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I'm Kinda Sorry: Hillary's Plays on Her Emailing Ways

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Instead of running at the revelations of her private email service, she preferred to finesse the foment with signature testing, freezing and diverting strategies.

Influence Abuse: Trust, Truth and Games of Gotcha

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.28.2015 | Media
Alan Kelly

Is it time for the spin police?  Sitting in the theaters of entertainment, politics and business, one wonders if practitioners of influence are abusing their tradecraft and the trust of their markets.  One wonders then if they'll self-correct or be market-corrected.

Memo to Howard Kurtz: Scott and Jeb Say It's Time to Play

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Okay, so media critic Howard Kurtz doesn't want us to talk about 2016. But the problem is that a couple dozen Republican hopefuls do... and they're running plays that merit our attention.

Sailboat Racing: Plays We Run on and Off The Water

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.12.2015 | Sports
Alan Kelly

I love sailboat racing. It's an obscure and little-understood sport -- my secret connection to wind, water and a cherished community of irreverent frenemies. My boat is an Etchells, a complex, 30-foot design that's raced by club amateurs like me and Olympian and America's Cup athletes alike.

Obamalaw: Schumer's Bait and the President's Fiat Keep GOP Off Balance

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

To many Americans, the process of proposing, passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act has amounted to a game of political power and survival. This week hardened that perception as one senator and one president ran plays to breath life into Obamacare.

Nightmare on Clinton Street? Elizabeth Warren Makes Her Play for 2016

Alan Kelly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Alan Kelly

Who or what is behind The New Republic's piece, "Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren," is politi...

The Strategy of Restraint: Obama's Discipline Trips and Traps Rivals

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

From subtle suggestions to diversionary rhetoric to preemptive flourishes, there is, save for Bill Clinton, no other president of the modern era better adapted to the art and science of influence and strategy.