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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Nate Silver: Political Fallout May be Overhyped

Nate Silver, the respected poll data cruncher who accurately predicted the 2012 election results, wrote a piece today for his blog FiveThirtyEight cautioning against all the heated analysis predicting doom for Republicans as a result of the shutdown. Silver notes that any given issue tends to be fleeting, and that the last shutdown in 1995 didn’t noticeably hurt Republicans at all. Republicans certainly need such

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House GOP Hands Obama an Offer

Here’s the latest, via Politico: Right now, Republicans want to fund the government through Dec. 15, and lift the debt ceiling through Nov. 20. That would open two tracks for negotiations. Appropriators will develop 2014 spending levels. And then broader fiscal talks — spearheaded by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan and GOP leadership — would proceed

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Cruz: Hecklers are Paid Obama Operatives

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) charged that hecklers who interrupted his speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington were on Obama’s payroll. It seems that President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force today. And you know why? Because the men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of them. Not exactly sure how he’d know this, but it got him

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Obama’s Big Problem: He has no Credibility

I want to let you know about a new article I have running in Politico today, Obama’s Crisis of Credibility. Obama has a more serious problem than people seem to recognize: He’s no longer viewed as a credible individual. From the piece: President Barack Obama is like a novice flier thrust into the cockpit of a 747. He’s pushing buttons, flipping switches and radioing air

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The Obama Morning News || October 11, 2013

Boehner offer puts Obama on the spot . . . Politico GOP move on debt changes tone . . . New York Times White House claims GOP is on the ropes . . . The Hill Only 51K signed up for Obamacare first week . . . Daily Mail GOP to probe Obamacare glitches . . . Politico Obama signs military death benefits bill .

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