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Mario Almonte
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Mario Almonte is a partner at a New York-based public relations firm, where he designs global strategies and manages reputations for a wide range of clients.

Drawing upon 20 years of experience in the trenches, his broad knowledge and insights into the media and modern culture have also earned him a national reputation as a writer and spokesperson on social, political, business, and pop culture issues. He has been quoted in almost every major newspaper in the country on topics that span the Presidential race to American Idol – and everything in between.

He is a graduate of St. John's University.

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Do Selfies Signal the Arrival of the Most Spoiled Generation in History?

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 3:36 PM

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Americans will have spent an average of $220,000 raising a child born in the year 2000 to their 18th birthday -- and that could make them the most spoiled and pampered generation of teenagers in history. This has ominous implications....

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What Went Wrong With the Promises of the Barack Obama Presidency

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:15 AM

When Barack Obama and Michelle walked down the street in Washington after his inauguration in 2009, waving to the jubilant crowds, he really did represent hope and change for America. He brought to a close the gloomy years of a George W. Bush presidency that was marred by futile and...

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Is Anthony Weiner to Blame for the Media Circus in the New York City Mayoral Race?

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:15 PM

It seems that the biggest criticism political rivals, analysts and mortified Democratic Party leaders can level against a defiant Anthony Weiner for continuing to run for mayor is that his presence is turning the race into a media circus -- but who is to blame for that? Weiner isn't the...

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Despite Latest Sex Scandal, Anthony Weiner Can Still Win NYC Mayoral Election

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 11:40 AM

It bodes well for Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign that the biggest reaction to his latest sexting scandal was amusement over his online pseudonym, "Carlos Danger." Then, during his hastily called press conference to announce that he was staying in the race, Weiner's mea culpa made less news than the gray-haired...

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Everyone Loves a Weiner: Why Anthony Weiner Will Be the Next Mayor of New York

(24) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Make all the jokes you want. The next mayor of New York City will be Anthony Weiner. The current crop of mayoral candidates is so mediocre that, until Weiner's entry last week, Election Day was on its way to attracting one of the lowest voter turnouts in history. With the...

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Robin Quivers: The Incredible Thinking Woman

(31) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Every so often on The Howard Stern Show, a guest being interviewed will suddenly exclaim, "Oh, hi, Robin! I didn't know you were there." Stern's long-time broadcast partner, Robin Quivers has traditionally sat inside an isolated booth in the studio across from Stern, and so was not always visible to...

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Lessons Learned From New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Time in Office

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:50 PM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg often likes to quote former mayor John Lindsay, who called being mayor of New York "the second toughest job in America." Coming to the end of his third term in office, Bloomberg might now call being mayor the toughest job he's ever had, and...

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The Debates Don't Matter, The Polls Don't Matter. Obama Will Win the Election

(6) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 4:28 PM

Take a deep breath everyone. Obama will be in the White House for four more years. While Obama's lackluster performance in his first debate lit a fire under the dispirited Republican base, it didn't change any voter's mind. It merely got them to make a lot of noise. The presidential...

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Can We All Just Get a Grip About Barack Obama's Poor Showing in the Debate?

(43) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 9:58 AM

You would think we had just been witness to the second Hindenburg disaster, the way the political establishment has carried on about Barack Obama's less-than-stellar performance in last week's presidential debate against Mitt Romney. Obama was relatively passive in responding to Romney's manic jabs at his record; with Romney engaging,...

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Mitt Romney Won the Debate, so Why Won't He Win the Election?

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 1:28 PM

Few were predicting that Mitt Romney would win the first presidential debate against Barack Obama, but apparently he did. It's throwing many politically pundits who were already writing him off for a loop. Like pigeons roosting peacefully on the lawn, they were startled by the loud noise and are now...

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Mitt Romney Flap Over the 47 Percenters Proved Sarah Palin Was Right About the "Lamestream Media"

(31) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 11:01 AM

The old adage goes that even a broken clock is right twice a day, and the same can be said for Sarah Palin, who, in her frantic efforts to escape the hounding of the press, actually got it right when she snarled her disdain for the "lamestream media."

The...

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Hard Luck Mitt Romney Can't Get No Respect

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 5:03 PM

If there is a man in politics right now who can't seem to get no respect, it has to be Mitt Romney. He is very much like the weak and skinny kid at the beach, who keeps getting sand kicked in his face by the boorish jock. Every time he...

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Wall Street Journal Squanders Historic Opportunity For Honesty in Mitt Romney Editorial

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 2:25 PM

The Wall Street Journal's assertion last week that Mitt Romney is "squandering an historic opportunity" to defeat Barack Obama is a classic example of why traditional media is failing its audiences and the new generation of bloggers and satirists like Jon Stewart and Bill Maher are dominating the...

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Could Michelle Obama Be the First Woman President in 2020?

(19) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 1:45 PM

There was a very real moment during Hillary Clinton's run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, before she yielded to Barack Obama, when she could have taken it all to the White House herself to become the first woman president. However, with Obama the de facto Democratic presidential nominee...

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For Newt Gingrich, the Morning After the Florida Primary Brings a Bitter Pill to Swallow

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 11:55 AM

If Mitt Romney was ever worried about Newt Gingrich's momentary resurgence as a popular GOP presidential candidate, he shouldn't have been. As many polls now indicate, the sun will come out tomorrow for Romney in the Sunshine State, with a solid victory over Gingrich that will give him the permanent...

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Mitt Romney Will Win the GOP Presidential Nomination - Maybe Even Be President

(11) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 10:05 AM

Even while many polls show Newt Gingrich ahead of the pack among GOP Presidential hopefuls, barring the revelation of a love child, it is very likely that Mitt Romney will ultimately win the nomination. The reason is simple. He is the most boring, and that makes him the safest and...

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Occupy Wall Street's Failure to Launch

(45) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 11:21 AM

Like a loud and mighty rocket with insufficient power to break free of the earth's gravitational pull, Occupy Wall Street struggles to reach escape velocity, but keeps falling back to earth. The reason, ironically, is on the movement's own "unofficial" website, where it defines itself as a leaderless...

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The Question for John Lennon's 71st Birthday: Did Yoko Ono Really Break Up the Beatles?

(14) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 7:17 PM

In the annals of American pop music, no human being is more passionately hated by critics and fans alike than Yoko Ono, wife of the late Beatles John Lennon. More than 40 years after the band's break-up, she continues to draw the kind of venomous and...

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In the Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case, Whose Rape Is It Anyway?

(16) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 5:02 PM

If you're a woman, the abrupt dismissal of all rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has got to frighten you a little. The implications seem to be that it is illegal to rape an honest woman, but it's okay to rape a woman who has credibility issues.

Writing for the

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Should a Sexual Scandal Sink a Political Career?

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 12:10 PM

The Anthony Weiner sex scandal reveals why American politics is riddled with mediocrity. We live in a society so obsessed with uncovering the secret lives of public figures -- and holding them to absurdly unrealistic moral standards -- that only the naïvely optimistic, the mediocre, the hypocrite, the criminal or...

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