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Women's World Cup. Elite Fund-Raisers Help Presidential Candidates Rake in Millions. Today, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released the names of 244 bundlers, which the campaign dubbed "volunteer fund-raisers," who collected at least $50,000 each on behalf of the president's re-election. Together, these individuals steered at least $34.95 million into the coffers of Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, according to a Center for Responsive Politics tally. That represents about 40 percent of the $86 million haul the Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced earlier this week for money coming into Obama's re-election campaign and the joint fund-raising committee set up to benefit both Obama and the DNC.

The only identifying information disclosed for the bundlers was their city and state of residence, as well as the amount each of them raised. Want to know which Michael Smith of Los Angeles, for instance, is raising money on the president's behalf? Good luck. "Some information is better than none," Ryan told OpenSecrets Blog. A Tale Of Two Countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America.

Editor’s note: Guest contributor Jon Bischke is a founder of RG Labs and an advisor to Altius Education, Fatminds and Udemy. You can follow him @jonbischke. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. -Charles Dickens from A Tale of Two Cities For people who spend most of their days within a few blocks of tech start-up epicenters such as South Park in San Francisco, University Avenue in Palo Alto or the Flatiron district in New York, last week’s jobs report must have created some cognitive dissonance. The number of unemployed now eclipses 14 million nationwide. Which bring us to an important question: Should Silicon Valley (and other tech clusters throughout the country) care?

On one hand, a thriving tech sector is a beacon of hope for America and perhaps one of a shrinking number of things keeping the country from slipping from its perch as the world’s foremost economic superpower. In addition, a host of technology companies enable people around the country to make money.

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Koch industries orchestrating anti-union 'Tea Party' protests in Wisconsin. A counter-protest by those supposed populist teahadists is on its way to Wisconsin this weekend.

Koch industries orchestrating anti-union 'Tea Party' protests in Wisconsin

But like every other major Tea Party event, this one isn't a spontaneous, grassroots uprising. Like all the others, it's sponsored by Koch Industries. Think Progress: A number of the big business interests standing with Walker are beneficiaries of his administration’s tax giveaways.

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Breaking News. Law & Internat. Legal Issues involving US. Viet Nam's Legacy. Wikileaks & related news. Space. Politics & Congress. Foreign Policy. The Proto-Internet of 1704: The small ways in which Colonial newspapers anticipated the Web. - By Jack Shafer. Before Wikipedia, before blogs, before comment areas or message boards, before the Internet—hell, before the mass adoption of indoor plumbing—readers were generating valuable content.

The Proto-Internet of 1704: The small ways in which Colonial newspapers anticipated the Web. - By Jack Shafer

I stumbled across this historical fact while reading Thomas C. Leonard's 1995 book, News for All: America's Coming-of-Age With the Press. He writes, "When Americans chose the news, they were often not simply thinking of stories they wished to read; they were thinking of another reader. " Leonard's example is the Boston News-Letter, first published in 1704. Its proprietor, John Campbell, deliberately left blank space in its pages so subscribers could annotate and otherwise append their ideas and "news" to the newspaper.

Nor was Campbell the first to reserve such a space for readers in his pages. As newspapers evolved, readers found new ways to comment. In Knowledge Is Power: The Diffusion of Information in Early America, 1700-1865, Richard D. I used to get a slew of e-mail from readers.

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