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


White House Dossier Slows Down for a Week

Hi everyone. I will be posting less often from Saturday, August 16 through Sunday, August 24 in order to get some rest, spend time with family, and do some thinking about future projects related to the website. I will be back full time Monday, August 25. I will, as I usually do, ask you to run the place in my absence, providing plenty of open

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Biking and then . . . Well What Do You Think?

An Obama family vacation is an exercise in rituals – box checking if you want to be mean about it – and one of the sacred rites on the Martha’s Vineyard vacation, along with a trip to the beach and a look through the bookstore, is The Bike Ride. This has not always worked out well for the president, as he looks not quite as

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ISIS Must Be Destroyed

I try, when I make decisions about important matters, to first figure out what, if anything, is unacceptable, and then work backwards from there. It makes the decision process easier. Say I’m thinking about what job to take. If I am told that at one of the jobs, the boss in a nasty, overbearing sort of jerk, though he knows his stuff and gets results,

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Chuck Todd Takes Over Meet the Press

I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not sure NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd is the right choice to host Meet the Press. Todd, as you probably know, will replace David Gregory. I’ve worked with both during their stints as White House reporters. This is why Tim Russert succeeded so well on Meet the Press: He was smart, affable, sunny, knowledgable, passionate about politics, and

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The Obama Morning News || August 15, 2014

Five reasons Obama may be returning . . . The Hill President Obama’s return to Washington Sunday remains shrouded in mystery, with aides providing few details of why the president is leaving his Martha’s Vineyard vacation home to come to the White House. IRS ordered to give Lerner details . . . Fox News A federal judge is demanding the IRS provide a more detailed explanation

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