44: The Obama Presidency


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Social Web Mobilizes for - and Against - Sotomayor

The first Supreme Court hearings in the age of the social Web spark a rounds of organizing.

Posted on July 13, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Palin's Online Army Unbowed by Her Resignation

Updated 11:14 a.m. By Jose Antonio Vargas Wherever Sarah Palin goes, supporters such as Mariann...

Posted on July 6, 2009 at 11:14 AM ET | Comments (123)

Gov Geeks a Hit in New York

Vivek Kundra wows at the Personal Democracy Forum conference.

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 05:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

White House's Online Silence on Iranian Elections Is Gaining Notice

A powerful meme is making its way online, where people in their own time, on their own social networks, are engaging with news regarding Iran's contested presidential election: "Tiananmen + Twitter = Tehran." Or, to be more specific, it's "Tiananmen + social Web = Tehran."

Posted on June 15, 2009 at 08:56 PM ET | Comments (61)

As Interest Surges, Battle to Define Court Nominee Starts Online

By Jose Antonio Vargas Inevitably, and very quickly, the online battle to define President Obama's...

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (5)

In 'Dallas Principles,' Gay Group Calls Obama to Action

A diverse group of gay activists, bloggers, Democratic Party organizers and fundraisers from across the country came has issued a manifesto calling on President Obama to move more rapidly on gay rights issues.

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 03:48 PM ET | Comments (11)

White House Sends Its First E-Mail, on Health Care Reform

By Jose Antonio Vargas Obama's WhiteHouse.gov has sent its first e-mail. "You are receiving this...

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 04:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Grading WhiteHouse.gov, Round Two

By Jose Antonio Vargas Is WhiteHouse.gov, the online hub of the American presidency, getting better?...

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 04:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Tweeter in the White House

The White House today announced a presence on Twitter, Facebook and Myspace in an afternoon blog post on WhiteHouse.gov.

Posted on May 1, 2009 at 05:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

More Than Half of Americans Using Internet for Political News and Activities

For the first time, more than a half the country's voting-age population used the Internet to get political news or get involved in the political process in 2008.

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 05:55 PM ET | Comments (5)

Tea Parties a Test of Conservative Online Organizing

Tax day "tea parties" show a movement finding itself.

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 10:36 AM ET | Comments (84)

Normalizing the Internet

By Jose Antonio Vargas When it comes to holding online events, especially via live streaming...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (10)

Questions Pour in for Obama's Online Chat

By Jose Antonio Vargas Tens of thousands of people have submitted questions they hope to...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 07:06 AM ET | Comments (37)

White House Announces It's 'Open for Questions'

Obama will answer questions online on Thursday.

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 07:40 PM ET | Comments (8)

Grading WhiteHouse.gov

By Jose Antonio Vargas So is WhiteHouse.gov making the grade? A few weeks ago we...

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 06:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

RNC Loses Online Director

Cyrus Krohn has resigned from the Republican National Committee.

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 03:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

The GOP, Atwitter About the Digital Possibilities

A technology summit hosted by the Republican National Committee drives home the point that the GOP needs to remake itself online and harness grass-roots support if it is to transform blogosphere excitement into a broader movement.

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Congress Gets Down with YouTube

YouTube launches two new pages for members of Congress.

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 04:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

Barack Obama raised half a billion dollars online in his 21-month campaign for the White House, dramatically ushering in a new digital era in presidential fundraising.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 08:00 PM ET | Comments (37)

The YouTube Presidency

Today, President-elect Obama will record the weekly Democratic address not just on radio but also on video -- a first. The address, typically four minutes long, will be turned into a YouTube video and posted on Obama's transition site once the radio address is made public on Saturday morning.

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 05:09 AM ET | Comments (8)

Did Young Voters Show in Real Life?

