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Presidents and Public-Health Crises

Spring 2017  •  National Affairs

Over the course of the 20th century, the United States faced three major public-health crises: the polio epidemic, excessively high smoking rates, and HIV/AIDS. Each of these crises took place over a multi-year period, and multiple presidents dealt with both their effects and the national response to them. Nonetheless, certain presidents came to be specifically identified with each of these crises: Franklin Roosevelt and polio, John F. Kennedy and smoking, and Ronald Reagan and HIV/AIDS.

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The GOP Health Care Meltdown

April 6, 2017  •  Commentary

Once it became clear on the morning of November 9 that Republicans would have control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives come 2017, another shocking realization dawned: Obamacare could be repealed. Republicans had explicitly run on a promise to do just that in four successive national elections and had been rewarded for it by the voters in 2010 (when they secured a majority in the House), 2014 (when they secured the majority in the Senate), and 2016 (when they secured the presidency). Throughout the six years following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the GOP voiced its opposition by passing multiple repeal bills. Given the inevitability of President Obama's veto, Republicans were much derided by Democrats and the media for these seemingly futile gestures. But these efforts had a strategic purpose: They were intended to demonstrate to America's voters that Republicans had a legislative path to get a repeal bill to the president's desk—a bill that a Republican president would actually sign. A mere five months later came another political shocker: The initial Republican effort to repeal Obamacare ran off the rails. On the eve of a planned March vote, House leaders pulled their bill, the generically named American Health Care Act, because they knew it would fail due to Republican resistance from conservatives and moderates alike. In the immediate aftermath, President Donald Trump pledged to walk away from health-care reform efforts and "let Obamacare explode." House Speaker Paul Ryan grimly noted that the problematic 2010 legislation was "the law of the land" and that "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

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A Brief History of Comedians Roasting Presidents

March 30, 2017  •  Washingtonian

When Donald Trump doesn't show up at the White House Correspondents' dinner on April 29, he'll be the first President in 36 years to skip the shindig. After eight years of chummy repartee between President Obama and a rotating host of professional roasters, Trump's absence may seem frosty. But a look back at the relationship between the Oval Office and comedians reminds us that he's not the first unwilling target to sit behind the Resolute desk—and shows how the nature of presidential skewering evolved right along with the country.

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Leave Steve Bannon Out of Your Shpiel

March 9, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

As Jews celebrate Purim this Saturday night, a surprising figure could be making an appearance in some synagogues: Steve Bannon. What might the controversial presidential adviser have to do with the Jewish holiday?

Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from death at the hands of an evil government official named Haman. The story, told in the Book of Esther, shows how the beautiful Esther, with her cousin Mordechai's guidance, became queen and helped turn the tables on Haman. Esther opened King Ahasuerus' eyes to Haman's designs and thus saved the Jews. Purim is a classic Jewish holiday. As the old joke goes, "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat."

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How Trump Split Conservatives Three Ways

February 25, 2017  •  Politico

In the beginning, there was "Never Trump." When Donald Trump began to top the Republican primary polls, the first widespread reaction among conservative intellectuals was to reject the candidate as not thoughtful, not qualified, and above all, not conservative. But during the recent presidential campaign, a conservative writer with the pen name of Publius Decius Mes ardently began backing Trump, lambasting fellow conservative intellectuals for failing to support the controversial nominee. Decius's identity has now been revealed, along with the fact that he is serving as a senior National Security Council aide in the Trump White House: he's Michael Anton, a former Bush aide and corporate speechwriter.

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