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Two public affairs firms hired by country of Georgia

Two public affairs firms hired by country of Georgia

The Georgian government wants to improve its relationship with the U.S. and tell the country's story.

Breakfast Briefing: Trump to pitch border wall in El Paso

Breakfast Briefing: Trump to pitch border wall in El Paso

Plus: Women run the Grammy Awards, and a key Republican comms aide moves to Blue Engine + JDA.

Former Romney, Ryan comms aide Brendan Buck joins Blue Engine + JDA

Former Romney, Ryan comms aide Brendan Buck joins Blue Engine + JDA

Buck also worked for former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Breakfast Briefing: State of the Union gets positive reviews, but...

Breakfast Briefing: State of the Union gets positive reviews, but...

Is it a game-changer? Probably not. Plus: Amazon joins the ranks of the world's biggest marketers.

Defense Department re-ups with MullenLowe on recruiting account

Defense Department re-ups with MullenLowe on recruiting account

The contract includes advertising, direct and database marketing, PR, and planning and research work.

Bospar to Neil Patrick Harris: Stop calling our city 'San Fran'

Bospar to Neil Patrick Harris: Stop calling our city 'San Fran'

What's in a name? Plenty to San Franciscans, who want the actor and other celebrities to stop calling their city "San Fran."

WPP sells its stake in Richard Attias & Associates

WPP sells its stake in Richard Attias & Associates

The move is part of WWP's restructuring plans.

Tony Blair: 'CEOs should take a stand; social media should take initiative on regulation'

Tony Blair: 'CEOs should take a stand; social media should take initiative on regulation'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged corporate leaders to take a stand on issues that align with their social purpose and warned social media giants to "take the initiative" on regulation.

Despite the skeptics, Davos is all business

Despite the skeptics, Davos is all business

Steve Barrett reports from the small ski resort in Switzerland that becomes the focal point of global politicians, businesspeople, and nonprofits for one week in January every year.

Landmark Public Affairs opens New York office

Landmark Public Affairs opens New York office

The Brussels-based firm's NY office is led by GM Julien Lafleur.

Grayling hires ex-Boris Johnson adviser

Grayling hires ex-Boris Johnson adviser

Ben Gascoigne, a former adviser to Boris Johnson as both Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London, is joining Grayling UK as a director in its public affairs team.

Brands provide relief to cash-strapped federal workers amid shutdown

Brands provide relief to cash-strapped federal workers amid shutdown

T-Mobile, Toyota, and Airbnb are just a few of the brands that are pitching in to help.

Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning

Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning

Gillette's "We Believe" ad receives backlash; PayPal brings back CMO role; Latest from Detroit auto show; Fast-food at the White House

Columbia CEO spent $80k on WaPo ad because 'cavemen in D.C. don't use social media'

Columbia CEO spent $80k on WaPo ad because 'cavemen in D.C. don't use social media'

The retailer's chief Tim Boyle on why he is blasting the government shutdown.

Breakfast Briefing: Trump to visit Mexican border as part of wall sales pitch

Breakfast Briefing: Trump to visit Mexican border as part of wall sales pitch

Plus: Ford's big announcements before the Detroit auto show; IBM's Michelle Peluso at CES; It's safe to eat romaine again.

Analysis

Hitting the trail: Crowded field of Democratic campaigns staffs up

Hitting the trail: Crowded field of Democratic campaigns staffs up

The campaigns looking to unseat President Trump are hiring staffers with media relations, digital, and even Instagramming skills.

Ready or not, campaign scrutiny is coming to Starbucks

Ready or not, campaign scrutiny is coming to Starbucks

A Howard Schultz candidacy could make the ubiquitous coffee chain the target of scathing attacks for the next two years.

Bold ideas + clarity + social savvy = AOC's secret sauce

Bold ideas + clarity + social savvy = AOC's secret sauce

The freshman legislator has become a phenomenon on the left and a lightning rod for the right. Now for the hard part.

Parties deadlocked over language, not policy, amid shutdown

Parties deadlocked over language, not policy, amid shutdown

Polls say Americans want border security, but Democrats and Republicans are talking about the issue very differently during the partial government shutdown.

'Facebook needs leadership reform and cannot PR its way out of lobbying mess' - experts warn

'Facebook needs leadership reform and cannot PR its way out of lobbying mess' - experts warn

Tech and crisis comms experts have warned that Facebook is no longer living up to its brand values and Mark Zuckerberg should step down as chairman and take responsibility for its latest PR disaster, rather than blaming comms.

DC Influencers

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

Jamie Hennigan VP of strategic communications at the National Association of Manufacturers on the NAM's digital campaign, #TruthOnTheTrail.

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

We're a small manufacturer and work primarily with lobbying firms or industry groups doing the lobbying. We provide a strong voice to industry associations such as the American Wind Energy Association and Distributed Wind Energy Association.

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

Alison Kanski talks to VMR's general counsel on regulation, international trade, and more.

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

John Hesse II, a consultant on law and government affairs at The McCormick Group, discusses lobbying and PR.

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.