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Live-Blogging Through Email

You may have noticed that the Politico sent out four “breaking news” emails yesterday during the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker. Essentially, the emails were updates from Capitol Hill, which plenty of folks do in the form of live-blogging.

Overkill? You be the judge.

  • From: breakingnews@politico.com
    Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 2:15 PM
    To:
    Subject: The Politico.com Breaking News

    Ryan Crocker, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, tells a House hearing: “A secure, stable, democratic Iraq that is at peace with its neighbors is, in my view, achievable.”
    Full story: http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/

  • From: breakingnews@politico.com
    Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 1:30 PM
    To:
    Subject: The Politico.com Breaking News

    Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, tells representatives “the military objectives of the surge are being met” as he begins testimony.
    Full story: http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/

  • From: breakingnews@politico.com
    Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 12:54 PM
    To:
    Subject: The Politico.com Breaking News

    House foreign affairs committee chairman Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) says “strategically, the escalation has failed” in opening statement at Petraeus-Crocker hearing.
    Full story: http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/

  • From: breakingnews@politico.com
    Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 12:36 PM
    To:
    Subject: The Politico.com Breaking News

    America’s top two men in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, begin testimony before House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committee.
    Follow the hearing as Politico liveblogs and streams it at www.politico.com

Which might explain why today they just put out one email, saying that they’d be live-blogging:

    From: breakingnews@politico.com
    Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 9:48 AM
    To:
    Subject: The Politico.com Breaking News

    Second day of Capitol Hill testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker has begun. Politico’s John Bresnahan is liveblogging the hearings. Watch a live stream of the events at http://www.politico.com/livestream.

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