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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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With Ramadan Here, Do We Need to Worry About MERS?

June 19, 2015  •  New York Observer

South Korea has begun to control its recent MERS outbreak, but not without cost. More than 150 people infected. At least 19 deaths. And a significant disruption of the Korean economy. The outbreak appears to have been caused by one particularly contagious individual – a so-called super-spreader – returning from Saudi Arabia. The episode is a stark reminder about the need to take seriously the threat of coronaviruses.

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Develop a Governing Agenda with Targeted Health Care Reform
How Congress can shape the 2016 campaign

May 2015  •  The Ripon Forum

The current Congress is less than a year old, and already it is clear that the new GOP majority will have a tough time passing its agenda, let alone overcoming presidential vetoes to any laws that should happen to pass. Such an unfortunate circumstance does not, however, mean that this Congress cannot have an impact. Even without the ability to pass ambitious new laws, the GOP Congress has a real opportunity to shape the agenda heading into the 2016 election and beyond.

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How Not to Bungle an ObamaCare Opening

February 5, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

Republican congressional leaders were wise to propose an alternative to the Affordable Care Act this week, as the Supreme Court may strike down a key provision of the law after hearing King v. Burwell next month. The case involves subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance on federal exchanges. The plaintiffs—four individuals who don't want to be forced to buy ObamaCare—argue that under the explicit terms of the ACA, subsidies enabling that purchase can only be distributed in exchanges "established by the State." The court is expected to rule by the end of June, and the plaintiffs have a good chance of convincing a majority that the subsidies are unlawful.

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I Think That I Shall Never See a Jew As Lovely As a Tree

January 29, 2015  •  Commentary

Every year, in midwinter, synagogue bulletins and Jewish Community Center emails are filled with announcements of organic Sabbath lunches, environmental lectures, and recycling drives. The impetus for this annual unveiling of the green—which, somewhat unusually, takes place across Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox institutions alike—is the commemoration on the Jewish calendar of Tu B'Shvat, classically known as the New Year for Trees.

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