In an article (which draws from Disinfopedia and echoes Banana Republicans) anticipating the Republican Party's "72-hour plan" before the election, Joshua Holland writes, "Public relations firms like [Richard] Viguerie's have played an important and growing role in the popular conservative movement - you might call
"A bipartisan deployment of lawyers and legal challenges in the run-up to Election Day" has prompted the Republican Party to bolster its PR and media work, reports PR Week.
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"For nearly four years, and with rising intensity, scientists in and out of government have criticized the Bush administration, saying it has selected or suppressed research findings to suit preset policies, skewed advisory panels or ignored unwelcome advice, and quashed discussion within federal research agencies," reports Andrew Revkin. The clash has been especially intense and prolonged regarding the issue of global warming, where "scientists say that objective and relevant information is ignored or distorted in service of pre-established policy goals.
"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush," journalist Ron Suskind writes. "He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend - but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The number of "invitation-only conservative gatherings" on Capitol Hill is increasing.
Pollster Frank Luntz "is crying foul after MSNBC canceled his long-scheduled focus group two days before the debate. ...
Firms on Washington DC's lobbying row, K Street, are "aggressively courting GOP lawmakers who have announced their retirements, suggesting that the business community is confident the GOP will retain the Speaker's gavel in January." The trend "is stoking talk on Capitol Hill that the 'K Street Project'" - an effort launched by Grover Norquist and