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“I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.”

— Robert Downey, Jr.

Over the past few weeks, we have had podcast conversations with the likes of former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who, among other things, co-authored with Senator Ted Kennedy the Refugee Act of 1980, and co-founded the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues; Andrew McCabe, former Acting Director of the FBI, who stood up to both threats from domestic right-wing terrorism and an ungrateful President; and this week, Brandon Van Grack, who served first as lead counsel on what would become the…


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Shortly after semiconductor giant Broadcom’s 2018 announcement that it planned to acquire CA Technologies — for $19 billion — a somber memorandum under the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) letterhead surfaced on the internet. In terse language, the DoD document outlined the federal government’s plan to review the transaction for its potentially adverse impact on national security. Broadcom’s shares plummeted, even though the memo was soon exposed as a fake.

Broadcom’s equity value has since recovered, and the transaction went through, but the episode illustrates the toxicity of online disinformation in the business world.

Lethal Threat

One increasingly popular disinformation…


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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

What is the arc of history if courage had been absent?

No “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” No Declaration of Independence — also known as treason and a “death warrant” for its 56 signatories had the rebellion failed, which, by rights, it should have.

No 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act if the late John Lewis, Reverend Hosea Williams, Bob Mants and Albert Turner don’t lead the Selma-to- Montgomery march…


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On Saturday morning I was thinking about “The day the music died,” Don McLean’s line from “American Pie.” Although I knew the meaning and remember the song well going back to the moment it was released in 1971 (at a shocking length of eight-plus minutes, no less!), I just had to look it up on the Google machine. There are, after all, so many references in the song — some we are still reflecting on a half-century later. …


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Since June 16, 2015, when Donald Trump took the golden escalator ride at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy, the news media dramatically reduced covering business stories. Who could blame them? Donald Trump was a daily headline machine.

Obviously, it wasn’t that there were no business stories in the news media, it’s just that none of them — save for Boeing and Volkswagen (and Carlos Ghosn’s “great escape”) — had legs. Name another crisis business story since 2015 that got more than a week’s worth of continuous national or international media coverage?

That all changed on January 11th, when Barron’s


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I don’t think I was much older than 10 or 11 and I was at the community pool on a hot summer’s day. As I looked over the hundreds of people, I saw an old man walking and a young woman wading into the pool that I can still see in my mind’s eye. I had already come to understand death due to its unfortunate and all-too-familiar companionship, but aging and the passing of time were foreign to me.

As I tried to understand under the blazing sun the concept of people growing old, it occurred to me — in…


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Hard as it is to believe, it is almost exactly 45 years to the day that NBC greenlighted “The Monkees,” a make-believe TV band designed to take advantage of Beatlemania (and shockingly, outsell them at one point!).

We can’t promise to stick in your head for four-and-a-half decades, like “Pleasant Valley Sunday” or “Last Train to Clarksville,” but our new podcast — Garage 2 Global with Silicon Valley lawyer and dealmaker Louis Lehot of L2Counsel, LEVICK’s emerging companies practice chair Ian Lipner and Richard Levick co-hosts this weekly program with emerging company and unicorn CEOs, deal makers, entrepreneurs, funders, lawyers…


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For years, one of the things you noticed about the streets of London was the absence of trash receptacles. It wasn’t because Londoners had deeper empty pockets to haul their personal refuse; instead, it stood as a safety feature, a remnant of The Troubles — the three-decade conflict between nationalists and unionists in Northern Ireland. Trash cans on every street corner were just too rich a target for incendiary devices. It’s how a world capital adjusts to guerrilla war.

We’ve had no shortage of tense moments in our lifetimes — the tumultuous moments during the Civil Rights, anti-Vietnam War and…


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“From Andrew Jackson to Richard Nixon, we have seen presidents abuse their power, but we had never witnessed an American president incite a violent mob on the citadel of our democracy in a desperate attempt to cling to power.”

– Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island

IN MEMORIAM: This week’s essay is dedicated to Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick, who was killed in Wednesday’s siege of the United States Capitol, and Howard “Howie” Liebengood, who took his own life over the weekend.

The single article of impeachment, co-authored by Reps. David Cicilline (RI), Ted Lieu (CA) and Jamie Raskin (MD)…


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The Capitol Is Stormed and American Companies Are Going to Be Front and Center: The “138” Are About to Become Untouchables

January 6th, 2021, a day that will live in infamy.

History moves in waves. The unthinkable becomes commonplace and we are no longer shocked. Not even surprised. By massive political miscalculations time and time again since the Access Hollywood tape surfaced, the events of January 6th were inevitable. As Republican Senator Ben Sasse wrote, “lies have consequences.”

So much history happened in 18 hours that it is hard to digest. The Democrats’ twin wins in Georgia, the first time they have won a Senate seat there in 20 years and the first African-American Senator Georgia has ever elected. With these…

Richard Levick

Richard Levick is Chairman and CEO of @LEVICK, a leading global communications and public affairs firm.

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