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Posts Tagged ‘John McCains’

The White House is Offline and Can’t Receive Messages Right Now Because this Chat is Off the Record

aim-delete-screenname-mac.pngIt looks like this may turn out to be the Internet presidency for everyone but the people running it. Ben Smith is reporting that Barack Obama‘s White House staff has been informed they will have to give up instant messaging once they enter the White House. Turns out that much like Obama’s Blackberry Google Chat and AIM create too many legal issues to be practical. Smith points out this is also a hindrance to reporters who’ve come to rely on IM as a way to communicate with the campaign staff.

And it gets worse: “Lawyers had warned that, along with Instant Messaging, White House software will restrict users to a range of sites roughly “like your average grade school.” So basically John McCains‘s knowledge, or lack thereof, of The Google really didn’t matter all that much at all. Fortunately we suffer no such restrictions! In light of that a few of our favorite twitters from the last twelve hours after the jump.

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Schwarzenegger Wants To ‘Stop The Bleeding’

ahnuld2.jpgCalifornia Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and resident Terminator, in between sobbing over pal John McCain’s resounding defeat to President-elect Barack Obama and worrying about this pending 10% sales tax increase, will call for a special session of the legislature to “stop the bleeding” in state spending, along with enacting tax incentives for Hollywood runaway production, Deadline Hollywood Daily asserts.

If Ah-nuld is able to coax the legislature into tax incentives for Hollywood, then the studios and industry may be in his debt. But most, including blogger Nikki Finke are not quite convinced that it will be all that possible. In the meantime, the entire state will have to make do with this 10% sales tax, if it actually ends up being ratified.