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Mark Micheli

Editor, Excellence in Government Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.
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How Not to Start a Second Term: The Case of Richard Nixon

November 16, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn In searching the annals of history for presidential guidance, Richard Nixon is a unique role model. With the crown of most disgraced American president safely his, Nixon’s presidential lessons are remarkably consistent: great lessons in what not to do. As President Barack Obama ...

As Campaign Fades Away, Secret Service and Facebook Abandon Romney

November 13, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn With one crackly sentence, Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House came to an unceremonious end in the early morning hours after Election Day: "Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue." That message, sent over the Secret Service’s radio channel, signaled the end was ...

Video: Mars Mission Director on the Importance of Perseverance

November 12, 2012 Doug McCuistion, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, recently discussed the success of the Mars Curiosity mission with Excellence in Government. He talked about the vision and, more importantly, the perseverance required by government agencies looking to accomplish big things. See an excerpt of the conversation with McCuistion below and ...

Infographic: 5 Ways to Reduce Stress

November 12, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn As we approach Thanksgiving, the race is on. There's an urgency in the air--perhaps it's the looming government transition, the aftereffects of an election that means Washington may briefly gets things done again or it could simply be the last few weeks before ...

Obama's Planned Visit to Burma a Presidential First

November 9, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn President Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The visit will come two weeks after Obama was re-elected and will be a key stop on a trip to Asia Nov. ...

Obama Cries While Thanking Campaign Staff After Election

November 8, 2012 President Obama offered an emotional thanks to his Chicago-based campaign staff the day after the election. Beginning at 3:10 in the video below, he tearfully tells his team: "You’re just going to do great things and that’s why, even before last night’s results, I felt that the work that I ...

Transcript: In Confronting Tucson Shooter, Giffords Condemns Political Cowardice

November 8, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Few people embody resilience, strength and leadership like former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband, retired Astronaut Mark Kelly. The country grew an intense emotional attachment to the couple as it watched Giffords recover from the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that nearly ...

Photos: Obama's Acceptance Speech In Brief

November 7, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Good leadership requires a special facility with words: an ability to encapsulate a moment and explain what has happened, and what will happen next, to those being led. By that measure, both men seeking the presidency in 2012 did an excellent job of ...

Puerto Rico Votes to Become 51st State

November 7, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn Story updated Nov. 8 at 5:14 a.m. EST When President Barack Obama visited the island of Puerto Rico in June 2011, he made it clear that his administration would support the voice of the people with regard to statehood: "[My administration has] provided ...

Obama Beats Justin Bieber for Most Popular Tweet of All Time

November 7, 2012 Bieber Fever has been swept into the dustbin of history. In just 22 minutes, President Obama's Nov. 6 re-election tweet trounced pop star Justin Bieber's former record for most shared tweet of all time. Obama's tweet now holds the record, by a wide margin, for most retweeted tweet. As of ...