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Alex Becker
Alex Becker currently works as Multimedia Editor at The Dartmouth and is a former intern at Huffington Post Politics and NowThis News.

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The One Month in Digital Media You Must Understand

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:01 PM

If you haven't paid attention to the past month in the world of digital news, you should have. Here's why:

Jan. 1 -- Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg launch Re/Code

After years of covering tech companies and their investors for the WSJ's All Things D, Swisher and Mossberg...

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Joe Biden On Mitt Romney: 'How Could He Be So Profoundly Wrong?'

(376) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 5:28 PM

HANOVER, N.H. -- Vice President Joe Biden took the stage to the cheers of roughly 1,300 students and local residents at Dartmouth College on Friday to deliver a stump speech aimed directly at the young voters who could prove crucial to the Obama campaign.

Underscoring the importance of this year's...

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Paul Ryan: 'I Never Asked For Stimulus' Money, Contradicts AP Report (UPDATE)

(2996) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 1:15 PM

WASHINGTON-- In a television interview with WCPO Cincinnati, Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) directly contradicted an Associated Press report that said he had sought stimulus funds for his congressional district, while at the same time publicly decrying the bill as a "wasteful spending...

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Mitt Romney Criticized By Franciscan Friars For Comments On The Poor

(9820) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 2:36 PM

WASHINGTON-- The Franciscan Action Network (FAN), a Catholic faith-based advocacy and civic engagement organization, is strongly criticizing Mitt Romney's recent ads and rhetoric regarding welfare programs and welfare recipients, urging him to spend some time in low-income communities.

"Our Christian tradition teaches that we are to treat the...

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In Crucial Northern Virginia, Republicans Learn To Love Romney

(823) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 5:20 PM

LEESBURG, Va.-- Republican governors Bob McDonnell (Va.) and Scott Walker (Wis.) took the podium to cheers and waving campaign signs at a rally in a key swath of Northern Virginia this Saturday. A crowd had gathered to hear the two GOP superstars voice their support for Mitt Romney, the presumptive...

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Democrat Mazie Hirono Endorsed By Republican Don Young For Hawaii Senate

(21) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 5:53 PM

Does cloyingly cute bipartisanship work in Senate contests?

The campaign of Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) thinks so, and it has rolled out a 90-second ad featuring Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young (of bridge to nowhere fame) endorsing Hirono in her Senate contest against former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle.

The spot...

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Pat Toomey Signals 'Fiscal Cliff' May Push GOP To Accept Tax Increases

(5468) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 1:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) signaled Tuesday that Republican lawmakers may be left with no choice but to accept a deficit reduction deal that includes new revenues as the country approaches the "fiscal cliff."

"It's not clear to me that there may be another way to do it in...

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Campaign Ads Effectiveness In 2012 Presidential Race Studied By Vanderbilt Team

(6) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 7:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear and tens of millions of dollars worth of political ads flood the airwaves in swing states, one question sticks out: How effective are 2012's political ads, really?

Amid massive advertising buys and dueling campaign war rooms, a

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Scott Brown Campaign Hires Speechwriters Who Worked For Bush, Palin

(76) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two recent hires by Scott Brown's reelection campaign for Massachusetts Republican senator are an apparent departure from his ongoing effort to appear bipartisan and independent to voters in the deeply Democratic state.

As the Boston Globe reported, the Brown campaign brought on board Bush-era speechwriters Matthew...

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Democrats To Propose Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates To Release Tax Returns

(662) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce legislation that would require presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release 10 years of tax returns, along with other personal financial information.

The legislation, which will be introduced by Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), is specifically aimed at...

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Chris Christie Calls War On Drugs 'A Failure'

(4044) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 3:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has become the latest leader to condemn the now 40-year-old war on drugs.

"The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure," Christie said Monday during a speech at The Brookings Institution. "We're warehousing addicted people everyday in state...

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Massachusetts Website Calls Mitt Romney's Health Care Mandate A 'Tax Penalty'

(281) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 5:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- The description of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts' health care legislation as a "tax penalty" on official state government websites could add fuel to the debate over descriptions of the individual mandate, implemented in the Bay State and then nationally.

"Every year, you will need to show proof of health...

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Obama Health Care Law: Republican Governors, Legislators Not Ready To Fully Commit

(18793) Comments | Posted June 30, 2012 | 11:58 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the battle over health care has shifted, in large part, to governors’ offices and statehouses across the country.

States now have responsibility to create health insurance exchanges and decide...

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Conservative Reaction To SCOTUS Ruling Begins With Despair, Ends With A Strategic Pivot

(150) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 6:18 PM

Way back when the Supreme Court first entertained oral arguments in the case of National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebellius, Secretary of Health and Human Services -- or, if you prefer, "The Obamacare case" -- the consensus view was that the Obama administration had really screwed the...

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Super Committee Corporate Donors Have Clear Lobbying Interests At Stake

(356) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Sunlight Foundation, a money in politics watchdog group, reveals that members of the newly formed Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction are no strangers to high-dollar corporate lobbying.

As part of a series exploring lobbying influence on members of...

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TransCanada Pipeline Protesters: Who They Are, Why They Came

(304) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 2:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- The debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline reached a fever pitch this week as activists led by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben called on Barack Obama to deny presidential approval to the TransCanada project, which would stretch from tar sands in Canada to oil refineries...

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The Supercommittee's Super Donors (PHOTOS)

(211) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 3:23 PM

All eyes in Washington are on the 12 members of the new congressional supercommittee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions over a decade. So who are those lawmakers beholden to? According to a Center for Responsive Politics report posted Wednesday, the members have received...

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Human Rights Groups Push Biden On Chinese Abuses

(75) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 6:14 PM

WASHINGTON -- Human rights groups have wasted little time calling on Vice President Joe Biden to focus on human rights abuses as he meets with high-level Chinese officials during a four-day stay in China this week.

"Vice President Biden should speak clearly and publicly about human rights activists...

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Joe Biden To Praise Debt Deal On China Trip

(472) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 3:33 PM

WASHINGTON-- The White House may have failed to get much of what it wanted out of this month's debt ceiling deal, but you wouldn't know that based on the deficit reduction sales pitch Vice President Joseph Biden plans to give during an upcoming trip to China.

According to Lael...

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Iowa Straw Poll: The Official Entertainment And Free Stuff Guide

(34) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 9:53 AM

As Iowans descend on the town of Ames to bravely cast their ballots for the GOP presidential candidate they feel most deserves a momentary fundraising boost from an otherwise meaningless straw poll, it's hard not to marvel at the spectacle of American democracy at work. Amidst barbeque smoke-filled tents hung...

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