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BuzzFeed nabs political writer in growth push

WASHINGTON — BuzzFeed, a website which has built a cult following with links to oddball videos and offbeat stories, is hiring a star political reporter in a bid to produce more original content and send it viral. Ben Smith, who has been a senior political writer at Politico.com, a site…

The entertaining political ads I watched while in Alabama

(I was visiting the in-laws over a long weekend.) Ben Smith at Politico remarked at the entertaining campaign ads airing in Alabama. Alabama Republicans have, for reasons that I don’t understand but which I hope a reader will explain, produced a raft of strange and memorable television ads this cycle.…