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Live Q&A with Edward Snowden Today at 3pm

edward-snowden-nsa-06-10-13-cropped-proto-custom_282Edward Snowden will answer the public’s questions at 3pm EST today during a Q&A hosted by The Courage Foundation. Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskSnowden and his responses will then appear at http://www.freesnowden.is/asksnowden.

The live chat comes exactly a week after President Barack Obama gave an address in response to the public concerns raised by Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. surveillance practices. In the live chat, Edward Snowden is expected to give his first reaction to the President’s speech.

Courage, formerly the Journalistic Source Protection Defence Fund, is a trust, audited by accountants Derek Rothera & Company in the UK, for the purpose of providing legal defence and campaign aid to journalistic sources.

We’ll be sure to monitor the Q&A and will report back highlights of the online exchange. If you’d like to participate but prefer to stay anon, email your questions to fishbowljames@gmail.com and we’ll consider asking on your behalf.

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Political Rivals Bond Over Pooch

lost_dogTucker Martin is the communications director for Bob McDonnell, the Governor of Virginia. Over the weekend, he set out to do a little hunting and, in the process, lost Blue, one of his hunting dogs.

So he did what any savvy person would do in that situation.

He tweeted about it. In a series of tweets, Martin wrote, “Need help. Lost Blue dog on trail run at Poor Farm Park in Hanover. Hr ago. Please RT. Worried as lots of woods beyond this park. Thanks folks. Anyway if you know folks in western Hanover, Ashland area please pass word on. 50 lbs. Short legs. UVa collar. Brown, black, white markings.”

Naturally, when we first saw that tweet, we were less than optimistic, but this story has a happy ending. Clark Mercer, political director of Democratic Party of Virginia, sent a tweet saying he was near that area and would head out to see if he could find the hound.

So, what happened to Blue? Read more

What’s Matthew Boyle Tweeting?

Windbag Investigative journalist Matthew Boyle from Breitbart hasn’t had the best track record on reporting stories for the site since he jumped from The Daily Caller at the end of 2012. (Remember when he reported that Republicans were planning on kicking John Boehner to the curb as Speaker of the House?)

Despite his missteps, Boyle seems to have found his niche in the immigration issue. While conservatives can’t seem to make up their minds about who is leading the way, Boyle is taking no prisoners in harshly judging any conservative lawmakers who agree to any legislation that remotely resembles amnesty for undocumented immigrants in this country.

Boyle has spent a lot of time praising the work of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Cruz has been vocal in fighting any “path to citizenship,” so Boyle has latched onto him.

The only problem is, Boyle isn’t totally sure what the hell Cruz is saying. Read more

Breitbart News’ Exclusive Source: Twitter

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) gave Breitbart News exclusive information yesterday, revealing the same things he exclusively told his 16,000 Twitter followers hours earlier.

20 brazen self professed illegal aliens have just invaded my DC office. Obama’s lawless order gives them de facto immunity from U.S. law.

— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 13, 2013

And here is what he “exclusively” said to Breitbart News sometime later (emphasis added), while his earlier tweet was on its way to being retweeted some 700 times and picked up (and almost universally mocked) by news outlets everywhere:

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White House Press Corps Hacked!

Looks like @whpresscorps forgot to turn on Twitter’s new two-factor authentication.

Someone appears to have hacked into the account as dissatisfied tweets about that off-the-record meeting with Attorney Gen. Eric Holder yesterday began appearing around 2 a.m. HuffPost first reported the news this morning at 4:41 a.m.

The official web site was hacked, too, and replaced with a single page of links to hashtags like #Benghazi, #DOJ, and books like James Rosen‘s The Strong Man about Watergate and the must-read The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama’s True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer.

The hacker also posted tweets to the site that included what looks to be screenshots of visitor logs that show frequent visits to whitehousepresscorps.org from both the White House and the IRS. At the bottom of the page, the hacker posted a real (and snarky) @whpresscorps retweet from Wednesday about the Obama administration’s perceived bungled handling of a “PR crisis.” The hacker labeled it with the hashtag… #kicker.

Of course this isn’t the first time a news organization has been hacked on Twitter. Read more

What’s Roland Tweeting?

TV One’s Roland Martin tweets A LOT. He’s approaching his 100,000th tweet. Sure, he’s gotten in trouble for his tweets in the past, but that hasn’t stopped him from churning out tweets that range from thoughtful to insane.

On Tuesday morning, Roland took Twitter to church. It was a soulful Roland, who went on an epic series of religious messages. He started out by tweeting his morning bible study.

