is an ambitious new automated application built by the Washington Post, which fact checks political speeches, ads and interviews "in as close to real time as possible.
" The prototype is intended to be a complement to the paper's Fact Checker Blog
. More on the project from TechCrunch
A new MP, Gloria De Piero was taken aback by how many people despised her because of her new profession. So she took to the streets to find out why
. [more inside]
Kenya has another election coming next year, the first under their new constitution
, and since the last one in 2007 was followed by violence that left hundreds dead
, and hundreds of thousands displaced
(many of whom remain so today). [more inside]
In 2008, the National Journal
released The Hidden History of the American Electorate
, an analysis of exit poll demographics conducted by multiple news organizations from US presidential elections between 1988 and 2004. The study looked for "pressure points in the electorate": trends which were likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. They've released an update for 2012, by adding exit poll results from the 1980, 1984, and 2008 presidential elections
. It gives a more comprehensive look at voting trends over a 32 year period of the groups whom they believe are likely to influence the outcome in November. Charts: Voting Preferences of the American Electorate, 1980-2008
The family trees of American politicians
- There are those with very long blue blood pedigrees
, and there are those with very short and unknown pedigrees
. There are also some surprises, like a certain Democratic senator
and possible '08 Veep pick being somewhat closely related to the current Veep
, or that certain ex-mayors
have family trees that were apparently a bit inbred back in the old country. Other fun tidbits: Newt Gingrich
's father was illegitimate, John Kerry
is related to the rabbi who created the Golem of Prague, Pat Buchanan
is related to both FDR and Marilyn Manson, Wesley Clark's father was a Kohan
, Martin Luther King
was born Michael Louis King, and Gary Hart
was born Gary Hartpence, which was in turn derived from an ancestor named James Eberhart Pence. (more non-politicians here
(her personal website) is the new premier of Ukraine
). She is the hippest politician I've ever laid my eyes on. Here is a picture of her giving a speech to the Ukrainian parliament
when it approved her nomination to the premiership. Here's another picture of her being insufferably hip
. Russia has issued an international arrest warrant
for her through Interpol, but who cares when she's this cool
? Don't you wish you had politicians who dressed like that? Strike that. Don't you wish you had politicians who could
dress like that?
The American People.
Greg Knauss' latest offering let's the Americans know who is speaking on their behalf. Nifty use of RSS technology. [via msippey]
Statesman or Skatesman
"Last Christmas my Dad and me had a big argument. He'd found a picture of Enoch Powell
on a pogo stick and claimed that politicians weren't as interesting as that any more ... " Jason Whiley disagreed and wrote to as many politicians as he could asking them if they'd ever used similar transport, such as skateboards, gokarts, BMX bikes and Space Hoppers. Over Eighty responded including "three Prime Ministers, five Chancellors, six Foreign Secretaries, four Home Secretaries, and three Speakers of the House of Commons. " [via B3ta
It's fun to watch your tax dollars put politicians in office.
"Cheney has been the White House road warrior this year, hauling in more than $22 million for Republicans in 74 campaign appearances"
Wouldn't it be awesome
if there were a web site where you could see the actual voting records of elected officials?
Al Gore has decided on Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) as his VP nominee,
sez someone who ratted to the AP. I suppose there's a small chance they're just leaking this now to test public and media reaction before making a final fianl decision, but I doubt it.