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Michelle Kraus
Dr. Michelle Kraus is a veteran of the political blogging community writing on regulatory and political issues concerning the economy, environment, social change, innovation and technology. She pioneered the earliest social network and platform for politics, and is often referred to as a “Ninja” working behind the scenes to build communities, craft messaging and reach out to activists with new and innovative technologies. Covering the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007, Dr. Michelle started the “quiet voices” series illuminating the monumental work of many of the participants across the globe who are quietly affecting change in health care and poverty alleviation. Invited to help with the grassroots outreach for the Dali Lama and the human rights community, she has covered the initiatives at

Dr. Kraus is a noted political strategist, technology executive and expert witness on social networks. Through her global consulting practice – Technology & Politics, she leverages new media and crisis management together with new technologies. Her work provides her with a rare and invaluable insight into the intersections of regulation, policy and technology. She is an experienced Internet executive who has built large companies, created profitable divisions within large companies and founded start-up ventures. She holds a doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University, a MA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Rutgers University (Douglass College). Michelle was the curator of all things Allen Ginsberg, has published two books, and written for many news outlets and publications. She speaks nationally on politics, technology and innovation.

Entries by Michelle Kraus

The Video (YouTube) Revolution in Politics

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 11:48 AM

Yes, there certainly is a whole different political campaign happening via online video advertising for the 2016 presidential candidates. These video campaigns matter for the candidates because they yield rich data about demographics, viewership and engagement. Over 100M people watch at least one online video per day on...

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Mandate Gun Safety Laws Now

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Pray loudly and pray often for the people of Charleston. Again in America, families have been torn asunder as innocent people were slaughtered. It's been kids, movie goers, people shopping, people living their lives and now church attendees -- all killed by gun in 21st century America. It's unfathomable and...

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The Odd Couple: Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban

(9) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Strange bedfellows (Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban) are dancing together to combat the BDS movement on America's college campuses. Hallelujah! This movement is probably one of the most insidious and well-funded efforts to bring anti-Semitism to best and brightest of this generation in America. Students are being badgered...

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Hillary Clinton Redefines Retail Politics Over Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Hillary's announcement numbers were revolutionary. They literally redefined the standards for digital politics and came close to rock star status. She launched over YouTube and her campaign website, and then took to Twitter with "I'm running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion....

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Hillary's Blackberry and 2016

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:08 PM

Humor me because you know that anyone over 50 knows that the trusty Blackberry with its keyboard makes life so much better. Yes, it is so and after a drink or two -- you can probably get folks to admit it. Because writing emails while typing on glass is horrendous...

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High-Stakes Netanyahu Speech

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 3:03 PM

What was the real deal with the Benjamin Netanyahu speech this week? It seems that Speaker John Boehner might have been set up by his own party. In fact, he may have been held out to dry by the proverbial right wing of the Republican Party to deliver...

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It May Be Speaker John Boehner and the GOP That Do Not Love America

(753) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 11:56 PM

Rudy, oh dear Mr. Former Mayor, it seems that that you got it all wrong when you accused the president of not loving America. It's so hard to watch you spout such stuff because you were such a respected man. In fact, you were one of the icons that had...

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Hillary Is Ready and So Are the Women of Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:37 PM

You know it's always fascinating to watch the beginning of the next really big thing. Well, that's what it was like at the Watermark's inaugural Lead On Conference today when Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, took the stage.

To put it into perspective, the number of attendees,...

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Images Matter: ISIL Knew That

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Big, bold images of barbarism are shocking and shaking our civilization to its very core with the third brutal beheading and murder by ISIL of three: two US journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and now humanitarian British worker David Haines. CNN, this was not an execution, but rather an act...

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Everybody Has an Opinion v.2.0

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:44 AM

It seems like everybody has an opinion on world affairs and what this President should or should not do even today on the Sunday morning political shows . Arm chair diplomats seem to be everywhere. In fact, every Tom, Dick and Harry is now an expert on Syria, Iraq, Iran,...

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America Is Nervous -- We Must Lay Down Our Arms

(180) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 1:41 PM

There are far too many loose guns floating around the United States of America. What are we doing? This is not the world our forefathers conceived when they wrote the Second Amendment. Violence begets violence, and with no reasonable measures for arms control, our country is rapidly becoming...

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The Tipping Point for Obama

(154) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Abandoned by his base and set adrift, the President trudges forward. He is weary, beleaguered, and beset with problems of the ages that span the Holy Land to the Cold War of Russia on to Iraq and back again to this country. Race relations may have cracked open with the...

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Audacious Barack Obama

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:46 PM

The president has a lot of nerve to actually run the country while the GOP harms millions of people shutting down the U.S. government. The reality is that the press is not helping by paying far too much attention to the ilk of Senator Ted Cruz; rather than the brilliance...

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Twitter Comes of Age in America

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Twitter came of age in America this week. The citizen journalists of twitter far surpassed the real time coverage of cable television of the events during the Boston and Watertown siege. Those like @michaelskolnick, @diggaduh, @wesleylowery, @sethmnookin, and many others too numerous to name, rocked. They were individually and collaboratively...

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Why Are Liberals Falling Down the Rabbit Hole?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Why are liberals falling down the rabbit hole? Oh woe is me, bemoan liberals far and wide across this country. The president is not doing this or that. He's obviously abandoned them, and doesn't love them anymore. In fact, he's left them downtrodden and wailing into the night with no...

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Gender Equality Comes of Age in Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:49 PM

Doesn't anyone get why CEO Marissa Mayer put the kibosh on telecommuting right now at Yahoo? It wasn't discrimination folks. You see when you're in the middle of a huge, nasty turnaround and trying to change the culture of a company -- people need to show up at...

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Hope and Change Rise From the Ashes of Sandy Hook

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 6:33 PM

Killing children broke something fundamental in our culture. Babies and guns do not belong in the same sentence. Guns must never again be used to kill children. Many have asked if we have waited too long for action, the answer is simply no. The slaughter of children sparked an unprecedented...

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Is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the One Being Groomed for 2016?

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 5:51 PM

It's easy to see why Governor Christie may be on a test drive for 2016, and not just the warm up act for icy GOP 2012 presidential frontrunner, Mitt Romney. In fact, Christie may have that rare mixture of smarts and down home charm -- all wrapped up in an...

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Misogyny Wars

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 2:49 PM

Is our American culture so immersed in the sickness of misogyny that it can't see the forest from the trees with the GOP? Men, or anyone else without female apparatus, do not get to make decisions about women's bodies. Reproductive rights are an issue of health care plain and simple....

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The Newt/Huntsman Thing: Is It a Marriage of Convenience?

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 5:25 PM

Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman definitely have a thing going on. The quintessential question is whether this affair will last, and become a long-term marriage of convenience. This pair may be simpatico in some very important ways, particularly foreign affairs regarding Israel, Iran and China. After...

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