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, July 13, 2012

9:40 am || Departs White House 10:40 am || Arrives Norfolk, Va. 12:55 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Green Run High School, Virginia Beach 2:40 pm || Departs Norfolk 3:05 pm || Arrives Hampton, Virginia 4:25 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Phoebus High School, Hampton, Va. 5:30 pm || Departs Hampton 6:20 pm || Arrives Roanoke, Va. 7:25 pm

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Drudge: Rice Near the Top of Romney’s VP List

The Drudge Report is reporting that Condoleezza Rice is near the top of the list of Romney vice presidential prospects, and that the announcement is expected in the “coming weeks,” some time before the GOP convention. Leading Republican columnist Peggy Noonan tries to boost her candidacy by opining it might be “a brilliant choice.”

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CNN: Obama Tax Plan Will Cut GDP by One Percent

CNN is reporting that President Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on the highest earning Americans could take a one percent bite out of GDP. Interestingly, the reporter, Erin Burnett, is a former leading reporter for CNBC and one of the few news anchors who actually understands economics. Soaking the rich will harm the poor. With government spending at hits highest proportion of GDP since World

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Rove: It’s Worse for Obama than it Looks

Karl Rove has penned an interesting piece today on why President Obama’s chances may look worse than the polls suggest. If its true, surely the Obama campaign people know it. Rove describes a number of statistics that suggest that if Obama and Romney are close in the polls, Romney wins. He finds: Republicans are more likely to vote than Democrats; The small minority of Republicans

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Romney’s NAACP Speech: I’d Have Booed Too

Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP Wednesday deserved derision, because it illuminated the problem with Mitt Romney: a failure to lead with a principled program. How do you go before the nation’s premiere African American organization and say you will eradicate the signature achievement of the nation’s first black president without outlining exactly what you’d replace it with? I will reduce government spending. Our high

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