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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Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton to Depart

Passed over for the top job, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton is leaving to start his own consulting firm. Burton, who until recent weeks seemed on track for the post that went to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, offered the classic explanation for leaving the White House: He wants to spend more time with his family. Well, sure, but it doesn’t take

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Jay Carney Hits it Out of the Park

Well, the White House sure knew what it was doing. In his debut performance from the White House briefing room podium, Jay Carney sounded like he’d been press secretary for about six years. He was smooth and unruffled – not that most of the questions were of the caliber that might ruffle. He threw in a little bit of humor. He spoke briskly and in

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Photos from the Medal of Freedom Awards

INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE Yesterday Obama hosted the Medal of Freedom awards ceremony in the East Room. I took some photos for you. The event took a really long time. Here’s the list of recipients. They had to read all these people’s achievements twice. My sciatica started acting up. Just thought you wanted to know. Barbara Bush’s hair waits for its husband to appear. And

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Obama’s Worst Line of the News Conference

It came in response to criticism that he has no plan at all to solve the nation’s entitlement program. So what I’ve said is that if you look at the history of how these deals get done, typically it’s not because there’s an Obama plan out there; it’s because Democrats and Republicans are both committed to tackling this issue in a serious way. Sorry, Mr.

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Obama’s Best Line of the Press Conference

It came after this meandering, question by Jackie Calmes of the New York Times. You’ve correctly suggested that the media can be impatient about seeing you — seeing both sides come to a deal, but this is your third budget, your third year of your presidency.  You’ve said many times that you’d rather be a one-party — one-term President if it means you’ve done the

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