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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It’s Sunny, It’s Warm, and It’s Golf

President Obama headed out to Fort Belvoir early this afternoon for a round of golf. Among those playing are First Friend Marty Nesbitt, one of Obama’s long-time pals from Chicago. It’s a little hot and humid, headed up to about 89 degrees. But he’s happily played in much worse. It’s already the 14th time he’s been out this year and the 125th time as president.

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Tapper: Gibbs, Plouffe and Messina Cash in

When Jake Tapper first arrived to cover the White House for ABC News after the 2008 election, I figured he was just another liberal reporter who would go easy on the man most of the Washington press corps had voted for. I knew he had spent several years reporting for Slate, the left-leaning online magazine, and figured he’d feel loathe to disturb the equanimity of

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