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My Morning With Nixon

Jerelle Kraus | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Jerelle Kraus

In 1983, I entered my New York Times office to a ringing telephone. "This is Ray Price, President Nixon's press secretary. He wants to speak to you." Then came the unmistakable voice

Reagan's Magical Mystery... According to Ron Reagan, Rick Perlstein, Lou Cannon

HuffPost Radio | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


Ron Reagan and Ron Christie discuss clashing portrayals of Ronald Reagan -- Perlstein's smart, shrewd charmer (The Invisible Bridge) and Cannon's under-informed raconteur (Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime). Consensus: he was a shrewd fabulist. And on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation, both Rons lament the Watergate-ization of politics but disagree who's the better president -- RN or BO.

August 8, 1974

James Campion | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
James Campion

The Kennedy assassination opened a nation's eyes, Viet Nam gave us something to see, and, well, the crimes of Nixon pretty much sealed it. You might call it a reality check.

Richard Nixon: Honk If You Think He Was Guilty

Michael Winship | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In those early August days, events would reach a crescendo but none of us knew the final outcome, and that was Alistair Cooke's problem.

The Nixon That Watergate Exposed

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

He cynically fanned racism, manipulated white voters and prepared the ground for the conservative assault on civil rights, affirmative action and social programs that, in the years after his plunge to disgrace, the GOP has honed to a fine art.

Forty Years After Nixon Resigned: How Lobbyists Prepared for the Ford Transition

Heath Brown | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Heath Brown

There's an irony to how Ford ended up in the White House. The secretive nature of the Nixon White House was its ultimate downfall, but those chosen to rebuild the institution approached the transition with a similar level of secrecy.

Why Nixon Matters

Stanley Kutler | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Forty years ago, Richard M. Nixon made unprecedented constitutional history when he resigned the presidency amid the disgrace and scandal of Watergate. Yet Nixon endures. He stands as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War Two.

The Stupidest Thing Ever Written About Watergate

Paul Slansky | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Paul Slansky

It has been widely reported that August 9 marks the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's resignation. What has received considerably less attention is that the date also marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of what may well be the stupidest thing ever written about Watergate: an op-ed column for The Washington Post by one Benjamin J. Stein.

The Black and White Resignation of Richard Nixon

Will Bunch | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

Liberals who foolishly thought they'd won on August 8, 1974, have spent most of the last 40 years on the defensive, failed by stubborn hubris as Vietnam became Iraq, as B-52s became drones, as segregation became the mass incarceration of young American blacks, as J. Edgar Hoover's FBI became the NSA of Dick Cheney... and Barack Obama.

The Absolute Best Way to Reflect on Nixon's Resignation

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

On this anniversary, let's remember one great -- but too often overlooked -- Lesbian African-American House Representative from Texas who steered us through a Constitutional crisis 40 years ago with logic and passion.

With Nixon's Resignation, an Era of Division Began

Keith Runyon | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

Our long national nightmare may have ended on August 9, 1974, but many more very bad dreams were yet to come.

RIP M. Caldewell Butler: A Man for Seasons Past

Stanley Kutler | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

M. Caldwell Butler, a five-term Virginia congressman in the 1970s, died recently, aged 89. He is noted for his vote to impeach Richard M Nixon in 1974, despite his Republican affiliation. They don't make them kind no more.

John Dean - "The Nixon Defense"

Eric Hamburg | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
Eric Hamburg

This conversation is much more revealing about Nixon that it is about Dean, who proved to be the last honest man in the White House. Dean's testimony before the Senate Watergate committee the following summer was the key to the downfall of Richard Nixon and his presidency.

Blaming John Dean for His Poor Counsel

Joel Cohen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Joel Cohen

Trying to shift the blame for Nixon's role in the Watergate cover up squarely onto his counsel, John Dean, is ridiculous in the extreme. Still, this is precisely what Nixon's son-in-law, Edward Cox, did on MSNBC this past Sunday morning, when, among other things, he referred to Watergate as a "small incident."

Here's to the Man Who Made History by Doing His Job

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Jeremiah Horrigan

It's been 40 years since the most reviled president of the 20th century resigned from office. What more fitting time than now to raise a glass to the man who did his job and did it so well he brought down a president of the United States?

That '70s Colbert?

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Comedy

Mutton chops? Check. Cigarettes? Check. Ridiculously large-framed glasses? Check. Stephen Colbert pulled out all the '70s stops on Monday for...

Nixon Resignation Tapes Make A Comeback

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and KRYSTA FAURIA | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the...

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Howard H. Baker Jr.: Teaching Us to Listen

Rick Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, the governor of Tennessee and so many others of high office present listened, but did not speak. And after the twenty one-gun salute, after taps, after everyone left the graveside, there stood the simple casket of the simple man who changed the world.

Famous Watergate Garage To Be Demolished

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Media

The garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward held secret meetings with whistleblower Deep Throat about the Watergate scandal will soon be de...

Newsroom Mantra? "We Should Be in the Relationship Business"

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.16.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

We should be in the relationship business, said media guru Jeff Jarvis, suggesting our longstanding mantra that content is king needs revisiting. Cre...

Star's War Benghazi Is No Watergate

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Summer is fast approaching. Aside from vacations, warming sunshine of vitamin D and a full menu of out door smells, it is also time for blockbuster sequels to fill our viewing entertainment needs. Republicans are hoping their re-release "Benghazi Investigation #14" will be a smashing success.

Star Wars Unveiling: Our Next Amendment

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It is a dark time for the republic. Imperialist forces have colluded to make a mockery of our democratic process, not unlike Palpatine's maneuverings ...

At Nixon Library, Tension Over How To Portray A Disgraced President

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

By Tim Reid YORBA LINDA, California, April 28 (Reuters) - Nearly 40 years after President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace because ...

California and the Republican Party

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Although it is not described that way so much anymore, California may be a good indicator of what the US will look like in the next decades.