As Bill de Blasio weighed a long shot run for New York City mayor, he needed help from people who shared his self-described activist-progressive views. He found it in a political consulting firm, hatched in a Manhattan sublet, where many on the staff are closer in age to his children than to him.
— Apple CEO Tim Cook defends workplace rights in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
— The US is facing major reputational problems abroad as foreign nationals and leaders question the country’s role in the world in light of the partial government shutdown.
— Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
Last week Russian president Vladimir Putin published a controversial op-ed in The New York Times, with PR help from Ketchum. Take our poll: Are there any countries you would not work with because of moral, ethical, or patriotic reasons?