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Wed., Jun. 18, 2014
Praise for Dubya
By Kevin McCauley
 
bushWhat would President George W. Bush do about the mess in Iraq? To his credit, Bush graciously is silent about the deteriorating situation in Iraq.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Labor Re-Builds Buzz
By Kevin McCauley
 
deepwateroneDespite woeful membership numbers, organized labor is far from dead. The so-called Blue-Green alliance of organized labor and environmental organizations is its chance to thrive.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
NY Mayor DeBlasio Names PR Chief
By Kevin McCauley
 
andrea hagelgansNew York City Mayor Bill deBlasio has named Andrea Hagelgans director of agency communications to handle his ties with various municipal units and his cabinet.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 16, 2014
Shameful Bluster Over Rescued Soldier
By Joe Honick
 
joe honickFew things have been spoken more shamefully of political leadership by the Republicans than the combination of responses to the release of Sgt. Bergdahl and the rampant terrorism in Iraq by the ISIS.
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Wed., Jun. 11, 2014
Franchise Industry Hires PR Help in $15 Minimum Wage Fight
By Greg Hazley
 
seattleThe Washington, D.C.-based trade group for the franchising sector has engaged PR help on the ground in Seattle as it fights a legal and public affairs battle over the city's newly passed $15 minimum wage.
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Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Ex-Senator Speaks for Koch Bros
By Kevin McCauley
 
don nicklesFormer Oklahoma Republican Senator Don Nickles is working for the Koch Brothers' family business, tackling issues regarding campaign finance and repeal of the wind energy production tax credit.
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Mon., Jun. 9, 2014
Obama's Real Bergdahl Problem: Tone Deaf PR
By Fraser Seitel
 
bergdahlPresident Obama is in hot water for his prisoner swap to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban.
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Wed., Jun. 4, 2014
PR Firm Lines Up Critics of POW Bergdahl
By Greg Hazley
 
bergdahlsCapitol Media Partners, the Los Angeles firm of GOP PR strategist Richard Grenell, has been lining up media appearances for military critics of released prisoner of war Sgt. Boew Bergdahl.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 3, 2014
Steven Colbert: America's Civics Professor
By Kevin McCauley
 
colbertAmerica's understanding of the political scene and mysterious ways of Washington will be less so when Comedy Central's Steven Colbert takes over for David Letterman at CBS, according to a study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 3, 2014
Democrats Fumble Chances
By Joe Honick
 
joe honickOne of my favorite quotes by the easily quotable Israeli statesman Abba Eban was his reference to PLO chief Yasser Arafat. Eban summed up so much with: "Arafat never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity!"
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 3, 2014
USA Today Editor to American Bev Assn
By Greg Hazley
 

william dermodyWilliam Dermody Jr., deputy managing editor for world news at USA Today, has decamped for the VP of policy slot at the American Beverage Association in Washington.

Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 2, 2014
Obama Finally Delivers the Goods on Climate Change
By Kevin McCauley
 

obamaTwo-thirds into his eight-year presidency, Barack Obama finally delivered the goods on climate change, ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to propose standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants 30 percent by 2030.

Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jun. 2, 2014
Ex-UN Mission Spokeswoman to Mercury
By Greg Hazley
 
erin peltonErin Pelton, who was spokeswoman for the US mission to the United Nations, has joined Mercury in New York as a managing director.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., May 30, 2014
Earnest to Take White House Press Podium After Carney
By Greg Hazley
 

josh earnestPresident Barack Obama said today that White House press secretary Jay Carney is stepping down next month after three years in PR's most visible position. Deputy Josh Earnest will take over. 

Category: Public Affairs
Fri., May 30, 2014
VA Secretary Resigns
By Greg Hazley
 
eric shinsekiSecretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigned today amid the ongoing scandal at the federal agency.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., May 30, 2014
Ketchum Smokes Legacy Review
By Greg Hazley
 
truthKetchum has won a competitive bid to guide PR for the Legacy anti-smoking drive.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 29, 2014
Patton Boggs Defections Begin
By Kevin McCauley
 
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld announced today leaders of Patton Bogg’s healthcare practice have joined the firm, making its group "one of the nation's very largest" health law and policy practices in the country.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 29, 2014
H+K Launches Global Do-Good Campaign
By Kevin McCauley
 

peacejamHill+Knowlton Strategies today launched the "One Billion Acts of Peace" drive during the social innovation summit at the United Nations to participate in programs designed to tackle global development issues, such as climate change, sustainability, human rights, access to water and extreme poverty.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 29, 2014
Pope, Dalai Lama are Only Leaders Seen Favorably by Majority of US - Harris
By Greg Hazley
 
pope francisPope Francis and the Dalai Lama are the only leaders among 16 global figures seen favorably by a majority of Americans, according to a recent Harris Poll.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 28, 2014
Piketty Faces Predictable PR Attack by One-Percenters
By Kevin McCauley
 

pikettyThere’s a growing PR counter-attack on French professor Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which says the chasm between the one-percent and the rest of all is approaching the “glory days” of the French autocracy before the country’s Revolution.

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