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Eric Schmeltzer is a political and communications consultant in New York City . From 1999 to 2003, he was Press Secretary to New York City Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and was critically important in getting the media to write about the Environmental Protection Agency's failure to respond properly to the environmental damage caused by the fall of the World Trade Center . He left Rep. Nadler's office in 2003 to join the Howard Dean campaign for President, where he served as Press Secretary and Deputy New York State Campaign Director. Eric has been quoted in national newspapers and magazines and contributes in panel discussions on FOX News and other television outlets. He can be contacted at ericschmeltzer at earthlink dot net.

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The Thing in Trump's Taxes That Will End Him

(266) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 11:12 AM

The newest media parlor game is wondering what Donald Trump could possibly be hiding in his taxes. Could it be low charitable donations? Could it be financial support for causes conservatives hate? Could it be an evasion of taxes?

It's highly unlikely that Trump would try too hard to hide...

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Yes, the Tone of the Sanders Campaign Matters, and Yes, It's Too Ugly

(1010) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 9:02 AM

[Full Disclosure: After voting in the primary, I dropped my Democratic Party registration in 2008, over the party's unwillingness to step in and stop some ugly early attacks from the Clinton campaign on Barack Obama. Likewise, I believe that the Clinton campaign's attacks over the Auto Bailout vote...

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Bernie, Leverage, and the Ides of March

(6) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 2:30 PM

If the primaries keep going the way they've been going, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, in 2016. But, is it time for Bernie Sanders to start to think about dropping out? The answer is yes and no.

Looking ahead the next couple of weeks, there are...

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Despite D.C. Wishes, GOP Base Voters Still Want Ice Cream

(9) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 10:22 AM

Watching the D.C. establishment try to get GOP base voters back on the reservation is a lot like watching a parent trying to convince a child who is eating ice cream to take a bite of healthful food.

"How about carrots, huh? You love carrots, don't you? Take a bite...

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The Biden Decision and the Biden Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 9:43 AM

Recovering a legacy is no easy feat. Just ask Al Gore.

The most active Vice President in history, at that point, Al Gore was the point person on some of the Clinton administration's most successful efforts, like Reinventing Government, to pushing through some of its more controversial...

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The Routine-ness of the Gun Law Fight

(109) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 11:09 AM

After the 294th mass shooting of 2015 in America, President Obama pointed out the obvious yesterday.

"What's become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out. 'We need more...

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Even the Person Who Collected the Footage Carly Fiorina Says She Saw Proves She Didn't See It

(69) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Another day, another person proves that Carly Fiorina didn't see the video that she claims she saw. What's interesting is that, this time, it is the person who is responsible for collecting the very footage that Fiorina claims she viewed.

As first reported by Time's Michael Scherer, Gregg Cunningham, the...

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Fiorina Spins a New Lie, and Her Issues With Truth Look Compulsive

(691) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Late last week and over the weekend, Carly Fiorina was caught telling the same lie to FOX News' Sean Hannity, and Chris Wallace. On their shows, Fiorina maintained that even though Hewlett Packard goods were sold in Iran while she was CEO of the company, the SEC had...

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Carly Fiorina Lies to Fox, Has a Bri-Wi Problem

(1872) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 2:51 PM

Carly Fiorina has a big problem with the truth. More specifically, she has a problem with embellishing the truth, in a manner very reminiscent of disgraced NBC anchor Brian Williams.

On Friday, conservative radio host Sean Hannity asked Fiorina to explain stories that Hewlett-Packard violated in the Iran embargo, by...

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Time for the President to Switch to South Paw

(9) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:00 PM

As a native Philadelphian, there was something in the "wudder" there which makes me still relate everything in the world to the Rocky saga. And, so, as I look at the polling landscape in the presidential race, I can't help but think it's time for President Obama's campaign to switch...

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Comedians Making Their Own Way in Era of Do-It-Yourself Comedy

(7) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Tall, skinny and sporting a beard with shaggy hair, 31 year-old comedian Lee Camp resembles many of the ubiquitous young comics in the New York City comedy scene, today. But, Camp's jokes are less about Generation-Y's latest interest like Spotify, and more an unleashing of his anger at...

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It's Time for an NCAA Ombudsman

(12) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 4:20 PM

If now isn't the time for an independent investigative body to be set up by the NCAA to monitor all of its member schools, when is?

The tragedy of the alleged raping and molesting of young boys at the hands of a Penn State Football coach -- and the aftermath...

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Grassroots Comedy for SNL

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 4:15 PM

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Saturday Night Live. From the time I was a toddler, I watched the show. In 5th grade, for a class project, I did a fake ad for "Jimmy Peanut Butter," impersonating Dan Aykroyd impersonating Jimmy Carter. If that wasn't enough...

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Triangulation by Dummies

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 11:35 AM

I have one question for the White House: Who, exactly, are you going to gain support with by enacting a spending freeze that isn't exactly a spending freeze?

  • Liberals balk because it sets limits on what could be spent on important programs, while letting bloated budgets like...
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Time for Brian Westbrook to Hang Them up

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 4:25 PM

Think about it -- you're at the ripe old age of 30, and you might not be able to do the job you love to do anymore. The job that everyone said you wouldn't really succeed at. The job you literally gave blood, sweat and tears to, and proved the...

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Mr. President, You Can Act Like A Man. Yes You Can.

(6) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 5:43 PM

JOHNNY FONTAINE: I don't know what to do... I don't know what to do...
VITO CORLEONE: YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN! What's the matter with you?! Is this how you turned out? A Hollywood finocchio that ah cries like a woman? Boo hoo hoo, what can I do...

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Obama Hits The Wall

(10) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 3:30 PM

In the latest round of polling, President Obama seems to have finally hit a wall. As the excitement of his inauguration fades away, as does the relief that George W. Bush is no longer in the White House, the President's finding out what it's like to own the nation's problems....

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Conservatives: "Public Health Care Option Is The Best, But You Can't Have It"

(34) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 2:01 PM

The conservative mantra, for as far back as anyone can recall, is that the government can do no right, and the private sector can do no wrong, thanks to market principles of competition. "Government isn't the solution to our problem - Government is the problem," declared Ronald Reagan.

Well, that...

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Godspeed, GOP

(14) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 6:13 PM

The Republican Party is in shambles.

Yeah, I know. That's been kind of obvious for a while. But never was it crystallized more than in the two stories running today showing the party to be completely rudderless.

First, Adam Nagourney in the New York Times reports:

A party and...
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With Gregory, Opportunities for Meet the Press

(23) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 10:20 AM

With it all but official that NBC will choose David Gregory as the new moderator of Meet the Press, comes a tremendous opportunity to update the show, and continue to lead the field of Sunday programs. Or, the show could continue doing what it has done since Tim Russert...

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