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Thursday, June 6, 2013

In 2013 it’s no longer a question of whether the internet will upend bureaucratic institutions in favor of decentralized, grassroots movements — it already has. But as we celebrate the democratization of media and the disruption of monopolistic industries, it’s important to recognize the pitfalls of the anarchic mobs and fringe candidates that the internet can promote. US News & World Report’s Simon Owens sat down with Nicco Mele, author of The End of Big, to discuss how we can harness the crowdsourced potential of the internet without succumbing to its darker tendencies.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Why none of the White House “scandals” are leading to a drop in Obama’s poll numbers

The public’s reaction to the scandals is, in other words, being mediated by their reaction to Obama. If they approve of Obama, they’re inclined to believe that neither he nor anyone in his circle ordered the IRS to attack tea party groups and that the administration did its best in the immediate aftermath of Benghazi. If they disapprove of Obama, they’re inclined to believe he or someone in his circle was controlling the IRS, and that the Benghazi talking points were part of a cover-up.
Here’s why the ‘scandals’ aren’t affecting Obama’s poll numbers

Are Obama’s critics moving the goal posts on the IRS controversy?

We’ve reached the point in the controversy at which critics are raising the opposite of their original charges. “Why did the White House intervene?” has become “Why didn’t the White House intervene?”
'The opposite of a cover-up'
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The facts about food stamps conservatives don’t want you to hear

The facts about food stamps conservatives don’t want you to hear

Friday, April 5, 2013

The political class discovers Tumblr

Sen. Claire McCaskill is among the lawmakers, government agencies, think tanks and politicos — including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cali.), and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who are are making increasing use of the online, social media scrap-booking blogging platform. “This is Tumblr’s moment,” Gregory Galant, CEO of Sawhorse Media, told POLITICO. “It’s almost equivalent to when Truman realized that he could address the nation directly on television to make a presidential address – here’s a new form of media to reach an audience.”
For pols, Tumblr is trending
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
How can a woman win a party nomination – forget the presidency for a moment – if she’s not even talked about as a possible presidential candidate? For 2016, Remember the Women
Thursday, March 7, 2013

How Twitter’s demographics differ from the public at large

Twitter users are not representative of the public. Most notably, Twitter users are considerably younger than the general public and more likely to be Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party. In the 2012 news consumption survey, half (50%) of adults who said they posted news on Twitter were younger than 30, compared with 23% of all adults. And 57% of those who posted news on Twitter were either Democrats or leaned Democratic, compared with 46% of the general public. (Another recent Pew Research Center survey provides even more detail on who uses Twitter and other social media.)
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion
Friday, December 21, 2012
Last week The Onion said I was going to become a male stripper. The 10 Wackiest Political Quotes Of 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Are Democrats losing their edge in digital media?

New Study Shatters Myth Of Tech-Savvy Liberals (Again)

While in 2008, more Democrats were using social media than Republicans (29 percent vs. 44 percent), that gap had disappeared by 2010. “Two years ago, it was young Obama supporters using Facebook to engage with the campaign. Now, their parents are using Facebook to engage with the tea party,” said Aaron Smith, a senior researcher at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Indeed, both Republicans and Democrats have seen equal cell phone use since 2012.
Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Email him at
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Your confidence on the state of the economy may depend on your political ideology

In U.S., Democrats’ Economic Confidence Soars in September

Democrats’ 10-point increase in economic confidence last week contributed to the overall Gallup Economic Confidence Index’s holding steady near the highest level seen this year, despite Republicans’ and independents’ lower economic confidence. The index averaged -18 for the week ending Sept. 23, essentially where it has been for the last three weeks.
Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Email him at
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
There’s no doubt that the ‘Ryan budget,’ the fiscal year 2013 budget resolution passed by the House, would severely diminish Pell grants. It would lower the income level at which students qualify for an automatic maximum grant, create a maximum income to be eligible for a grant, reduce the amount of income a student or family can keep to cover minimal living expenses before being expected to contribute toward college costs, freeze the maximum grant at the fiscal year 2012 level of $5,550, and make students attending school less than half-time ineligible for grants. How Might Pell Grants Fare Under Obama and Romney?
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
CHART OF THE DAY: Are we seeing the waning influence of the white Protestant vote?

CHART OF THE DAY: Are we seeing the waning influence of the white Protestant vote?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Monday, July 23, 2012
But it’s not like the radical left is alone in getting a nasty caricature in Christopher Nolan’s vision of Gotham. With one notable exception, the 1 percenters are portrayed as greedy, vicious, officious, and dumb. The Muddled Politics of The Dark Knight Rises — Robert Schlesinger, Opinion
Tuesday, July 10, 2012