Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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Tweet Revenge

Hackers take over Senator Chuck Grassley’s Twitter feed to protest his support of SOPA.

Slideshow Tweet Revenge Slideshow . Hackers claiming to be affiliated with the computer-hacker group Anonymous spiced up the news cycle Monday afternoon when they took over Senator Chuck Grassley’s Twitter feed to show their disapproval for the Iowa Republican’s support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)—and for his failure to use proper grammar in tweets. The circus began at 1:28 p.m. Eastern Standard Time with this tweet: “Dear Iowans, vote against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA, because this man, Chuck Grassley, wants YOUR internet censored and all of that BS.” By the time “#WINNING” was tweeted four minutes and six tweets later, the Internet had caught on. HuffPostHill tweeted : “Why is #GrassleyHack taking so long to remedy? Did Grassley name Eeyore his social media director and not tell anyone?” Pourmecoffee tweeted : “Please return control to the Senator. I rely on this account for [University of Northern Iowa] volleyball scores and town...

Occupy the Alps

Today's Balance Sheet: The conference in Davos is no laughing matter, but apparently Federal Open Market Committee meetings were.

Thousands of the world’s business and political leaders are all heading to Davos, Switzerland—the home of Thomas Mann's fictional sanatorium—for this year’s five-day World Economic Forum. The euro crisis will be a dominant theme of the conference and Angela Merkel will serve as the keynote speaker. The conference comes as public confidence in world leaders' ability to fix the economic crisis hits a new low. In 2011’s “truth barometer” poll , conducted by the Edelman PR firm, 11 countries—twice as many as last year—said they are "skeptical" of government, business, non-governmental organizations, and the media. The drop in trust is most attributable to a loss in faith in political leaders—52 percent of "informed people" polled trusted government last year; this year the figure has dropped to 43 percent. Trust in business dropped too, from 56 to 53 percent. "European policy makers at Davos will keep doing everything possible to try to calm markets,” William Browder, a Davos-goer for 12...

The Tax Return Cometh

Today's Balance Sheet: Mitt Romney had a bad week.

Although Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, and he is the runaway favorite in the polls, his image has taken a severe beating lately. His economic credentials are the foundation of his campaign, but it has become embarrassingly easy to portray the front-runner as someone who doesn't understand the economic pain many Americans are suffering right now. Yesterday, the Obama campaign's dirt pile on its likely general-election opponent grew substantially when Romney revealed his tax rate and made another unfortunately worded statement on his wealth. Since Romney's income is mostly from post-retirement investments, his tax rate is near 15 percent —similar to the rate for Americans who make less than $50,000 annually. Romney also said yesterday that "not very much" of his income comes from the over $360,000— 7.2 times the median household income in the U.S.— in speaking fees he collects annually. This off-the-cuff remark doesn't look good, especially when coupled...

Day of Honor

Slideshow: Visitors to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial celebrate his legacy.

Jaime Fuller
Slideshow Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the National Mall Memorial For the first time Monday, the public was able to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at his namesake memorial on the National Mall. Visitors sang "Happy Birthday" and laid wreaths to commemorate the life of the civil-rights hero. A small group of attendees sang Happy Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at the base of the statute built in his honor on the National Mall. The celebration was the first commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day since the memorial opened last year. As the group segued into “This Little Light of Mine,” more of the crowd that gathered to honor the man joined in the singing. Officials and political leaders, including the Reverend Al Sharpton, also held a brief ceremony at the memorial. The fact that a serious flaw in the memorial’s design is on the verge of being fixed was also cause for celebration. The quotation "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness,” is...

The Internet Strikes Back

Today's Balance Sheet: A war is brewing between the Internet and the entertainment industry, and it looks like things might get brutal this week.

The coming week is shaping up to feature a hostile fight between tech companies and content producers as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP bills are debated in Congress. Reddit and Wikipedia have announced their intention to go dark for 12 hours on Wednesday to protest the bills, and rumors that Google, Facebook, and Twitter might join in have circulated. These tech companies are framing the issue as a battle between profits and free speech, an argument that has rallied opposition to the legislation. In a sign of support, 19,000 people on Twitter have changed their profile pictures to an icon saying "Stop SOPA." The White House joined Team Internet on Saturday, stating "While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet." These measures, plus the...

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