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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Local Press Grills Obama: Green or Red Chiles, Sir?

The Obama campaign insists President Obama is getting just as rough a going over from the local press types and entertainment outlets as he would from the White House press corps, from which he has stopped taking questions. Now, this is certainly not the toughest group of presidential inquisitors that I have worked with in my years at the White House. But I submit to

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Romney Charitable Giving Has Vastly Outpaced Obama’s

The Obama campaign is assailing Gov. Mitt Romney for failing to release his taxes and for paying only around a 15 percent rate, but it fails to note one of the reasons for Romney’s relatively moderate payment: He donates enormous sums of tax-deductible money to charity. In fact, during a comparable period before Obama and Romney were running for president, Romney’s giving probably was at

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Gallup: Ryan Pick Has Little Effect on Polls

Gov. Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate has not moved polls in a statistically significant fashion, suggesting that while not an immediate boon to Romney, concerns that picking the fiscal hawk who wants to revamp Medicare has not driven voters away. Ryan’s effect on the polls could change in the coming weeks, as Ryan presents himself to voters

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