Washington Update - February 11, 2019

Billy Moore

Last week, Congress received President Donald Trump's State of the Union address featuring partisan demands bookended by calls for bipartisanship. As he called for national unity, the President cast Democrats as obstructionists on the border wall and abortion restrictions. President Trump insists bipartisan cooperation is not possible while he is being investigated. The partisan elements of his speech overshadowed both his calls for unity and his economic success.

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Higher Education Infographic

Blaine Bull

In the last 15 years, big-name universities have built extremely valuable brands and are seeing unprecedented growth. However, in the current era of increased scrutiny, higher education faces significant public risks.

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Expert Interview: Brands are Candidates

Mike Shannon

Between politics, culture and the public, we’ve entered a brand new public square. In this public square, “brands are candidates.” What does this mean? In our new expert interview series, Vianovo partner Mike Shannon explains how “brands are candidates” and shares more about the advice we give our clients on how to succeed in this new public square.

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How Starbucks Calmed a Brewing Crisis

Mike Shannon

Starbucks recently put on a crisis management clinic after a social media post showed two African-American men being arrested for no apparent reason at one of their Philadelphia stores on Thursday April 12. The coffee giant moved with incredible speed and took decisive action.