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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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National Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro, second from right, accompanied by from left, President Donald Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a signing ceremony for executive orders regarding trade in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Washington. Trump spoke to the media but left before signing the orders. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Aide provides no comfort for Trump's troubled trade agenda

American producers and manufacturers are bearing the brunt of the costs, as the trade actions that President Trump has taken have resulted in painful retaliatory tariffs from China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union. The president is being led down this unsuccessful path by Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council. Published July 25, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Vern Miyagi, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HEMA), left, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige listen as they address the media during a news conference at HEMA at Diamond Head in Honolulu, following the false alarm issued of a missile launch on Hawaii. An employee of the Hawaii agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts warning of a missile attack in January says he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job. (George F. Lee/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP, File)

Hawaii offers a cautionary tale of a socialist future for the U.S.

It is often said that Hawaii is paradise, and it certainly appears that way on the surface. As I traveled here for a brief summer vacation, I was ready to unplug and enjoy myself. However, under the surface, I discovered some harsh realities. Published July 18, 2018

** FILE ** Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro. (Associated Press)

Exploiting nonexistent 'lost children' in a bid to win an election

Unless you have been comatose for the past week, it is highly likely that you have seen a statistic or a headline that would lead you to believe that the Trump administration has lost track of nearly 1,500 illegal immigrant children. If true, such a report would be absolutely horrifying. But as with much of what we read, quite simply, it is not true. Published May 30, 2018

FILE - This Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. American Dental Association on Monday, March 26, 2018, said it is pressing for seven-day prescription limits and mandatory education that encourages using other painkillers. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File) **FILE**

Shut down pipelines from Mexico, China to combat opioid crisis

Last October, President Trump declared the opioid crisis in America a "national health emergency" and said his administration is working to address the crisis. But the epidemic is rapidly getting worse. And we are beginning to learn why. Published May 2, 2018

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Democrats reveal rank hypocrisy in opposing Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director, spent Easter weekend in Pyongyang, North Korea, on a secret mission to begin preparations for the bilateral meeting that will occur between the two countries, likely in June. Published April 19, 2018

President Donald Trump displays the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package he had just signed, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before he signed it Friday that "the numbers will speak." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

A vote on middle-class taxes that would expose the Democrats

Easily the single most impressive and meaningful legislative achievement of the Trump presidency to date has been the passage of the historic tax cuts. Even critics of the law must admit that the initial effects of the law have been positive. Published April 4, 2018

Left's derangement raises the stakes for midterm fight

With an overreliance on "breaking news" graphics, the hyping of irrelevant or minor controversies, an obsession with palace intrigue and the deliberate coverage of salacious stories at the expense of policy debates, the national media and the Democratic Party are working hand in hand. Published March 28, 2018