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Weekly report

Compiled by Arin:

1. Wired Magazine put together a scorecard on how John McCain and Barack Obama rate on technology. Wired narrowed the tech issues down to five areas they thought presented challenges and opportunities important to America's future. The five areas were: 1) Broadband, 2) H1B issues, 3) Investment in green tech, 4) Net neutrality, and 5) Spectrum. Obama fared better as he earned two As, two Bs, and one C. McCain was given one B+, 2 Bs, and 2 Ds.

2. In a piece on HuffingtonPost.com, Zack Exley, one of the country's top New Political Organizers, praises the Obama campaign's "New Organizers." Exley says that the scope and success of organization at the neighborhood level is something netroots-oriented campaigners have tried to achieve for more than a decade. Exley says the Obama teams have mixed new and old methods and revolutionized organizing at a local level.

3. Dipity.com, a website that organizes articles, pictures, videos, blog posts and everything else you can find on the web into one spot, has put together a pretty cool and very handy election center. The center allows you to see every single picture, video, blog post, et al., put out by the Obama and McCain campaigns on a neat timeline. You can even embed widgets from the campaign of your choice on any website. It seems like a good tool to use for our class specifically.

4. In perhaps one of the most interesting and out-of-the-box advertising ideas has been undertaken by the Obama campaign. The Illinois Senator's campaign has officially placed an ad on the XBox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise. The ad amounts to a virtual billboard that game players will drive by while racing. You can see a screen-grab and read more about it here. Not sure how much this will help his campaign, but it's definitely a new way of doing things.

5. David Kernell, the 20-year-old University of Tennessee student who hacked into Sarah Palin's email account was, indicted by a federal grand jury. Kernell, the son of Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell, was indicted on one felony count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. His trial has been set for Dec. 16.

6. Wondering how much of a tax cut you'll get if Obama is elected President? You can now find out on his campaign website by answering a few questions.

7. McCain FINALLY took a stance and defended smears on Obama at a campaign rally last Friday in Wisconsin. One man said he was scared about raising a child under an Obama presidency and another woman said that Obama was an Arab. Kudos to McCain for finally stepping up, but what does this say about some of his conservative base? Note: I'm purposefully linking to a conservative blog on this one.

8. The Alaska Legislature found that Palin abused power when she pressured subordinates to fire her former brother-in-law, a state trooper. However, they also concluded that she didn't break any laws.

9. Although the Obama campaign won't have to turn in its fund raising numbers from September to the Federal Election Committee until Oct. 20, The Fix thinks Obama may have raised $100 million or more for the month. Chris Cillizza points to the $21 million the campaign spent on ads for just the first week of October, among other things, as a reason to believe Obama shattered all kinds of fund raising records in September.

10. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is being investigated in at least 14 states, several of them swing states, for voter registration irregularities. Pajamas media has put together "The Complete Guide to ACORN Voter Fraud." It's a pretty good read if you're out of the loop on why ACORN has come under serious scrutiny with the election less than one month away.


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