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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Earnest: Obama Ran the Most Transparent Administration in History

Please, be serious. From the Washington Examiner: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed annoyance that President Obama doesn’t get enough credit for being the “most transparent” president in history. When asked by CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday about journalists’ complaints that the federal government isn’t efficient at answering FOIA requests, Earnest said they’ve made progress with the requests over the eight years. Earnest added

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WH: Trump Carrier Deal Nothing Next to Obama’s Accomplishments

How petty. And false. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest moved quickly to diminish Donald Trump’s success at keeping Carrier Corp. from moving 1,000 jobs to Mexico, saying it doesn’t compare with President Obama’s record of job creation. “If he is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will see the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President

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White House Doesn’t Rule Out Pardoning Hillary Clinton

I guarantee you, he will pardon her. And maybe Bill too. “We don’t talk about the president’s thinking, specifically with respect to any specific cases that may apply to pardons or commutations,” Earnest said when asked about a potential pardon of Hillary Clinton. “We’ve got a long tradition in this country of people in power not using the criminal justice system to exact political revenge. In

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Video || Earnest Makes a Joke About Trump Cocaine Use Charge

All right, give Josh a break. It’s a joke. And I don’t even know what Trump was talking about related to drug testing before the debates. It’s ridiculous. But Josh, you must know, it’s the liberals and their phalanxes of speech police who have taken the fun out life!

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Earnest: Iran Payment Shows Obama’s “Tough Diplomatic Strategy”

Wow. If paying ransom for hostages is Obama’s “tough diplomatic strategy,” I’d dread seeing what his weak one is. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today said that in fact there were not two “tracks” to the Iran negotiations, as we had thought all along, but three. One to give the Iranians nuclear weapons, a second to settle an old “debt” that we had previously

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White House Says Ransom Story is Right Wing Politics

This is one of the most sustained efforts at disingenuousness I’ve ever seen from a press secretary – and that’s saying something. Here is White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest saying that political morivations underly the charge that $400 million secretly landing in Iran the day hostages are released is ransom. And the White House is callling Donald Trump insane. No rational person would not think

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SEAL Somehow Killed Despite “No Boots on the Ground” Policy

Military officials said today that a Navy SEAL was killed in combat in Iraq. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged that the SEAL was killed “in combat” but said he was not on a “combat mission.” And remember, we do not have boots on the ground. Except that these sailor’s boots will soon be underground.

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Video || White House Justifies Clinton Spin

Hillary Clinton helped create the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Then, for political purposes, she came out against it this week. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today suggested it’s all just part of the game. “As the winner of the last two presidential elections that have been held in this country, the president understands that presidential politics are tough, and he understands that it is

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White House Can’t Say if We’re Winning the War Against ISIS

The question from James Rosen of Fox News was simple: Are we winning the war against ISIS or not? “James there’s no denying that we’ve made important progress . . . ” said White House press Secretary Josh Earnest. You get the idea. So we’ve been in this war for a year or more, and we can’t even say we’re winning. AND WE’RE THE UNITED

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White House: U.S. to Take 10,000 Syrian Refugees

The United States will dramatically scale up the number of refugees it will take from Syria, allowing in “at least” 10,000 refugees during the next fiscal year, which starts October 1. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday the U.S. is on track to accept only about 1,500 Syrian refugees during the current fiscal year. “The president has directed his team to scale up that

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Obama? Rule of Law?

The Obama White House could have stayed out of a local matter, as it often does. Or it could have just said it believed that local officials were enforcing the law and supported that. But no. Instead, it offered up a treacly blob of sanctimony to express its commitment to “the rule of law” in supporting the jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis for her

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White House Defends Planned Parenthood

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos showing a top Planned Parenthood official callously discussing the harvesting and sale of fetal organs. Earnest said the videos were deceitful: I haven’t spoken to the President about the actual videos. I have read the reports, and I’m confident that he has, too, raising significant concerns about the way in

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