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Mario Almonte
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.

Entries by Mario Almonte

Will The Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

(9) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 5:30 PM


Who is the real Donald Trump? Is the presumptive and wildly controversial Republican presidential nominee that we see in the news the real Donald Trump or just a masterful performer?

Is it possible that no one knows the real Donald Trump?...

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Donald Trump Unleashes the Dogs of War

(153) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 2:46 PM

For Donald Trump, this is not going to end well. What began as a lark has turned into an albatross, and he now carries around his neck the ultimate burden of a man who has turned the world against him.

Far and Away
Somewhere in America, Trump must...

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It Doesn't Matter -- Why Jeb Bush Will Win the Republican Presidential Nomination

(102) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Forget his current inability to fire up the Republican base, his low position in the polls, and his latest campaign cost-cuttings and staff reductions that analysts suggest is a sign of a troubled campaign. Forget the debates. They don't matter. Barring the revelation of a shocking personal scandal,...

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Donald Trump's Risky Road to Ruin

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Years from now, Donald Trump will think back on that brief, shining moment when the entire, mad, impossible, outrageous and astounding possibility of becoming the next president of the United States presented itself. And when, seconds later, it all began to unravel. He made the most fundamental error in judgment...

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Relax, America, Donald Trump is Not Really Running for President

(2181) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:45 PM

A funny thing happened to Donald Trump on the way to the first national debate among Republican presidential hopefuls on Fox News. He was transformed from a media-baiting court jester to a legitimate political force. In the process, he cemented his front-runner status among the crowded field of GOP candidates....

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With Same Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide, Will the Gay Community Finally Save the Institution of Marriage?

(4) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:26 AM

The high divorce rate in the United States has long been a source of great frustration to the church. It sees heterosexual marriage as the bedrock of society and exhorts its followers to stay married at any cost, but few seem to listen to the advice. With the recent Supreme...

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Barack Obama Has Left the Building

(130) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Soon after winning his second term in office, Barack Obama began to compose his exit strategy. He ran the presidential race purely with the goal of winning, espousing whatever political banalities he needed to in order to beat his rival. He no longer held any illusions about pulling the country...

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In Gun Control Controversy, Can Americans Handle the Truth?

(59) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 11:01 AM

The United States' current obsession with the question of gun control must seem absurd to the people of the Middle East, where every country is eternally embroiled in civil war or fighting off aggressive neighbors. People there clearly see the value of armed citizens protecting themselves against marauding rebels, brutal...

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Does the US Have a Moral Obligation to Save the World From Evil Men?

(25) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:27 PM

The escalating conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, and Russia's continuing threat to the stability of the Ukraine are the latest conflicts testing the United States' foreign policy. While some will always protest America's involvement in foreign wars for various reasons, others believe that the country is morally obligated...

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Will Hillary Clinton Bring Change to Washington or Politics as Usual?

(9) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:25 PM

There was something old in Hillary Clinton's official announcement for president recently. She carried in tow several old scandals -- with regards to her use of personal email to conduct government business and her role in the Benghazi attack while secretary of state. The old Hillary had been dogged by...

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The Pause That Refreshes: With the World on the Brink of Chaos, Obama Counts to 10

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:34 PM

If history ever remembers Barack Obama for anything more than being the first man of color to become U.S. President, it may be for the simple fact that, unlike many of the presidents before him, he knew when to pause. When Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons...

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For Returning American Soldiers Seeking Health Care, the Real War Begins at Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 6:52 PM

American soldiers: love 'em and leave 'em? The appalling treatment of American war veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide is not the first example of our country's often-tragic indifference to its returning war heroes.

President Obama is "madder than hell." Senator John McCain

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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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