Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Nutty left already riled up

It only took the nutty left four weeks to work themselves into a tizzy over President-Elect Obama's cabinet selections.

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation magazine, dropped this little stink bomb in Obama's lap today regarding the appointment of Gates and Clinton.

Seems like the far left has a limitus test for cabinet appointments:  they must have opposed the war.

"Maybe being right about the greatest foreign policy disaster in US history doesn't mean much inside the Beltway," writes Vanden Heuvel.  "How else to explain that not a single top member of Obama's foreign policy/national security team opposed the war--or the dubious claims leading up to it?"

I dunno. Maybe Obama is a pragmatist, and realizes that summarily withdrawing troops while we're so close to the finish line makes no sense.  Or perhaps it's a tacit admission that his anti-war posturing was simply that -- political posturing -- and that Iraq actually requires a much more nuanced approach. Or maybe he just doesn't like the loony left.  Who knows.  But I'd rather seem him evolve beyond campaign platitudes than stick to his rhetoric from 18 months ago.

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