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


Obama Week Ahead || October 4 – 9, 2010

From the White House: On Monday, the President will attend a meeting of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board at the White House. On Tuesday, the President will join Dr. Jill Biden at the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges.  This event will highlight the critical role that community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and reaching our educational goals. The President will join

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The Rahm Wrap Up

This is a nice little rundown of some of the TV on the Rahm departure and Rouse elevation from Multisource political news, world news, and entertainment news analysis by

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Rahm’s East Room Farewell

Today’s Rahm Farewell in the East Room contained surprising moments of poignancy, with the hard driving, bullying chief of staff nearly descending into weepiness when mentioning his dad and then his family. Obama himself appeared to be holding tenuously onto his cool demeanor as Rahm gave him the ultimate Rahm praise, calling him a tough guy who faced down an economic depression and manhandled other

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What Rahm Hath Wrought

Whether you like the first 18 months of the Obama presidency or not, you have one person to thank more than any other for its achievements, and it’s not the president, and it’s not Nancy Pelosi. Rahm Emanuel, who will announce his resignation today as White House chief of staff, is quite simply the most formidable political figure of the last half of the first

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Obama Morning News || October 1, 2010

TARP Bailout to Cost Less Than Thought . . . New York Times Chicago No Cakewalk for Rahm . . . New York Times Emanuel’s Replacement a “Fixer” . . . Washington Post What to Watch as Emanuel Leaves . . . POLITICO House Foils Michelle’s Nutrition Bill . . . POLITICO Hill Sees Little Change Post-Rahm . . . POLITICO Obama Envoy Tries to

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New POLITICO Piece: It’s Not Just the Economy, Stupid

Here’s the latest piece I wrote for POLITICO, appearing this morning. I discuss how Obama and the Democrats are engaging in a novel political experiment: governing against the will of the people. Almost all of their policies are unpopular, but the have kept chugging along. The White House thinks Obama’s will be popular again if the economy improves, but you can’t arrogantly defy voters and

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