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’s Unscripted Moment

Here’s the CBS audio of remarks by President Obama last night that were accidentally transmitted over the White House feed and into the White House press room, where the indefatigable Mark Knoller was working, apparently alone. It appears Knoller alertly flipped a switch and recorded the comments, which Obama made to some donors at a fundraising event in Chicago You can hear Obama’s contempt for

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Biden Falls Asleep during Obama Budget Speech

Sorry Joe. I know you were hoping for some specifics too. You’ve heard much of this before, and so have we. You figured you’d do a little dreaming in the audience while Obama was dreaming onstage. Good for you.

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Obama Drew the Line at Planned Parenthood

Bloomberg provides a fly on the wall account of Speaker Boehner’s failure to get President Obama to make any cuts to planned parenthood funding during last week’s budget negotiations. For more than an hour in an Oval Office meeting on April 7, House Speaker John Boehner had insisted that any compromise on the government’s budget include a prohibition on federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Obama already

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A Victory for Deficit Reduction

Let’s put this in a little perspective. First, a phrase I like: Elections have consequences. If you vote for someone, they might do what they say they are going to do. The election of President Obama in 2008 had consequences. If Americans aren’t particularly wild about health reform, then why did they vote for a man who promised he was going to enact health reform?

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Obama, Boehner and Reid Strike a Budget Deal

House Speaker John Boehner appeared moments ago to announce that a deal has been reached and that a government shutdown has been averted. Boehner in the past half hour presented the agreement to his caucus, and plans are moving ahead to pass a continuing resolution for at least several days while the deal is written into legislative language and given to Members to read. It

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No Deal!

After meeting tonight for about an hour and a half, President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once again failed to reach a deal on a budget for the rest of the year. Obama took to the podium of the White House briefing room tonight – as he did about 24 hours ago after yesterday’s evening session – to say

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No Deal on the Budget

Talks between President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did not result in a compromise on the budget, but the happy group will reconvene at 7:00 pm to try to nail one down. Boehner and Reid appeared briefly at the microphones at the White House to call for flexibility and suggest that a government shutdown would horrible for everyone for

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Obama Threatens Veto of Funding Extension

The die now appears to be cast, as President Obama this afternoon threatened to veto a week long continuing resolution backed by Republicans to extend government operations while the two sides continue to negotiate a budget deal. Obama, Speaker Boehner and House Majority Leader Reid began meeting at 1:00 pm to try to reach a deal. But it is now clear that if there is

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Obama to Republicans: All You Need is Love

President Obama today diverged from remarks at a Philly-area “town hall” on energy to tell Republicans they need to nicen up on the budget. I do not want to see Washington politics stand in the way of America’s progress. At a time when you’re struggling to pay your bills and meet your responsibilities, the least we can do is meet our responsibilities to produce a

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Obama and Boehner Fail to Reach Budget Deal

At a White House meeting today, President Obama and House Speaker Boehner failed to strike a deal on the budget, and judging by a readout released by Boehner’s offce, battle lines may be hardening. The Speaker told the president that the House will not be put in a box and forced to choose between two options that are bad for the country (accepting a bad

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