No Labels is exactly what America needs

by Lanny J. Davis – November 20, 2014 An organization called No Labels, first established in 2010, has managed a political miracle: getting committed liberals and conservatives to come together to find common ground while maintaining their principles. One idea advanced by the group passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by […]

Correcting the Falsehoods about For-Profit Colleges

by Lanny J. Davis – November 13, 2014 There is some disagreement among pundits as to why the Democrats got so badly whupped on Nov. 4 in races for the U.S. Senate and Congress, and in the statehouses. There is one thing, though, on which there appears to be agreement among conservatives and many liberals: […]

Lessons for Democrats: It’s Time to Remember Who We Are

By Lanny J. Davis – November 6, 2014 We Democrats lost the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night for many reasons. But I believe the most important reason is that we ran away from who we are and what we stand for. Too many of our candidates and our party leaders thought we could win by […]

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To Republicans — Watch out for Traps After the Midterms

By Lanny J. Davis – October 29, 2014 Most pundits are predicting a Republican take-over of the U.S. Senate next Tuesday. I am ready to go on record against the conventional wisdom: I predict Democrats will surprise the pundits on election night and hold the Senate, if only by a 50-50 margin, with Vice President […]

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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 […]

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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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