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Brent Budowsky
Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left government in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management. He can be reached at

Entries by Brent Budowsky

Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:20 AM

Rarely do a man, moment, mission and election come together as perfectly as the opportunity for Bill Clinton to save the Democratic Party in the 2014 midterm elections.

Similarly for Democrats, there is an urgent need for President Obama to clearly understand the damage he is doing to his party...

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Clinton Repeats '08 Mistake

(6) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:37 PM

I am a progressive populist who strongly supports Hillary Clinton for president. But I must admit, the most memorable aspect of Clinton's carefully orchestrated book tour for Hard Choices could be the discussion about whether she is fully in tune with the temper of our times on matters of wealth...

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Clinton-Warren for Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 11:13 AM

In our season of political discontent, an enterprising pollster should run numbers for a potential ticket of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as the ultimate team of transforming change for voters who want to end business as usual in Washington.

I predict that,...

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VA Scandal Is Bipartisan

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:19 PM

If even one American veteran has died because of inadequate treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki owe veterans an apology. Virtually all members and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress owe veterans an apology. The media owes veterans...

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Rove, Benghazi Lift Dems

(68) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:41 PM

With the Republican brand mired in vast public disapproval, Democrats hungry to inspire voter turnout in November, and Americans yearning for a higher standard of politics, Karl Rove suggesting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffers from brain damage was a Christmas gift to Democrats in May.

Let me count...

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Clinton Can Win 45 States

(13) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:40 PM

The GOP's Benghazi disease has metastasized into yet another committee in the Republican House of Inquisitions, seeking to waste taxpayer money in yet another failed effort to exploit the death of Americans and prosecute yet another witch hunt against Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has answered. In her most important and profound...

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Kerry as Churchill

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Looking across the landscape of world affairs, from sectarian carnage to Middle East instability, from climate change that threatens the earth to a Russian dictator who threatens security in Europe, from the bellicosity of China to nuclear issues with North Korea and Iran, if there is a Winston Churchill of...

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Elizabeth Warren's Moment

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Shortly after she was nominated by Massachusetts Democrats to run for the Senate seat once held by the indescribably missed Edward Kennedy, Elizabeth Warren pulled out her cellphone and listened to a voicemail recording from Kennedy, which she saved for inspiration, about the consumer protection agency they battled together to...

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How Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Can Boost Obamacare

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:17 AM

On March 31, the enrollment period for Obamacare will end, hopefully with nearly 6 million customers signed up. On April 1, President Obama should announce the enrollment period will be extended for three months and begin the largest marketing campaign in the history of healthcare with a mobilization of the...

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Obama Endangers Dems

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:52 PM

As Democrats smart from the loss of a special election in Florida because of the unpopularity of President Obama, the CIA under his administration is accused of spying on the Intelligence Committee of a Democratic Senate, and a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds disapproval of the president among Democrats...

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Hillary Clinton Right About Putin and Hitler

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:24 AM

Standing ovation for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for speaking truth to power on the matter of Vladimir Putin using a tactic today similar to one used by Adolf Hitler prior to the Second World War, when Hitler falsely claimed he was protecting German ethnic nationals in neighboring nations...

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Bill Clinton's Rescue Ride

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in The Natural and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

In politics, the trick is to know the difference between the noise and the...

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Jimmy Fallon Should Book Russian Protest Punk Rock Group Pussy Riot on the Tonight Show

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Something extraordinary happened at the Sochi Olympics this week. The courageous women of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot were beaten and whipped while they protested against Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympics. I wrote about Putin in my recent column in The Hill,...

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Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:50 PM

On great matters of income inequality and social justice for what is called the 99 percent, a new star is born from the streets of New York, who has lifted the spirits of progressives everywhere. The election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City creates a powerful...

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Boehner Invites Hispanic Wave To Vote Democratic in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), taking the latest in his series of twisting and turning positions on immigration reform -- which he was against before he was for, which he is now against this year but for next year -- has fallen into the kind of trap I warned about in...

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The GOP Benghazi Disease

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:54 PM

The Republican Party is widely viewed by voters as offering little except a fanatic personal and partisan antipathy toward President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as obsessive compulsions about Benghazi and Obamacare, without any credible message about how life for Americans might improve if more...

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2014 Warning to Dems

(19) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Midterm elections are won by the party that turns out its base and lost by the party that does not. Democrats have an inherent disadvantage in midterm elections because of a historically lower turnout of blacks, Hispanics and young voters compared to turnout in presidential elections.

Today, the range of...

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Hillary and Pope Francis

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Let me interrupt the coronation. Hillary Clinton did not have a good political year in 2013. And there are warning signs that she may be repeating her mistakes of 2008.

I am a strong supporter of Clinton, but throughout 2013 her favorability rating fell considerably. She has been largely silent...

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Bill de Blasio, the FDR of New York

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:54 PM

As I suggested in my last column, there is a resurgent progressive populism in America, and the latest example is the election of Bill de Blasio as the man who will be the FDR mayor of New York.

If President Obama blew it by abandoning true progressive populism,...

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Third Way Attacks Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio, and Should Disclose Bank Donations

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 5:17 PM

The "think tank" Third Way, who I referred to as a Democratic "pretender" in my recent column in The Hill, wrote an oped for the Wall Street Journal that attacked progressive economic populism and attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio yet refuses...

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