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The Shirtless, Cornered Russian Bear

Is Russia’s Vladimir Putin losing his shirt? In more ways than one! Consider this: the ruble has lost half its value in the past year, oil exports – critical to the Russian economy – have plummeted since the slump in oil prices, and now S & P has cut Russia’s credit rating to junk status (see:...
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US Needs to Get in the Cyber Security Game Fast

The ironies abound in Washington as usual. Just as news reports were surfacing that online marauders from ISIS had infiltrated the Twitter and YouTube accounts of US Central Command, or centcom (why exactly do they have social media accounts?), President Obama was unveiling a milquetoast plan to harden the cyber defenses of the US and...
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The Pen is Mightier than the Pipeline?

In the past, US President’s facing a hostile congress controlled by the opposing party typically issue many more vetoes than those who have a friendly congress supporting their policies. President Obama has only issued two vetoes since becoming president, but that is about to change with the very first issue out of the new Congress...
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Sony Provides Three Crisis Management Lessons for 2015

There are many lessons to be learned about the recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment – particularly how to establish a corporate mindset that anticipates that you may be next. Regardless of Sony’s shortcomings, their experience has a lot to offer other big companies as well as their own in the future. The following are...
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Obama’s War – It Takes One to Know One

“It takes one to know one” might be a key campaign message used against President Obama and Democrats running for office in the midterm elections in November and again in 2016. President Obama ran for years against the policies of his predecessor George W. Bush – while he first ran for office in 2008, throughout his...
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Political Collapse: The Three Issues President Obama Owns Outright

If we are witnessing the unraveling of the Obama agenda over the past several months, then it is arguably happening based on three major public policy issues: healthcare, immigration, and foreign policy/fighting terrorism. Considering that this slate comprises the most significant and highest priority set of issues for the Obama presidency, this recent collapse of the...
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America Needs to Be More Like Joan Rivers

She was vulgar, crass, and irreverent, but she was also witty, and very, very relatable. In fact, it is what was most endearing about Joan Rivers – almost everyone could relate to her simple, candid barbs attacking individuals who reflected society on the whole – including herself, through a powerful sense of self-deprecating comedy that was...
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T-Mobile Accused of Bilking Customers – 3 Steps to Prevent More Brand Damage

T-Mobile is renowned for its revolution against cellular phone contracts, a customer loyalty trap made possible by required two-year agreements we all have with our mobile carriers. In fact, T-Mobile’s growth can largely be attributed to this market disruption model that has jettisoned them to be the fourth largest US mobile carrier. The company is...
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