Dan McGinn

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How Big Pharma can recover its lost luster

Twenty-five years ago, Merck was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired company in America. It was the seventh consecutive year Merck topped the list. It was also the last time a drug company was considered the most admired company. Today it's inconceivable that a drug company would be so honored.

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An Insider's Report on the Conversation Between President Trump and Pharma CEOs

Earlier this week President Trump and the CEO's of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies met at the White House. Media reports of the discussion were limited to a few generalities about tax reductions, deregulation and lower prices. The actual conversation was much more interesting. Here is an insider's report. 

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Guest Comment: Move agencies out of Greater Washington? Yes, and here’s why.

It is a source of great pride for local economic development officials that the D.C. region contains six of the 10 richest counties in America. Promotional pitches for county governments, chambers of commerce and other regional trade groups always tout this fact as they advertise the region’s high income, low unemployment, great schools, shopping, entertainment and a virtually recession-free economy. The pitches are truthful. This is a uniquely prosperous area. Those of us who live in the region are extremely fortunate. But I worry that we’ve lost perspective.

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Arlington man shares political stories and artifacts

This segment originally aired on WUSA9, Great Day Washington.

Head over to WUSA9 to watch the entire segment on my collection of political memorabilia.

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Let America compete for the new FBI headquarters

Unless President-elect Donald Trump intervenes, a multibillion dollar economic development decision will soon unfold, further enriching the Washington Beltway while intentionally excluding the rest of the country from even competing for the opportunity.


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Cincinnati should be able to compete for FBI HQ

The government agency responsible for supporting federal offices is set to award a construction contract for a new FBI headquarters that will cost upward of $2 billion and bring with it 9,000 permanent jobs.

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This local CEO doesn’t play politics. He collects it. A lot of it.

This story originally appeared in the Washington Business Journal.

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One way to measure Trump? See what he does for West Virginia.

In the aftermath of the Donald Trump election victory, interest in West Virginia among national political figures and the media is the greatest it has been since John F. Kennedy’s discovery of poverty in the mountain state during his 1960 presidential campaign. 

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How Donald Trump Was Elected: Three Forces Behind the 2016 Outcome and Voters’ Message

Dan McGinn, a reputation strategist, is CEO of McGinn and Co. Peter D. Hart, founder of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, helps conduct the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Three forces collided to elect Donald Trump president of the United States. First, Hillary Clinton was a deeply flawed candidate. Second, Mr. Trump, a brilliant manipulator of broadcast media outlets, benefited from copious amounts of free air time. Third is the element of the 2016 election that pundits consistently underestimated: A large sector of our society is deeply, viscerally angry.

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Breaking Government Gridlock: America’s Birthday Challenge

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