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'Human Touch' Tops Tech, Says Grayling

Tue., Jul. 25, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Grayling chartDespite the advancing technological tide, when it comes to influencing consumers there’s still nothing that beats the human touch, says survey by Grayling.

Captain Trump Throws Sessions Overboard

Tue., Jul. 25, 2017

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickCaptain Trump remains fixated on the election of eight months ago, leaving the nation clueless about his plan to navigate the ship of state through choppy waters ahead. (2 reader comments)

Media Movers

Tue., Jul. 25, 2017

By Steve Barnes

David HalbfingerNew Jerusalem bureau chief at the New York Times, Washington Examiner adds duo, The Atlantic promotes pair and The New Yorker hires newsletter wiz.

Michael Kors Shoe Deal Fits for ICR

Tue., Jul. 25, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Jimmy ChooICR is handling Michael Kors Holdings' $1.4B deal to acquire Jimmy Choo PLC, the high-end footwear brand noted for its signature $3,000 sky-high stilettos.

IPG's Net Tumbles as Revenues Slip

Tue., Jul. 25, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

IPGInterpublic reports a 39.6 percent drop in 2Q net income to $94.7M as revenues dip 1.7 percent to $1.9B. Shares drop more than ten percent from 15-year high hit yesterday.

Scientists Call for Journalists to Counter ‘Fake News’

Mon., Jul. 24, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Union of Concerned ScientistsThe Union of Concerned Scientists rapped the world of “alternative facts” and called on journalists to hold the White House and Congress accountable for actions that “threaten scientific integrity and science-based policies.”

Naple Joins STG

Mon., Jul. 24, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Mike NapleMike Naple, an Obama Administration alum, has joined STG, the public affairs shop founded by Democratic operatives Julianna Smoot and Paul Tewes.

DeShong Checks In at MGM Resorts

Mon., Jul. 24, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Debra DeShongMGM Resorts International hired Debra DeShong as VP-global industry affairs based in its DC outpost.

O.J. Gets Parole: What Now?

Mon., Jul. 24, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe recent news that O.J. Simpson had been granted parole briefly set the clock back on the American conversation to the early 90s.

Sorini Samet Targets US Officials for Haiti

Mon., Jul. 24, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Haiti, Why Not?Sorini Samet & Assocs, which had been promoting investment in Haiti through the Association of Industries of Haiti, is now targeting US government officials and Congress in an effort bankrolled by the Haitian government.

CenturyLink’s Poor Image Is a Problem for PRSA and PR

Mon., Jul. 24, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

Consumer Affairs CenturyLink Satisfaction RatingThe expected nomination of CenturyLink’s Debra Peterson as chair-elect of PRSA Saturday will focus attention of its 21,000 members and others on abuses of her employer and the other telecoms.

The Failure of Donald Trump's PR

Sat., Jul. 22, 2017

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser Seitel Donald Trump is a walking PR disaster; the original “Ready Fire Aim.” Sean Spicer went to work each day knowing that his function was unappreciated, his counsel ignored and his contribution to any public understanding of the Administration’s actions, virtually impossible. (2 reader comments)

Uber Puts Ballard in Driver's Seat

Fri., Jul. 21, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Uber logoUber has retained Ballard Partners of Florida, which has close ties to the Trump White House, for its Washington lobbying team.

Corallo Resigns From Team Trump

Fri., Jul. 21, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Mark CoralloMark Corallo, who was handling the fallout from the Russian election meddling probe, has resigned from Team Trump. (1 reader comment)

Raytheon’s Esper Enlists for Army Post

Fri., Jul. 21, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Mark EsperPresident Trump has recruited Mark Esper, who heads Raytheon’s Washington lobbying operation, for the Army Secretary post.