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Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Won’t Solve the Jewish State Problem

Even if the peace talks succeed, the conflict inside Israel’s borders will remain, says Peter Beinart.<p>I spent the summer of 1999 in Israel. Ehud …

Marco Rubio, Has Been

<b>It has been amusing</b> to watch Marco Rubio, The Future Of The Rebranded GOP, try to struggle free of the shrink wrap while half his party flings poo at him. He was going to be the guy who led his party out of its increasingly tiny, and largely melanin-free, wilderness. He was the party's voice of …

Republicans

The politics of being friends with white people

My best friend at 9 was white — but interracial friendships later became a struggle. Here’s why everything changed<p>A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found that 40 percent of white people and 25 percent of nonwhite people have no friends of the opposite race, caused me to reflect deeply on the …

Anthony Weiner Gave A Huge Hint Last Night That Hillary Clinton Is Running In 2016

During the latest installment of the BuzzFeed Brews series Monday night, editor-in-chief Ben Smith asked Weiner about his relationship with the Clintons in light of recent revelations about lewd online relationships. Smith also asked Weiner, directly, if Abedin — a longtime Hillary Clinton aide and …

Government

Anger about inequality is dangerous

But we are more unequal than at any time since the 1920s<p>Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in eighty years? Why is there more anger, vituperation, and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous …

21 Really Cool Facts About The U.S. Capitol You Probably Didn't Know

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Is Obamacare really being threatened? Here’s a handy guide

Today’s “setback” is not a death knell to the law. Here are the essential components that it really relies on<p>The revelation that some insurance beneficiaries -- particularly ones with terrible chronic illness -- will continue to pay large annual out-of-pocket costs next year is the best news …

A New Study Says Twitter Can Predict US Elections

The more a candidate is mentioned on Twitter, the better. (After you control for a lot.)<p>Political consultants, university sociologists, and amateur statisticians are now one step closer to using data from Twitter like they use polling data.<p>An Indiana University study has pulled, from the noise and …

How to plan a trip that works- tackling the travel research

The tourist brochures surround Craig on the couch, The Lonely Planet Australia guide sits beside me at my desk, I have multiple browsers open, and a …

Social Media Star: Pinterest tastemaker Lauren Zwanziger on design school, travel and fashion favourites

Social Media Star: Pinterest tastemaker Lauren Zwanziger on design school, travel and fashion favourites<p>Date August 9, 2013<p><i>Each Friday, we’ll be</i> …

Here’s what the top tier of travel photography looks like

EACH YEAR, <i>National Geographic Traveler</i> holds one of the most prestigious photography competitions out there. In 2013 (the competition’s 25th …

Media Relations | PR Pros Outnumber Journalists 4:1, Up Your Game

Today’s media relations success depends on targeting the right journalist.<p>The media relations tactics that made you a shining star 10 years ago will …

10 Must-Read Public Relations And Marketing Books

Owning 1 of the 25 largest US PR Firms, I am regularly asked about the best Public Relations books and as such, in no particular order wanted to offer my thoughts of the Top 10 PR books, and marketing books. This list is quite subjective, and one which is meant as a guidepost for those wanting to …

Public Relations

What Does A Public Relations Agency Do?

We don’t buy ads.<p>We don’t write stories for reporters<p>We don’t put up billboards.<p>We don’t come up with catchy phrases to make people buy more products they probably don’t need.<p>So what do public relations agencies do?<p>PR agencies, as opposed to advertising agencies, promote companies or individuals …

Wining the Content Marketing Race - The PR & Communications Advantage

In today’s fast moving search and social web, content flows in every direction throughout a variety of platforms, formats and devices.<p>With a global …

How to get ahead in ... marketing and public relations

The National Citizens Service is calling for applicants as it recruits for key roles in the UK<p>David Cameron's flagship volunteering programme for young people, the National Citizens Service (NCS), is starting to take shape and establishing itself as a long-term scheme. Eight months after Stephen …

Creating The Perfect Elevator Pitch

For every entrepreneur, it represents a dream come true, but also a potential nightmare: the elevator pitch. No other situation is fraught with so much angst, yet filled with so much opportunity. Face to face with a possible customer, partner or investor, you have mere seconds to bring to life how …

One Interview Question You Should Ask Every Candidate

Today I missed lunch. I frequently do when I write these articles. Sometimes I end up writing through the night despite the fact that I was tired at 11 p.m. I lose track of time. Why? Because writing these articles and helping others with my advice is something I am passionate about. It feeds my …

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

A young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.<p>I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a …

Seven Tips for Shifting a Mindset in Your Organization

We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. How does Atul Gawande (the checklist doctor) get inside my head, when others don’t? Why does Gwyneth Paltrow make me adjust my behaviors, when others can’t?<p>In business, …