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 || March 8, 2013

9:30 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 10:00 am || Meets with senior advisers 11:15 am || Meets with religious leaders on immigration; Roosevelt Room All times Eastern Live stream of briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest at 12:30 pm

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Holder: Obama Can’t Kill Non-Combatant Americans

Responding to the 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.), Attorney General Eric Holder today sent a letter to Paul clarifying that the United States can’t use drones to kill Americans who are not engaged in combat. The letter in its entirety states: It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question, “Does the president have the authority to use

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Stopping White House Tours Saves Only $18K per Week

Canceling the White House tours saves the nation a relative pittance, lending credence to Republican charges that shuttering the People’s House had more to do with politics than the sequester. According to ABC News, stopping the tours saves the federal government only about $18,000 per week, even as it causes massive disappointment to many – including schoolchildren – who had been planning for weeks to

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The Obama Morning News || March 7, 2013

How the White House silenced gun control groups . . . Politico Rand Paul filibusters drone policy for 13 hours . . . Washington Post Coburn: I think we’ll get a guncheck deal . . . Washington Times House passes bill to avoid shutdown, Senate next . . . Fox News Fourth quarter productivity weakest in years . . . Reuters Al Gore sued over Current

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Obama Pays Dinner Tab for a Dozen Republicans

Hoping to begin rebuilding bridges frayed by years of neglect and abuse, President Obama last night bought dinner for a dozen Republican Senators as the two sides broke bread to try to begin reaching an accommodation on the budget and other issues. Senators are not used to skimping on meals, and the dinner must have set the president – who paid out of his own

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