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My Life In The Blogosphere — I first really understood the secret power of the early 2000s political blogosphere in February 2005, when Josh Marshall was hot in pursuit of then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

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The Most Dangerous Man In American Politics — Preet Bharara stood out first not for his early prosecutions of bankers and local pols - aggressive, but not unusual for an office with an aggressive tradition - but for his rather edgy sense of humor. It was the summer of 2013, and Bharara was the guest of honor at Seeking Alpha, a tony gathering of hedge fund managers.

How Reince Priebus Reinvented The Political Party — In 1972, the year Reince Priebus was born, the political writer David Broder published "The Party's Over." Since then, political writers, me included, have been declaring the death of political parties nonstop. It's sort of like writing about the decline of American manufacturing.

Mario Cuomo's Shadow — A few years ago, a top New York political operative challenged me to a guessing game: Whose endorsement, he asked, was the most sought-after for candidates trying to reach the liberal voters who dominate New York City Democratic politics? I guessed Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Chuck Schumer, and the other obvious big names.

The EU Is Plotting A New TV Channel To Counter Russian Propaganda In Europe — RIGA, Latvia - European Union leaders are considering creating a new Russian-language television channel aimed at combating Russian propaganda, an EU foreign minister said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. "Russian TV, particularly for the last couple of years, has been very aggressive in what can no longer be considered normal news or normal journalism, but is more information warfare and propaganda," the foreign minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, said.

Obama's Anti-Baby Boomer Foreign Policy — On the evening of July 23, 2007, Sen. Barack Obama's top adviser was doing his best to spin his way out of a way of the thinking that led, last week, to perhaps the purest of President Barack Obama's foreign policy victories: the opening of Cuba.

BuzzFeed Edit News — I'm very, very proud to share with you all that BuzzFeed News's Greg Johnsen, John Stanton, and Kate Nocera have been awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress this year. The National Press Foundation, which gives the award, cited Greg's " magisterial account of a 60-word congressional resolution that authorized military action against those responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists — A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media - and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.

Uber CEO: Obamacare Has Been "Huge" For Business — The CEO of Uber said Friday that Obamacare has played a crucial role for his army of drivers, an unusual, partial endorsement of the president's signature policy from a man often cast as a hero of anti-government libertarianism.
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Jan 28, 2015

@theferocity this is my least favorite internet conversation ever I think.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @katherinemiller: Senior GOP aide: "The surest way to get rid of Eric Holder is to replace him with someone else"

Jan 28, 2015

@doreeshafrir @mat @shani_o @mathewi @katherinemiller how about: But today I'm feeling more nostalgia than triumph.

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