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 Passive-Aggressive Absolutism

After five years on the job, President Obama is tired of it. But that makes him more, not less, dangerous to the republic. Because instead of doing the hard work of legislating, of enacting policy through the arduous process intended by the founders, Obama will sit back for the next three years and take the easy route of ruling by fiat, AKA executive action. Meanwhile,

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Nanny State Snow Day

I am sitting here at home, where the children are perfecting their mountaineering techniques. That is, they’re climbing the walls. We are having a “snow day” even though it snowed 4-5 inches TWO DAYS AGO and the roads are decently plowed. Apparently, with the temperature in the single digits this morning, it was TOO COLD to go to school. Even though school is an indoor

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Video || Koffler on the WH Silencing of Insurers

Here’s some video of yours truly appearing Friday on the One America News network’s Rick Amato Show, arguing that the White House effort to silence health care industry officials critical of Obamacare is profoundly disturbing stuff. As I had noted in a piece the day before, suppression of speech by the White House is a frightening but perfectly natural outgrowth of the ever-increasing role of

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A Short Break for Yom Kippur

Tonight begins the Jewish Day of Atonement. And I have much to atone for, so I’ll be busy. Also, you’re not supposed to be pursuing your business on Yom Kippur, so I will be away from all things White House Dossier. Be back with you Saturday night or Sunday. Thanks for waiting. Keith

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Video || Koffler on Syria and Kerry

This is an appearance I did Monday on One America News with host Rick Amato. One America is a fledgling national news network that started up early this summer. It’s available in a some markets and getting set to expand. Seems like they’re seeking to be an alternative to Fox. Anyway, they’re already getting some good guests – I was on right after Frank Gaffney.

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Rosh Hashanah Interlude

I will be away from sundown tonight until sundown Thursday as I celebrate Rosh Hashanah with my family. I look forward to being with you again tomorrow evening. To all of you who are observing the holiday, Shanah Tovah! And to everyone else, have a great day! Keith

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Open Thread – August 20-21, 2013

One advantage of having clever and insightful readers is that I can reliably put you to work while I’m trying to take some time off. As I’ve mentioned before, many people tell me that one of the things they really enjoy about the blog is the comments. So why not preserve at least that part of the fun while I spend a little time away?

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White House Dossier Takes a Short Break

Hi everyone. I’m going to be taking much of the rest of the week off. Now, that doesn’t mean I won’t post anything. Just that I’ll be doing so only occasionally, when the urge to write becomes too great to be resisted. I will be back full time Monday, August 26. Thanks for your patience. I hope everyone has a great week. Keith

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Obama’s Speech: A New Birth of Government

Obama’s speech Wednesday  was not, as you may have read, a “pivot” to the economy. Rather, it was a sweeping statement of purpose by a leftist president angling to get government involved with every aspect of your life and solidify the arrangement for generations to come. I wanted to let you know about an opinion article I did for Reuters today about Obama’s remarks: Obama’s Plan:

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Obama: Trust Me, I’ll Treat You Better

Whether he’s trying to make nice with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu or suddenly at the doorstep of Republicans, looking for meetings, Obama is starting his second term merely trying to get those he has to deal with to trust him. They’d be better off trusting their instincts instead, which most likely tell them: Once bitten, twice shy. That’s the theme of a piece I have

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Time for Republicans to Go Negative

Good morning. Go negative – that’s the theme of my new piece for Politico, which argues that the GOP must take a page out of Obama’s playbook and go on the attack. But not in the petty, ad hominem way Obama does it. Republicans, if they want to build a base for a positive expression of their principles, need to attack and tear down liberal

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