04/25/17 RTIR E-zine: 100 Days of President Trump, Medicinal Marijuana, Fortune 500 Secrets

April 25, 2017

01. 100 Days of President Donald Trump
02. Trump Inspires 11,000 Women to Run for Office
03. The Democratic Divide – Can the Party Find Unity?
04. How South Korea Sees the North Korea Problem
05. Road Rage – Stay Calm and Drive On
06. The Real Message of Bill O’Reilly’s Firing
07. Surprising Thing Cary Grant Showed Her
08. April is Stress Awareness Month
09. World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8th
10. The Questionable Future of Medical Marijuana
11. Allergy Season Stinks!
12. Is Prince Harry the Most Courageous Royal?
13. Business ‘Wisdom’ Debunked
14. Fortune 500 Secrets Every Woman Should Steal
15. Phobia Relief Day

1. ==> 100 Days of President Donald Trump

Saturday marks President Donald Trump’s 100 days in
office. He says the mile-marker is a ridiculous measure
of his accomplishments, but others say it’s hard to
look at Trump’s performance thus far and not conclude
that he and the Republicans face a serious problem.
Julian Zelizer says the failures of these months might
not be as devastating as some might think. “If Trump
and the Republican Congress are able to move
legislation in the coming months, the failures won’t be
that important in defining his legacy.” Zelizer notes
that Trump has even accomplished some of his goals,
including normalizing his presidency and destabilizing
the standing of the media. “His incessant attacks on
news organizations as fake and his ability to flood the
country with misleading or false statements via Twitter
and his advisers have made it difficult for Americans
to tell the difference between fact or fiction. In this
kind of atmosphere, it’s easier for the President to
shift the national agenda to new issues and confuse
public understanding of what is going on.” Julian
Zelizer, a history and public affairs professor at
Princeton University, is the author of “The Fierce
Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the
Battle for the Great Society.” Contact him at (609)
258-8846; jzelizer@princeton.edu or Bernadette Yeager
at (609) 258-4830; byeager@princeton.edu

2. ==> Trump Inspires 11,000 Women to Run for Office

Emily’s List has seen an “unprecedented” amount of
women interested in running for political office, the
group’s president Stephanie Schriock told The
Washington Post on Friday for a story about Democrats
challenging Republicans in traditionally red districts
during the midterm elections. This year, they’ve heard
from more than 11,000 women in all 50 states — with a
few dozen seriously considering House races, she said.
“Over ten thousand women isn’t a ripple — it’s a wave,”
Schriock says. “Republicans everywhere should sit up
and take notice — because this is only the beginning.”
Since its founding 30 years ago, Emily’s List says it
has helped elect more than 100 Democratic women to the
House of Representatives, 23 to the Senate, 12 to
governors’ seats, and hundreds more to state and local
office. Book Schriock through the communications
department at Emily’s List at (202) 326-1400 or

3. ==> The Democratic Divide – Can the Party Find

The Democratic National Committee has released the
roster of its new ‘unity commission.’ The Hill
newspaper reports that the panel is “made up largely of
supporters of former Democratic presidential primary
rivals Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders now
tasked with healing the party’s divisions.” Journalist
Robert Borosage says, “For all the urgent pleas for
unity in the face of Trump, the party establishment has
always made it clear that they mean unity under their
banner. Democrats are in the midst of a major struggle
to decide what they stand for and who they represent.”
He adds, “Part of that is the debate over a bipartisan
interventionist foreign policy that has so abjectly
failed.” Robert Borosage writes a weekly column for The
Nation magazine and is a senior advisor of People’s
Action. Contact him at borosage@ourfuture.org

4. ==> How South Korea Sees the North Korea Problem

President Trump urged the United Nations Security
Council to be prepared to impose new sanctions on North
Korea, especially in light of concerns the isolated
regime is about to test its sixth nuclear bomb. But Tim
Shorrock says there’s a totally different focus in
South Korea. He says, “The big issue here is the May
9th presidential election, which is expected to bring a
progressive to power.” Invite Shorrock, currently in
South Korea, to discuss what’s going on in the region.
Shorrock just wrote the piece “In South Korea, War
Hysteria Is Seen as an American Problem: The big issue
here is the May 9 presidential election, which is
expected to bring a progressive to power.” Shorrock is
spending April and May working at Gwangju’s 5.18
Archives to integrate his collection of declassified
U.S.-government documents on Korea into the archive’s
collection of materials on the 1980 Gwangju Uprising.
In 2015, he was named an honorary citizen of Gwangju
for his reporting on the U.S. role in Korea during the
uprising. Contact him at timshorrock@gmail.com,

