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 Bids Gibbs Farewell

President Obama came into the briefing room this afternoon during White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ final go at the podium to thank him for his years of service to the Obama, as a senator, candidate and president. “I don’t think we could have a better press secretary,” Obama said. The farewell to Gibbs seemed perhaps a bit akward amid the extraordinary events occurring across

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Calorie Count for Two White House Meals: 6,500

Two recent high profile meals at the White House together totalled a whopping 6,500 calories, calling into question whether Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign refers principally to movement around a buffet table. The January 19 State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, with its artery clogging list of delicacies, may have been interpreted in Beijing as a message that the Obamas want Hu to

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Three Reasons Obamacare is in Deep Doo Doo

Democrats are working hard to portray the inevitability of Obamacare, characterizing GOP efforts to repeal it as political theater while President Obama himself fights a rearguard action by suggesting he’s open to revisions. But the spin coming out of the Democratic camp and the offers of flexibility mask a reality the White House is well aware of: Obama’s signature achievement is in serious danger of

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Obama Offers Tribute to Egyptian Protestors

President Obama this afternoon offered an eloquent tribute to the Egyptian revolutionaries who toppled Hosni Mubarak, invoking  the fall of the Berlin Wall and other “the echoes of history” to mark the magnitude of the events. “As Martin Luther Kind said . . .  there’ something in the soul that cries out for freedom,” Obama said. He noted the peaceful nature of the protests, saying

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Plouffe Engineers New White House Order

Want to make sure you have the opportunity to check out today’s piece by Glenn Thrush in Politico about David Plouffe, the new senior White House adviser. Plouffe is described as a kind of Rahm in Reverse, harboring the former chief of staff’s intensity but channeling it into a low key, highly organized disposition. Plouffe, in Thrush’s telling, is bringing a new sense of order

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