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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Compared to Iran, Twitter was not especially useful in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Joshua Keating of Foreign Policy and Andy Carvin of NPR's social media desk discuss why some tools prove useful in crisis situations and not in others. Plus, US Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra on government transparency tools; Connecticut AG Richard Blumenthal on his candidacy for U.S. Senate; and a budget void at NASA.

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Richard Blumenthal, Andy Carvin, Aneesh Chopra and Joshua Keating

Monserrate Expulsion Vote

The state Senate on Tuesday voted 53-to-8 to expel Sen. Hiram Monserrate following his conviction last year for assaulting his girlfriend. Civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel will be defending Senator Monserrate in court; Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan, Bronx) was chair of the committee that investigated Monserrate's actions.

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Blumenthal for CT Senate?

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) talks about his candidacy for US Senate this year.

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Haiti and Social Media

Whereas Twitter played a major role in the 2009 revolutions in Iran, it may not have been that useful during the recent Haiti crisis. Joshua Keating, editor at Foreign Policy, discusses why Twitter may have failed us; and Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist for Social Media at NPR ...

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Changing Mission at NASA

If the Obama Administration gets its way, future moon missions are getting the ax, and manned space missions will be outsourced. Miles O'Brien, space policy analyst and former space and aviation correspondent for CNN, discusses the changing mission at NASA.

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Government Transparency Online

The Obama administration has mandated that federal agencies adhere to certain standards and deadlines for providing searchable data online. US Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Beth Noveck, head of the White House Open Government Initiative discuss the efforts - and the pitfalls - when it comes to making government ...

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Open Phones: Snow Day Strategies

It's a snow day! How do you cope with cabin fever? Are you the only one at work today holding down the fort? Are you from the north country and think we panic way too easily? And is it okay to go sledding in the middle of a blizzard, or ...

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