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review of Politics Is a Joke!

August 19, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

This summer, in an effort to promote her new memoir, Hillary Clinton showed up—where else?—across the table from Jon Stewart and then Stephen Colbert. On "The Colbert Report" the former secretary of state sparred with the faux-conservative host, who described the book's account of dealing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, playing piano with Bono and meeting Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi as "656 pages of shameless name-dropping." Mr. Stewart's take on "The Daily Show" was even more blunt: "I think I speak for everybody when I say, no one cares. They just want to know if you're running for president."

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Will employer health plans become a casualty of Obamacare?

May 12, 2014  •  Politico

Welcome to the new conventional wisdom: Employer-sponsored health insurance, which developed by accident in World War II and subsequently became the main pillar of our health system, is in danger of disappearing. A new study by S&P Capital Research, a financial research firm, predicts that the employer-based system will most likely disappear by 2025. Even Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of the president's health care reforms and the brother of former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, says in his new book that the bill's health care exchanges will eventually supplant the existing system.

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Obama's "Last Campaign": Pop Culture Push for Health Law

March 22, 2014  •  RealClearPolitics

President Obama recently went on the "Ellen" TV show to encourage people to sign up for health insurance at HealthCare.gov. The interview lacked the humor of last week's "Between Two Ferns" interview with Zach Galifianakis, but it was part of the same concerted strategy: to use pop culture venues to push the Affordable Care Act.

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Obama's next memoir will make money - but it won't change minds

February 21, 2014  •  The Washington Post

According to literary agent Andrew Wylie, President Obama's post-White House memoir could fetch an advance of up to $20 million . First lady Michelle Obama's memoir, which she has apparently already started, could bring in an additional $12 million — not a bad nest egg for their golden years.

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8 Fascinating Stories About Presidents And Their Favorite Books

February 17, 2014  •  Business Insider

Here are eight surprising stories about the books presidents read during their stay in the White House:

1. For Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, reading was a costly—but worthwhile— investment.

Books have been the most consistently used cultural tool by all presidents, to project an intellectual image to the American people. Unfortunately, books were quite expensive in the Colonies—in 1776, a first edition of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" would have cost about $615 in today's dollars, about the same as an iPad costs today.

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