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 Departing for Brief Hawaii Vacation

President Obama and his family are departing tonight for their annual vacation in Hawaii. But this year’s sojourn on Oahu is likely to be a brief one for the president. According to the Washington Post, Obama is scheduled to return to Washington Wednesday, the day after Christmas, to resume discussions about the fiscal cliff. He said as much during an appearance in the briefing room

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Obama Calls for Limited Tax Deal to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

President Obama today called on Congress to reach a deal that would raise taxes without including wide ranging spending cuts, saying Republicans must pass what they agree with Democrats on – protecting the middle class from having its tax rates increase. “There is absolutely no reason – none – not to protect  (middle class) Americans from a tax hike,” Obama said during a hastily called

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Obama to Nominate Kerry for State Today

President Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) to be Secretary of State, announcing his choice this afternoon at 1:30 pm at the White House. I will livestream the event for you. Kerry’s background and outlook make him far from the perfect candidate for State. But for Obama, Kerry is a good choice. Unlike Clinton, who was chosen for political reasons, Kerry will start as

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Gallup: Obama Approval Highest in Three Years

President Obama’s approval rating stands at 56 percent, the highest level since October 2009, according to Gallup. The survey, which was conducted Monday through Wednesday of this week, found that 37 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing. According to Gallup, the sudden bump in Obama’s popularity – it has been hovering at just over 50 percent since he was reelected – could stem

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WH Petition Seeks Medal of Freedom for Newtown Teacher

A petition gaining ground on the White House website asks President Obama to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Victoria Soto, the teacher who died trying to shield her students from bullets during the Newtown massacre. The petition as of this morning had about 5,000 signatures – already on its way toward gathering the 25,000 needed to require a response from the White House.

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The Obama Morning News || December 21, 2012

Boehner’s roller coaster week . . . Washington Post Obama’s options not so good either . . . Politico Behind the scenes of the GOP meltdown . . . Politico Obama seeks grass roots gun campaign . . . Washington Times Hagel gay rights record under fire . . . New York Times Violence declined after assault ban ended . . . Doug Ross

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