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Hillary Clinton Snaps a Selfie With Daughter Chelsea

@ChelseaClinton/Twitter(CHICAGO) -- It’s been quite a week for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — from joining Twitter to a speech in Chicago, and even to snapping selfies.

“Having so much fun with Chelsea, taking selfies back stage. MT:@ChelseaClinton,” @HillaryClinton tweeted Friday.

Clinton and her daughter Chelsea were at a Clinton Global Initiative America event in Chicago where the former Secretary of State spoke on Thursday.

Clinton is no stranger to the selfie phenomenon.  At a State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala last year, Clinton posed for a selfie with actress Meryl Streep, who snapped the picture from her iPhone.

Hillary Clinton entered the social media sphere on Monday when she made her first tweet, racking up nearly half a million followers in just five days.

“Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & Sllambe – I’ll take it from here… #tweetsfromhillary,” Clinton’s first Tweet read.

And as she leaped into the age of social media this week, Clinton left an opening for her future career aspirations as she described herself as a “Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…”

President Bill Clinton highlighted the selfie, noting he was left out of the picture by tweeting, “Is someone missing?”

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Sarah Palin Asks Followers to #SaveSaeed

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has stayed largely out of the limelight in the past few months, but her social media presence is still going strong.

Now the onetime GOP vice presidential nominee, who has almost 3.5 million likes on Facebook, is appealing to her followers on behalf of an American pastor from Idaho held prisoner in Iran.

Less than two weeks ago, an Iranian court sentenced Saeed Abedini to eight years in prison for his religious beliefs after a brief trial that he was not allowed to attend, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

“We condemn Iran’s continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion, and we call on the Iranian authorities to release Mr. Abedini,” Carney said during a press briefing on Jan. 28. “We obviously have a variety of means, including this podium, to express our views on matters like this, and we are very concerned about this and very concerned about the process that led to this.

The State Department remains in close contact with Abedini’s family, said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland in a news briefing two days later.

At his confirmation hearing, Secretary of State John Kerry, in a written statement, called on Iranian authorities to release Abedini, an Idaho television station reported.

But one group is reaching beyond U.S. officials to try to get help for Abedini. The American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian activist organization, has launched a campaign called #SaveSaeed, promoting a petition it plans to bring to international authorities.

Palin first tweeted about Abedini’s case in late December, before the court handed down its ruling.

On Dec. 20, Palin tweeted, "President @BarackObama, please help the American Pastor jailed in Iran for his #Christian faith! via @ACLJ."

For more than a month, Palin was silent on social media about #SaveSaeed. Then Friday morning, Palin’s daughter, former Dancing With the Stars competitor Bristol Palin, wrote a blog post urging readers to sign a petition to have Abedini freed, and tweet using the hashtag and pray for him and his family.

The former Alaska governor later linked to her daughter’s post on both Facebook and Twitter.

On Friday, Palin tweeted, "Please Help #SaveSaeed"

The #SaveSaeed website claimed to have more than 170,000 signatures as of 4 p.m. Friday. Videos promoting the petition say the group’s goal is to reach 300,000 signatures before it presents the petition to the United Nation and the European Commission of Human Rights.

Other celebrities have flocked to the cause, including Christian singer-songwriters Steven Curtis Chapman and TobyMac.

A Twitter account claiming to be Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor’s wife, tweeted her thanks to those who had signed the petition Friday.

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NY Congressional Campaign Manager Loses Job over Sandy Rumors

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The congressional campaign manager who confessed to spreading falsehoods on Twitter during Hurricane Sandy has resigned from Christopher Wright’s New York City congressional campaign.

Shashank Tripathi, under the guise of his Twitter handle @ComfortablySmug, sent out several pieces of misinformation during the worst of the storm Monday.

He is being blamed for spreading the now-widely debunked rumor that the New York Stock Exchange trading floor had been flooded with 3 feet of water.  The rumor was eventually picked up by CNN and New York Magazine until NYSE officials shot it down.

