The Presidential Daily Brief


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    Arianna Huffington Curates the PDB

    We’ve brought you Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair and others to curate our Presidential Daily Brief. This weekend, Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, shares her views on everything from the Democratic primary to a new study on raising teenagers. She’s the author of Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, and recently partnered with to offer an online course based on her best-selling book. The class starts on May 3 and shares practical lessons on thriving in all areas of life. Learn more here.


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    Have We Forgotten the Lessons From Iraq?

    Two weeks ago, Iran erupted into celebration at the prospect of a nuclear deal and an end to sanctions. But today the framework agreement appears threatened by hard-line posturing in both Iran and America. As we risk triggering another Mideast war, this time with a country twice the size of Iraq, it’s amazing how prominent the voices that advocated the disastrous war against Saddam Hussein remain today. We should heed past lessons to ensure a more peaceful future.

    The HillPoliticoJohn McCain

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    Note to Democrats: No One Is Inevitable

    Despite widespread talk of Hillary Clinton’s “inevitability” as the Democratic presidential nominee, there’s no such thing as a fait accompli this early in the electoral cycle. I don’t think Clinton was ever inevitable — no more so now than she was in 2008. It would be wise for Democrats to treat the primary as a crucible, and consider not just a plan B, but also plans C, D, E and F. After all, a robust primary widens the debates and forces candidates to more deeply articulate their visions, which ultimately makes for stronger nominees and a more informed electorate. 

    New Republic, Politico, Al Jazeera

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    Thought Leadership for Indiana and Beyond

    Call it a corporate values shift. Marc Benioff, the CEO of software giant Salesforce, made national headlines last month with his vociferous opposition to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But his version of enlightened leadership began much earlier, notably with a philosophy that integrates mindfulness, well-being, sustainability and giving with business success. The longtime meditator has said he’s “all for a healthy mind and a healthy body,” but that he’s also in favor of “a healthy planet and a healthy country and taking care of others.”

    Huffington Post, USA Today


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    Social Media Stars Steer the Conversation 

    Instead of the usual assortment of movie stars and celebrities, each of HuffPost’s guests at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner later this month is a social media influencer in some way. We’ve gone the celebrity route in the past, but this year we wanted to use the occasion to connect some people who themselves are known for connecting. Our table will include people like “Serial” host Sarah Koenig, Instagram activist Ruddy Roye and Jerome Jarre — whose New York Times profile earlier this year got me thinking about the potential of people who embrace these new tools. They’re early adopters who can see around the corner. 

    NYT, OZYThe Wrap

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    The Snake in Our Electronic Eden

    Ninety percent of the data now available to us has been created in the last two years. But how much of our collective wisdom has been made available in that time? What we’re lacking is not data, but wisdom — or as this article puts it, depth perception. Which is no surprise; it has never been harder to tap into our inner wisdom, because in order to do so we have to disconnect from all our omnipresent devices — gadgets, screens and social media — and reconnect with ourselves.

    Harvard Business Review

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    What’s on Your Moral Bucket List?

    Have you noticed that when we die, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success? Perhaps we should not spend so much of our limited time on earth focusing on all the things our eulogies will never cover. Even for those who die with amazing Wikipedia entries, whose lives were synonymous with accomplishment and achievement, their eulogies focus mostly on what they did when they weren’t achieving and succeeding. Here, David Brooks lists the essential elements in beefing up the role of eulogy virtues in our lives.


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    Close the ’Dream Deficit’ for U.S. Students

    Everyone has a dream, but according to Andrew Mangino, the dreams of many high school students are buried so deep that they require some unearthing. Four years out of Yale, Mangino co-founded a nonprofit called The Future Project, which places “Dream Directors” in schools around the country — similar to the way Teach for America places teachers — to inspire kids, open them to possibilities and counter what Mangino calls the “dream depression.” Pay attention: He’s on to something big. 

    Huffington Post, WTNH

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    Moms Should Take Time for Teens

    As the mother of two 20-something daughters — and former teenagers — this hit home for me. A new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that the more time mothers spend engaged with their teens, the less likely the youths are to get into trouble. “It’s an article of faith in our culture that teenagers despise adult company,” Jennifer Senior writes. But as this new research suggests, there’s more to the debate about taking parental leave than we thought.

    NY Magazine