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Mike Smith is the owner of Michael Smith Business Development (MSBD), Inc., a northern Virginia-based consultancy focused on assisting companies primarily in the technology sector with marketing, sales channel development, communications, funding acquisition and investment strategies. Presently, he is working with the Nielsen Company on a new media research launch. Prior to founding his own firm, Smith was Executive VP for Euro RSCG Advertising/PR and GM of its Washington office. He has 25 years of experience at companies like Dow Chemical Co., agencies including Edelman and Burson-Marsteller and associations such as the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Preventative Breast Cancer Mastectomy Is Not a Panacea

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:26 AM

International Breast Surgeons Applaud Angelina Jolie Honesty

Among the most controversial decisions in surgery today may well be whether patients should request and doctors should (or not) perform mastectomy on the healthy breast. Today's top international breast surgeons do agree on several things: Patients must consult the geneticist, the oncologist...

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McCurry Divinely Inspired, Says Hillary Won't Run

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 2:30 AM

Mike McCurry Knows Politics.

He learned at the knee of the Master, Bill Clinton, as his press secretary in the early 1990s. Last week, he told a rapt audience at a private dinner at the National Press Club he did not believe Hillary Clinton has made a decision to...

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A Conversation With Soledad O'Brien of CNN and Starfish Media

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:12 PM

I sat down last week with Soledad O'Brien to talk about storytelling, race and her seminal series Black in America. She also talked about her media company Starfish Media Group in New York and she and her husband Brad's foundation dedicated to helping people of color and empowering young women....

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Ad Researchers are Rethinking Their Role

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:15 AM

From where do we draw inspiration? Some say creative development in advertising is intuition or a gut feeling. Others may say it's an insight provided by research and subject matter knowledge. Is it art or science?

Last week at the Advertising Research Foundation conference in New York, it was...

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ACA Impact on the Midterms: Hart & McInturff Weigh-In

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Peter Hart, chairman of Peter D. Hart Research and Bill McInturff, CEO of Public Opinion Strategies, held court at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington on what Obamacare means for the midterm elections

Speaking to the health care industry, the Washington insiders showed sentiments evenly split by party with "undecided" or...

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Crotty's Kids Right of Passage at SXSW Education Film Fest

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Crotty's Kids, debuting this week March 5 at the Alamo Drafthouse at the South by Southwest (SXSW) confab in Austin, TX, is both a documentary film and an entertaining and educational "coming of age" film.

The movie, written and produced by James Marshall Crotty, follows the...

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Healthcare Technology and Hillary -- It Takes a Village

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Hillary. That's what people are going to be talking about in healthcare this week. She will make a statement on Wednesday evening in Orlando. On the national stage as a potential Democratic Party nominee for President, she's the buzz. As Obamacare becomes a reality both through federal and state exchanges...

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Time to Stop the 'Cold' War at Winter Games

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:44 AM

Olympics and Politics

Is it time to crawl under my desk yet? Like the ice and snow in Sochi, can't we have a thawing of our relationship with Russia? The continued undermining of the Sochi Games and trying to miscast Putin's Olympics as a $50 billion ego trip really needs...

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Big Ten's Greatest Season Captured in Fourth and Long

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 1:56 PM

"There are more than a few Rudys in this book," author John Bacon told me in the Press Box at Ryan Field in Evanston last month. He is referring, of course, to Rudy Ruettiger, the Notre Dame walk-on who made good. Matt McGloin, QB of Penn State and now starting...

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Something Old Is New Again: Hot TechCrunch

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 6:52 PM

Start-ups do best when there is an established market and people already have expressed a need.

What seemed to be the overarching theme at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York this month? Some ideas are ready to go to market and some are still inspirations on the back of...

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Medill Energy Report Sparks Debate

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:19 PM

Energy reporters need to understand science

You don't expect a donnybrook when a university like Northwestern releases a White Paper. Yet oh what fun it was to watch a liberal-minded geochemist mix it up with an American Petroleum Institute (API) spokeswoman last week at the Press Club in Washington.

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Central Park Five Is a PBS & WETA "Must Watch" Doc

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 10:35 PM

Ken Burns and Sarah Burns Collaborate to Make "Wilding" Documentary

Ken Burns is a story-teller. His new documentary PBS film which debuted this week, The Central Park Five, is really a retrospective on the case of Trisha Meili, brutally raped near the Reservoir in the 875-acre...

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Sequestering the Parks

(5) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Whether or not the Obama administration is putting pressure on Congress for a sweeping budget deal by closing White House tours and curtailing the popular Cherry Blossom Festival here this week (cuts of $1.6 million) in Washington, the Grand Bargain negotiations ain't such a great deal for the National Parks'...

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Does the Chesapeake Bay Need Savin'?

(3) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 9:54 AM

President's Executive Order Protects Bay Budget, EPA Progress Report Issued for Comment

The rockfish are running again in the Chesapeake Bay, the 64,000-mile estuary that encompasses six states and Washington, DC. The indigenous blue crab, a staple of our diet here in the Mid-Atlantic, are plentiful enough that crabbers can...

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Complacency in AIDS Fundraising?

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Dancers Find their Voice at DRA Broadway Cares Event

The "Dance from the Heart" event in New York this week, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was a triumph of individual and troupe artistry. It was also a call to arms among the dramatic arts community to continue to...

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Visiting Hours Are Over!

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 11:32 AM

At first, I was not sure Jennifer Anne Moses had the right to write this book! She comes, as far as we know, from neither the drug addict side of "living the life," nor the disease side of AIDS. So as I tried to suspend my disbelief, I was compelled...

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Michael Steele -- 'GOP Not Ready for Folks Like Me'

(13) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 11:49 PM

Dapper and distinguished with more gray at the temples than when he was on the national stage as chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele warned of internecine battles and the GOP still missing the point on inclusion. He's resolved his hurt over being summarily dismissed by his own...

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Twitter Did Not Foment the Arab Spring

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2012 | 7:56 PM

Twitter Founder Biz Stone says 'All Social Media is Political.'

One of the best marketers I know who runs major U.S. Technology conferences from her offices in London and San Francisco said: "Tell Biz Stone to get back to the humble, inventive guy he used to be. He cannot take...

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The Politics of Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 8:09 AM

NCI Director Varmus Tearing Down the Walls

My sister Laura Ann died of pancreatic cancer six months ago at age 50. She had been a longtime editor at McGraw Hill, an old-movie buff (Judy Garland) and Washingtonian. Her diagnosis was 15 years ago and her life greatly extended by Whipple...

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Taking a Page from Clarence Page

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 4:31 PM

Syndicated Columnist Clarence Page at the DNC Convention

Clarence Page was a bit wistful as we shared a Starbucks in Charlotte. We talked about the Weather Underground and the Bill Ayers drama of the 2008 campaign; Page telling me that he and Ayers were in Grant Park in proximity during...

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