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Video sharing app Meerkat could prove transformative in 2016

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Fresh from this year’s SXSW Interactive festival comes the latest social media and political fixation. Meerkat allows live streaming cellphone video on Twitter. In two weeks, the iPhone-only app racked up more than 100,000 new users. What makes Meerkat the political trend for 2016 rests with its list of early adopters, reports Dylan Byers of POLITICO, including politicians like presidential hopeful Jeb Bush and political reporter Dan Balz, among others. “Everywhere I have gone here at South by Southwest … people are talking…

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Charlie Crist was one of 6 finalists for John McCain’s VP

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The book The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election reports that Gov. Charlie Crist was among six finalists to become John McCain’s running mate, according to an excerpt today in the Washington Post. Today’s story, adapted from the book by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson, says: Eventually, McCain narrowed his choices to six finalists. In addition to Sarah Palin, they were independent-Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman; McCain’s former rival, Mitt Romney; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; New York…

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