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 Silent on Storms That Killed Dozens

Devastating storms roared through the South Saturday, killing 45 people and destroying the lives of an untold number of survivors, but President Obama has said nothing so far, either publicly or through a written White House statement. Instead, the president went golfing Sunday. Obama has been criticized as being slow off the mark in responding to a variety of crises, from the horrific Gulf oil

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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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Bill Daley: The Fat Cat Down the Hall

The White House chief of staff’s office is down the hall from the Oval. And in it is a FAT CAT. Bill Daley was unfortunately forced to reveal that he deep pocketed more than $15 million in bonuses, salary and pensions last year from JP Morgan, which in case President Obama hadn’t noticed IS A BANK. And now we know why Daley quit and came

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Plouffe Engineers New White House Order

Want to make sure you have the opportunity to check out today’s piece by Glenn Thrush in Politico about David Plouffe, the new senior White House adviser. Plouffe is described as a kind of Rahm in Reverse, harboring the former chief of staff’s intensity but channeling it into a low key, highly organized disposition. Plouffe, in Thrush’s telling, is bringing a new sense of order

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Obama Means Business!

Obama is adding to his growing collection of fat cat advisers, anointing General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to lead his outside panel of economic advisers and putting 83 year old Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the group, out to pasture. As a way to emphasize hiss focus on getting the unemployment rate down while at the same time obscuring that Volcker was canned, Obama

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Daley’s Response To His Last Appointment: Collapse

The first triumph of William Daley, who will be the new White House Chief of Staff, was not to repeat the performance he staged last time he was selected to a major administration post. Below are some moving pictures showing Mr. Daley at his nomination ceremony to be Bill Clinton’s Commerce Secretary in 1996. You’ll notice that as Bill Richardson pontificates along, Daley gets that

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Obama Announces Daley as Chief of Staff

President Obama today used the same East Room stage where he bid former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel adieu last year to present his new chief of staff, William Daley, to the White House and the country. Obama stressed Daley’s undeniable qualifications for the job. “He served as a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet as Commerce secretary. He took on several other important

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William Daley Chosen White House Chief of Staff

William Daley, scion of Chicago’s most storied political family a former Commerce Secretary to Bill Clinton, will become President Obama’s chief of staff, the White House is confirming. Obama will introduce Daley at the White House at 2:30 pm ET. According to the Associated Press, which first broke the story, acting White House Chief of Staff Pete Rouse did not want the job, and so

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The Daley News: Obama May Pick Centrists

The latest murmurings about White House staff changes point to the continuation of President Obama’s move to the center, dictated by a desire to be reelected amid popular discontent with the sharp leftward turn of his first two years. Obama is considering William Daley, brother of the departing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, to be chief of staff. And the Treasury Department’s Gene Sperling is rumored

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