Ron Klain as Ebola czar — Right person for the right job at the right time

By Lanny J. Davis – October 20, 2014 So does anyone doubt that if President Obama had appointed a medical expert to become the Ebola “czar” to manage the Ebola virus crisis, many Republicans would have criticized him for not appointing someone with experience in crisis management, media and political communications? Or if the president […]

Holder one of history’s great Justice leaders

By Lanny Davis – 10/01/14 How to assess Eric Holder’s record and legacy as attorney general? Let’s start with what should be an obvious proposition: Holder’s policies and approach to the job were consistent with the person who appointed him — Barack Obama. Lest Republicans forget, Obama was elected and reelected to the presidency by […]

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In defense of Roger Goodell

CNN By Lanny J. Davis – September 16, 2014 Editor’s note: Lanny Davis, a Washington attorney and former special counsel to President Clinton, specializes in legal crisis management. He is executive vice president of Levick Communications and the author of “Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life” (Simon and […]

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Thoughts on Ferguson: What I know and don’t know

By Lanny Davis – 08/27/14 The one thing I know is that I don’t know what it it’s like to be a young black man who is confronted by a white police officer pointing a gun. I don’t know the fear, the humiliation, the rage that a young black man must feel when this happens, […]

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Democrats must denounce the Rick Perry indictment, and the rush to judgment culture

by Lanny Davis – August 18, 2014 Democrats know a lot about criminalizing the political process — and the terrible consequences to our nation and our democracy when it happens. We saw it happen again and again in the 1990s, after multiple Cabinet secretaries in the Clinton administration were “investigated” by “independent counsels” — and […]

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The cure for punditry hyperventilation on Hillary Clinton — Try the facts

By Lanny Davis – August 13, 2014 I have read a slew of comments by pundits, columnists and self-described “progressive” organizations criticizing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her comments in The Atlantic to reporter Jeffrey Goldberg about (a) her disagreement with President Obama on the issue of early aid to moderate opposition elements […]

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War and peace at Camp Equinunk — Lessons for Congress

By Lanny Davis – 08/06/14 As public approval of the U.S. Congress continues to dip to ever-lower levels, it is worth examining the cultural phenomenon of something called the Color War at traditional sleep-away summer camps, and what it can teach members of Congress in today’s polarized environment. I have written before about the summer […]

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Americans want a dealmaker, not an ideologue

By Lanny Davis – 07/30/14 When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology, many people and pundits end up arguing about labels and characterizations rather than the facts and the objective record. For example, I recall recently reading about someone who attended a Ready for Hillary meeting in Iowa who declared his concern about Hillary […]

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Journalists must report on Isreali self-restraint

By Lanny J. Davis – 07/24/14 I am writing this column on Monday night. I am sick to my stomach after seeing a network TV newscast of a young Palestinian girl lying paralyzed in a hospital in Gaza, the victim of Israeli bombs. I see other children in the hospital. My eyes are tearful. I […]

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Lessons from LeBron — How the GOP can use crisis management

By Lanny J. Davis – 07/16/14 LeBron James’s surprise announcement last Friday that he planned to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Miami Heat offers important lessons for effective crisis management. Indeed, the most important lesson might be applicable to House Republicans as they plan new hearings on Benghazi this fall. The first and […]

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