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Obamacare Ads Enlist Your Mother

Your Mom Cares campaign hit YouTube this morning

We've seen the president on Between Two Ferns, we've seen Billy Eichner quiz Olivia Wilde on the subject of "Obamacare or shut up," and now we have your mother, who is…

Starbucks' End-the-Shutdown Petition Spans Social, Mobile and Print

Other brands jump into fight over government funding

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz doesn't exactly shy away from politics, and he's gone all-in today on affecting the national debate about the federal government shutdown. The coffee retail exec appears…

Obamacare Provider's $1.2M Effort Focuses on Social and Local Ads

Health Republic of New York unleashes promotional blitz

The federal government may be shut down for the time being, but insurance providers planning to utilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces aren't waiting to promote what they offer. For instance,…

Mayoral Hopeful Makes Ad Soaking Wet in His Underwear, Swears Off Strip Clubs

Kookiest political spot ever?

Man, who woulda thunk Midwestern municipal politics could make Anthony Weiner's campaign antics look boring? But Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jeff Wagner has pulled it off, emerging from a lake dressed…

The Hill Most Followed Twitter Account by Congress

Newspaper closely followed by Politico

With an assist from the tweet crunchers at Twiangulate, New York magazine reported this week that The Hill newspaper is the most-followed Twitter account by members of Congress.  The Capitol Hill publication,…

A Creative Agency That Applies Political Tactics to Brands

Former political election consultants

Specs Who Front, l.-r.: partners Rebecca Matovic, Kate Rothen; chief creative officer and partner Bobby Hershfield. Rear, l.-r.: founding partners Rob Shepardson, Lenny Stern, Mark Kaminsky; partner and president Bradley Kay What…

Confessions of a Patent Troll

CopyTele CEO Robert Berman speaks

It seems like everyone in Washington, D.C.—from President Obama to a growing number of lawmakers—loves to hate patent trolls, those who aggressively snap up patents, then sue unsuspecting companies to…

Information Diet: Rev. Al Sharpton

The MSNBC talk show loves Twitter but not conservative content

Age 58 Accomplishments Host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation (nightly at 6 p.m.) and afternoon radio talk show Keepin' It Real; civil rights activist and founder of the National Action Network; Baptist minister;…

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Let FCC Commissioners Meet in Private

Bill has bipartisan, bicameral support

File this one under "It makes sense, so why isn't it the law already?" department. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are reintroducing a…

A Lot of People Watched the Inauguration, But Fewer Than Last Term

CNN rules cable, NBC beats other broadcasters

The second inauguration of Barack Obama pulled in 6.73 million viewers on cable news alone, with CNN leading the pack with 3.136 million viewers. Fox News drew 2.27 million viewers…

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