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 Schedule || Friday, May 13, 2016

9:00 am || Welcomes the president of Finland and the prime ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland Grand Foyer 10:15 am || Begins meetings with the Nordic leaders 7:00 pm || Welcomes the the Nordic Leaders for a State Dinner; North Portico 9:00 pm || Official State Dinner begins; South Lawn All times Eastern Live Stream of White House Briefing at 12:45 pm

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Obama to Order Schools to Let Transgenders Use Restroom of Choice

From the New York Times: The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, fueling a highly charged debate over transgender rights in the middle of the administration’s legal fight with North Carolina over

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Trump’s Opportunity to Win Black Votes

From an article I have running today in LifeZette, which was picked up by RealClearPolitics: In 2016, the time is ripe for the Republican nominee to ask the same question of African-Americans and other minorities, a question that if answered honestly, could help Donald Trump seize the presidency from the grasp of Hillary Clinton. It is an undeniable fact that, under the leadership of America’s

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Video || Who Are Trump’s Supporters?

Here is an excellent video produced by a reporter for the left-wing British newspaper, The Guardian, which I think provides an enlightening look at the factors and the people driving Trump’s success. It’s done without the condescension that you would expect from a U.S. journalist. Trump’s supporters are portrayed as reasonable people, stuck in very bad situations, who are making rational decisions to back someone

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House Wins Obamacare Lawsuit

From the Washington Examiner: In a major victory for Republicans, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration didn’t fund Obamacare’s subsidies properly. The judge said Thursday that the subsidy program will remain in place pending an appeal. The win means that potentially millions of people could lose tax credits intended to help them pay for the cost of healthcare . . . Obamacare’s tax

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Ryan on Trump Meeting: Good Start, Not There Yet

House Speaker Paul Ryan today said he had a great meeting with Donald Trump Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, but he indicated more work needs to be done before he is able to support the presumptive nominee. “I was very encouraged with what I heard from Donald Trump today,” Ryan said. “I do believe that we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified,

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Trump Flip Flops on Muslim Ban

Donald Trump said Wednesday night his proposal to ban Muslims was “just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on,” and that he’d “back off on it” if he felt he could. “It’s a temporary ban. It hasn’t been called for yet,” the presumptive Republican nominee said on Fox New Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends.” “Nobody’s done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out

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Trump Flip Flops on Entitlements

Donald Trump’s top policy advisor suggested that, contrary to Trump’s primary season pledge, the businessman may indeed may cuts to entitlements. “After the administration has been in place, then we will start to take a look at all of the programs, including entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare,” said chief Trump policy adviser Sam Clovis. “We’ll start taking a hard look at those to start

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