Biggest local State of the Union winners? Central Square tech firm CRIMSON HEXAGON, whose VOXTROT platform was used on CNN's big-screen to provide instantaneous audience-feedback to SOTU, with a pretty impressive degree of differentiation. The software, "based on groundbreaking work conducted at Harvard University's
Institute for Quantitative Social Science, distills meaning about
brands, products, services, markets and competitors from the online
Our intrepid political reporter DAVID BERNSTEIN is micro-blogging the Brown-Coakley campaign as we head into the final 72 hours. Follow Bernstein on Twitter to get the latest. Among his updates recently:
Someday soon, political strategists will look back on the 2008 presidential campaign the way NASA scientists sigh at the Apollo moon landing -- as an example of a way that fighting a big, idealistic fight demanded a period of intense and disruptive innovation. At least, that's the way DAVID PLOUFFE sees it.
It's been a year since that night in Chicago, which for photographer SCOUT TUFANKJIAN was the end of a two-year journey that had started with a New Hampshire book tour by the then-junior Senator from Illinois, who had not yet declared his intention to run for the nation's highest office.
A year ago tomorrow we woke up and elected the first-ever black President. A couple of weeks ago at the Boston Book Festival,
a panel of pundits kicked off what is sure to be an avalanche of
first-year retrospectives on the Obama presidency. Surprise: nobody's
happy. And this, folks, is the loyal opposition.
says the first year of Obama has been marked by the "dis-involvement of
all the people who helped make him president in the first place,"
adding that if he sticks to his current course, it will be "very
dificult to accomplish the change he promised and that we need."
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) delivered a stunning blow to Chicago this afternoon in Copenhagen, Denmark, when, in voting to determine which of four world-class cities would get to host the 2016 Olympic Games, Chicago -- one of the inside favorites to win -- was knocked out in the first round.
Let Madrid, Rio, or Tokyo have the 2016 Olympic Games. Mr. President, if you love Chicago, you will ask the IOC to spend that summer anywhere but your adopted hometown.
As we predicted last week, yesterday President Obama flip-flopped on traveling to Copenhagen to lobby the Olympic committee. According to the NY Times:
Many presidents and statesmen before him have tried and failed to overhaul the shame that is America's health-care system, but Obama is on the right track and continues to plug away at reform. Earlier today, he spoke in front of nearly 2,000 members of the American Medical Association in Chicago and received a number of applause for his remarks.
Bomb scare in the Square: Police appear ready to blow up Kenmore dummy; bicycle commuters forced into close contact with BU students. [Boston Phoenix]
Obama continues to pressure automakers: The market doesn't love it. [Reuters]
Here we go again: This time it's pistachio nuts. Who watches the nut watchmen? [AP]
Sure, he was being interviewed by a journalist from the capo-di-tutti-capi of old-media elites (what, was he gonna tell the New York Times that he gets his economic news from Perez Hilton?). But still, with the fishwrap industry taking at least as big a shipment of fail as Wall Street these days, it's kind of sweet to hear the Leader of the Free World say something nice about newspapers.
In one of those quietly terrifying page-one stories in the March 3 New York Times, we learn that G.W. Bush's crack legal team advised him, after 9/11, that, among other unheard-of things, he could use the US military to conduct warrantless domestic searches in the name of fighting terrorists. (See Memos Reveal Scope of Power Bush Sought in Fighting Terror
Speaking last night at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Tony "Angels In America" Kushner let slip that he expects to hear, within the week, whether funding will be approved for Lincoln, the long-awaited Steve Spielberg-helmed Abe biopic that Kushner has been writing the screenplay for.
Mike Miliard's blog post, "Barack Obama is @#$% tired of this @#$%! " has caught on like wildfire.