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National Journal Debuts Revamped Hotline Race Tracker

Hotline Race Tracker Landing Page

With just two weeks until November’s midterm elections, National Journal’s enhanced Hotline Race Tracker was repositioned before the paywall today to offer users detailed information on specific state races.

Visitors to the site navigate by state, with the opportunity to choose from a list of upcoming elections. Users choose a specific race and are brought to a page compiling recent poll results, campaign finance data, and the social media activity and reach of candidates.

Come election day, NJ’s Hotline Race Tracker will move to NationalJournal.com, and be updated with state and race specific results in real time. And on Wednesday, November 5, National Journal will digitally produce the ”New Member Yearbook” on the 114th Congress, available in print the following week.

Information provided in the tool, which was built in-house, is also downloadable for subscribers, who exclusively have access to the latest Hotline coverage specific to each race. Tracker information for non-subscribers will be accessible through November 7.

Ashkan Soltani Named FTC Chief Technologist

ftc_seal_newThe Federal Trade Commission today appointed Ashkan Soltani its chief technologist. Soltani in April was named a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service recipient as a contributor to Washington Post coverage of NSA surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden.

Soltani served as a staff technologist at the FTC from 2010-11 and succeeds Dr. Latanya Sweeney, the founder of Harvard’s Data Privacy Lab, where she’s returning as director.

“Technology and online and mobile platforms are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace and will remain a key focus for the FTC as more and more consumers adopt mobile devices and tablets,” said FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez in the announcement. “I am pleased to welcome Ashkan to our talented team where he will play a vital role in continuing our important work on behalf of American consumers.”

For more, click on over to ftc.gov.

Fusion to Host Massive Conference on Global Political Movements

FusionRiseUpFusion, in partnership with Brigade, Ryot, Summit, and UNICEF, today announced much of the agenda and participants for RiseUp, a November conference in DC with global activists and political leaders on recent political and social movements including those in Egypt, Hong Kong, and Ferguson, Mo.

The event will feature insight from U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Samantha Power, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonikova and Masha Alyokhina; Yemeni cyber activist Walid Al-Saqaf; net neutrality activist Marvin Ammori; Egyptian internet activist Wael Ghonim, Fusion’s “America” anchor Jorge Ramos; Tim Pool; and Alicia Menéndez, host of Fusion’s “Alicia Menéndez Tonight,” among many others. Read more

Pew Research Center Explores Consumption of Political News by Liberals, Conservatives

shutterstock_207849145The Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project today released a study on where people, ranging from consistently liberal to consistently conservative, go for political and government news, similar trends in social media use, and how they communicate said information with family and friends.

While 47% of consistent conservatives cite FOX News as their main news source pertaining to politics and the government, those who self-describe themselves as consistently liberal most trust NPR, PBS, and the BBC for that information. Read more

Meghan McCain Channels Her Father’s Thinking: ‘Why can’t you be like Chelsea Clinton?’

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 09.47.42Meghan McCain, co-host of Pivot’s “TakePart Live” and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), admitted that her father wishes she could be more like Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of President Bill Clinton and expected 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an interview with POLITICO “On Media” reporter Hadas Gold.

Referring to a 2012 interview with Playboy magazine, Meghan McCain told Gold:

“He was not pleased at all…That’s actually one of the few fights we’ve ever gotten in about things I’ve done publicly. He was just so embarrassed. And he was like, ‘Why can’t you be like Chelsea Clinton?’…He didn’t really say that but that’s what he’s thinking in his mind. So I just try to curb it a little more. I can’t really regret things you just have to move on and live your life.”

The two went on to discuss McCain’s repaired relationship with Rep. Michele Bachmann, critical comments of Sarah Palin, and respect for her father. For the full story, click on over to POLITICO.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 10.21.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

FishbowlNY Our Interview with Noah Rosenberg, Founder of Narratively

AllTwitter Monica Lewinsky Joins Twitter

GalleyCat Paul Krugman Speaks Out Against Amazon

FishbowlDC Yahoo’s Chris Moody Joins CNN Politics Digital

TVNewser Greta Van Susteren Slams Stelter’s Comments on CNN Layoffs

TVSpy TV Reporter Struggles On Air With Pumpkin Festival Organizer

Lost Remote Video On Demand is Changing the Way We Watch TV

SocialTimes Ouija Launches First Official Sponsored Campaign on Snapchat

AllFacebook First-Ever Facebook Messenger Ad Debuts

Inside Mobile Apps Self-Improvement App ChallengePact Launches on iOS

InsideFacebook Is Facebook Video a Threat to YouTube?

PRNewser Four Things PR People Can Learn from Malcolm Tucker

AgencySpy Partners & Spade Launches ‘Values Matter’ for Whole Foods

MediaJobsDaily Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

UnBeige Ayse Birsel Explains it All

Tuesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Walt Disney World is the second-largest purchaser of explosive in the U.S. after the Department of Defense.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 10.20.14

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump… Read more

NJ Daily’s Mike Magner to CQ Weekly

d5KZY6QZCQ Weekly editor-in-chief Benton Ives emailed staff this afternoon to announce that Mike Magner is set to join as managing editor. Magner currently serves as managing editor of National Journal’s NJ Daily.

Prior to joining National Journal in 2007, Magner spent 15 years as a Washington correspondent for the Newhouse News Service.

Carrie Levine Joins Center for Public Integrity as Federal Politics Reporter

carrielevine_2The Center for Public Integrity today announced the hire of Carrie Levine as a federal politics reporter. At CPI, Levine will write for the “Consider the Source” vertical, focused on money in politics.

Levine most recently served as the research director at CREW, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

For more, click on over to CPI.

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