5. ==> Road Rage – Stay Calm and Drive On

With warmer weather there are more drivers on the roads
and apparently, they’re not too courteous in North
Jersey. “In the past few weeks, we have noticed that
road rage incidents are increasingly in the news,” said
David Hughes, president and CEO of AAA North Jersey. A
recent national AAA poll found that 80-percent of
drivers have experienced intense anger or aggression
while driving. Do you tailgate, yell at another driver,
or get out of the vehicle to confront other drivers?
Hughes says it’s all in how we react. “The first and
only step to remember is to avoid punishing or ‘paying
back’ another driver for a real or perceived slight.”
Invite Hughes to share tips to help prevent road rage.
Contact him at (973) 956-2200 or Jeanette Casselano at
(202) 942-2072; jcasselano@national.aaa.com

6. ==> The Real Message of Bill O’Reilly’s Firing

The Bill O’Reilly era at Fox News has drawn to a close.
Fox has ended its relationship with its highest-rated
star after The New York Times reported that the anchor
and the network have paid more than $13 million to
settle harassment claims. But PR pro Kara Alaimo says
the public relations effort won’t work. “It’s far too
late to salvage the network’s reputation by removing
The O’Reilly Factor host now. Does all of this send a
message? Yes, it does — to the other men at Fox: if
you make enough money for the network, it will go to
extraordinary lengths to enable you to behave badly. To
the rest of the world, it also appears that Fox thought
it was OK for O’Reilly to allegedly treat women this
way. They only let him go when they determined it truly
wasn’t tenable to keep him. That message speaks far
more loudly than his firing.” Kara Alaimo, an assistant
professor of public relations at Hofstra University, is
the author of “Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street:
How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic
Communication.” She was spokeswoman for international
affairs in the Treasury Department during the Obama
administration. Contact her at (516) 463-5208;

7. ==> Surprising Thing Cary Grant Showed Her

When classic leading man Cary Grant invited Lenay
(Marie) Rogus into his office bungalow on the Universal
lot the last thing she expected to see was his doll
collection. To her surprise, Grant showed off his
ceiling display of six-inch dolls from around the
world, dolls he collected while traveling and was
extremely proud of. Rogus will share other memories of
Grant, including the time she had dinner on his king-
sized bed at his Beverly Hills home and her impressions
of him as a man and actor. Her contacts with Grant are
among the stories she shares in her upcoming memoir:
“Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from Loss to
Light,” which also details her experience of losing
seven of loved ones. Contact her at (858) 349-4917 or

8. ==> April is Stress Awareness Month

We all know that stress is a killer but most of us are
too busy getting through our days to do something about
it. With April being Stress Awareness Month, it’s time
to get a grip on what is driving us crazy, raising our
collective blood pressures and making us sick. Who
better to pass on insights than Tami Gilbert, who was
abandoned by her parents as a teenager and once worked
three jobs at the same time to put herself through
college, earning a master’s degree in nursing and an
MBA? Gilbert will discuss the role faith, sticky notes,
downtime and letting go can play in a healthier you. As
a bonus, she can also explain what you should know if
you are hospitalized, finding yourself attended by
nurses coping with their own feelings of being
unappreciated, overworked and overwhelmed. Her book is
“Courage to Persevere: A Compelling Story of Struggle,
Survival and Triumph.” Reach her at 312-218-1744;

9. ==> World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8th

Ovarian cancer claims the lives of 14,000 American
women and 140,000 women worldwide every year. Comedian
Jen Coken, whose mother died from the disease, has a
mission to end late-stage diagnosis by educating women
about the signs and symptoms. “If I knew then what I
know now, my mother might still be alive,” Coken says.
Since ovarian cancer is often misdiagnosed or diagnosed
too late Coken will discuss the warning signs of the
disease and why every woman (and especially Jewish
women) are at risk. Jen Coken is a life coach and
stand-up comedian who has coached thousands of people
for nearly 20 years. She wrote “When I Die Take My
Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments into Your
Greatest” using jokes she co-wrote with her late
mother. Contact her at (303) 859-9081;

10. ==> The Questionable Future of Medical Marijuana

Donald Trump has said his administration would “do”
medical marijuana and let states decide about
legalization for themselves. But US Attorney General
Jeff Sessions has made it clear he opposes marijuana
legalization. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” he’s
on record saying. So many are now wondering what
Sessions will do about marijuana policy and whether
he’ll enforce federal marijuana laws. Chronic pain
expert Cindy Perlin says many will suffer without
access. “Twenty-nine states and the District of
Columbia now have medical marijuana access and millions
of chronically ill patients are getting relief for the
first time from this miracle plant.” Perlin will
discuss how medical marijuana works and what type of
conditions it treats, as well as the current political
climate and what can be done to protect and increase
access. Perlin is a licensed social worker, certified
biofeedback practitioner and chronic pain survivor who
has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. She’s
the author of “The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments:
The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.”
Contact her at (518) 439-6431; cperlin@nycap.rr.com

11. ==> Allergy Season Stinks!

