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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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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, walks to a closed-door security briefing at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP must get past personal feuds to score some policy wins

This week's shiny object of distraction is two Republican senators, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona, expressing sharp and personal criticism of President Trump. Their attacks come on top of the criticism that fellow GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is battling brain cancer, has been leveling at Mr. Trump for weeks. Published October 25, 2017

Claire McCaskill's crusade could hurt Native American rights

Let's establish an important legal concept and set the context. The legal term "sovereign immunity," according to the Wex Legal Dictionary, means that "the government cannot be sued without its consent." This doctrine has applied to the federal government, states, public universities and Native American tribes for many years. Published October 18, 2017

An USA hat hangs from a flag that makes up part of a memorial on the backyard fence of Las Vegas shooting victim Kurt Von Tillow Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Cameron Park, Calif. Von Tillow, 55, was at Sunday's concert with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and other family members when the shooting started, KCRA reported. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

No easy solution to prevent the next mass shooting

An overwhelming majority of us would be delighted to identify a policy or law that would prevent mass killing incidents. But the problem does not lend itself to an easy solution. Published October 4, 2017

President Donald Trump talks with reporters about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump takes leadership reins, pushes top items of agenda

First, President Trump marshalled the full attention and focus of the federal government in response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, winning broad praise for the federal government's response. Criticism has not come, despite the size and scope of the storms and the harsh partisan atmosphere. Published September 20, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump sets clock for tax reform with unexpected move

The combination of the debt ceiling and the continuing resolution made it combustible, with the political reality that the party in power will be held responsible for keeping government open and functioning, particularly in the aftermath of a major natural disaster. Published September 13, 2017

Trump must focus on agenda, raising approval rating

As we enter the fall, the White House, including the president, must narrowly focus on the twin goals of raising the president's approval rating and moving his legislative agenda before 2018 begins. Anything that does not assist in these goals must be put on the back burner, as there is an opportunity cost for everything they do. Published August 23, 2017

Evaluating the damage from Trump's ambivalence

The last five days have been terrible for this country. And the sad reality is that President Trump has not only failed to make those days better, he has intentionally made them worse. Published August 16, 2017

President Trump's first foreign policy crisis proves a vexing one

It is generally believed that foreign adversaries deliberately try to test a new U.S. president early in the first term. Just past the 200-day mark for President Trump, we had not yet seen a major international foreign policy crisis. Published August 9, 2017

FILE - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House. Trump signed on Aug. 2, what he called a "seriously flawed" bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, pressured by his Republican Party not to move on his own toward a warmer relationship with Moscow in light of Russian actions.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump-endorsed immigration plan has a lot of merit

Throughout the campaign, President Trump's hardline views on ending sanctuary cities, stopping illegal employment, building the border wall, rapidly deporting criminal aliens and pushing for Kate's Law were brought up in nearly every speech. Published August 2, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions leaves the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July, 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The self-destructive campaign to cashier Jeff Sessions

It has been almost unprecedented to watch a president of the United States repeatedly criticize and undermine his own attorney general in the way President Trump has gone after Attorney General Jeff Sessions these past two weeks. Published July 26, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program, in New York Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A PR lesson for Trump from some angry Montana firefighters

I served as press secretary to Montana Sen. Conrad Burns in 2006, a particularly rough year for Republicans that ultimately ushered in the reign of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives. Published July 12, 2017

President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump exit Air force One upon their arrival in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. President Trump arrived in Poland ahead of an outdoor address in Warsaw on Thursday and energy talks with European leaders. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Packed schedule, short stay pose big test for Trump at G-20

President Trump is spending the week in Europe, first visiting Poland, then attending the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, and then he heads back across the Atlantic again next week to attend a Bastille Day parade in Paris at the invitation of new French President Emmanuel Macron. Published July 5, 2017