Anyone with a gripe or a cause can go to a website, create an online petition, and -- if it gets enough electronic signatures -- maybe even get a response from the president. Kojo examines the growing popularity of online petitions with leaders of Change.org, SignOn.org and MDPetitions.com, and explores their ability to influence the national discourse.
President Obama Responds To 'We the People' Petitions On Gun Violence
Change.org's 2012 Accomplishments
Hasbro Petition To Feature Boys In Easy-Bake Oven Ads
After over 45,000 people signed a petition, Hasbro announced their plans for a gender neutral silver and black Easy Bake Oven that will be marketed to both boys and girls.
Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.
If Democrats have a chance of hanging onto Senate seats in southern states, they need to do well with African American voters. But for President Obama, that creates a difficult balance between turning out the base and energizing GOP voters who don't like him.
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