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Claire McCaskill & Hillary Clinton: Not Exactly BFFs

Claire McCaskill is “Ready for Hillary!” The senior U.S. Senator from Missouri has very enthusiastically announced her support for a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential candidacy — if she chooses to run — complete with official graphics on the Ready for Hillary Facebook page. At first blush, this seems only natural — one Democratic woman supporting […]

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Workers Have Advice for President Obama

Duncan McTaggart regarded President Barack Obama from 15 feet behind him on the stage. The president delivered a speech to Duncan’s co-workers, his congressional representatives, Baltimore’s mayor, and Maryland’s governor at Baltimore’s Ellicott Dredges plant, one of the oldest dredging equipment companies in the world. McTaggart had just finished introducing Obama to the crowd. Not […]

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Obama to Class of 2013: Do Better, Dream Bigger

Graduation Day at The Ohio State University is a big deal in Columbus. But when the sitting President of the United States is the commencement speaker? Then it’s a national event. I had the honor of hearing President Obama speak to the Class of 2013. I wondered if he would keep the speech light and […]

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Not Your Values, Senator.

The truth of it is this: making someone laugh at someone else’s expense fosters connection. It’s true at the playground and the water cooler and, so, it’s tragically true in the ethereal space of public discourse. A well played “zinger” has four important characteristics: it must be clever, it must be funny, it must be […]

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