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Beyond the Front Page

Beyond the Front Page is a weekly summary of facts and figured, broadly focused on U.S. and international economic issues.

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Joshua Gilder

One of the founding directors of the White House Writers Group, Joshua Gilder served President Reagan as a senior speechwriter from early 1985 until mid-1988.

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Mike Burita

Mike has twenty years of public relations experience specializing in message development and earned media strategies, industry communications, branding campaigns and client product launches.

WHWG Perspectives

 The New Assault on American Corporations

In March 2010, the White House Writers Group along with Bloomberg, The Torrenzano Group, and CED held a Bloomberg Boards & Risk Briefing in New York City on changes to proxy rules that will have a tremendous impact on American corporations.

It was a half-day briefing on these new developments and what information, strategies, and techniques executives need to address them. There were discussions and presentations with leading experts in corporate governance, law, public policy, strategic communications, and investor relations.

Issue Overview

The regulatory reach of Washington is pulling together a qualitatively different kind of economy for America. The alphabet agencies – from the FCC to the FTC – are fighting with gusto and attacking with new and complex regulatory issues.

The SEC is preparing new access-to-the-proxy rules while legislators propose rules on “say-on-pay,” additional powers for financial regulators, as well as new legislative proposals on corporate governance and non-shareholder rights. The EPA is reversing judgments, thereby initiating sweeping reviews of scientific issues believed long settled.

At the individual company level, activists, unions, and special interest groups are skillfully using new technologies to drive their narrow agendas, affect board voting, and disrupt annual meetings.

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Behind Washington’s Closed Doors: What Will Happen Next?

Clark S. Judge, Managing Director, White House Writers Group

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Visit to a Country of Ghosts

I spent September’s last full week in Budapest, capital of Hungary. Sharing a border with Ukraine, the former Warsaw Pact country is now member of the European Union and NATO. For the United States, it is a strategic country that has become, thanks to Russian president Vladimir Putin, a tense region.

Over four days, I met with senior political figures and their advisors, college professors, entrepreneurs and journalists and posed questions to an astute British expatriate who was my guide. I also delivered lectures at three universities.

Read the entire piece here.

Hong Kong protests haunted by Tiananmen ghosts

The streets of Hong Kong are bursting with tens of thousands of protestors demanding more democratic rights. Security forces are responding with tear gas and billy clubs. Assistant Police Commissioner Cheung Tak-keung described this government reaction as “minimum force,” but ghosts of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 haunt as a reminder of Beijing’s attitude when pushed to liberalize by its own citizens.

The crackdown from 25 years ago represents what the current showdown is all about. There is a lot of discussion about the “new China” and how the administrations of President Xi Jinping and his predecessor Hu Jintao have taken big steps to modernize the country. But the question remains: Is China any closer to substantive political reform? 

Read the entire piece here.