• Can computer geeks save the GOP? Meet the guys trying to give the party a digital edge

    Power Players

    If only Mitt Romney had had a few thousand more Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

    So say Bret Jacobson and Ian Spencer, millennial techies and co-founders of the conservative digital strategy group Red Edge. The high-tech entrepreneurs believe the failed GOP presidential nominee could have defeated President Obama simply with a better showing on social media.

    "If you had run a really competent, really aggressive digital campaign, you probably could have won an Electoral College vote,” says Jacobson of the 2012 election. “The difference is roughly 450,000 in a couple swing states and you could more than make up for that difference.”

    Bold claims from a dynamic duo now leading the charge for a Republican Party reboot. Jacobson and Spencer say they are convinced that despite previous failed attempts, the party can surpass Democrats' social media machine by the 2016 presidential race.

    The Obama campaign was "incredibly good at empowering people to receive and share

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  • Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart bring action to DC in new movie Olympus Has Fallen

    Top Line

    Imagine, if you will, that terrorists seize control of the White House and take the president hostage--that's the plot of Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart's new action-packed film Olympus Has Fallen. Now, imagine showing that film to a theater full of Secret Service agents and politicians--that's what happened at the film's DC premiere.

    Butler and Eckhart jokingly tell Top Line that they were worried they might "be stoned" at the premiere but were pleasantly surprised. "They loved it," Butler says about the audience's reaction.

    In the film, Butler plays the role of a disgraced Secret Service agent who gets demoted following a tragic accident that results in the death of the first lady, played by Ashley Judd. He then finds himself in a unique position to save the day and redeem himself after terrorists take the president hostage.

    "At the end of the day, we made entertainment, but it's the reality of the world that we live in with the global threat of terrorism that this is a

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  • Shimon Peres: The US would have to take the lead in military strike against Iran

    Politics Confidential

    As President Obama arrives in Israel today for his first presidential trip to the country, Israeli President Shimon Peres says the responsibility lies with the United States to launch a military strike if Iran's nuclear program advances beyond "the point of return."

    "The one that can decide that and the one who has the capacity to implement it clearly is the United States of America," Peres tells Politics Confidential about the possibility of a military assault against Iran, continuing on to say that "other options will not fly."

    In the past, President Obama has resisted committing the United States to a timeline for military action against Iran, which has reportedly caused tension between the president and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. But Obama has grown increasingly firm on the issue, telling an Israeli television station last week that Iran possessing a nuclear weapon is a "red line."

    "That is a red line for us , it's something that would not only be

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