Plays of the Week

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Plucked Up, Body-Slammed, and Half-Dissed

May 31, 2017

This was a week for the peanut gallery. While Donald Trump tossed red herrings to divert the Russian probe, a comedienne, a reporter and a vanquished candidate were keen to counter his brand of chaos. Here are the plays they ran: PLUCK UP […]

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House of Hacks: Charlie Rose and Cameos

May 31, 2017

Netflix subscribers were served a fifth season of House of Cards this week as nagging questions were answered: How will they draft Trump? How will they stay relevant? Can they keep it real? Without spoiling anyone’s binge, two of TV news’ […]

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Trump’s Plays are Crazy: Is Mueller the Tipping Point?

May 18, 2017

Friends figure I’m busy these days. Referring to Donald Trump’s malpractice of Influence Strategy and the taxonomy of 24 plays that organize them, they assume my head is spinning. This is true, but not of the plays the president runs. He’s pretty […]

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How Heineken and Trump are Driving Me to Drink

May 3, 2017

Beer lovers breathed a sigh of relief this week when the Dutch beer conglomerate, Heineken, plopped a five-minute feel-good spot onto YouTube. Through shared experience and, of course, shared beers, haters befriended hatees in a modern-day group hug. Finally, a company that’s […]

Trump as Red Herring

Peacocks and Red Herrings: Fresh for 100 Days

April 26, 2017

At the 100-day mark of his presidency, one thing is clear: Donald Trump is still mugging before the golden drapes of the oval office and his base is still cheering. According to an ABC/Washington Post poll, a mere four percent regret voting for […]