On Jan. 31, 2013, I attended the Secretary of Defense nomination hearing of former Sen. Chuck Hagel. Lines were out the doors for security check-ins at the Dirksen Senate building. The hearing room was packed to the limit, with every chair full by 9 a.m. and many people standing along the sides by the time it started a half hour later.
The recent presidential Inauguration posed some interesting questions for companies and groups that have work that intersects with government relations and public relations.
In the end, Hillary Clinton may decide she will not seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for president in 2016. But, if she does, her appearance on Capitol Hill this week proved that she would be a formidable candidate.
After four years of disagreements with the Obama Administration over settlements, peace negotiations with the Palestinians, and a potential strike on the Iranian nuclear program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked to elections for the 19th session of the Israeli Knesset as an opportunity to recapitalize following the re-election of American President Barack Obama.
On the surface, publc affairs fights can be about any number of issues, but at their core, most every fight over public policy comes down to one thing: money. I’m not talking about the millions paid to lobbyists, government relations and communications specialists to analyze the policy issues; I’m talking about the money that funds the “special interest economy”.
We love our mobile devices. We have special “tech-touch” gloves so that even on the coldest of days we can update our Facebook status without getting frostbite. We have subjected ourselves to early carpal tunnel by constantly having our hands cradling the devices to tweet our latest life update. Soon, we may have these devices surgically attached to us so we don’t have to go anywhere without them. While these devices are great with their mega-zoom lenses and Internet access everywhere, what really makes them powerful are the apps we use.
Sorry for the pun based on a movie that is 20-plus years old, but that’s what came to mind when I considered the recent revelations surrounding CIA Director David Petraeus' sex scandal. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, in 2010 then General Petraeus allowed fellow West Point graduate Paula Broadwell to travel with him while he was leading our efforts in Iraq, and then when he was transferred to Central Command to lead our efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq,
As the American people have chosen the Obama Administration to remain in office for another four years, foreign policy watchers will need to take note of whether the White House and State Department take a more pragmatic or activist foreign policy approach.
Increasingly, our clients are asking for our thoughts on Twitter. We have watched as Twitter has grown from “text-messaging for the web” into a primary source for real-time engagement in breaking news, customer service and crisis management. As online users move away from live television, we see twitter and the other social networks filling the void.
Twitter is growing at a rate of over 400,000 users per month, and every day there are in excess of 400 million individual tweets. Amazingly, 60% of Twitter's’ users are engaged and tweeting, not just passively reading.