We may love that winter is over but millions of
Americans dread springtime and the sneezing, coughing
and wheezing that ensues. Stop and smell the flowers?
Many people can’t even go outside! Dr. Jim Roach, a
leading integrative practitioner, says many people
reach for antihistamines to get through the season, but
that comes with its own risks. “Antihistamines can
cause all sorts of problems including brain fog,
urinary retention, acid reflux and constipation. And
they may, as anticholinergics, even promote dementia.”
Dr. Roach will explain how to prevent allergies with
probiotics, zinc and vitamin D and ways to treat
allergy symptoms that actually have beneficial side
effects! Jim Roach, MD, has appeared on numerous radio
and TV programs. He’s a speaker, consultant, educator,
researcher, and widely sought clinician with patients
from across the country. He is also author of “God’s
House Calls” which discusses spiritual near-death
experiences of his patients and seeks to de-stigmatize
spiritual experiences. Contact Dr. Roach at (859)
846-4453 (office); jproach@aol.com

12. == > Is Prince Harry the Most Courageous Royal?

In a recent interview, Prince Harry admitted to
struggling with mental health issues after the death of
his mother, Princess Diana, 20 years ago. The prince
was 12 when his mother died in a car accident and for
the longest time, he simply pushed the emotions tied to
her death aside as if they did not exist. British best-
selling author Andro Donovan, who was recently featured
in the Sunday Times, considers Prince Harry a hero for
making depression part of our everyday conversation—one
that will no longer carry a stigma as it used to. Andro
can continue that conversation with your audience as
she discusses the importance of making friends with
your emotions, sharing your burden with someone, and
seeking counseling when needed. She will also share ten
frequently missed signs that someone is heading for an
emotional burnout (No. 10 is not realizing that your
Netflix subscription has expired). Andro is the author
of “Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want, Find
Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment,” Contact her
at+4407711238410; andro@trend.co.uk;
andro@androdonovan.com; Skype: andro.donovan1

13. ==> Business ‘Wisdom’ Debunked

The customer is always right. Or is he? You can’t
change horses midstream! Or can you? Jack Quarles will
expose the fallback notions decision makers gravitate
to that don’t always serve them. He says, “The defining
notion is usually a short sentence and often reflects
some inside knowledge: ‘They’re the best in the
business.’ ‘We’re different—that won’t work here.’
‘The customer is always right.’” He’s on a mission to
help companies increase their bottom lines by
increasing their vigilance against expensive sentences.
Jack Quarles is a bestselling author, international
speaker and trainer, and founder of Buying Excellence,
a company that helps businesses choose the right
solution and vendor for them. His latest book,
Expensive Sentences, is part of a planned series of
books on expensive sentences in other fields such as
education, parenting, and financial planning. Contact
him at (703) 944-9676; jack@buyingexcellence.com

14. ==> Fortune 500 Secrets Every Woman Should Steal

Women today face monumental challenges in their work
and home lives whether they own their own businesses or
work for others. Connie Rankin, a successful real
estate entrepreneur, best-selling author and sought-
after conference and keynote speaker for Fortune 500
companies, offers women the secrets she gleaned from
Fortune 500 companies. From tooting your own horn to
staying in the game and knowing when to walk away from
a deal, Connie says every woman can apply these secrets
to her life. A nationally recognized leader in female
empowerment and sought-after media guest in Houston,
Rankin is president of CRES, a commercial real estate
firm. In her new book, “God Gave Us Wings: A Journey to
Success: Theirs, Mine, and Yours she shares the stories
of 10 powerful women, including herself, who have
survived incredible challenges, learned to thrive and
completed the circle by giving back to others. Contact
Megan Salch at (713) 864-1344, ext. 1;

15. ==> Phobia Relief Day

On May 8, people who suffer the shame, fear and stress
that accompanies phobias for such everyday things as
snakes, clowns, spiders, social anxiety and
dentists—can get relief as part of the first annual
Phobia Relief Day. The brainchild of internationally
bestselling author Kalliope Barlis, the special day
will be marked by in-person phobia relief sessions in
New York City as well as training that can be
accessible anywhere in the world through the internet.
Invite her to share what’s going on and how your
listeners can participate. She’ll also discuss the many
different types of phobias and strategies to help deal
with them. Kalliope Barlis is a New York City-based
licensed trainer of NLP who has appeared on CBS, NBC,
Fox and SiriusXM, among other media outlets and has
helped thousands of people conquer their phobias. She
is the author of the internationally bestselling
“Phobia Relief.” Contact her at (718)751-5105;

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