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Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak is an Austin and Washington, DC-based political and communications consultant and President of Potomac Strategy Group. He has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators and a Governor, in the Bush administration.  Matt appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, CBC-TV, and the BBC. From 2007-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the fourth highest ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and from 2005-2007 he served in the same role for three-term former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT).

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In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, a traveler pushes his luggage beneath large Chinese flags hanging from the ceiling in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province. China has on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, issued a travel warning for the U.S., saying Chinese visitors have been interrogated, interviewed and subjected to other forms of what it called harassment by U.S. law enforcement agencies. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) **FILE**

China poses public health threat to U.S.

The trade dispute between the U.S. and China has rightly earned worldwide attention, as the two largest economies in the world place tariffs on specific goods. Published August 14, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernard Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are running on a far-left platform and it's causing a rift with moderates in the party. (Associated Press)

The Democrats' civil war is heating up

Republicans are watching Democrats tear themselves to shreds with a feeling of glee. It wasn't that long ago that Republicans were doing the same thing, when the tea party movement rose up and forced divisive primary elections. Published July 31, 2019

In this June 27, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., gestures during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Democratic debates play right into Trump's hands

Last week's first round of Democratic presidential debates had one clear winner: California Sen. Kamala D. Harris, who has moved into second place nationally after winning a tense exchange with front-runner former Vice President Joseph R. Biden on race issues. Published July 3, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on improving price and quality transparency in healthcare at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Trump's misguided health care order won't help consumers

This week, President Trump signed an executive order requiring health care companies to be more honest about their prices. The White House believes additional transparency in health care will reduce costs. The troubling specifics of Mr. Trump's order deserve scrutiny. Published June 26, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump's statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power, saying it's so against any sense of decency, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2019. An avid sports fan, Pelosi is wearing the colors of the Golden State Warriors colors, a gold jacket with blue pants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nancy Pelosi prefers border chaos

Apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the southern border are rising. March and April each saw more than 100,000 apprehensions, and in May the number spiked to nearly 145,000. Published June 19, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pelosi's impeachment conundrum

Nancy Pelosi chose to run for speaker of the House again and now she has a full-blown political challenge that is rapidly worsening. Published June 5, 2019

In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks to a crowd during a Women's Rights rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A push by Virginia Democrats to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions is erupting into a fierce partisan clash due to a lawmaker's comments about late-term abortion. Gov. Ralph Northam added gas to the fire Wednesday, Jan. 30, by describing a hypothetical situation where an infant who is severely deformed or unable to survive after birth could be left to die. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Democrats show their extremism on abortion

Roe v. Wade confirmed the right to an abortion in the U.S., but the Supreme Court decision also allowed for restrictions on abortion at the state level. However, it specifically preserved the "life or health of the mother" exception.Democrats have positioned themselves well outside the mainstream on the abortion issue. Published May 22, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during a CNN town hall, April 22, 2019. (Image: CNN screenshot)

Democrats march left in unison -- over a cliff

If you have a particularly high pain threshold, perhaps you suffered through five consecutive hours of Democratic presidential candidate town halls airing on CNN on Monday night. Published April 24, 2019

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, right, passes a "No Border Wall" sign during a visit to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a possible location for a border wall. President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Democrats argue that funding the construction of a steel barrier along roughly 234 miles will not solve the problems. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) **FILE**

Democrats pretend border crisis doesn't exist

President Trump is increasingly frustrated with the southern border, and the reality is that he has limited options. But he continues to consider new ideas to end the crisis. Published April 3, 2019