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Melania Trump Plagiarism ‘Mistake’

Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, took centre stage on the first day of the Republican National Convention but faced accusations that a portion of her speech plagiarised Michelle Obama.

Commentators noticed similarities with Mrs Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

White House Writers Group’s Senior Director Anneke Greene gives her take. Listen to the full interview here.

Perspectives

Landrieu’s Last Hurrah

Republicans controlling both houses will undoubtedly change the dynamic of the next Congress, but the GOP’s new majority has already shaken up the status quo. Recent political movements on the stagnant issue of approval for the Keystone XL pipeline show the 114th Congress may be more interesting to watch than the new season of “Downton Abbey.”

Read the entire piece here. 

Perspectives

Obama’s Fairway Fist-Bump Is In Good Company

Reacting in horror to journalist James Foley’s death at the hand of Islamic murderers was one of this summer’s bipartisan moments. A similarly party-blind reaction occurred to President Barack Obama’s hitting the links minutes after delivering a statement about the murder. Democrats and Republicans alike were stunned to see pictures of the president’s fairway fist-bumps, no matter the optics of such nonchalance.

Read the entire piece here. 

Practices

Drone memo author doesn’t understand justice

The Senate is expected to vote on Thursday, after a Wednesday procedural vote, on the nomination of David Barron to the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Barron is known infamously as the author of secret Department of Justice (DOJ) drone memos used by President Obama to justify the extrajudicial killing of American citizens overseas.

In fulfillment of Obama’s frequently expressed wish for greater bipartisanship, a righteous coalition led by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., and a few Senate democrats propped up by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are working to stop Barron’s unmerited promotion.

Read the full piece here.

Public Affairs

Rand’s Stand

In a piece for U.S. News, senior director Anneke E. Green discussed Republican reactions to Senator Paul’s filibuster:

Wednesday night in Washington was a big one for the future of the Republican Party. At the Capitol building, Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, was filibustering the nomination of John Brennan as director of the CIA. At the swanky Jefferson Hotel, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was convening a dinner with President Barack Obama and 12 other Republican senators. These simultaneous events revealed while elephants are no closer to resolving their party-wide identity crisis, there is a way forward.

Read the full piece here.

Perspectives Public Affairs

Sequestration

In a piece for U.S. News, senior director Anneke E. Green explored some of the history behind the sequester deal:

Sequestration is slated to hit March 1. The automatic cuts in government spending will save $1.2 trillion over 10 years. President Obama has asked Congress for a new deal. The White House says the sequester is a threat to the middle class. They were whistling a different tune less than two years ago.

In a speech last week, Mr. Obama talked about the “the economically damaging effects of the sequester” with a straight face. Nowhere in his remarks did he acknowledge that the impending spending cuts package was his idea from the start.

Read the full piece here.