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The Influence Game Shifts to ‘Outside-In’
Social media becomes the central tool to driving change

From left, Melania Trump, President-elect Donald Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leave McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol following their meeting on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Clayton Christensen is often credited — and criticized — for inserting the word “disrupted” into our standard business lexicon. In “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” he describes how businesses can lose out to unconventional competitors who are able to change long-standing assumptions about what is valued and how to win.

Our recent election might be viewed as a disruption of accepted models for political campaigns.

DWS Twitter Mixup Creates Headache for California Man
Dave W Smith is getting mean tweets meant for Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't having a very good week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Dave W. Smith is taking some of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's tough day off her hands. But not by choice.  

Smith, whose Twitter profile  says he is from Silicon Valley, is receiving mean tweets intended for the outgoing chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee  after the content of some internal committee emails were released by Wikileaks.  

Social Media, Apps, Electronic Whips in Democratic Toolbox
House members embrace social technology

Clark and Wally the bunny on Instagram.

Rep. Katherine Clark found the secret to boosting her online following: posting a picture of a cute animal.  

The picture of the Massachusetts Democrat with the internet-famous Wally the bunny  had a purpose. It was to promote a bill she sponsored to help protect pets of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  

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 ]  

Twitter Tries to Rebrand Donald Trump
Alterna-IDs abound in #TrumpSecretServiceCodeName game

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump takes a selfie with a supporter after a campaign rally in Buffalo, N.Y., in April. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

His official security detail refers to him as “mogul .”  

Congressional Republicans fear he’ll be perceived as “racist ” or “issues-impaired .  

Federal Workers Get Political Guidelines for the Digital Age

Federal workers will have to keep their political opinions to themselves while they're on the clock. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images File Photo)

Federal workers wishing to blast their political views on the 2016 elections on social media are reminded that they are barred from engaging in that behavior at the workplace and during work hours, guidelines released Thursday  by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.  

The guidance goes as far as to require federal employees to leave the premises of their workplace during break times to tweet or Facebook about campaign news, even from their personal cellphones and laptops.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Poe (Video)

To kick off the 2015 August recess, HOH salutes the Texas member who doesn’t shy away from Vladimir Putin alliterations, Spanish translations or explaining “the way it is.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Rob Bishop (Video)

With Congress out, HOH pays tribute this week to the always unflappable Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the only member yet to tweet a single character , who shows off his favorite graphs, touts his Big Mac-eating skills and can't wait for the next Cubs game to air.  

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.