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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White House: Israel “Has a Right to Defend Itself”

The White House today stuck the right note as Israel fights back against the rain of missiles emanating from Gaza, suggesting it is the Palestinians who are causing the violence and that Israel is correct to retaliate. White House National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhodes spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Bangkok, where President Obama will begin a five-day trip to

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Top Ten Reasons Obama Won’t Meet with Netanyahu

White House Dossier has obtained a list, written in President Obama’s own hand, describing the real reasons he refuses to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during Netanyahu’s trip this week the the United States. While we cannot reveal how we obtained this list, we do want to express our appreciation to the General Services Administration’s nighttime West Wing cleaning crew for the work that

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Busy Obama Campaigning In Virginia Today

President Obama, who has failed to make room in his schedule to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu or any other world leader during this week’s opening of the UN General Assembly, will be campaigning today in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The trip will take four hours out of his day, but Obama only has one campaign event scheduled. The president will leave the White House

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Obama: Israel “One of Our Closest Allies in the Region”

In a CBS “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night, President Obama inadvertently suggested an approach to the Middle East that places Israel on a par with its Arab neighbors, calling Israel “one of our closest allies in the region.” Actually, Israel is by far our closest ally in the region, the one nation in the Middle East that can provide significant and reliable military

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Time-Strapped Obama Spends an Hour with Olympians

President Obama today spent an hour greeting America’s Olympians, a questionable use of precious presidential time coming just days after the White House said scheduling problems would prevent Obama from meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu later this month. At a White House event honoring the Olympians, First Lady Michelle Obama proclaimed that her husband intended to greet every Olympian and Paralympian in attendance “even

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Obama to Netanyahu: No Meeting for You

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be in the United States later this month for the opening of the UN General Assembly, and President Obama has refused to meet with him. Well, sorry, I forgot, Netanyahu annoys Obama. Obama complained about it to Sarkozy. So I guess that’s reason enough. EVEN THOUGH ISRAEL MIGHT SOON BE GOING TO WAR AGAINST IRAN. I mean, what’s there

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Obama Offers Strong Show of Support for Israel

Updated 8:28 pm ET The White House today offered unconditional support to Israel in the wake of Wednesday’s murder of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, a possible sign of a toughening U.S. stance toward Iran and tightening ties with Israel. Obama, who has had his share of run ins with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and been criticized for harboring too much empathy for Israel’s enemies today

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WSJ: Obama, Netanyahu Split Over Iran “Red Line”

President Obama and Israeli Prime Mininster Binyamin Netanyahu split during three hours of meetings at the White House  today on the definition of what point an attack against Iran must be launched, with Obama focused on the end point of an Iranian nuclear weapon and Netanyahu seeking to define the a “red line” as a more nebulous “nuclear capability,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Carney: Obama Relationship with Netanyahu “Functional”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today was restrained in describing the relationship between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, calling the ties between the two “functional” and “candid,” terms that suggest the problems between the men are as bad as people suspect. Carney’s description shows the White House is unwilling to try to portray as close two leaders who are well known

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Obama Gets Chance to Repent for Slight to Bibi

President Obama will have a chance to do penance next month for last week’s insult of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu when he makes what could be an awkward appearance at the biennial gathering of the Union for Reform Judaism, which represents the largest Jewish denomination in the United States. The appearance, which has not yet been announced by the White House, will occur sometime

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Obama Insults Netanyahu; Press Fails to Report

Updated 11:20 am ET President Obama failed to contradict French President Nicolas Sarkozy last week when Sarkozy termed Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netenyahu a liar, responding instead that Netanyahu was basically a pain in the ass, according to Reuters. “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a

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Don’t Worry, Netanyahu, You’ll Protect You

In one of the posts I wrote below, I put up a White House “readout” of the meeting today between President Obama and Fed Chairman Bernanke to show how opaque the “openness” administration can be. This is so typical of readouts – nothing to see here. It was just as bad under Bush. But sometimes, we get a morsel of information that, whether intentionally or

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