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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, crisis manager and technology executive. 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

Images Matter: ISIL Knew That

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 3:16 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 | 11:44 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

(182) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:41 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 | 1:32 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 | 3:46 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 | 12:21 PM

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 | 2:33 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 | 2:49 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 | 7:33 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 | 6:51 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 | 3:49 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 | 6:25 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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Liberals Our Affair With Jon Huntsman Is Over

(17) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Liberals, the love affair with former Governor Jon Huntsman is finally over. Kaput once and for all after he showed his true colors yesterday during a speech debunking global warming at the Heritage Foundation. Many liberals were willing to overlook all of his foibles to forsake President Obama....

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Republicans: War Is Not the Answer

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 2:52 PM

After all we spent on the war in Iraq, in money and lost lives, haven't the Republicans figured out - that war is not the answer? They simply cannot jumpstart the economy on the back of a new war. No, no, no. There is no money left, the military is...

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The Implosion of the Republican Party 2012

(258) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 1:14 PM

Newt has the Tiffany lifestyle problem, Romney the liberal issue and Herman the blonde bombshell syndrome. If only the genie had stayed in the bottle, there certainly would have been a Romney/Cain business ticket for the Republican nomination for President in 2012. It would...

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Romancing American Jews for 2012

(14) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 12:23 PM

The GOP is yet again manipulating the American Jewish vote for the upcoming election. It sure feels like the mighty hand of mythmaker, Frank Luntz, working in stealth behind the scenes because this community is ripe to be played like a violin. Just as the Republicans did in the 2004...

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It's a Really Bad Time to Be Middle Class in America

(5) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 4:16 PM

It's a really bad time to even be middle class in this country, and forget about being poor. The only way to be protected is to be very wealthy: then you are guaranteed that your house is safe, your medical care is covered, and your children will have a future....

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Shutting Off the Internet Was the Wrong Thing to Do

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 8:39 PM

Egypt may have made their single biggest strategic blunder by attempting to shut down the Internet and cell networks. Indeed, by doing so they may have sealed their destiny. Yeah, yeah, yeah of course Facebook and Twitter are organizing tools for crowd sourcing. But so what! Let them come out...

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A Whole New Generation of Revolutionaries: WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

(8) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 2:28 PM

WikiLeaks raises some of the most poignant questions of our time about the power of cyber warfare, the role of hackers, and the future of the Internet. It is not a coincidence that Madame Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has created a whole new effort to explore and...

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WikiLeaks: Hackers, Heroes or Good Business Men

(16) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 4:16 PM

WikiLeaks' self-acclaimed leader, Julian Assange is the new rebel with a cause, and a computer. In fact, he might be a geek gone wild, a techno-hero hacker, or just the smartest, damn businessman we've ever encountered. You know, he could have been the next Mark Zuckerberg. Yes, think...

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