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Dan McDermott

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US Attorney's Attempt to Seize Innocent Family's Motel Dismissed

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Justice has prevailed over an outrageous example of prosecutorial overreach.

The federal government has the right to seize property if on one or more occasions a drug crime occurred punishable by one or more years in prison and the owner condoned it or failed to take reasonable steps to prevent...

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David Frum's Why Romney Lost eBook Is Spot-On

(158) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 9:48 AM

A version of this post appeared on Google+.

Here's my review of Why Romney Lost (And What The GOP Can Do About It) by former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum.

In a nutshell, the title of this book is deliberate. David Frum argues that President Barack Obama...

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Tareq Salahi Va. Governor Campaign Headed For Television

(15) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 11:51 AM

With cameras in tow, Tareq Salahi kicks off underdog bid for Governor's mansion Sept. 16

A version of this story first appeared on Google+

Alleged White House gatecrasher and Real Housewives of D.C. star Tareq Salahi will have his entire gubernatorial campaign taped for a reality documentary to...

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"Oh God, My God" -- Frustrated D.C. Council Chairman Before Uber Vote (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 8:39 PM

Following an internet campaign that resulted in D.C. Council members receiving "thousands" of calls and emails, Council voted July 10 to approve Councilwoman Mary Cheh's bill to amend taxicab regulations without the portions specifically targeting the popular San Francisco-based sedan company Uber.

The original proposal offered a requirement that Uber...

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Google Plus Week: Flipboard Comes to Android and Google+

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:11 AM

Content beautification and delivery app Flipboard gets "most favored nation" status from Google and launches on Android. We also discuss Microsoft new computer-tablet hybrid and other Google+ and tech news of the week.

• In-depth hands-on review of Flipboard for Android
• How to EASILY embed a...

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Crocodile Tears From Barnes & Noble in Amazon Exclusive-Distribution Tiff

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Barnes & Noble has decided not to stock any Amazon published books in its 700-plus stores, according to a statement emailed to Bloomberg Businessweek's Brad Stone and quietly broken on Google+ Tuesday.

Barnes & Noble Chief Merchandising Officer Jaime Carey said the decision is based on "Amazon's continued...

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Banned for Life From Facebook, Man Finds a Home on Google Plus (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 10:40 AM

This show runs weekly on Google Plus.

My special guest on this edition of Google Plus Week is Adam Guerbuez, the Montreal marketer who got sued for $873 million by Facebook and lost. Banned for life from Facebook, Guerbuez has been spending a lot of time...

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The Lasting Legacy of Andy Rooney

(24) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 2:13 PM

This article was first published on Google Plus.

Like most journalists, I was saddened to hear of the passing of CBS legend Andy Rooney.

To most young people, Andy was simply that cranky old guy who read a short essay at the end of the news magazine...

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Tareq Salahi Cries Abduction as Michaele Leaves 'On Journey'

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 2:58 PM

How the would-be mighty have fallen.

FBI agents (and TV crews) descended the afternoon of Sept. 14 on the Warren County home of Tareq and Michaele Salahi to investigate allegations that Mrs. Salahi had been kidnapped.

Rather than being held against her will, Mrs. Salahi had instead run off with...

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EXCLUSIVE: Hacked by Anonymous (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 3:00 PM

The webmaster for the Texas Police Chief's Association spoke exclusively to me to tell his story about being on the receiving end of an attack by the international hacking group Anonymous and his subsequent dealings with the FBI.

Web designer Scott Swain says he discovered that...

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Google Plus Week Episode 5 (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 3:02 PM


Google Plus doesn't allow brand pages yet. You are supposed to use your real name or the one you go by in real life. So if Madonna's PR people put a page up and they update it, is it Madonna's page? Or a brand...

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Google Plus Week Episode 4 (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 1:12 PM


This week marked a move to our new rural Virginia TV studio which was visited by a 300-400 lb. black bear about 30 minutes before taping. (We didn't ask if he was sent from Wall Street to opine on the Google-Motorola Mobility purchase.)


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Google Plus Week Episode 3 (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 2:51 PM


This week we continued our experiment in democracy by opening our show prep sheet to editing by Huffington Post visitors and the general public! Anyone could add topics and edit the document -- anonymously if they so chose. Watching all those people add topics...

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Google Plus Week Episode 2 (Video)

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 5:01 PM


As an experiment, I covered the lockdown following a reported gunman at nearby Virginia Tech Aug. 4 exclusively on Google Plus, the world's newest social network. There were definite pros and cons versus getting information out via Twitter, Facebook and my traditional...

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New Live Web TV Show Debuts on Google Plus (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 1:35 PM


Google Plus experts and users mixed it up on the first episode of Google Plus Week Friday night. It is the first weekly web TV show on and about the world's newest social network.

The premiere featured discussion ranging from the technical-new circles features...

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Gingrich: Obama Holding Military Families Hostage, Trump the 'Apprentice Candidate'

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 2:05 PM


Complete transcript and audio at

LYNCHBURG - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama is holding military families hostage in his budget battle with House Republicans and said that potential Republican rival Donald Trump's newest show is 'being Apprentice...

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British Press Slams Burger King CEO for "Bad Food, Unattractive Women" Comment

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2011 | 9:25 PM

The University of Chicago student newspaper published a story March 8 describing an otherwise uneventful lecture by Burger Kind CEO Bernardo Hees.

Then they threw in this aside:

Hees added that the hard work he put into his MBA at the University of Warwick in England was...

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UPDATE: Michaele Salahi Kicked Off Celebrity Rehab? Tareq Evicted?

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 8:46 AM


Michaele Salahi has been asked to leave Dr. Drew Pinsky's VH1 show Celebrity Rehab because she has no addiction, according to celebrity gossip site TMZ.

Earlier today, RadarOnline reported that Michael Lohan--with cameras rolling--left rehab to kick Michaele hubby Tareq Salahi out of the apartment...

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The Daily Show Brings a Camel to Wisconsin: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (VIDEO)

(53) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 3:17 PM

Wisconsin blogger Jack Craver was on hand when The Daily Show brought a camel to Madison in a failed attempt to humorously illustrate the absurdity of comparisons between Egyptian democracy protesters and striking Wisconsin teachers.

It was not pretty.

The camel did not walk well on ice. It...

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Battle to Contain Forest Fire Shifts to Skyline Drive

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 1:15 PM

Approximately 70 federal, state and local firefighters were on the ground Sunday afternoon battling a wildfire that spread to 2,000 acres of Shenandoah National Park, causing the closure of the northern portion of the popular and normally scenic Skyline Drive.

60 more firefighters were en route...

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