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How Donald Trump Broke the GOP's Music Curse

February 7, 2016  •  Politico

Donald Trump has been blowing up the old traditional GOP certainties left and right, and this week he overturned another one. In what seemed like an embarrassing rebuke, on February 1, Adele told the Republican front-runner that he didn't have her permission to use her songs at his massive campaign events. Adele might just be the world's most popular singer at the moment, and any normal candidate would have folded his tent, chastened. Not Trump. At his rally in Little Rock, Arkansas two days later the crowd of thousands listened to Adele's "Skyfall" before Trump's helicopter landed. A day after that, in Exeter, New Hampshire, Adele's "Rolling In the Deep" could be heard blaring behind the candidate when he made his entrance.

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What We Can Learn From the GOP Candidates' Pop Culture Interests

January 19, 2016  •  Observer

While it's unclear as of yet who will win the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, but the obvious winner when it comes to using pop culture to advance his political interests is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who often makes reference to The Simpsons, imitates characters from The Princess Bride—to the consternation of some of the liberal actors who played those roles—and has cited The Godfather as one of his favorite movies. When criticized by Donald Trump, Mr. Cruz has chosen to respond with pop culture references on Twitter: When Mr. Trump called him a "maniac," Mr. Cruz tweeted out a video of the "Maniac" dance scene from Flashdance; when Mr. Trump raised questions about Mr. Cruz's citizenship, Mr. Cruz tweeted out the "jump the shark" scene from Happy Days, suggesting that the controversy was old news.

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We Lost Too Many Conservative Luminaries in 2015 - R.I.P.

December 29, 2015  •  National Review Online

For the conservative movement, 2015 started out poorly and continued to be tough all year long. It wasn't a legislative defeat. It wasn't political tumult. It was the deaths of too many conservative luminaries who helped build the movement. As conservatives, we need to remember and honor these scholars, because it is all too easy to fall into the fallacy that the movement is defined by what current political candidates say it is. We cannot forget that the conservative movement predates politicians and was, in fact, built by great thinkers.

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2015: My Year of Reading

December 23, 2015  •  National Review Online

I begin my review of my favorite reads from 2015 by fulfilling a promise. Last year, I vowed I would begin with Age of Clinton, by Gil Troy, a book that looks at how Clinton and the 1990s were seemingly made for each other. This retrospective is valuable because it provides fresh and enjoyable reflections on both the culture and the politics of the 1990s. Such reminders provide us with perspective on how things were and how they've changed, giving us a healthy sense that politics and culture are, even now, evolving quickly. As Troy puts it succinctly in his introduction, "At the start of that transformational, final decade of the twentieth century, Amazon was only a river and a rain forest, Google was only a very big number with lots of zeroes spelled with no e's, googol and 'pay, pal' were something you said to someone who owed you money." Since I am not exactly an unbiased source on my own brother's work, I will instead share what the AP's Beth Harpaz wrote about the book: "It's a fun romp through the decade and an intelligent way of understanding the cultural context and legacy of Bill Clinton's era."

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Ghosts of Presidential Christmases Past

December 22, 2015  •  Wall Street Journal

Like much of America, the White House celebrates Christmas with glittering decorations, festive parties and hopeful messages. Yet despite the merriments, Christmas can be a stressful time for presidents. Political intrigue and a dangerous world never take a holiday. That's why presidents have tended to greet the season with great joy, but also with contemplation and even sadness.

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