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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Live Stream || Ted Cruz Filibuster

It’s a unique moment – a real live filibuster – so I thought you might want to watch Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaking on the floor tonight. We can make this kind of an overnight open thread so that everyone can watch and comment. Live streaming video by Ustream

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Cruz: My Critics Wouldn’t have Tried to Stop the Nazis

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today compared critics of his tactics on Obamacare and the spending bill – those who you can’t defund Obamacare by linking the issue to spending bills and the debt limit – to people who said the British couldn’t be defeated in the Revolutionary War, that the union couldn’t be saved during the Civil War, and that the Germans couldn’t be defeated

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Video || Cruz Begins Spending Bill Filibuster

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this afternoon took to the Senate floor to begin a filibuster that will delay – but which cannot block – a stopgap spending measure that would continue funding the government without provisions defunding Obamacare. According to Senate procedural rules, the Senate must begin voting on the measure by Wednesday at 1 pm, according to Politico, and if necessary at that point,

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Obama Needs Bill to Explain . . . Again

President Obama is rolling out Bill Clinton once again to give him some desperately need public relations assistance, appearing with the former president late this afternoon in New York City to try to sell the unpopular Obamacare to Americans. It’s the second time in recent weeks Clinton has been enlisted by Obama to promote Obamacare. Clinton has a talent that Obama lacks for explaining complicated

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Bill Clinton: Hillary and I Don’t Talk Politics Much

Former President Bill Clinton claims he and wife Hillary don’t talk about politics very often, even cutting each other off at times when the topic emerges. Speaking during an appearance Monday night during the PBS NewsHour, Clinton said: We’re not nearly as political as everybody thinks we are. We don’t sit around all the time talking about this. We swim in the late afternoon every

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The Obama Morning News || September 24, 2013

Iran’s supreme leader OK’s talks with U.S. . . . New York Times Kerry, Iranian counterpart to meet . . . Wall Street Journal Lawmakers pressure Obama to stand ground . . . Fox News McConnell rejects Cruz strategy . . . Fox News Report: McCain “hates” Ted Cruz . . . Washington Times Obama drifts toward lame duck status . . . The Hill

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Obama: I Quit Smoking “Because I’m Scared of My Wife”

President Obama told another attendee at the U.N. General Assembly Monday that he had quit smoking “because I’m scared of my wife.” Obama, who appeared to be joking – but also perhaps at least partially serious – has previously said he did it for his daughters. No matter, the president is still be addicted to nicotine and chews Nicorette gum. “I hope you’ve quit smoking,”

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