

Aug 27, 2015

The political class's naivete about tech is mirrored by much of tech's naivete about politics vox.com/2015/8/27/9214… via @drvox

Aug 27, 2015

@Bernstein @lisatozzi @shani_o @mattbuchanan why do you all hate the future? (to employ @jwherrman's favorite rhetorical tactic)


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