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Stanley Kutler is the author The Wars of Watergate (Norton), Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes (Free Press), The American Inquisition: Cold War Political Trials (Hill & Wang), numerous other books and articles, and with Harry Shearer the forthcoming television series, “Nixon’s the One.” ...

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AP/Cliff Owen

Scott Walker Doesn’t Want You to Vote

Across the land, Republican state legislators have shouted “voter fraud, voter fraud” to justify various schemes to restrict voting. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now leading the charge.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014



AP/Tim Larsen

‘Israel Can Do No Wrong’: Jewish Dissent, Jewish Repression

American Jews are expected to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but Israeli policies of the moment can and do betray values held by a large swath of American Jewry.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013



The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

Why Are We in Afghanistan?

It’s an old chestnut of a query, but now applied to a new locale, and with the same meaningless, misleading cliches for answers.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013



AP/File

Richard Nixon at 100: The Man Who Matters

Richard Nixon, who would have turned 100 on Wednesday, endures as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War II. His style, achievements and failures persist nearly two decades after his death.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013



AP/Charles Tasnadi

Robert Bork: A Pass on Watergate, Not ‘Original Intention’

The judge’s death Wednesday brings to mind his singular moment: the Senate’s rejection of his Supreme Court nomination in 1987. The criticism and assault against him marked a sea change in the process of both nominations and confirmations.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012



AP/Lior Mizrahi

Butt Out, Bibi

For selfish, political reasons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has inserted himself into the American presidential election. American Jews won’t fall for it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012



History in an Hour (CC BY 2.0)

Journalism Was Only a Bit Player in Exposing Watergate Crimes

As the 40th anniversary of the infamous break-in nears, the press shouldn’t inflate its investigatory role.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How Not to Commemorate 9/11

We fashionably compress our commemorations of 9/11 events into a neat triangle to include the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. But in accepting this, we terribly distort our history.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011



AP / Charles Dharapak

A Serious Candidate

Obvious, off-the-wall politicians like Michele Bachmann were at one time deservedly dismissed as fringe candidates. But ironically, the liberal media has propelled such politicians from well-deserved mediocrity to suddenly being “serious” candidates.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011



White House / Pete Souza

Say It Ain’t So, O!

When Barack Obama began his quest for the presidency more than three years ago, admirers and many opponents alike conceded he was smart, tough and articulate. Well, we are left with one out of three.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011



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