Praise the lord and pass the iPhone! Roland was on a roll. He wrote several notes praising Baby Jesus. He even said that it’s impacting his work life. For instance: “I’ve felt it among co-workers, even church members! I’m often asked why I can smile in the midst of hateful folks. Because God’s got this!” Martin, a CNN contributor, might want to consider referring to Jeff Zucker, his new boss, as “God,” because if anyone controls his fate, it’s him.

Dropkick me Jesus and bring me more Roland tweets! Read more

Is Sharpton’s Twitter on the Fritz?

On Saturday MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton apparently really wanted people to know what he was up to here in the nation’s capitol. Repeatedly. We’re glad to hear he had friends to chill with in D.C. before his NBC “MTP” appearance, but is there something wrong with his Twitter? More details and namedropping next time though, okay Rev.?

At 3:09 p.m.: “Just landed in DC after a good rally in Harlem this am. I am going to hook up w/ friends and do Meet the Press in the morning.”

Then three minutes later at 3:12 p.m.: “Just landed in DC, after a good rally at NAN in Harlem this AM. I am live on Meet the Press in the morning. Chillin w/ friends tonight.”

Weiner Whips Out His Twitter Account

More often than not we give the gossip columns around Washington grief for being so vanilla. But today we give a nod to Roll Call‘s HOH for writing about former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-SexyLawmaker) for breaking his 17-month Twitter silence for the sake of Hurricane Sandy’s rampage through his old congressional district. Though it was just a YouTube video, this is WEINER we’re talking about.

Could this be the start of a blossoming return to Twitter? HOH hopes so.

Other headlines we briefly considered:

“Weiner Re-Erects His Twitter Account.”
“Weiner’s Feed is Back in Action”

Read the post here.

JRubinBlogger Successfully Suspends Imposter

The parody Twitter account that for months has hounded WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin is officially suspended.

Earlier this month Rubin told FishbowlDC she was asking Twitter to remove “JRubinBIogger” — a Twitter user that mocks conservatives and Rubin’s own “JRubinBlogger” — from the site. She has apparently succeeded. Searching for the imposter (which spells the “blogger” portion of the username with a capital I instead of a lowercase l) now results in a notice that says “Sorry, that user is suspended.”

Erik Pelton, a trademark and copyright attorney… Read more

‘Optimal’: Weigel a Casualty of Twitter’s Short Fuse

Slate‘s Dave Weigel committed the cardinal sin of modern politics. He asked Twitter to calm down.

During President Obama‘s taped appearance on the Daily Show Thursday, two White House pool reports were dispatched with quotes from his interview with Jon Stewart. Here’s a quote from the first report:

On Benghazi, Potus said: “Every piece of information that we get, as we got it we laid it out to the American people. The picture eventually gets fully filled in.” Potus also said: “Here’s what I’ll say. When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it.”

With Obama describing the death of four Americans as “not optimal,” Twitter lit up like Marion Barry on a Friday morning. Some conservatives saw the report and claimed Obama was minimizing the deaths.

Then the calm and cool Weigel threw himself into the fray at his own peril. “The political Twitterverse is now debating what was said in a TV interview it has not seen, based on pool report only a few have seen,” he tweeted.

A second report was sent out, this time detailing the exchange between Stewart and Obama. This report included Stewart’s question and revealed it was actually him who initially used the word “optimal,” though in a different context. Stewart had asked if the White House’s response to the attack on a U.S. embassy was “optimal.”

Weigel followed up, “What we need: More campaigns/media hyperventilating about out-of-context shit that collapses under scrutiny.”

And with that, he became the target. Conservative blogger “Sooper Mexican” wrote up a post on Weigel’s dismissive tweets. He compared them to jokes Weigel made on Twitter about GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney‘s “binders full of women” remark in the debate this week. “Infamous Journolister Dave Weigel Thinks ‘Not Optimal’ Controversy is Stupid, Loves ‘Binders’ Snark!” blared the headline, suggesting Weigel is biased against Romney.

The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher tweeted out a link to the post and retweeted others who were mocking Weigel. Asked in an email if Romney’s “binders” remark compares to Obama’s “optimal” comment, Treacher said “Weigel’s job is to tell you what isn’t news.”

Breitbart‘s John Nolte jumped in yesterday, too. “Hey everyone, Dave Weigel doesn’t want us making issue out of Obama MINIMIZING deaths of four Americans. So stop it now!”

Weigel told FishbowlDC… Read more

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