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June 30th, 2010
09:18 PM ET
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09:14 PM ET

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For Social Media Day, we asked what social media means to you and how is it changing politics? A few senators and congressman responded on Twitter:

Senator John McCain, @SenJohnMcCain: allows your voice to be heard – from demonstrators in #Tehran to @sn00ki on tanning bed taxes

Congressman Edolphus Towns, @OversightDems: Social Media is making government more accessible and accountable

House Republican Leader John Boehner, @GOPLeader: Social media=listening to the American people. That’s why House GOP is innovating and Dems are still on dial-up.

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June 30th, 2010
04:05 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Editor's note: Occasionally we will ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

– BP paying police to work after hours in their official uniforms.

– Labor leaders attack Obama's Deficit Commission.

– Jerry Brown comes out strongly against Prop 19 to legalize marijuana.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– House GOP Leadership decides to pick a fight with conservatives over repeal vs. repeal and replace in the struggle to end Obamacare.

– What's next for the National Rifle Association? Republicans are afraid the NRA will soon be endorsing Harry Reid, despite his record.

– The Obama Administration can't secure the border, can't solve the oil leak crisis, and apparently can't create jobs despite trillions spent. Can this President do any of his basic functions?

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June 30th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

Today's most important person you don’t know: Pete Cashmore

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Mashable founder Pete Cashmore."]Today’s most important person you don’t know: Pete Cashmore.

Today is officially “Social Media Day.” Social media is used on all levels of government and around Washington. Almost every campaign has a robust Facebook account, politicians tweet multiple times a day and the White House periodically responds to events using YouTube.

Social Media Day was the idea of Cashmore, the founder of Mashable. Mashable is the world’s largest blog focusing on Web 2.0 and Social Media news.

Today, there are over 620 Social Media Day Meetups happening in 93 countries. And the Mayor of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, officially declared June 30th Social Media Day after a Mashable organizer petitioned the city council.

So here is our question: what does social media mean to you and how is it changing politics? Tweet us your response to @JohnKingUSA and some of the best answers will be read tonight on CNN at 7 p.m. et .

June 29th, 2010
09:31 PM ET
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02:57 PM ET

June 28: John's playlist

The Commodores, "Brick House"
Blondie, "Call Me"
Def Leppard, "Photograph"

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June 28th, 2010
06:24 PM ET

Make your case, America!

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Make your case, America!"]Welcome to John King USA, where YOU are the star of the show.

With so many perplexing questions out there, we are turning to you for the answers. Are we better off with privatized health care or a public option? Should marijuana be legalized? Which team is better: Yankees or Red Sox? You get the idea.

Each week we ask you to weigh in on a hot debate and air the best Make Your Case videos every Friday.

A couple of tips: keep it simple, keep it short, and remember to give us your best made-for-TV smile. So what are you waiting for? Make Your Case and submit the video below!

This week’s question: What do you want to declare your independence from this year?

Make your case at iReport HERE.

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June 28th, 2010
01:37 PM ET

June 25: John's playlist

Led Zeppelin, "The Song Remains the Same"
Guns N Roses, "Sweet Child O Mine"
John Mellencamp, "I Need a Lover"
Michael Jackson, "Thriller"

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June 28th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

June 24: John's playlist

Veil Veil Vanish, "Anthem for a Doomed Youth"
Trust Company, "Downfall"
Pearl Jam, "Supersonic"
Violent Femmes, "Blister in the Sun"

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June 28th, 2010
01:32 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Editor's note: Occasionally we will ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The Kagan hearing starts off with the NRA gagging its board of directors as Republican judiciary staffers launch a media hit against their own Chief Counsel because he's too conservative.

– Now we know why the media didn't pursue the Al Gore assault story: the lady was trying to sell it and the police decided to release everything and undermine her ability to do that. Good for them.

– Senator Byrd is dead. A special election is likely. Will Obama's positioning on coal and energy give the GOP a boost? Probably.

Talk Show Host and Online Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Amazing Flip: Dems call on the Latino vote while CA GOP candidates actually invest money on it.

– Amazing Assessment: AZ Gov. Brewer believes 1070 will stop drug cartels. Can she also see Russia from her back porch?

– Amazing Grace: Sen. Robert Byrd proved that redemption can happen in real time.

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