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 Failed to Appoint Railroad Chief

Government spending boosters using the Philadelphia train derailment tragedy to demand more money for Amtrak might want to ask the White House why President Obama has failed for 127 days to even nominate an administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration, instead leaving in charge as “acting” chief a 37-year-old Obama loyalist who reportedly has little substantial railroad experience. Running the agency is Sarah Feinberg, who was a close aide

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Michelle: Race Behind Portrayal in New Book

Michelle Obama today said a new book alleging that she influenced President Obama’s choices on policy and staff was part of a long running effort to portray her as an “angry black woman.” The book, “The Obamas” by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, reports that Michelle was critical of President Obama’s senior White House aides, regarding them as insular and insufficiently devoted to the

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President Rahm Emanuel

It could happen. Several years ago, when Rahm Emanuel was still in Congress, I covered as a reporter a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee, on which he sat. The witness was droning on about some matter I forget, while the seats on the rostrum where the committee members sat were about half filled with sober and maybe bored looking lawmakers. Some were

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Mayor Rahm

Rahm Emanuel will become the next mayor of Chicago, his chief opponent having conceded amid projections Rahm will receive more than 50 percent of the vote in a multicandidate contest, avoiding a runoff. Rahm, in his victory statement, said he wants “to be mayor of all Chicagoans, including you assholes who didn’t vote for me.”

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Obama and His Very own Fat Cat Bankers

President Obama is well known for disparaging big wheel bankers, labeling them “fat cats” and describing their pay as “obscene.” But what is less well known is the extent to which he has tolerated them as his most trusted advisers. The appointment last month of William Daley to be chief of staff is only the most obvious example of this inconsistency. OK, hypocrisy. Sorry, inconsistency. Daley,

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Rahm is Back on the Ballot

The Illinois Supreme Court emphatically placed Rahm Emanuel back in the race for Chicago mayor, nearly ensuring that the former White House chief of staff will soon rule the city. Emanuel has an overwhelming lead in both money and in the polls, and now appears unstoppable. The unanimous decision reversed a 2-1 appellate court ruling that said Rahm couldn’t run because he hadn’t met the

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Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Rahm’s Case

The Illinois Supreme Court today said it will decide whether Rahm Emanuel meets the residency requirement to run for Chicago mayor, staying a decision by an appellate court that threw him out of the race and ordering his name to remain on the ballot in the meantime. “Several justices received dead fishes in the mail from someone named ‘Ron,’” said Supreme Court spokeswoman Lee Kefaucett.

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Obama Puts the Screws on the Illinois Supreme Court

Well, the Illinois Supreme Court just got a presidential dose of political pressure. Every time the White House – any White House – doesn’t want to comment on some controversial legal matter, we in the press corps are treated to sanctimonious demurrals stating that the president couldn’t possibly be induced to interfere with a matter before the courts. But Chicago politics is a different story.

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Court: Rahm Can’t Run

An Appeals Court has overruled and earlier decision allowing Rahm Emanuel to run for mayor of Chicago, voting by a 2-1 margin that he fails to meet the residency requirement. For now, it appears, he’s off the ballot, but he can appeal to the State Supreme Court. The election takes place next month. In a poll released last week by the Chicago Tribune, Rahm was

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Rahm Announces Chicago Mayoral Run

He makes it official. Also, here’s the latest on the ever-classy Rahm, from a new book by Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, as described in POLITICO. Seems the president and his foul-mouthed chief of staff had just arrived to, you know, help out with the oil spill, but had politics instead of people on their minds, according to Jindal. On Obama’s first trip to Louisiana

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Rahm Descends Into Retail Politics

Rahm started running for mayor of Chicago Monday, and the results were mixed. Seems he got heckled plenty as he began his “listening tour,” which will be followed if he gets into office by his “expletive tour” as he meets his new employees. Just the site of Rahm suddenly kissing ass is quite shocking. One day, he’s at the podium in the East Room. The

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