Washington Update - May 21, 2018

Billy Moore

Last week, retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan bet that Freedom Caucus conservatives would fold on their demands for a vote on immigration legislation before they would support a partisan farm bill restricting food assistance. Ryan lost the bet and the bill failed, generating uncertainty about his leadership of House Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell engineered the confirmation of four more circuit court judges and the Director of Central Intelligence.

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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.

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Vianovo Launches ‘Philanthropy & Causes’ Practice

Vianovo, a strategic advisory firm that specializes in high-stakes brand, policy and crisis issues, today announced the formation of a Philanthropy & Causes consulting practice. The new practice formalizes and builds upon the firm’s pioneering work with some the world’s most well known philanthropies, foundations, charities, and causes.

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5 Crisis Concepts Every CEO Should Know

Mike Shannon

The Vianovo team has counseled CEOs, management teams, boards, and public figures through some of this century’s most intense public crises and biggest reputational threats. Along the way, we’ve found five basic concepts invaluable as our clients prepare for and respond to crises.

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James Comey fails to follow Justice Department rules yet again

Matthew Miller

FBI Director James B. Comey’s stunning announcement that he has directed investigators to begin reviewing new evidence in the Clinton email investigation was yet another troubling violation of long-standing Justice Department rules or precedent, conduct that raises serious questions about his judgment and ability to serve as the nation’s chief investigative official.