Archive for: Mark Davis


Ronald Reagan’s Acceptance Speech Lessons for Mitt Romney

Think of the Republican National Convention as an opera: There will be a baritone accuser (Chris Christie), a comic castrati (several primary challengers come to mind), a winsome soprano (Janine Turner), and a charismatic tenor (Marco Rubio). At the end comes the finale, the aria called the nomination acceptance speech. So, what does Mitt Romney’s speech have to do to set the predicate to win in the fall, and what can he learn from Ronald Reagan?

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What Joe Arpaio’s Birther Charge Tells Us About America

An Arizona Sheriff claims to prove that President Obama’s birth certificate is a digital forgery, while the head of the Democratic National Committee accuses Republicans of conspiring to bring back Jim Crow laws. Why are partisans becoming more partisan, shrill and conspiracy-minded? Because they sense that the economic crisis will drive the country to choose between liberal and conservative solutions. The best way forward is not to demonize, but to take up the harder task of debate.

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Elizabeth Warren and What Really Makes a Native American

White House Writers Group Senior Director Mark Davis writes in US News and World Report about Elizabeth Warren’s imaginary Cherokee heritage, and his own decision not to capitalize on his Cherokee roots, and examines who should and who should not check off that “Native American” box.

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Why President Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Policy Is Dangerous

In a recent article, White House Writers Group Mark Davis takes a broad look at why President Obama’s plan to unilaterally draw down the US strategic arsenal is profoundly dangerous.

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Practices Public Affairs

Why the TSA Searches Grandmothers and Toddlers

Why does the TSA pat down grandmothers and toddlers. Does it really think they could be terrorists? Turns out, there is a reason, revealed by Mark Davis, Senior Director of WHWG, in this US News and World Report column.

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Defense Practices

A Reckless Gamble

Did you know that the United States is the only nuclear power in the world that lacks the ability to make new nuclear weapons?  This means that as the Obama Administration contemplates further deep—and unilateral reductions—in the US nuclear arsenal, we will have no ability to rebuild our forces if world conditions worsen.

In this piece, Mark Davis and Philip Hughes draw on their White House experience to suggest a “pause and plateau”–a pause in nuclear negotiations, and a plateau at current agreed-upon force levels for five years.

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By Service or Practice Defense Defense

The Nuclear Pause

Two White House Writers, G. Philip Hughes and Mark Davis, in a groundbreaking piece express concern about continuing reductions in U.S. nuclear forces in a world in which China and Russia are rapidly modernizing their forces, and proliferation is increasing. This is a special concern, since the United States is the only nuclear power in the world that has relinquished its ability to serially manufacture new nuclear weapons.  Hence, their call for a “Nuclear Pause” on new reductions agreements, and a “Plateau” in overall force levels.



Digital Services

Privacy and The Cookies Jar

Facebook is now facing a likely federal investigation following the revelation that its cookies can track users Web surfing after they logged out of the world’s most popular social networking site.  The worst outcome of such an investigation would be onerous legislation that would stifle innovation.

The call for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate, however, is a positive sign for people who care about privacy and innovation.  While the FCC is notorious for seeking to employ powers it does not statutorily possess, the FTC has a long record of judicious use of its power.  Regulation of some sort is inevitable in the privacy arena.  Best it be a one-stop shop at the FTC.

Digital Services

Facebook Tracking

Facebook is almost certainly telling the truth when it says it made an inadvertent mistake when it placed cookies on our machines that can track where we go on the Web by our unique identifier.

Facebook is also probably telling the truth when it says that has not stored or used this information.

The fact remains, what can be done, will be done.  The current privacy paradigm is simply not sustainable.

Digital Services

The Santorum Google Bomb

Politicians pass laws, but that doesn’t mean they understand them.

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is justifiably upset by a Google bomb that links searches for his name to something too disgusting to repeat here.  In demanding that Google take it down, however, Santorum does not seem to understand that all the responsibility—and liability—rests with the webmaster, not the search engine—in a law that passed when he was a member of the Senate.  (Anybody out there know how Senator Santorum voted on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act?)

Santorum, however, does strike at a point.

“I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it,” he said.  In fact, something was ‘up there’ about First Lady Michelle Obama, a truly offensive image.  Google did act against one site carrying that image, citing malware concerns, and placed an ad explaining its stance.  Technology companies will need to remain utterly consistent in how they apply these rules—and clear to the public how they operate.  Politicians need to understand the need to play by the rules they themselves have passed.

To learn more about the impact of Section 230 on Google bombs, check out my book, Digital Assassination.