In a message on his Twitter account late Tuesday, Tripathi apologized and offered his resignation on Wright’s House campaign for the 12th congressional district.

“I wish to offer the people of New York a sincere, humble and unconditional apology,” Tripathi wrote.  “During a natural disaster that threatened the entire city, I made a series of irresponsible and inaccurate tweets.”

Other rumors included a false report that power would be shut down in all off Manhattan and that the New York subway would be closed for the entire week.

Tripathi has written a finance blog for the Stone Street Advisors hedge fund under the same pseudonym, “ComfortablySmug.”

He has been paid thousands of dollars as a consultant to the Wright campaign, according to BuzzFeed, which first ousted Tripathi.

Wright’s campaign said in a statement that Tripathi’s resignation was accepted and the chief of staff, Nick Mackey, will replace him as campaign manager.

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Internet Takes Off with Mitt Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite all the fireworks over taxes, oil and Libya, the most buzzworthy social media moment of Tuesday night’s presidential debate was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s comment about “binders full of women.”

The inadvertently funny comment came in response to a question about pay equity for women from a member of the audience of the debate between Romney and President Obama at Hofstra University.

Romney was explaining that as the governor of Massachusetts searching for qualified women to fill cabinet posts, women’s groups brought him “binders full of women” who were good candidates.

“And I said, ‘Well, gosh, can’t we -- can’t we find some -- some women that are also qualified?” Romney said. “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

The response was swift.

“‘They brought me whole binders full of women’ Did I just hear that? #debate,” tweeted @MichaelAusiello.

“‘They brought us binders full of women,’ doesn’t sound good in any setting,” added the New York Times’ Nick Bilton.

It wasn’t long before the Internet took the comment and ran with it.

A new Tumblr account popped up with images inspired by the comment, including one from the now-famous “Texts from Hillary” meme.

“Romney still uses binders? LOL,” read the caption attached to a photo of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A freshly minted Twitter account “@RomneysBinder” tweeted out: “Boy, I’m full of women! #debates” and by the end of the debate had more than 30,000 followers. A second @Romneys_Binder handle netted more than 12,000 followers by the end of the debate.

A fake “Binders Full of Women” Facebook account launched shortly after, along with several others. And the domain name was purchased just minutes after the comments came from Romney’s mouth.

Though it didn’t top the 10 million tweets that watchers put out during the first presidential debate, more than 7.2 million tweets poured out from watchers of this second town hall-style event.

A few other moments of this more lively debate caused a stir.

When Romney repeated questioner Lorraine Osorio’s name several times before getting it right, more than 109,000 tweets per minute commented on the moment.

When the candidates first argued directly with each other on Obama’s policy on oil drilling, Twitter comments peaked at 97,000 tweets per minute.

And more than 98,000 comments were tweeted out when Obama jabbed Romney on the size of his pensions.

“I don’t look at my pension, its not as big as yours,” Obama said.

And the same number of tweets -- 98,000 -- came in response to Obama’s answer to a question about how his administration responded to the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

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'#Hillary2016' Tops Twitter Trends as Former President Bill Clinton Fires Up DNC Crowd

Mario Tama/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- If people on Twitter had their way, Hillary Clinton would take one more crack at shattering America’s highest glass ceiling.

As former President Bill Clinton took to the Democratic National Convention’s main stage Wednesday night, the Twitter hashtag “#Hillary2016″ briefly became the top trend on Twitter in the United States. The tweets asking the secretary of state to run skyrocketed to the top shortly before 11 p.m., about 10 minutes after President Clinton gave her a shout-out in his speech.

“Heck, he even appointed Hillary!” said the former president, making the point that President Obama is committed to cooperation, appointing Republicans to his cabinet and tapping his former primary opponent for secretary of state.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll in April found Secretary of State Clinton scoring a favorable rating of 65 percent, hitting a new high in favorability data stretching back to her entry on the national stage 20 years ago.

