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Robert Caro, LBJ and the Pursuit of Power

Robert Caro has so far spent 36 years writing the saga of Lyndon Johnson—more time than the ambitious Texan spent climbing from Congress to the White House. Caro just released his fourth installment, “The Passage of Power,” which chronicles Johnson’s exit from a strong position in the Senate into the relative powerlessness of the vice presidency.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


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AP photo / Khalil Hamra

One Missing Word Sowed the Seeds of Catastrophe

No one in 1967 dreamed that the Israeli-Arab conflict would still be in ferocious progress 41 years later, but the wording in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 has something to do with this ongoing clash.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE



Archive / White House Press Office / Cecil Stoughton

From LBJ to BHO

The 36th president of the United States seems strangely absent in the current celebrations. Perhaps Lyndon B. Johnson is not fondly remembered, but his triumphs paved the long road to Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


Issa and Waxman

Henry ‘the Hammer’ Waxman Shows Issa Who’s Boss

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson got the oversight chairman’s blood going by refusing to answer a straightforward question, but it was fellow Congressman Darrell Issa who sent Waxman’s gavel flying. The best part about being chairman is you get to say: “I will have you physically removed from this meeting if you don’t stop.”

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


klansmen over hollywood
Flickr / pingnews.com and PredatorsHockey

Could L.A. Accidentally Elect a White Separatist?

Not many people pay attention to judicial elections, especially one held in June, and it’s for that reason that some Angelenos are worried about the campaign of William Johnson. A white separatist, Johnson is apparently counting on a lack of attention and the support of Ron Paul’s local organization to help him to victory.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on Our ‘Managed Democracy’

Sheldon Wolin’s new book offers a controversial but ultimately convincing diagnosis of how America’s democracy has succumbed to an unacknowledged totalitarian temptation.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Boris Johnson
AP photo / Alastair Grant

Changing of the Guard for British Gov’t

To say it was a politically interesting week would be a case of British understatement: London gained a new mayor—Boris Johnson, who beat incumbent Ken Livingstone to become the first Conservative to win the office—and Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Labour Party took a drubbing in local elections across the U.K. on May Day.

Posted on May 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on the Myth of Free Trade

A powerful new book by a young South Korean-born economist at Cambridge University provides a compelling critique of the contradictions and hypocrisies of globalization and neoliberalism. The perfect antidote to the nostrums of Thomas Friedman.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


Coldest Winter cover

Chalmers Johnson on America’s Forgotten War

The best-selling author of “The Sorrows of Empire” takes a look at David Halberstam’s critical history of the Korean War.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


cia jewels
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The CIA Flashes Its ‘Family Jewels’

On Tuesday, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden made good on his pledge to declassify nearly 700 pages of documents about some of the agency’s dirtiest laundry from the past—its “family jewels”—including details about assassination plots, wiretapping and other alarming activities.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


Rummy and Ford
White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Rumsfeld: The Power and the Glory

Roger Morris, a historian and investigative journalist who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, brings his wisdom to bear on the rise and fall of Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Roger Morris
greeninstitute.net

A Chance to Retrieve History

Roger Morris, who served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, knows a thing or two about the folly of escalation. In this must-read essay, the award-winning historian reminds us that a military’s unwillingness to admit defeat and a president’s desire for victory are no excuse for the lives wasted on a futile vision of conquest.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


S.D. Senator ‘Recovering as Expected’

According to one of his doctors, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is “recovering as expected from brain surgery and his brain pressures continue to be in the normal range,” though he remains in critical condition. Johnson’s sudden illness last week raised the possibility of a Republican takeover of the Senate.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Tim Johnson
state.sd.us

Democrats’ Senate Majority Endangered

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) appears to have suffered a stroke and remains under evaluation at George Washington University Hospital.  Should Johnson have to resign because of illness, the governor of South Dakota, a Republican, could appoint a replacement from his own party, taking away the Democrats’ majority in the Senate and giving Vice President Dick Cheney the tie-breaking vote.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


LBJ, Nixon and Bush
Left and Right: AP / Center: utexas.edu

Robert Scheer: Turning the Corner Into Madness

The dire predictions President Bush is making about “cutting and running” from Iraq are almost identical to the horrifically inaccurate ones Presidents Johnson and Nixon made about Vietnam. 

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


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