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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White House Caves on Payroll Tax Extension

The White House this evening agreed to a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, bowing to Republican demands that it include a provision forcing a faster decision on the whether to allow the Keystone pipeline to extend from Canada deep into the United States. Obama and his Democratic allies had already given in on GOP demands that the extension be paid for with a

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Obama Wildly Cheered by Reform Jews

As a proud Jew, it always disconcerts me to hear the enmity so many other Jews have for Republicans. Jews who will tell you that nothing is more important to them than Israel will then happily list the evils they attribute to the insane leaders of the GOP. Jews are generally liberal politically, and that’s fine. But their derisiveness toward Republicans reveals a kind of

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Obama’s Intractable Poll Problems

President Obama and his campaign have been trying to let you know that things are brightening up. The Iraq war is over. Unemployment is down half a point to 8.6 percent. The president is battling for your Social Security tax cut against hypocritical Republicans. The Obama campaign itself is ladling out stories to the press that it has become newly confident of its chances. The

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