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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An Historic Failure of Presidential Leadership

I can hardly find the words to describe what happened at the White House today. But there are always words, and so I must find them. In an immense and nearly unparalleled – there’s always James Buchanan – abnegation of presidential responsibility, the White House today blithely acknowledged that President Obama did nothing to broker a deal in Congress to reduce the deficit and save

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Obama Makes Last Ditch Effort to Save Deficit Talks

Yeah, well, not. Nothing on Obama’s schedule this morning suggesting that he is serious about salvaging the broken deficit committee, as you can see below. Midway through Obama’s Hawaii and Indonesia trip last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney noted that Obama wasn’t even making calls to Capitol Hill. Because, Carney acknowledged, a successful panel that managed to move legislation through Congress would totally

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Obama Loses Chris Matthews

And once a Democratic president has lost Chris Matthews . . . Poor Chris. Sing along to the Righteous Brothers: “You’ve lost, that tinnnnngling feeling . . . woh oh that tinnnnngling feeling . . . ” This video has been getting around, but I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see it and comment on it if you like. Chris makes

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Obama Schedule || Monday, November 21, 2011

10:30 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:10 am || Delivers remarks and signs legislation into law that will provide tax credits designed to help put veterans back to work; South Court Auditorium 4:25 pm || Meets with Treasury Secretary Geithner 7:15 pm || Attends country music celebration; East Room All Times Eastern

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