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Alan Rosenblatt
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Alan Rosenblatt is the Associate Director of Online Advocacy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. A long-time speaker and author on digital political strategy, he is the founder of the Internet Advocacy Center and the Internet Advocacy Roundtable; a 2008 Fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet; an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and American Universities; and blogs at, K Street Cafe, and; a contributing editor to Politics Online; a book review editor for several internet politics journals; and is on the board of directors for He taught the world’s first internet politics course at George Mason University in 1995. Alan has a Ph.D. in Political Science from American University.

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Newt's Anatomy: Dissecting Gingrich's Fall and Rise and Fall Using Social Media Data

(18) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 1:07 PM

The Newt Gingrich campaign enjoyed a terrific surge from late November to mid December, but the base that suddenly materialized is now melting faster than the winter snow. Gingrich has failed to capitalize on his late-year bump -- because he failed to nurture a solid base among real people, and...

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Media Advocacy: Amplifying Your Argument

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 7:59 AM

This is a guest post from Harry Weisbren, who was an intern at the Center for American Progress and then a Campus Rep for Campus Progress.

I'm quite the ardent proponent of "media advocacy," as I find understanding this dynamic to be crucial for reconciling our current political landscape. Specifically,...

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Which Revolution Will Be Twittered?

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2010 | 10:06 AM

"The revolution will not be televised," said Gil Scott Heron. He was right. Television did not end the Vietnam War and create global peace. But television did expose our nation to the reality that the war wasn't happening as our leaders said it was. And that revelation galvanized the anti-war...

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Creating Permanent Links to Online Government Documents Starts Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 2:19 PM

Last summer I wrote about a great idea to make government documents permanently citable. As it stands now, it is impossible to cite online references to government documents, from the executive, as well as proposed legislation, because the URLs for these references change over time. That is...

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Some Personal Thoughts About Van Jones Being Driven to Resign

(11) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 3:13 PM

An old college friend recently asked me what my connection was to Van Jones, since I work at the Center for American Progress and he was a Fellow here prior to taking his post at the White House. I told him that, while we had not interacted at work, I...

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Get Real About Health Reform

(9) Comments | Posted September 7, 2009 | 3:21 PM

Seems like everybody is talkin' 'bout the problems with health reform (just "seems" like it, really, most people really do want health reform). But how many of the naysayers really know how the proposed reforms would affect their lives and their small businesses (if they have them)? Seems like an...

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Progressives Gather Forces on Twitter

(15) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 1:01 PM

Launched yesterday (8/23/09),, already has nearly 1,200 registered progressives and counting. Created by Jim Gilliam (@jgilliam), Tracy Viselli (@myrnatheminx), Jon Pincus (@jdp23) and Gina Cooper (@ginacooper) as a directory for progressives on Twitter, is the newest phase in our...

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A Simple Idea to Help Open the Government

(13) Comments | Posted August 2, 2009 | 9:15 PM

The problem is simply stated on the homepage of "Government websites are ever changing and cannot be cited. Content changes without notice or accountability." The solution has a simple starting point: create permanent, date stamped URLs for each paragraph of every federal document posted to the Web....

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Health Care Reform is Very, Very Good to You

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 12:11 PM

How many people are losing health insurance in your state? In my current home of Virginia, it is 330 people losing coverage every day. In Maine, where I grew up, it is 70. In Massachusetts, where I went to college, it is 430. Want to find out how bad your...

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A Quick Comment About Sunday Morning TV Ads

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2009 | 10:48 AM

You can tell a lot about who advertisers think is watching TV shows by where they choose to advertise. Just think about what programs get the Viagara commercials... sports. And the Sunday morning talk shows are no exception.

While I caught one ad this morning in support of the Employee...

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My Day at the White House: A Report from the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signing Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 10:43 AM

I Am Progress and recently wrapped up the first phase of our Out of the Way of Fair Pay campaign with President Obama signing the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. Passing the Ledbetter Act is an important step towards creating real pay...

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Living Beyond Our Means

(4) Comments | Posted November 16, 2008 | 1:35 PM

I see a recurring theme that everyone is living beyond their means. People are over-extended on their credit cards and mortgages. The government runs in deficit and the national debt is huge. The U.S. auto manufacturers has too much overhead and is losing money like crazy. The investment banks have...

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Moving v. Courting the Median Voter

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2008 | 10:25 PM

Anthony Downs taught us that the candidate closest to the median voter, with respect to their positions, always wins (An Economic Theory of Democracy, 1957). But contrary to popular belief, the median voter model doesn't require candidates to move to the center. Candidates can also move...

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Internet Advocacy Roundup: Golden Pledge Campaign to Protect Social Security

(20) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 5:00 PM

Americans have lost nearly $2 trillion dollars from their private retirement accounts in the past 15 months, a 20 percent drop in value. Thankfully, Social Security benefits are not subject to market whims. If they were, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action...

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Internet Advocacy Roundup -- Millennials at the Gates

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2008 | 2:37 PM

The coming of age of the Millennial Generation, the first civic generation since the GI Generation (dubbed the Greatest by Tom Brokaw), is converging with the arrival of the most civic-friendly communication technologies we have ever seen. And with this convergence, American politics is being reshaped. That was the message...

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Palin and McCain Administration?

(8) Comments | Posted September 20, 2008 | 2:30 PM

Let's leave aside completely which party you prefer. Let's just look at the rhetoric. Is it my imagination, or does Sarah Palin keep referring to a "Palin and McCain Administration?" I swear I just heard her do it again on CNN.

Is it misleading for her to speak in...

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Internet Advocacy Roundup -- Health Care and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2008 | 5:49 PM

There is always lots going on in the world of internet advocacy and this is the place to see some of the best. The Internet Advocacy Roundup is an occasional newsletter I have written for the past few years. Starting today, it will be a semi-regular feature here. So let's...

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Big Oil Big on Profits, Small on American Values

(31) Comments | Posted August 7, 2008 | 4:43 PM

Sometimes I forget that the big oil companies are not really American companies. Sure, many of them are incorporated in the USA, but face it, these are multinational corporations, each bigger than many countries (economically, of course ... the 68 million acres they already have are only leased, not owned)....

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Hands Off My Laptop, iPod, Cellphone, Pager, Beeper, Flash Drive, Pocket Litter, First Born (OK, Not My First Born)

(18) Comments | Posted August 1, 2008 | 6:20 PM

In response to the green light given by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Customs and Border Protection just released its new policies for searching and seizing laptops at the border. While the new policies require that CBP destroy copies of content seized if nothing illegal is found, according...

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Facts and Lies about Lowering Oil Prices

(16) Comments | Posted July 22, 2008 | 6:14 PM

Why do 67 percent of Americans favor drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf? According to Rasmussen Reports, 64 percent expect it will lower gas prices. But according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information administration, whatever insignificant impact such drilling might have won't happen until 2030,...

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