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theatlantic:

‘West Wing’ Reunion Doubles as Campaign Ad for Judicial Candidate

In one the weirdest (and most effective) political ads of the season, nearly the entire cast of The West Wing has reunited to shoot a campaign ad — in character — for a candidate for Michigan’s Supreme Court. The whole gang is here — Josh, Toby, President Bartlett, even C.J.’s quiet secretary — walking and talking in that old Aaron Sorkin style to discuss the complicated “crisis” of people not voting on non-partisan judicial ballots. Along the way, they manage to work in an endorsement for Bridget Mary McCormack, a University of Michigan law professor who is appearing on the (you guessed it) non-partisan portion of the Michigan ballot.

Read more. [Image: Dashiell Bennett]

Holy campaign season, this is happening! Something tells me Judge Mary McCormack is the most resourceful candidate in decades given that she made this happen.

theatlantic:

‘West Wing’ Reunion Doubles as Campaign Ad for Judicial Candidate

In one the weirdest (and most effective) political ads of the season, nearly the entire cast of The West Wing has reunited to shoot a campaign ad — in character — for a candidate for Michigan’s Supreme Court. The whole gang is here — Josh, Toby, President Bartlett, even C.J.’s quiet secretary — walking and talking in that old Aaron Sorkin style to discuss the complicated “crisis” of people not voting on non-partisan judicial ballots. Along the way, they manage to work in an endorsement for Bridget Mary McCormack, a University of Michigan law professor who is appearing on the (you guessed it) non-partisan portion of the Michigan ballot.

Read more. [Image: Dashiell Bennett]

Holy campaign season, this is happening! Something tells me Judge Mary McCormack is the most resourceful candidate in decades given that she made this happen.

I stumbled into this trippy little airport bathroom that’s filled with 100s of red balloons and has writing on the wall….and I wasn’t dreaming….  (Taken with Instagram at Frasca Field)

I stumbled into this trippy little airport bathroom that’s filled with 100s of red balloons and has writing on the wall….and I wasn’t dreaming…. (Taken with Instagram at Frasca Field)

The best part of waking up… (Taken with Instagram at Cracker Barrel)

The best part of waking up… (Taken with Instagram at Cracker Barrel)

This just might be the coolest word tool I’ve ever played with. Well, other than that thesaurus.
The info graphic shows how many times certain words and phrases have been used so far in speeches at the 2012 Republican National Convention. If you click on a word, it will expand and show you the speech excerpts containing the selected word. So cool! Go ahead and try it!

ilovecharts:

At the Republican Convention, the Words Being Used

This just might be the coolest word tool I’ve ever played with. Well, other than that thesaurus.

The info graphic shows how many times certain words and phrases have been used so far in speeches at the 2012 Republican National Convention. If you click on a word, it will expand and show you the speech excerpts containing the selected word. So cool! Go ahead and try it!

ilovecharts:

At the Republican Convention, the Words Being Used

What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Improv Edition

At the beginning of summer I made this deal with a friend over tapas and beer that every day I’d challenge myself to do something that pushes me outside my comfort zone. So this super-calculated PR chic took a giant leap outside of her extra defined comfort zone and enrolled in a summer Zoo Improv workshop.

Not only did I meet some crazy-fun people, but I learned to break all of my self-imposed rules like always choose your words extra carefully and never let your guard down. But more importantly I learned that beautiful and extra funny things come from mistakes.

Our little workshop troupe is going our very first show this Friday night. It’s going to be a wild ride. Learn more about Zoo Improv Workshops here.

In this one case, the world did actually need another “Call Me, Maybe” parody.

thedailywhat:

Call Me Maybe Cover of the Day: Politics meets pop culture as the Chicago Young Republicans lament “Obama’s in their way…” 

Better than you’d think — swear. 

[thanks, lisa!]


In 1933, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote this timeless letter to his daughter. It’s a list of things to worry about and not to worry about. The list still holds true 79 years later.

Welcome Dinner for the Illinois Lincoln Series fellows, alumni and supporters. (Taken with Instagram at Minneci’s Ristorante)

Welcome Dinner for the Illinois Lincoln Series fellows, alumni and supporters. (Taken with Instagram at Minneci’s Ristorante)

Couldn’t be more jealous of Chelsea Clinton in the Burberry peplum trench. (Taken with Instagram)
My two takeaways from the Chelsea Clinton profile in the September issue of Vogue. I need to be a tad more focused and it’s time to add a serious investment piece to my wardrobe.

Couldn’t be more jealous of Chelsea Clinton in the Burberry peplum trench. (Taken with Instagram)

My two takeaways from the Chelsea Clinton profile in the September issue of Vogue. I need to be a tad more focused and it’s time to add a serious investment piece to my wardrobe.

Swooning over Paul Ryan

I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to more, Rep. Paul Ryan being on the ticket or all the debate fodder this VP pick provides for me and my liberal friends.

The New Yorker recently ran a smart profile piece on Paul Ryan. This read tells a story of how a young guy full of self-initiative, intellect and political courage, found himself in Congress at the age of 28. It’s worth a read.

“If you’re going to criticize, you should propose,”- Paul Ryan


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