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Last Updated: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019 @ 12:11 pm

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Good Riddance, Amazon

Thu, Feb. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Long Island CityC’mon, Amazon. Give NYC a break. You weren’t serious about setting up your much ballyhooed second headquarters in Long Island City in the first place. (8 reader comments)


McKinsey's Blue-Chip Rep Takes Hit

Wed, Feb. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

McKinsey & CompanyMcKinsey & Co. "has done more direct harm to the world in ways that are hard to measure and hard to know, thanks to its intense secrecy," wrote one of former consultants in a devastating commentary. (5 reader comments)

I'm Out of Here, Says Steve Schmidt

Mon, Feb. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Steve SchmidtSteve Schmidt, who is advising Howard Schultz's possible presidential run, threw a tantrum and stormed off the set of the "Words Matter" podcast, which he co-founded, because he didn't like a line of questioning. He's going to have to toughen up if Schultz gets to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump, the master of the putdown. (1 reader comment)

Time to Smell the Coffee, Howard Schultz

Fri, Feb. 8, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Howard SchultzWhere's Howard? For a guy considering a run for the president of the US, billionaire and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has gained little traction. It's time for him to smell the coffee. (2 reader comments)

Wall Street Punishes Google for Doing Right Thing

Tue, Feb. 5, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Ruth PoratDemocratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders are working on legislation to limit corporate stock buybacks. And right on cue, Wall Street punishes Google parent, Alphabet, for spending for the future rather than buying back stock. (1 reader comment)

The Art of the Wall

Tue, Jan. 29, 2019

By Eric Bovim

Eric BovimBillionaires have been venerated figures in western society, particularly in America, but that zeitgeist has shifted. After a senseless federal government shutdown, it’s a different kind of gas-in-the-tank, food-on-the-table politics that has the mega-rich looking over their shoulder. (1 reader comment)

Social Media's Limited Power to Affect Change

Thu, Jan. 24, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Women's MarchSocial media is a powerful tool to build alliances and organize protests but SM is only the beginning of the long arduous process required to achieve political change. (1 reader comment)

Seeing is Believing on Climate Change

Wed, Jan. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Climate ChangeFollowing 2018’s horrific wildfires in the west, drought, extreme rainfall and extensive damage from Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the southeast, America may have reached a tipping point on climate change. (1 reader comment)

‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ Resonates

Mon, Jan. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

MLKAs America honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr today, moderate Republicans should read his famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail," which resonates in the Age of Trump. (1 reader comment)

Alexander Hamilton Must Be Spinning in his Grave

Wed, Jan. 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Coast GuardThe 42K active members of the Coast Guard, which protects Donald Trump when he vacations at his members-only Mar-a-Lago resort, take big financial hit from the president's government shutdown. (1 reader comment)

Donald Trump Walls Himself In

Thu, Jan. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Michael CohenDonald Trump has walled himself in, and he’s loving it. The Wall makes Trump Trumpy. It is all that he's got in the policy playbook. Meanwhile, Michael Cohen to spill the beans. Shades of John Dean? (5 reader comments)

Trump, Pelosi, Schumer TV Show Flops

Wed, Jan. 9, 2019

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickLast night's TV appearance of President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer did not serve the American people well. (1 reader comment)

Ghost of Sen. Joe McCarthy

Tue, Jan. 8, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Joe McCarthyHe was impatient, overly aggressive, dramatic, impulsive, tended to sensationalize and frequently made "challengeable statements," wrote lawyer Roy Cohn of his client Senator Joe McCarthy. The description sure sounds like another of Cohn's clients. (2 reader comments)

The Wall Tumbles Down on Trump

Thu, Jan. 3, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Nancy PelosiDonald Trump has worn out his welcome after a solid first year of accomplishments that would make any traditional Republican proud and a sketchy second year. He's getting walled in by The Wall that 56 percent of Americans don't want. (3 reader comments)

Many Lunchtimes with Jack O'Dwyer

Sun, Dec. 23, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauleyJack O'Dwyer relied on the business lunch to use the power of PR to drive some sense into the minds of his misguided business opponents. He recruited me to ride shotgun on some of the most wild and wooly sessions. (3 reader comments)

Remembering Jack O’Dwyer

Fri, Dec. 21, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Jon GingerichAnyone who knew Jack O’Dwyer has a story to tell. The last 13 years have given me a lifetime of them. (7 reader comments)

'Justice' Shines as Merriam-Webster's Word of Year

Mon, Dec. 17, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Merriam Webster“Justice” is Merriam-Webster's 2018 word of the year, according to the number of searches made on its website. It was driven to the top by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling, Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and searches by those worried about economic, social and racial justice during the rule of Donald Trump. (4 reader comments)

Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Taunt Gains Traction Overseas

Thu, Dec. 13, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

CPJThe Committee to Protect Journalists finds a sharp increase in the number of reporters throughout the world jailed on charges of reporting 'fake news." Despots give a hearty round of applause to president Trump. (13 reader comments)

US Ridiculed, Ex-Senators Warn of Constitutional Crisis

Tue, Dec. 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Wells GriffithDid you ever think that you would see the day on which the United States, the former proud leader of the free world, was ridiculed, mocked and laughed at during an open session of an international conference? Meanwhile, 44 retired Senators urge Senate to stand tall in the event of a constitutional crisis. Welcome to Donald Trump's America. (2 reader comments)

China Clobbers US in Influence Game

Fri, Dec. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

China DailyWhile president Trump ridicules American reporters and declares the media the "enemy of the people," China is spending millions to fortify its media and overseas propaganda institutions in a bid to promote its image in the US and throughout the world. (9 reader comments)

Sir Martin Sorrell: PR Genius

Wed, Dec. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellYou’ve got to hand it to S4 Capital chief Martin Sorrell: the guy is a PR genius as the media spill plenty of ink in reporting his deal to acquire an obscure ad tech firm. (2 reader comments)