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Fri., Dec. 2, 2016
Terrorist-Sponsor Nations Big Business for D.C. Lobbyists
By Jon Gingerich
TerrorismK Street lobbying firms have been lining up to provide communications, government relations support and legal services to nations accused of sponsoring international terrorism-related activities. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016
A Vote is Only the Beginning of Democracy
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickThe idea that voting somehow gives automatic birth to democracy is not only a myth, but a dangerous one at that.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016
The Art of Trumpís Failed NYT Deal
By Eric Starkman
Eric StarkmanDonald Trump’s recent interview with the New York Times underscores the fact that his oft-repeated claims of being a master negotiator are completely bogus.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016
Ignoring China at Our Peril
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickWhy aren’t we doing more to sustain a healthy economic and diplomatic relationship with China?
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016
Lessons Learned from the Political Campaign
By Arthur Solomon
Arthur SolomonKey takeaways from analyzing a year-and-a-half of cable TV coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. (3 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016
We Have a Lot to Give Thanks For
By Robert Dilenschneider
Robert DilenschneiderThe presidential election is now behind us and the nation is moving toward the Thanksgiving holiday.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016
Job for Trump Team: Traffic in New York and Elsewhere
By Jack O'Dwyer

NYC subway carVoters elected Donald Trump as President because they expect some bold strokes. We direct his attention to New York’s congested streets which are getting worse and worse.

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016
Trump Strategy: Dangerously Manipulated Media
By Joe Honick

Joe HonickThe wilder and more controversial Donald Trump’s declarations were during the election, the more effective the coverage. How was the media so well played? (4 reader comments)

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016
We Elected Only a President
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickNow that the celebrations and/or mournings have died down, it’s important — if not urgent — to make sure all Americans understand that we did not elect a monarch or king with Donald Trump. (5 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016
What Went Wrong?
By Jon Gingerich
Jon GingerichEveryone's looking for someone or something to blame for the 2016 election. Few, however, have considered the obvious: those who simply didn’t bother to show up to vote. (4 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016
Throwback Thursday: How About a Fireside Chat?
By Editorial Staff
CNN - Barack Obama wins the 2008 electionIn late Nov. 2008 O'Dwyer's wondered whether it was a good idea for President-elect Barack Obama to wait until his inauguration to get the ball rolling.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016
Clinton, Obama Put Best Spin on Defeat
By Editorial Staff
Hillary ClintonBoth Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama echoed the same sense of “never say die” spirit today in their speeches. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016
Reporting News in a Post-Fact Era
By Jon Gingerich
Jon GingerichFake news sites have gained massive popularity in recent years. Add to the mix one of the most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history, with an electorate that harbors long-standing feelings of distrust toward the mainstream media, and these outlets can also prove dangerous. (3 reader comment)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016
The Presidential Election and the Middle East
By Robert Dilenschneider
Robert DilenschneiderAs we move toward November 8, we should all reflect on the big issues that the next President will need to confront in the Middle East. (3 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016
McCarthy Must Be Smiling
By Joe Honick
Joe HonickJust as Joe McCarthy targeted anyone he felt fit to label communists, unpatriotic or worse, the candidate now carrying the banner of the Republican party is wielding similarly dangerous, accusatory language regarding his opponent and the election process.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
By Arthur Solomon

arthur solomonWith the election only a few days away, maybe, hopefully, cable TV will finally break some news instead of relying on newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post for information. But don’t count on it. (1 reader comment)

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
By Bodine Williams
Bodine WilliamsTrump's high-octane personality and his reckless rhetoric proved to be his undoing during the final debate with Hillary Clinton. (2 reader comments)
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
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Fri., Dec. 2
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A Vote is Only the Beginning of Democracy
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Tue., Nov. 29
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Tue., Nov. 29
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Mon., Nov. 28
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Mon., Nov. 28
The Art of Trump’s Failed NYT Deal
By Eric Starkman
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Mon., Nov. 28
Lufthansa Flies Into PR Nightmare
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Mon., Nov. 28
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Mon., Nov. 28
Corporations Look to White House for Top Comms. Pros
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Wed., Nov. 23
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Mon., Nov. 28
Rhode Island Issues RFPs
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

Tue., Nov. 22
BK Navy Yard Wants Site Redesign
By Jon Gingerich
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

Fri, Nov. 11
Barbados Tourism Looks for Agency of Record in US
Barbados RFP

Fri., Nov. 4
Vidalia Onion Committee Requests Marketing Proposals
Vidalia Onion Committee

Thu., Nov. 3
Wiki Education Foundation Wants Communications Help
Wiki Education Foundation

Fri., Oct. 28
AR Dept. of Parks and Tourism Seeks AOR
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Thu., Oct. 20
Santa Monica Seeks Marketing Help
Santa Monica

Mon., Oct. 17
Redmond, WA Wants Creative Services
City of Redmond

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