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Tue., Apr. 21, 2015
Obama Returns to Public's Good Grace
By Kevin McCauley
 
obamaBarack Obama gets good news on public approval of ObamaCare and his Presidency, setting stage for Hillary Clinton to carry out his third term. Election Day, though, is 566 days and eight hours away. Stuff could happen.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Apr. 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton's Unforced PR Error
By Kevin McCauley
 
timeWhat PR genius advised Hillary Clinton to pen an ode to Elizabeth Warren for Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world?
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Apr. 13, 2015
Blog: Challenging Hillary
By Kevin McCauley
 

hrcMany Democrats shudder at the prospect of a Hillary Clinton coronation. The Clinton Machine should finance an opponent to toughen up its candidate for the general election.

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Mar. 25, 2015
Blog: Ted Cruz Makes PR Blunder
By Kevin McCauley
 
ted cruzIn signing up for ObamaCare, Ted Cruz, a leader in the effort to kill the law, exposes himself as a classic DC windbag and lets down millions of conservative supporters.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Mar. 23, 2015
Blog: Clinton Would Benefit from Warren Challenge
By Kevin McCauley
 
elizabeth warrenBy throwing her hat into the Democratic presidential primary, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth would be doing a great service to the nation, party and its front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has been having a tough go of it of late.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Mar. 17, 2015
Blog: Al Gore's Political Comeback Begins
By Kevin McCauley
 
Al GoreThe more than 2,000-word plus mash note to former VP Al Gore on the cover of today's New York Times Science secton begins political comeback of global warming activist.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Mar. 12, 2015
Carville Rides to Hillary's Rescue
By Kevin McCauley
 
carvilleRagin' Cajun James Carville makes Media Matters for America debut just in time to defend Clinton flame and swat away attacks on Hillary,
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Mar. 2, 2015
Blog: Poor John Boehner
By Kevin McCauley
 
boehnerThe Wall Street Journal put the Speaker of the House John Boehner on notice today via a hard-nosed editorial railing about the GOP squandering its biggest majority since the 1920s.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Feb. 23, 2015
Blog: Pressure Grows on Fox News
By Kevin McCauley
 
oreillyFox News should follow NBC News' lead and launch a probe into Bill O'Reilly, who may have exaggerated his wartime exploits.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Nov. 10, 2014
Honick: Veterans Day
By Joe Honick
 
joe honickAs Americans wade through the bargain-seeking throngs for the annual Veterans' Day sale events, it might be useful to remember what the holiday once stood for.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Oct. 6, 2014
Honick: Be Wary of America's Arab Anti-ISIS 'Coalition'
By Joe Honick
 
honickAmerica should be wary about the virtual love affair between the Obama administration and the non-democracies of the Arab world  in which our Secretary of State has functioned as the matchmaker, running hat in hand to negotiate a “coalition."
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Strategic Communications & NSA: Perfect Together
By John Berard
 

NSA logoThe National Security Agency's posting of strategic communications director job drew much skepticism, but the intelligence deserves praise for its commitment to best practices.

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
We Need Billy Jack
By Kevin Foley
 
Billy JackI was sorry to see that Tom Laughlin, the creator of the iconic “Billy Jack” movie franchise, passed away recently. Very few film heroes fought social and economic injustice the way Laughlin’s fictional former Green Beret did.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Nov. 1, 2013
Gingerich: How Extremists Ruined the GOP Brand
By Jon Gingerich
 
Growing disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction within the Republican Party has engendered the Tea Party’s rise and subsequent ransacking of today’s conservative movement.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
It's Not a 'Shutdown'; It's a 'Putdown'
By Joe Honick
 
Calling the indescribable circus underway in the nation’s Capitol a “shutdown” violates the purposes of the English language to adequately describe actions attributable to adults supposed to be leaders, all paid and more than adequately supported by taxpayers.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Oct. 1, 2013
ObamaCare Goes Into Effect (whether you like it or not)
By Jon Gingerich
 
Today the Affordable Care Act became official. States opened enrollment on exchanges for private insurance, with coverage slated to effectively begin January 1. It’s done, it’s real, it happened — even with our government temporarily shuttered.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Sep. 30, 2013
Obama Wins Healthcare PR Victory By Default
By Kevin McCauley
 
There’s only one PR campaign worse than President Obama’s failure to promote Obamacare, his signature legislative achievement. That’s the crazed obsession of Tea Party Republicans to shut down the government.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Aug. 22, 2013
DeBlasio Sticks to His Gut; Quinn Commits Heresy
By Kevin McCauley
 
Red SoxThe New York Times yesterday dropped a “bombshell” on public advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign for NYC mayor, informing readers that he’s a fan of the hated (by New York Yankee fans) Boston Red Sox.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Aug. 20, 2013
PR Drills for Gold with Mexico's Pemex
By Kevin McCauley
 
Petroleos MexicanosBP has been running ads in the Wall Street Journal and other financial outlets, complaining that’s it’s being robbed by the gold-diggers living on the Gulf of Mexico (and their legal teams) who are seeking unwarranted compensation for its massive oil spill. That’s a questionable position.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
Weiner Blindsides Spitzer on PR Front
By Kevin McCauley
 
We are in midst of the summer news doldrums. The oppressive heat that has kept New York City sweltering has worsened the news drought.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
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