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 Schedule || Wednesday, June 29, 2011

11:30 am || Holds a Press Conference; East Room 1:50 pm || Welcomes the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm to the White House; Rose Garden 3:00 pm || Meets with Senate Democratic leadership 4:30 pm || Meets with Treasury Secretary Geithner 5:45 pm || Delivers remarks at an event observing LGBT Pride month 7:00 pm || Hosts farewell dinner for Defense Secretary Gates All times Eastern

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Obama to Hold a News Conference Wednesday

President Obama will hold a new conference at 11:30 am Wednesday morning. We’ll live stream it starting then. It’s his  first solo press conference in four and a half months, his last one being Feb. 15. Obama rarely takes questions from the White House press corps – or any other press corps, for that matter. He is called on to answer for his policies far

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A Presidential Gaffe-Off

Gosh, you know, there’s nothing much going on today. President Obama was out in Iowa campaigning discussing manufacturing, and not much news was made, so I figured it was time to roll some presidential gaffes. For your evening viewing: First up is the George W. Bush collection which, I think, love him or hate him, you’ll admit probably didn’t take much work to put together.

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Obama Consumes Fatty Food & Asks a Silly Question

Obama screeched the motorcade to a halt outside some greasy spoon in Iowa where the equivalent of South African deep fried fat cakes dominates the menu. From the pool report: The president made an unannounced stop at Ross’, a 24-hour local eatery in Bettendorf, Iowa, owned by a woman he met at an Aug. 25, 2008, town hall meeting. Cynthia Freidhof, the owner, amused Obama

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Why the Deficit is Worse Than We Thought

Larry Lindsey, who was George W. Bush’s initial chief economic adviser, has written a piece I thought you’d want to know about on why the deficit is so much worse than we realize. He concludes that the current negotiations are likely to yield little more than a drop in the bucket if entitlement reform is not addressed, which it probably won’t be in any serious

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Campaign Downgrades Obama Raffle by Including Biden

The Obama campaign has mysteriously downgraded its $5 Dinner With Obama raffle by forcing the winner to have dinner with Biden as well! Okay, if this sounds mean spirited of me, please ask any Washington journalist who has had to listen to Biden for any length of time. It’s excruciating. At least lower the minimum donation to $2.50. Here’s the email I got yesterday from

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Quote of the Day

“Listen, I was going to pass on the fried fat until they told me it came with a free pastry.” – Michelle Obama A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote.

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The Obama Morning News || June 28, 2011

A behind-the-scenes White House push is aimed at winning over skeptical big-dollar donors needed to finance growth in Obama’s battleground-state machinery. Despite President Obama’s comments about “fat cats,” a number of bankers quietly continue to back him. Obama hosts debt talk sitdowns as leaders remain divided over spending reductions and tax increases. The White House insists today’s stop by Obama in Iowa is about jobs, not politics.

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