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, November 30, 2011

Noon || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 12:40 pm || Departs White House 1:45 pm || Arrives Scranton, Pa. 2:05 pm || Meets with a Scranton family 2:45 pm || Delivers remarks at Scranton High School 4:10 pm || Departs Scranton 4:55 pm || Arrives New York City 6:05 pm || Delivers remarks at fundraiser #1; private reesidence 7:30 pm || Delivers remarks at fundraiser

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Scranton Yawns for Obama

President Obama heads to Joe Biden’s fabled hometown of Scranton Wednesday – a place Biden left about 83 years ago but still calls home so he can help Obama carry the state – but it seems Scranton is not much interested. Pennsylvania was carried Obama in 2008, but its unemployment rate and large population of white middle class workers – just the type of voters

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Biden Pops Up in Baghdad

Vice President Biden arrived today for an unannounced visit to Iraq. I hope he is there to negotiate keeping about 10,000 U.S. forces around to help safeguard the victory and serve as a strategic counter to Iran. But what are the odds of that? From the White House: Vice President Biden has arrived in Baghdad, Iraq. While there, the Vice President will co-chair a meeting

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Basketball Stars to Play in “Obama Classic” Fundraiser

Magic Johnson will lead retinue of professional basketball players who will play in a December 12 fundraiser to benefit President Obama’s reelection drive, according to an announcement on the Obama campaign website. Tickets start at $200 for general admission and head up to $500 a piece for “premium lower deck” seats and $5,000 to sit courtside. Among those listed for the event, billed as the

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NY Times Book Review Likens Tea Party to the Klan

A piece in Sunday’s New York Times book review section compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan. The review, written for the Times by historian Kevin Boyle, evaluates two new books on the Klan. It opens with an indirect but unmistakable suggestion that the Tea Party is a modern version of the racist white supremacist organization. Imagine a political movement created in a moment

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