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Reporters With Their Own YouTubeChannels

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Jose Antonio Vargas, politics and technology reporter from the Washington Post has stepped up to the plate. He's created his own YouTubeChannel and he says he's doing it in part to break down the barriers between reporters and his readers just as the Internet has done for candidates and voters. He's asking for story tips and ideas as well as telling us a little bit about what's on his mind. I watched his first installment and really liked what he had to say about how even he feels like an outsider in lobbyist/lawmaker haunts like The Palm (a well-known hang out for lavish dinners and deals).

What a brave new world this is. Candidates are certainly figuring this out and we're lucky that some reporters, like Vargas are there to help us sort through it all.

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Congressional Technologic

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“Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, Trash it, change it, melt - upgrade it.” If only fixing and changing the technological infrastructure of Congress would be as simple as Daft Punk would have us believe. At the beginning of the month Republicans were up in arms over a seemingly nefarious move by Democrats to gavel out a vote on an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill, a move reminiscent of the 2003 Medicare vote and 1989 incident where Speaker Jim Wright held the vote open for more than the required time. It seems, however, (a special House committee is looking into this) that the error made was possibly the fault of an outdated, outmoded electronic voting system employed on the floor of the House.

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Trim Tab Factor

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On Tuesday night, Mike Klein and I (along with our consultants Micah Sifry and Andrew Rasiej of the Personal Democracy Forum) had the incredible opportunity to brainstorm with some of the best and the brightest from the New York tech community about the Sunlight Foundation's initial plans. The group, which dubs itself "The Trim Tab Conspiracy," is a collaborative conversation that happens regularly to explore, debate, and improvise on the latest uses of technology. I'm not sure I've ever been in a meeting where the creative ideas flowed as fast, where the collaboration was so genuine, or where the energy level was so high.

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