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 || Thursday, June 21, 2012

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 10:30 am || Meets with senior advisors 12:30 pm || Lunch with Biden 1:40 pm ET || Remarks on student loan rates All times Eastern Live stream of Carney briefing at noon

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Issa Panel Cites Holder for Contempt

Led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the House Oversight Committee this afternoon voted Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running operation. After Republicans defeated several Democratic amendments seeking to water down the contempt resolution, the panel moved through a resolution of contempt on 23-17 Party line vote. If a deal

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Mr. President, Blow a Bubble for Putin

Really, I don’t mind if the president has to chew Nicorette gum. We all have our weaknesses. But does he have to do this on the World Stage? I do mind that the White House tries to suggest that President Obama has kicked the habit by celebrating that he no longer smokes. It reminds me of alcoholics who say, “Oh, I only drink wine now.”

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Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious

Updated 4:01 pm ET President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running operation, preventing their release to the House Oversight Committee. Nevertheless, the panel, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), continued with its procedure to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt for failing to turn them over. The presidential determination was formally in response to a request

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Race Threatens to Become a Weapon in the Campaign

The 2008 campaign was remarkably free of racial talk, as the first serious black candidate for president sailed to victory in a largely colorblind campaign that emphasized his personal qualities and proposals. Obama refrained from making his race an issue, and his opponents mostly left it alone too. But events in the past week raise concern that race is being inserted into the 2012 campaign,

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Obama Has Bowed Eight Times as President

President Obama has bowed at least eight times during his presidency, a habit that some see as a metaphor for his approach to foreign policy. Obama appeared to bow before Mexican President Filipe Calderon at the 2012 G-20 Summit. At a school in Mumbai in November 2010 he “drew his hands together, as if in prayer, and greeted the children with a slight bow,” according to an

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