The White House is placing a giant bet on Gruber's "assumptions" to justify key portions of the Senate bill. Now we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but a contractor to the White House.
Local events used to be the only way for a president to hear directly from citizens, but network technology has opened up our civic possibilities. It's past time we used these tools to open up the Presidency.
The Obama transition team is taking questions again at Change.gov -- while the press has fixated on the Blagojevich scandal, the allegations of torture by officials in the current administration receive scant attention.
The technological transformation of the presidency -- and its use of technology to make the executive branch more responsive, interactive, and transparent -- can, from day one, be the first great achievement and legacy of the Obama presidency.