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The Federal Government Is Ill-Equipped to Handle Natural Disasters

August 29, 2016  •  National Review Online

Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people in 2005 and caused more than $148 billion in damages. The storm and attendant floods left 600,000 families homeless, undercut power to 3 million homes, and damaged or destroyed 1.2 million others. It painted an indelible picture of government helplessness, as images of suffering residents went around the country and around the world. It also reshaped the landscape of New Orleans: Nine years later, the city still has only 78 percent of its pre-storm population.

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How Presidents Can Blow It During a National Disaster

August 26, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal

This summer's bad news—floods in Louisiana, the spread of the Zika virus, police shootings, the threat of domestic terrorism—reminds us of a central challenge for any president: what to do when disaster strikes. Rush to the site and roll up his (or her) sleeves? Trust state and local leaders to handle the mess? Pick up the putter and finish that round of golf?

Modern presidents—with enormous federal capacities at their disposal and a media spotlight on the White House—are under great pressure to rise to the occasion. But it hasn't always been this way.

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A New Law That Actually Plans to Waste 50 Percent of Overall Spending

August 2, 2016  •  Observer

A critically important—but little known—law will shape the presidency of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, even before they enter the Oval Office.

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What Are the Best Books to Catch Up on This Summer?

July 22, 2016  •  National Review Online

Summer is a great time for reading, but then again, so is the rest of the year. One of my recent favorite recent books was Karl Rove's Triumph of William McKinley, which closes with a compelling analysis of how the 19th-century president's experience in politics is relevant even today. Also relevant for recent events is Operation Thunderbolt, by Saul David, which tells the story of Israel's 1976 raid on the hijackers holed up at Uganda's Entebbe airport. The book includes all sorts of good information that I did not get from late 1970s TV movies such as Raid on Entebbe: Yoni Netanyahu, the raid's leader and only Israeli soldier to die on the raid, was a fan of the Mission Impossible TV show; U.N. Secretary General — and former Wermacht solder — Kurt Waldheim condemned the raid as "a serious violation of the national sovereignty of a United Nations member state"; and the hijacked Air France plane lingered on the tarmac at Entebbe, deteriorating, for decades after the raid.

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How technology is changing political conventions

July 17, 2016  •  The Washington Post

Political conventions were born because of technological limitations. They have been changing ever since as technology has evolved. Initially, and for much of our history, these changes have transpired in a way that favored leading candidates and party leaders; now, and increasingly in the years to come, they may empower underdogs and grass-roots activists.

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