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April 23, 2015

This morning, news broke that two hostages held captive by al Qaeda, an Italian and an American, had been killed during a U.S.-led counterterrorism operation in January of this year. The loss of any hostage comes as shock to our conscience, even at a time when that shock is more frequent than ever before. But the loss of two during an operation meant to prevent a future where those events are more common seems especially cruel.

 

A cruelty that was felt in President Obama’s statement on the tragedy this morning.

 

President Obama has a manner of speaking that is reserved, solemn, and measured, even in the wake of tragedy or scandal. And to many, it comes across as unfeeling. But the language he chose in today’s statement, I believe, erases that critique.

 

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By m+p intern Nick Friedman
 

The objective of every sports franchise is to win. Yes, winning brings eternal glory, but more importantly winning brings fans. And more fans means more money. So what should a sports team do when they’re not winning? When winning seems a long way off?
 

They need to communicate. And they need to follow these simple rules:

 

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April 13, 2015

Lee Carter joins Fox News to discuss the possibilities of a Chris Christie presidential run, and what it would take for him to throw the hat in the ring.

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April 13, 2015

With an increasing focus on diplomatic relations with Cuba coming from the Obama administration, Lee Carter sits down with Fox News to discuss the American people's support for this action.

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April 08, 2015

Oh, Seamless. You're so wonderful.  You make bags of hot, tasty food appear at my doorstep like magic.  New Yorkers adore you.  I adore you.  

 

But WHAT is this?

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By current m+p intern Paige Arthur

 

In their April 2015 issue, Bon Appétit magazine featured a Food Lover’s Guide to Weddings that included restaurant recommendations for nuptial meals, supported by punchy statements that read, “The best way to make sure your caterer doesn’t serve bone-dry chicken: Don’t hire one,” and “Lose the caterer.”

 

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April 06, 2015

Opening Day. For those who don’t follow the classic American pastime, this day will pass without much fanfare. But for the baseball fans among us, this is the day we wait for. Because Opening Day isn’t just the beginning of first pitches, warm night games, and beer and hotdogs at the park—Opening Day marks a sort of “hopes springs eternal” moment for the baseball community.

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April 03, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Los Angeles parking signs, well-known word nerd Margaret Files explains exactly why a picture can be worth a thousand words. 

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March 17, 2015

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

 

We run through 6 things communicators should really keep in mind before putting pen to paper, or mouths to mics...

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March 13, 2015

 

Some language has baggage. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reclaim language that was once derogatory and shed its negative connotations.

 

In many Western countries the term “Made in China” has come to be synonymous with low quality. The butt of jokes, and the scorn of many shoppers. Despite a range of countries across the world with a focus on low-cost large-scale manufacture, “Made in China” has shouldered the infamy. But putting on a pair of trousers today I happened to look at the tag and noticed an interesting shift...

 

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