Clinton is currently on a tour of Asia and the Pacific, steering thousands of miles clear of the convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Twitter Political Index Tracks Obama, Romney Sentiment

Joe Raedle/Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Want to see who is ahead in the presidential race based on tweets and only tweets?  Well, now you can.

On Thursday, Twitter launched its Political Index, a dedicated site at, which will show whether President Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney is in the lead based on millions of 140-character messages.

“We started by looking at the explosion at tweet volume since last election.  There were 1.8 million tweets on the election day in 2008.  That’s about six minutes on Twitter today, “Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of government news and social innovation, told ABC News.  “We were looking at follower growth and audience reaction to the State of Union and what we discovered was that the conversation, which were happening in a measurable public space, could be used to create a real-time index.”

The Twitter Political Index or TwIndex, as Twitter calls it, is an attempt to quantify all those tweets and data.  The company has teamed up with a social media analytics firm named Topsy to analyze tweets with different words related to the campaign.  

Topsy looks at a number of things in a tweet -- words, phrases, combinations of words, etc. -- when assigning a positive or negative rating.  Like an approval rating, the index scale runs from zero to 100.  

Topsy and Twitter are also working with two polling firms -- Mellman Group and North Star Opinion Research.

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Romney’s VP Search Chief Teases on Twitter

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Beth Myers, the head of Mitt Romney’s secretive vice presidential search, kept the mystery alive Friday when she gave a “Friday Follow” shout out to a number of potential running mates for the presumptive Republican nominee.

Tweeting from the handle @BethMyers2012, Myers, who only has one other tweet on her account, sent out a Follow Friday message with the names of six potential vice presidential contenders and one person most people don’t even think is being considered for the number two spot.

“#FF @KellyAyotte @timpawlenty@GovChristie @BobbyJindal@marcorubio @RepPaulRyan@newtgingrich,” Myers tweeted, spurring a flurry of speculation from reporters on Twitter about the names both on and off the list.

But soon after, Myers, tweeted a second message, rounding out the list with more names widely considered to be on Romney’s list.

“#FF @robportman @bobmcdonnell@CondoleezzaRice @johnthune@Gov_Martinez @RickSantorum.”

That doesn’t exactly narrow it down.

While Romney is on his foreign trip, the Romney campaign has dispatched a number of potential candidates, including Govs. Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell, and Tim Pawlenty, Sens. Rob Portman and Marco Rubio, and Rep. Paul Ryan to host events as a means of keeping his message in the news while he’s abroad.

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David Axelrod Tweets Hit Romney for ‘Bermuda Tax Shelter’

Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senior Obama strategist David Axelrod on Wednesday offered something of a fireworks display on Twitter, launching a barrage of messages meant to draw attention to two reports that highlight Mitt Romney’s stake in a Bermuda company that has never been listed on his state or federal financial reports.

@DavidAxelrod: Astonishing story about Mitt’s Bermuda tax shelter and his efforts to keep it secret, apparently skirting MA law. 1/4

@DavidAxelrod: A Swiss bank account. A dozen funds in the Cayman Islands. And now, a Bermuda tax shelter he failed to report. 2/4

@DavidAxelrod: How many of these revelations will it take for the media to demand a full accounting of Mitt’s tax returns and finances? 3/4

@DavidAxelrod: Or will his campaign continue to stonewall and keep him secure within the MPP–the Mittness Protection Program? 4/4

The company in question -- Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. -- is described by government financial documents as “a Bermuda corporation wholly owned by W. Mitt Romney.”  Yet, as Vanity Fair notes in a new report, it has never appeared on the candidate’s financial disclosure forms.  Limited details on its existence only recently came to light when Romney released his 2010 tax return under public pressure.

