1. FRIEND REQUEST

    RNC Hires Facebook Manager

    Damian Dovarganes/AP

    Republicans are finally embracing the Internet. The Republican National Committee on Tuesday announced it had hired Facebook engineer Andy Barkett as chief technology officer. “Excited to get to work growing digital operation,” RNC chair Reince Priebus tweeted. The RNC in March vowed to close the digital divide with the Democrats, whose technology savvy has been credited with helping the party be victorious in 2008 and 2012. Barkett, according to a profile on the University of California, Davis, website, calls himself a “Renaissance man!” and writes that he is “deeply interested in philosophy, literature, film, and economics.”

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