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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Obama: Mitt Romney, My Health Reform Brother

President Obama today gleefully pointed out the chink in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s armor – his state health reform plan – using it to strengthen the chink in Obama’s armor – the federal health reform law. I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished on health care in Massachusetts and supports giving states the power to determine their

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Mrs. Obama Serves Governors a 2,200 Calorie Meal

First Lady Michelle Obama Sunday night stuffed about 2,200 calories worth of dinner into the nation’s governors, hosting a White House bash that pulled few punches on the fattening front despite her profile as the leader of a national crusade to trim the waistlines of the country’s youth. President Obama is meeting with governors from both Parties at the White House today. Sunday night’s dinner

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France Takes the Lead on Aiding Libyan Rebels

What? France? Leading the world on military matters? Generally, France takes the lead on the preparation of appetizers and desserts. But it look like, in terms of providing actual, tangible assistance to the Libyan rebels – as opposed to assembling flatulent declarations out of the UN, which is where the United States is taking the lead – France is showing the way. From the Wall

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Carney Brings Back the Gaggle

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will “gaggle” this morning at 10:00 am, before briefing at 3:00 pm. Good job, Jay. The gaggle is an off-camera but on the record briefing that was held at the White House every morning until the waning days of the Bush administration, when Dana Perino ditched it. It features some serious questioning minus the showboating that occurs during the

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