How Tomi Lahren Could Get Elected to Congress
Open-seat opportunity in home state of the right’s emerging media star

With South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem leaving the House in 2018, conservative activist Tomi Lahren, center, could run to replace her. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons file photo CC BY-SA 2.0)

With millions of video views and hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers, young Tomi Lahren is leaving her mark on the political world from her new media perch on the right. Could Congress be next?

Lahren is no stranger to Republicans, conservatives, and Donald Trump supporters. Her “Final Thoughts” segment chastising San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for protesting racial injustice by sitting during the national anthem has been viewed more than 66 million times on Facebook. 

Sit-In Democrats Circumvent GOP-Controlled TV Cameras Using Social Media
With C-SPAN cut from its normal feed, members took to social media to broadcast the event

(Judy Chu/Twitter)

With the C-SPAN cameras shut off by House Republican leaders, demonstrating Democrats took to stumping on social media throughout Wednesday's sit-in on the House floor.  

[ Why You Can't See the House Sit-In on C-SPAN ]  

Zuckerberg: No Evidence Facebook Suppressed Conservative News
Facebook CEO will meet with "leading conservatives" to address bias concerns

Facebook is on the defensive after a story quoting former employees claimed it suppressed conservative news in its trending section. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he'll meet with "leading conservatives" and others across the political spectrum following a report that the social media giant was suppressing conservative news stories.  

"We have found no evidence that this report is true," Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his personal page Thursday. "If we find anything against our principles, you have my commitment that we will take additional steps to address it."  

Do Search Engines Have Algorithms to Sway Voters?
Recent Facebook allegations raise scrutiny on search engines

Can search engine results sway undecided voters? Experts suspect they can but can't prove it. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

While Facebook is taking heat for allegedly controlling how topics trend on the social media website, search engines like Google are being scrutinized on how their rankings of stories might sway voters.  

Some experts estimate that between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes could be shifted because of how search engines rank stories. According to psychologist Robert Epstein, who researches human-adjusted search engines, these shifts could be made "without leaving a paper trail."  

Apple, Google and Facebook Want More From Next POTUS
Open letter calls for trans-Pacific trade deal and tech initiatives

Trade groups representing thousands of tech companies like Google are calling on the presidential candidates to support more tech-friendly policies. (Shawn Collins/Flickr)

In an open letter to presidential candidates, 13 tech trade groups representing thousands of companies, including Silicon Valley giants Apple, Facebook and Google, outlined for the first time a technology policy agenda they’d like to see parties adopt, including backing the trans-Pacific trade deal .  

Among other things, the letter calls on candidates to “advance ambitious initiatives to reduce barriers to trade in digital and other goods and services, including obtaining the congressional authorization of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.”  

On Facebook, Talk Is on Race, Christianity and Trump

Trump was the most discussed candidate on Facebook leading up to Super Tuesday, according to the social media site. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Between midnight and noon on Super Tuesday, race and discrimination was the most discussed topic on Facebook regarding the election from users across the country, and Republican Donald Trump was the most discussed candidate.  

The topic of race differs from data leading up to Super Tuesday, which showed Christianity was the most discussed topic on Facebook nationally. Christianity moved down to second place once March 1 began. This might reflect the flap over Trump's refusal to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader, David Duke, who endorsed the businessman late last week. Also on Super Tuesday, guns were the third most discussed, then immigration, Benghazi, education, Islam and Muslims, #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain, crime & criminal justice and jobs.  

Facebook Sees SOTU Chatter From Millions

People are discussing guns Guns in the context of the State of the Union on Facebook (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Guns are currently the most talked about topic on Facebook in the context of President Barack Obama and the State of the Union address, according to data released by the social media platform.  

The second most talked about is “Islam and Muslims,” according to Facebook, then ISIS, crime and criminal justice and terrorism. Overall, 15 million people have discussed the SOTU and Obama on Facebook in the past week.  

Rock the Vote — Where 'Kimye' and Politics Collide

Keeping up with the latest Kardashian gossip and knowing the difference between the names on your ballot aren’t mutually exclusive.

At least not for Ashley Spillane, the president of Rock the Vote, a national nonprofit that has organized get-out-the-vote efforts for more than two decades, including a national voter registration day on Tuesday.