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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Mayor Rahm

Rahm Emanuel will become the next mayor of Chicago, his chief opponent having conceded amid projections Rahm will receive more than 50 percent of the vote in a multicandidate contest, avoiding a runoff. Rahm, in his victory statement, said he wants “to be mayor of all Chicagoans, including you assholes who didn’t vote for me.”

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Obama Today || Wednesday, February 23, 2011

12:45 pm || Departs the White House 1:15 pm || Arrives Bethesda Naval Medical Center to visit wounded warriors and their families 2:45 am || Arrives White House 3:45 pm || Meets with Secretary of State Clinton All times Eastern Live Stream of Carney briefing at 12:30 pm

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Rumsfeld Flummoxes Andrea Mitchell

Just thought you all might want to take a look at this interview of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld by Andrea Mitchell. Rumsfeld is promoting his new book, Known and Unknown: A Memoir, a major portion of which deals with his time in the Bush administration. I’ve rarely seen a political figure tie a top news personality up in such knots. And Andrea Mitchell is certainly

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Gallup: Ronald Reagan Greatest President of All Time

About one in five place Reagan at the top of the list. Bill Clinton ranks third. What I really love about this is that a certain number of people – one percent – thought to themselves: “Let’s see, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Jimmy Carter . . . umm . . . yeah . . . that’s it, Jimmy Carter! H/T to Michelle Malkin

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We Cannot Sit By While Qaddafi Slaughters His People

President Obama, I know you are busy with your Future Enterprisers event today in Cleveland, but I must divert your attention to North Africa. The revolution in Libya is at the point where things could go either way. If Qaddafi gains the upper hand, he will commit perhaps the worst mass murder of this young century. This is your test. Bill Clinton passed his in

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Obama and His Very own Fat Cat Bankers

President Obama is well known for disparaging big wheel bankers, labeling them “fat cats” and describing their pay as “obscene.” But what is less well known is the extent to which he has tolerated them as his most trusted advisers. The appointment last month of William Daley to be chief of staff is only the most obvious example of this inconsistency. OK, hypocrisy. Sorry, inconsistency. Daley,

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Obama News || Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fresh evidence from this New York Times report, “Midlevel Taliban Admit to a Rift with Top Leaders”, that adding more troops to battles helps win wars. During internal discussions of the “Afghan surge” in late 2009, President Obama was given a choice of adding 80,000 or 40,000 troops for conducting  a counterinsurgency. He chose 30,000. Let’s hope it’s enough. POLITICO has a piece out today,

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