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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Trump Schedule || Thursday, February 16, 2017

10:30 am || Participates in a congressional listening session 12:30 pm || Holds a press conference; East Room 1:25 pm || Speaks with President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia 2:30 pm || Meets with Attorney General Jeff Sessions 3:15 pm || Signs HJ Res. 38, which disapparoves of an Obama environmental rule 3:50 pm || Tapes his weekly address; Cabinet Room All times Eastern

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Trump Labor Pick Withdraws

From the Washington Examiner: Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of labor, will withdraw from consideration Wednesday, according to multiple reports following a tumultuous day in which video of his ex-wife’s appearance on a 1990 episode of the “Oprah Winfrey Show” dedicated to domestic violence surfaced. His first confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thursday morning. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told the

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Senate Votes to Roll Back Obama Gun Regulation

There were many competent older people who would have been denied their right to self-defense by some bureaucrat’s determination under this rule. From the Washington Examiner: The Senate voted Wednesday to roll back an Obama administration rule that Republicans have said is a threat to people’s right to own firearms, following a similar House vote last week. The Senate voted 57-43 to kill the rule

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Trump Takes Steps to Weaken Obamacare

Beginning to do things administratively amid continued holdup on legislative changes. The Trump administration has taken a first step to reshape Obamacare through its own administrative powers, even as Republicans on Capitol Hill remain stymied over how to repeal and replace the healthcare law, the Washington Examiner reports. A rule proposed on Wednesday, which would tighten up enrollment and allow plans across all tiers to

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Republicans Agree with Trump, will Probe Leaks

These are very serious leaks that are exposing U.S. intelligence gathering methods and that could involve an intentional effort to undermine an official whose views are quite contrary to those of Obama administration officials. From the Washington Examiner: House and Senate Republicans are following President Trump’s lead by demanding investigations into the damaging leaks that have been pouring out of the federal government since President

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