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 || Friday, January 6, 2011

9:50 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:40 am || Visits staff and delivers brief remarks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Washington 12:15 pm || Lunch with winners of campaign raffle All times Eastern Carney briefing TBD

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Obama’s Historic Firsts

Doug Ross over at Dougross@journal has compiled the complete list of Obama firsts, demonstrating that President Obama has indeed succeeded in making history. And making a mess. Here’s a few of the best. You can read the entire list here. • First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government • First President to Violate the War Powers Act •

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Did Obama Offer a Faulty Rationale for Cordray Move?

President Obama’s recess appointment Wednesday of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may not allow the agency to perform all of its functions, undermining one of Obama’s key rationales for the controversial move. Under the law, the agency cannot regulate non-banks until a director is confirmed by the Senate. Some Republicans, including widely respected Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, are arguing that

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Obama Raising Cash Off Cordray Appointment

In a sign of the total collapse of the wall between governing and his reelection campaign, President Obama has begun fundraising off his appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, dispatching a money-seeking email the very same day he installed Cordray by recess appointment. According to a piece in Big Government by Heritage Foundation blogger Rob Bluey, an email sent by the

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Obama was Right to Appoint Cordray

President Obama did not exceed his powers as president Wednesday when he made a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. There are many actions Obama has taken during his presidency that stir grave concern about presidential overreach and how Obama might use his executive powers if he is reelected. Wednesday’s appointment was not one of them. The Senate claims

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