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Ryan Osborn
A hot soft spot on a hard rock planet.
A hot soft spot on a hard rock planet.


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Mostly in Chicago but sometimes in New York

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Join +msnbc anchors in a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air surrounding #MarriageEquality beginning June 17.

The Supreme Court is set to return monumental decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8.

We'll be talking to experts, celebrities, and members of the community who will be affected by the court's decisions. Join the conversation by using #MarriageEquality on Google+.

Monday, June 17, 12:15-12:45 PM ET
DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: What Does This All Mean?
Hosted by Thomas Roberts

Tuesday, June 18, 12:15-12:45 PM ET
DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: Changing Your Community
Hosted by Chris Hayes

Wednesday, June 19, 12:15-12:45 PM ET
DOMA/Prop 8 Decision:: Both Sides of the Aisle
Hosted by Steve Kornacki

Monday, June 24, 2:15-2:45 PM ET
DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: From Hollywood to Your Hometown
Hosted by Andrea Mitchell

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Over 1 million +Google+ users now have +NBC News in their circles. Thank you for following us.

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Watching the Facebook - MSNBC debate on multiple screens

As I untrim the tree, I'm watching the Republican presidential primary debate on MSNBC. I'm watching the debate live on the big screen, with Facebook comments streaming and Tweetdeck chiming away. Feels very meta, and very much a case study in how fractious and fractured a 2012 real-time political conversation can be.

There's a novel Facebook component to this morning's debate, which you can access here:

Here's two stories on the backstory to how the questions came to moderator @DavidGregory's notebook, via NBC digital editor Ryan Osborn (@rozzy):

@Poynter, by Jeff Sonderman:

On balance, I think the team behind sourcing questions on Facebook, including +Ryan Osborn and +Katie Harbath , succeeded. I think that, on balance, they're better than last night's debate at St. Anselm's, moderated and broadcast by ABC.

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Looking forward to this series.
Photographer Jim Seida and I have hit the road to find out what it's like to live on the nation's median household income of around $50,000 a year. The first piece in the project launched this morning, and I'm busy writing up tomorrow's installment on a military family in Coronado, Calif.

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A good list.
We're keeping a running list of news organizations' Google+ Pages.

Here's our list -- please feel free to share your suggestions in the comments.

+ABC News
+ABC News Radio
+Al Jazeera English
+Austin American-Statesman
+The Atlantic
+BBC America
+BBC News
+Bloomberg News
+The Boston Globe
+breaking news brknws
+CBS News
+Chicago Tribune
+The Denver Post
+The Grand Island Independent
+Financial Times
+Fox News
+The Huffington Post
+KOMU 8 News
+Los Angeles Times
+NBC 10 Philadelphia
+NBC Bay Area
+NBC News
+The New York Times
+Newsweek & The Daily Beast
+Progressive Radio Network
+Search Engine Land
+Talking Points Memo
+Think Progress
+The Verge
+The Wall Street Journal
+Yahoo! News

(Thanks to +Mark Glaser +Tom Benton +Roeland Roovers +Lauren Bertolini +Alex Schrank +Dan Patterson +Myroslaw Bytz +Violet Mae Lim +Omar Gallaga +Phil Priser +Mat Yurow +Thom Robinson +Holger Eilhard +Joel Abrams +Ernie Smith +Justin Gibson +Jay Zalowitz for your contributions!)

Note: We'd love to create a news circle to share with you. However, shared circles currently remain static, so we wouldn't be able to update it once we shared it. If dynamically-updating shared circles become available (fingers crossed!), we will migrate this list to a circle.

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Thanks to +Anthony Quintano for getting our page up.

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Thanks for watching.
I must be getting old. I really enjoy watching NBC Nightly News, especially when Brian Williams is on.

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