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VP Biden to Appear in PSAs with Mariska Hargitay During Sunday’s SVU Marathon

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Every woman deserves to live her life free from violence and fear. #1Is2Many #VAWA

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Continuing with the Administration’s efforts to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, Vice President Joe Biden will appear in PSAs alongside Mariska Hargitay, aka Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, airing during a marathon of that show on the USA Network this Sunday.

The 14-hour marathon is part of the recognition of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month, presented in partnership with Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation and the No More Foundation and highlighting the White House’s 1Is2Many campaign.

“Society continues to misplace blame and shame on survivors — both women and men. That has to end. I am so profoundly grateful to the vice president, who continues to use his voice — and office — to speak boldly about these issues and stand up for survivors,” said Hargitay in a statement.

The episodes that are airing will focus on domestic violence and alleviating the stigma related to it.

The “No More Excuses” marathon event will start at 9am ET and air throughout the day.

 Via Today.com and American Spectator

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Celeb-Studded Anti-Sexual Assault PSA Should Be Powerful, but Feels Pandering

Steve Carell, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro Join White House Push Against Sexual Assault - ABC NewsThe below anti-sexual assault PSA was unveiled by Vice President Joe Biden during a White House event that introduced new guidelines for college campuses to help curb sexual assaults.

Biden’s speech was poignant and on-point, addressing many of the most difficult issues facing victims of sexual assault. He slammed the tendency of people investigating such crimes (especially on campuses) to “re-assault” victims by insinuating they were responsible for what was done to them and calling into question the victim’s actions, while giving the perpetrator the benefit of the doubt.

“We almost always ask the wrong questions when it comes to sexual assault,” Biden said. “We continue to ask questions like ‘What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you?…The real question is what made him think that he had the right to do what he did?” He added that there needs to be a clear message that there are no extenuating circumstances when it comes to rape. “No means no, whenever it is stated,” he said.

This is a vitally important issue facing our society, and the need for influential people to help guide this national conversation in the right direction is paramount.

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President Obama & VP Biden Show Us Their Exercise Regimen For ‘Let’s Move’

obama biden lets moveRemember last week when Michelle Obama told Jimmy Fallon that she wanted people to show her how “they’re moving“? It was during her appearance on The Tonight Show where she talked up the fourth anniversary of her anti-obesity “Let’s Move” campaign and asked everyone to take to social media with the hashtag #letsmove. If she got enough of a response she suggested that the President and Veep might show us how they get active.

“Yo babe, hook me up,” was the way she planned to pitch it. (Note: Do not try that pitch with the media. You are not the First Lady.)

Well looks like that ask worked! We have footage of both Obama and Biden getting in a workout. A couple of things that might strike you about this clip.

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Obama Administration Goes Gay for the Sochi Olympics

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Yesterday we were fascinated by a column that longtime punchline Pat Buchanan wrote for Town Hall in which he asked fellow “paleoconservatives” whether self-elected pseudo-Communist op-ed writer (and #1 Boyz II Men fan) Vladimir Putin was “one of us” because of how much he dislikes the gays. Some people…

Anyway, Pat’s personal version of the anti-Christ decided to take a somewhat bold stance yesterday by announcing that no members of the Obama or Biden families will be attending the winter games in Sochi. While some may claim it’s an attempt to avoid yet another of the VP’s famous gaffes, it reads a lot like a statement of solidarity with the LGBT community.

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The Cost of Plagiarism: Your Credibility

rand-paul-hed-2013Two points from PR and Academics 101: don’t steal stuff—and if you’re going to borrow from someone else, make sure you make it very clear that you did so. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, or whoever writes his speeches and op-eds, didn’t learn either of those lessons, and it’s led to lots of bad press for a guy who would like to be president one day.

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Joe Biden’s Office Apologizes for Forcing Student Reporter to Delete Photos

Courtesy of Tiffany Arnold, Germantown PatchA quick lesson in media relations from the office of Vice President Joe Biden: try to be nice to reporters whenever possible–and if you do decide to be difficult, make sure you’re justified or you might embarrass yourself.

Today the VP’s office issued an official apology for “bullying” (not our word of choice) a student reporter at a press event. In summary: Biden, attorney general Eric Holder and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin called a press conference to announce a new domestic violence prevention initiative. A reporter for Capital Press, who also happens to be a student at the University of Maryland, accidentally sat in a section of the room that was not reserved for media and took photos of Biden as he spoke.

After the event, a member of Biden’s press staff spoke to the reporter and demanded to watch as he deleted the (supposedly) forbidden photos. Scandal!

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Roll Call: WISE Public Relations, Ruder Finn, Resolute Consulting, PepsiCo

NYC-based WISE Public Relations appointed John McCartney to the newly created role of director of media relations. McCartney will be responsible for leading the media relations programs and providing strategic communications counsel to clients. Prior to WISE Public Relations, John served as US Account Director, Earned Media at Splendid Communications Group. (Revolving Door)

Dushka Zapata joined Ruder Finn to head the agency’s west coast operations. Dushka will become the agency’s Managing Director, Ruder Finn San Francisco, a newly created position. She was most recently Executive Vice President and Head of the San Francisco office for Ogilvy & Mather, where she oversaw the agency’s full offering in San Francisco. (Release)

Resolute Consulting hired John Cohen as executive vice president of its national security strategy and communications practice in Washington, D. C.. Cohen was formerly principal deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In his new role, John will work with Resolute Consulting clients to assess the public environment surrounding complex issues and develop strategic communications and outreach strategies to help solve them.  He will leverage his extensive experience working with the news media and preparing and implementing crisis communications plans for public and private sector entities. (Release)

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WH Launches ‘Campaign to Cut Waste’

The Fiddlin' Foresters website has already been shut down in an effort to reduce waste.

The major political parties continue to battle it out over ways to cut spending and grow the economy. The White House is taking what it admits is a small step towards curbing wasteful government spending with the aptly named “Campaign to Cut Waste.”

Launched this week and led by VP Joe Biden (“because no one messes with Joe,” President Obama says in the campaign video), the initiative will seek out ways to save money or get back precious government dollars that are now being unnecessarily spent. Among those wasteful expenditures already identified are a large number of government-funded websites, like one for the Fiddlin’ Foresters, “the official old-time string band of the US Forest Service.” That website has already been brought down.

The President says they’ve already pinpointed $33 billion in savings.