“Even after examining that return, we have no idea what is in this company, but it could be valuable, meaning that it is possible Romney’s wealth is even greater than previous estimates,” writes Nicholas Shaxson in Vanity Fair.  “While the Romneys’ spokespeople insist that the couple has paid all the taxes required by law, investments in tax havens such as Bermuda raise many questions, because they are in ‘jurisdictions where there is virtually no tax and virtually no compliance,’ as one Miami-based offshore lawyer put it.”

Democrats say Romney’s secretive financial holdings raise questions about his intentions and potential conflicts of interest.  They say the Bermuda company -- along with a Swiss bank account, Cayman Islands accounts, and other foreign funds, Romney has had ties to -- suggest that Romney is “betting against America.”  It’s a theme President Obama will push during his two-day, two-state bus tour which kicks off Thursday in Ohio.

In a statement to ABC News, Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg called Axelrod’s tweets part of a pattern of allegations that “have been proven false time and again.”

“As job growth slows, manufacturing activity stalls, and our economy continues to sputter, President Obama knows he can’t make a legitimate argument for another term in office, so instead he is trying to tear down his opponent,” she said.  “This is just the latest example of President Obama and his political machine saying or doing anything to distract from his abysmal record over the last four years.”

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John McCain Bets Charles Barkley via Twitter on 2012 Election Winner

Leon Bennett/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Sen. John McCain asked former pro basketball player and TNT analyst Charles Barkley to join him in a bet via Twitter on Monday.

@SenJohnMcCain tweeted, “Dear Charles Barkley, ‘don’t take it personally, you seem like a nice guy,’ but you’re clueless -- @MittRomney wins. Wanna bet?”

The suggested bet appears to be in response to comments Barkley made during a broadcast Sunday night, when he saw Mitt Romney in the crowd at a Boston Celtics game. The Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks.

“We’re going to beat you like a drum in November. Don’t take it personally. I like you. You seem like a nice guy, but you’re going down, bro,” said Barkley on the air when Romney turned up on camera.

Barkley has not publicly responded to McCain’s invitation.

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Rep. Paul Ryan Gets His Own 'Hey Girl' Internet Meme

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Internet meme that propelled Ryan Gosling to viral Internet heartthrob status took a turn for the political this week, setting its hunky photo captioning prowess upon House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Both Twitter and Tumblr lit up with photos of the Republican budget maker, overlaid with quirky economy-related tag lines, such as the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" meme was born.

"Hey Girl, go ahead and splurge on those shoes," reads one of the photos posted to the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" microblogging website Tumblr Tuesday. "I'm saving trillions by reforming entitlement programs."

Over a photo of Ryan gazing forward while resting his chin on his hand, another post reads: "Girl, there's a deficit in my heart that only you and an unbridled private sector can fill."

The 5-term congressman has made a name for himself both on and off Capitol Hill of late by proposing sweeping changes to the country's budget, which include deep spending cuts to bring down the federal deficit.

His budget plan passed through the House this year with virtually no Democratic support and was declared dead-on-arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Ryan is supposedly on the short list of vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The two campaigned together last month in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.

While Ryan is perhaps the highest-profile politician to be made into a "Hey Girl" meme, the online sensation first went viral last year when photos of actor Ryan Gosling were paired with charming phrases such as "Hey Girl, sometimes I get so sad when we can't watch 'Golden Girls' together."

A similarly simple photo-stream meme made its first salvo into the political realm when two photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, clad in sunglasses and texting on her BlackBerry aboard a C-17 military plane, were used to create "Texts from Hillary."

The site paired the photos of Clinton with images of other celebrities (from Oprah to Romney) holding their cellphones along with their imagined text messages.

The Tumblr site soon went viral, and even got a shout-out from Clinton, who met with the site's creators and posted an imagined text of her own.

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker earned himself a spot in Internet memedom as well, after he ran into a burning house to save his neighbor in April.

Days later the site "Super Corey Booker" was born, showcasing photos of a fierce-looking Booker saying, "Time to run into burning buildings and chew bubble gum… and I'm all outta gum!"

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