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Netanyahu learned the Carmel fire's lessons

November 29, 2016  •  The Times of Israel

The fires in Israel are now dying down, and Israelis can breathe a sigh of relief that the worst of the crisis is over. As focus shifts from fire fighting to helping those who have lost their homes, it is worth examining Israel's response to see how the country has evolved on fighting fire since 2010. That year's Carmel forest blaze killed 44 Israelis and prompted a much needed reexamination of Israel's approach to fires. Many nations fail in response to crises. The real test is whether they can learn from failure and improve in the future.

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The ACA's Impact on Employer-Provided Health Benefits

November 16, 2016  •  Real Clear Health

President Obama will be leaving office with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), his signature policy initiative, in deep peril. An incoming Republican president and Congress, concerned with the cost of ACA exchange plans jumping by an average 25 percent next year and employee health care costs rising, have pledged to repeal the law. For his part, the President sought to shift the blame for rising out-of-pocket cost from the ACA's flaws to employers and insurers. During a recent speech defending the law, he said the ACA has had no impact on the affordability of employer-provided health care benefits "except to make it a better value." As the President put it, "if your premium is going up, it's not because of Obamacare. It's because of your employer or your insurer — even though sometimes they try to blame Obamacare for why the rates go up. It's not because of any policy of the Affordable Care Act that the rates are going up."

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Transition teams help prepare for the unexpected

November 14, 2016  •  Philadelphia Inquirer

President-elect Trump is lucky that he has a transition already in motion. The Presidential Transitions Act of 2010 first allowed for post-nomination, preelection government-funded transitions, and Trump is the first nonincumbent candidate to win since that time. He will be happy to have had the head start, as the postelection transition period is a brief one, and does not give incoming administrations time to do everything they need to do.

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The GOP's ObamaCare Strategy Pays Off

November 13, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal

When the new Congress and President-elect Trump take office in January, Republicans will have a real chance to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act. If they succeed, it will be the result of their carefully executed strategy to repeal the law and repeated congressional votes to do so. This approach was the subject of much derision from Democrats, but sticking to it has now put the Republicans in a position where they can reach their goal.

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Why Some Intellectuals Are Breaking for Trump

November 6, 2016  •  Politico

It may not get the attention of the daily outrage cycle in the news, but one of the most striking fractures in the 2016 campaign has been the peeling away of conservative intellectuals from their own party's candidate—and, in some cases, from the party itself. As Donald Trump's ascendancy began in the summer of 2015, the thought leaders of the right were among the first Republicans to open up a direct line of attack on the celebrity real estate developer. ("He's dead to me," said Bill Kristol, after Trump attacked John McCain's war service early in his campaign.) And as the race evolved, many of the most resolute statements from the intellectual right have been leveled against a candidate, not for one, as writers like Kristol, Jonah Goldberg, Yuval Levin and Pete Wehner became leading figures in the NeverTrump movement.

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