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 Squeezes in One More Round

President Obama is at Marine Corps Base Hawaii today getting in a final round of golf before he heads back to Washington tonight. It’s the ninth time in a 15-day vacation Obama has played, the third time of a four-day old year, and the 160th time of his presidency.

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MSNBC Host Apologizes On-Air for Mocking Romney Grandkid

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry this morning apologized for a segment a few days ago in which she and a group of comedians mocked Mitt Romney’s new grandchild, an adopted baby who is African American. Seems heartfelt enough. But I’m not buying her claim that “I intended to say positive and celebratory things” about the photo, since she was asking a panel of sarcastic comedians to

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Let’s Move, But Not Too Far

President and Mrs. Obama today went on a fifteen minute hike. The couple tackled the Na Pohaku O Hauwahine trail, which runs for a half mile and includes a total ascent of 88 feet. Here’s a look: Not for the timid! The trail is also interesting because someone was found dead there in 2012.

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Fallujah Falls

I have finally figured out the Obama Doctrine: Screw up the hard fought gains handed him by George W. Bush. President Bush left office with al Qaeda desperately trying to blend in with camel herds in the desert and Iraq mostly pacified. Today, none of that is true. The newspapers are reporting this morning that al Qaeda is in control of Fallujah. What an awful,

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Obama’s Hawaiian Idyll Ends Tonight

Today is President Obama’s last day of vacation, though he’ll take a late checkout time and get a full final day in. Air Force One is scheduled to depart Honolulu this evening, which would put him in the White House around midday Sunday, and he’ll be back at work Monday. It’s been fifteen full days of vacation for the president and his family. Saturday the

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