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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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Celebrating a Conservative Fourth of July

July 4, 2015  •  National Review Online

At a time when freedom is either diminishing or being threatened around the world, July 4th is a reminder that we in the U.S. still have our freedom. This includes the freedom to worship as we see fit. As this year, July 4th is on a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, I will spend Independence Day 2015/5775 praying, reading, and visiting with family. I will also raise a glass in memory of my mentor and friend Ben Wattenberg, who died this week. Ben's love of America knew no bounds, and I'm sorry that he didn't get to see one more July 4th, his favorite day of the year.

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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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