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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Team Drama Obama

I think we can safely drop the "no drama" Obama moniker for the incoming President.

Seems like this week has been nothing but drama -- most of it petty, some of it real.

We have the three-ring circus that is Obama's old Senate seat. Harry Reid better come to grips with the fact that no matter how odious Blago is -- and he's right up there with Bernie Madoff on the scumbag meter -- Roland Burris has a strong legal and political claim to that seat. He's going to be seated -- whether its today or next week or next month; time to come to grips with it.

Then there is the matter of Leon Panetta as CIA chief. Why would team Obama flagrantly avoid Diane Feinstein's counsel -- she's the chair of the Senate Intelligence committee -- and instead discuss it with junior members of the committee? It torqued her off -- things like that normally do -- and prompted her to piss on it before it was even announced. Evidently Obama and Feinstein patched things up, but it's sloppy, sloppy politics ... and not the way to hit the ground running.

And lets not forgot Bill Richardson's hasty departure from Commerce. His nomination looked slap-dash from the very beginning -- like neither side was totally committed to it -- and his withdrawal seems equally as rushed. Some are saying he was pushed; others contend it was Richardson's choice. Again, sloppy politics.

And that's saying nothing of the (real) drama to come regarding the stimulus package, Gaza, and whatever else is thrown his way. Training wheels come off in two weeks.

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Reid and the Democrat Senate leadership disgust me for backpedaling on seating Burris. Wish they could have some backbone and say no.

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