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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They Came, They Met, They Left

Today’s meeting on the deficit between President Obama and bipartisan Congressional leaders ended after less than an hour. From the pool report at the top of the session: Pool entered the Cabinet Room at 11:08, out at 11:09. Seated at the table, men in blazers, no ties, Vice President Biden in shirt sleeves. No statements and pool quickly ushered out. Potus flanked by House Speaker

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Mr. President, Show Some Respect

What kind of way is this to talk about the leaders of Congress? I want them here at 11 a.m. tomorrow . . . and they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default . . . They will come down here at 11 oclock tomorrow. I expect them to have answers. Even if you’re angry,

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