In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Natty Obama

The president Friday night is watching the Washington Nationals play ball. But he’s really there to see the Chicago White Sox, who are playing the Nats

He’s there with his daughters, senior adviser David Axelrod, DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and Chicago bud Eric Whitaker.

Earlier Friday he called Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to congratulate.