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GOP Wins Senate, Dominates #Election2014 Headlines

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Last night was a big night for Republicans. The American people headed to the polls yesterday and voted overwhelmingly for the GOP in the 2014 Midterm Election which resulted in a seven seat pick up in the Senate, +13 in the House and a +3 swing among governors.

Three US Senate race results are yet to be decided. Votes are too close to call in Alaska and Virginia. A runoff in Louisiana is slated for December.

So far, here’s the breakdown (via Real Clear Politics) as of 11/5/14:

U.S. SENATE
Democrats 45* (-7)
Republicans 52 (+7)
*Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) & Sen. Angus King (I-ME) currently caucus with the Democrats.

U.S. HOUSE
Democrats 179 (-13)
Republicans 243 (+13)

GOVERNORS
Democrats 17 (-3)
Republicans 31 (+3)

Below is a recap of some the front pages around the country’s most notable print publications featuring the GOP wins:

The Washington Post
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The Washington Times
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USA TODAY
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The New York Times
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The Wall Street Journal
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… and then there was this:

The Huffington Post
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On to 2016!

Capitol Hill Battles Over Twitter and Blackberries

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Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) is on Twitter @johnculberson. So is Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) @timryan. For those who don’t know, Twitter is a microblog that enables users to “tweet” out short text messages in 140 characters or less (about a sentence or two) designed to answer this question: “What are you doing right now?”

House Twitter sealThe popularity of the site has certainly grown, especially in the world of politics in recent months:

  • The White House has been on Twitter for about a year.
    UPDATE 1/2009: President George W. Bush’s Twitter account (@TheWhiteHouse) was closed shortly after President Obama was sworn-in. The new account may be found at @whitehouse.
  • Many presidential hopefuls were Twitterng early in the 2008 campaign including Sens. Edwards, Obama, Clinton and McCain.
  • At the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) on June 23-24 in New York, Ana Marie Cox moderated a policy debate between Liz Mair (for McCain) and Mike Nelson (for Obama) via Twitter (hashtag: #pdfdebate).
  • Just this past week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was Twittering live from the G8 Summit in Toyako, Japan.

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Senate’s E-Gov Technical Difficulties

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In preparation for an upcoming speaking engagement, I was doing some research on Sen. Lieberman’s (Independent-CT) past comments during a U.S. Senate hearing on E-Gov reauthorization.  So, I went to Google and searched for “lieberman egov” which yielded the following top organic result:

http://.senate.gov – Technical difficulties.
Sorry, the http://.senate.gov web page you have requested is experiencing technical difficulties. The Webmaster has been alerted.
www.senate.gov/~gov_affairs/egov/ – 2k – CachedSimilar pages

Then, by visiting the page, the visitor is greeted with:

Sorry, the http://.senate.gov web page you have requested is experiencing technical difficulties. The Webmaster has been alerted.

You will be automatically redirected to the http://.senate.gov Home page after 10 seconds.

If this problem persists, please contact the Office of the Secretary Webmaster at webmaster@sec.senate.gov.

After waiting 10 seconds, you are not redirected to the Senate.gov Home page, but rather to this: “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage.

Of course, I should have just visited the President’s E-Gov Initiative site in the first place.