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A Dud From ‘Darth’

As I mentioned to friends when I started reading Dick Cheney’s memoir, I was doing it so others would not have to. And, as a precaution, I did it alone in case my head exploded. It did not. This book is a bomb, but not the exploding kind.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann, John Dean Preview Rupert Murdoch Testimony

Rupert and James Murdoch will face the British Parliament on Tuesday, and John Dean (above) thinks the elder tycoon may not be used to the pressure: “I think that this is the first time that Murdoch has ever been in this kind of atmosphere where people can push him to answer ... questions he might not want to address.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE


Bossie at the Supreme Court
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

A Supreme Victory for Special Interests

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, none of whom has been elected to anything, ever, has given a monumental victory to special interests.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Looking for Great ‘Big History’ Books

My late friend Ron Silver, the actor and political activist, once asked me a question that I have continued to think about ever since. On the afternoon of his last New Year’s Eve, when he surprised me by coming to California, he wanted to know if I had found any great “big history” books.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Alex Brandon

Predicting President Obama’s Performance

Is it possible to foretell how a president will lead based on a set of indicators culled from past precedents? That’s a hard call—but John Dean is willing to take his chances in his latest column about the future of America’s highest office.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008 READ MORE



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John Dean: Republican Rule Is Dangerous

Nixon’s former counsel has written a scathing review of conservative Republican politics and says the McCain-Palin ticket, which “scares the hell out of me,” fits the mold. How’s this for an endorsement?: “If Obama is rejected on November 4th for another authoritarian conservative like McCain, I must ask if Americans are sufficiently intelligent to competently govern themselves.”

Posted on Nov 2, 2008 READ MORE


Palins and McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Palin Falls Short of VP Standards

Does anyone believe that if John McCain were president and had selected Gov. Sarah Palin under the 25th Amendment to fill a vacancy in the vice presidency Congress would have confirmed her? Not likely. In fact, it is even less likely that McCain would have even attempted to do so, for he would have embarrassed himself.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


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The Biggest Loser

Who earns the title of Worst President Ever:  Nixon or Bush?  While Bill Boyarsky concedes that the question may be moot in some senses, he still takes the two to task in his rundown of the many offenses they committed during their respective (imperialist) presidencies.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Worse Than Watergate, Part II

If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wasn’t in enough trouble already, he now has to deal with the fallout from his disgraceful behavior in John Ashcroft’s hospital room in March of 2004, when Gonzales attempted to strong-arm Ashcroft into reauthorizing the domestic surveillance program implemented by the White House after 9/11—as Ashcroft lay ailing on his sickbed.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


Despite Incompetence, Gonzales Isn’t Going Anywhere

The Nixon White House counsel who famously coined the term “cancer on the presidency” examines another troubled administration, writing that although the Gonzales affair is far from over, the attorney general still has job security.

Posted on Apr 25, 2007 READ MORE


Hatch, John Dean Trade Barbs at Censure Hearing

After Nixon-era whistle-blower John Dean speaks in favor of censuring Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch tells him: “Quit trying to score political points.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


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