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What Are the 2016 GOP Candidates Reading?

August 21, 2015  •  New York Observer

Most of our Founding Fathers were serious readers, which is one reason we have a free and prosperous nation built on a foundation of the rule of law. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were all deeply influenced by the books they read. And they were part of a generation that read widely and voraciously. In subsequent years, some of our greatest presidents, both Democrat and Republicans, were avid readers – including Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.

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Democrats Roll Out 'Mediscare' Again

July 31, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Democrats celebrated by dusting off their traditional "Mediscare" tactic for the presidential-campaign season.

The first GOP debate hasn't even taken place, but one of the Republican candidates is already under attack on Medicare. In New Hampshire on July 22, Jeb Bush said he wanted to "phase out" traditional Medicare to build a more efficient, market-based system, focused on patients. It didn't take long for Democrats to pounce. MSNBC and the liberal blogs sensationalized the comment. The Democratic National Committee's press secretary, Holly Shulman, claimed that under a Bush presidency working Americans "won't have the same health benefits that seniors rely on."

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A Brief History of Presidents Playing Tennis

July 30, 2015  •  The Washingtonian

In preparation for the upcoming Citi Open tournament, here's a look at presidents playing tennis.

1909: William Howard Taft

More suited to golf, Taft had his rival Teddy Roosevelt's court demolished to make way for construction of the Oval Office. Mrs. Taft ordered it rebuilt on the South lawn, where it is today.

1923: Calvin Coolidge

The court fell quiet after 16-year-old Calvin Jr. developed a blister while hitting with his brother, John, leading to an infection that killed him weeks later.

1961: John F. Kennedy

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@POTUS: Twitter Is a Future Biographers' Best Friend

July 20, 2015  •  New York Observer

President Obama recently joined Twitter, and his feed is already providing some insights into the president that might have been unavailable to the public in his first six years in office. His first tweet read: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account." Not that interesting to be sure (like so much of Twitter), but subsequent tweets have weighed in on subjects as diverse as gay marriage and peas in guacamole. (FYI, he's for the former, opposed to the latter.)

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White House Cool
Celebrity as two-edged sword for presidents

July 6, 2015  •  Weekly Standard

That the president is an important media figure is an indisputable fact in the modern political landscape. In my own book on presidents and popular culture, I argued that the ways in which presidents interact with the content and various modes of popular culture can provide a valuable insight into their individual psyches. Now, Kenneth T. Walsh has come along and taken the case to a different level, arguing that celebrity is an indispensible part of the modern presidency and that presidents who handle celebrity better are more successful as presidents.

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