Young voters are turning out in droves on college campuses.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 06:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Voters Share the Moment Online

A woman records her reaction to voting.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 03:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

Who Needs a Sticker? Facebook Users Change Status to 'Voted'

Because of online video, because of Twitter, because of Facebook updates and MySpace blogs and blogs in general, voting today becomes a collective virtual experience.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

What Next for Obama's Text-Messaging Database?

By Jose Antonio Vargas "Rosa sat so Martin could walk Martin walked so Barack could...

Posted on November 2, 2008 at 11:37 PM ET | Comments (12)

World Opinion on U.S. Election Leans Obama

In a borderless online world, some sites are measuring the extent of world opinion for Obama.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (27)

McCain Volunteer's Claim of Attack Unravelled, Online and Off

Bloggers pounced on Ashley Todd's story of being mugged by an Obama supporter, which quickly came apart under police questioning.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 06:03 PM ET | Comments (136)

Palin as President: The Interactive Satire

By Jose Antonio Vargas Never mind the satirical New Yorker cover a few months ago....

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 06:49 PM ET | Comments (61)

Debate Reformers Disappointed -- for Now

The Open Debate Coalition asked McCain and Obama to adopt the principles of "open debate" but will have to wait for the next cycle to see their reforms enacted.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 03:07 PM ET | Comments (61)

A Timeless Debate Format? Or a Dated One?

Televised presidential debates are stuck in the 20th century.

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 10:18 AM ET | Comments (15)

Obama Campaign Urges Last Minute Voter Registration

By Jose Antonio Vargas Talk about a digital campaign assault. By 2 p.m., Sen. Barack...

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 07:30 PM ET | Comments (79)

Palin Online: Staggering Numbers

Sarah Palin's late entry into the 2008 campaign, and the highly partisan nature of the race, has made her an Internet phenom of unprecedented proportions.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 07:11 AM ET | Comments (149)

Palin Thanks Her Online Supporters as Interest Grows

Palin's online backers are thrilled by her selection as McCain's running mate.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM ET | Comments (158)

Interactivity and the Presidential Debates

Commission on Presidential Debates gets praise for efforts, but some say much more should be done for web users.

Posted on August 6, 2008 at 06:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Newest YouTube Stars: Campaign Managers

By Jose Antonio Vargas As of yesterday afternoon, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama had...

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 09:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

Questions About McCain's Tech Savvy Worry Bloggers on the Right

By Jose Antonio Vargas AUSTIN -- It's blog central here this weekend. In the Texas...

Posted on July 18, 2008 at 04:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

RNC Launches New Online Platform Discussion Site

By Jose Antonio Vargas The Grand Old Party is morphing into the Grand New...

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 09:15 AM ET | Comments (27)

Obama Responds to Online FISA Critics

Critics of Obama's FISA stance have organized the single largest group on his web site.

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 06:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's the Medium, Not the Messenger

It's the Internet, stupid!

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 11:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beyond YouTube, Video Puts Users at the Center of the Campaign

Are viral personalization campaigns are the next big thing for campaigns? --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Young Voters, Engaged and Online

By Jose Antonio Vargas Whoever wins the White House come November, this much is true:...

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (150)

Online, Obama Outpaces McCain by Miles

By Jose Antonio Vargas Less than five months before The Big Day -- Nov. 4,...

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 06:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Up Next: The Right

The online GOP political operatives launch a new community site on the right, called The Next Right. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Online, It's Target Clinton

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has had a complicated relationship to the Internet and, in comparison to her chief rival, a consistently losing Web presence. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on May 26, 2008 at 11:31 AM ET | Comments (804)

The Limits and Promise of Interactive Politics Online

By Jose Antonio Vargas Everything moves so fast in the world of online politics --...

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

How the Web Contest Predicted the Real Thing

Online buzz was a good predictor of Obama's eventual electoral success. Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 12:46 PM ET | Comments (11)

Rev. Wright and the Return of the Soundbite

A crucial fight is afoot between soundbite politics and soundblast politics. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)


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