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White House/Pete Souza

Watergate Amnesia, the Nixonian Slur and Other Big Lies

Let’s state this very simply, so everybody will understand. The notion that Barack Obama is “Nixonian”—or that his administration’s recent troubles bear any resemblance to “Watergate”—is the biggest media lie since the phony “Whitewater scandal” crested during the Clinton presidency.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



DOJ Allegedly Spied on Fox News Correspondent, the FBI Investigates Bachmann, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP candidate once trying to criminalize not reporting a miscarriage to police and Bob Woodward delivers some bad news for Republicans.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Watergate Revenge: Republicans Yearning to Impeach Obama Over Benghazi ‘Cover-Up’

Less than four months after Barack Obama’s inauguration, the right-wing propaganda machine is already promoting the only imaginable conclusion to a Democratic administration that dares to achieve a second term: impeachment.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



The ‘Obama Phone’ Fallacy, Coulter Ripped on ‘The View,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more bad news for Mitt Romney, Claire McCaskill’s response to Todd Akin’s sexist remarks and further Republican charges about President Obama’s religion.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE


Truthdig and LA Press Club
truthdig.com / lapressclub.org

Hedges Is L.A. Press Club’s Journalist of the Year

In awarding him the organization’s top prize for online writers, the judges offered high praise for Hedges, calling him “Champion of the 99%—mortal enemy of the 1%. This former war correspondent turns out weekly columns packed with insightful and biting opinion.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE


The Deep, Dark Pond of Political Money

Spending in the 2012 presidential election is expected to top $11 billion—more than twice the 2008 total. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling has taken American electoral politics back six decades, to before a time when corporations, trade groups and unions were banned from spending unlimited money on political campaigns.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Watergate 40th Anniversary, Obama Heckled and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of Deep Throat’s FBI file, a political convention fit for the Koch brothers and a Michigan state representative’s response to being blocked from speaking because of her “vagina” remark.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Federal Government

Richard Nixon’s Rosebud: Defrocked President Went Wild for Horses

Dec. 15 marks the 40th anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, a landmark piece of legislation signed into law by Richard Nixon.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ollie Atkins, White House photographer

Nixon’s Watergate Testimony Finally Goes Public

After nearly 35 years, the American public finally gets to hear Richard Nixon’s claims about some of his administration’s shadier practices, Watergate figuring most notoriously among them, after the National Archives’ release Thursday of transcripts of his grand jury testimony. ... (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


Waiting for Another Watergate

What is the most powerful political operation in the country in this 21st century? It’s the United States Supreme Court. The men and women in black are on their way to deciding their second national election in just the first decade of the century.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Calif. Students Dig Up Dirt on Palin Perks in Campus Trash

Dumpster diving—or the diminutive version, dustbin diving—is never a savory task, but a group of enterprising students from California State University, Stanislaus, had a tip-off before they dug around in the campus trash to find documents detailing ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tommy Donovan

Alexander Haig Dies

Alexander Haig was chief of staff to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, NATO’s supreme military commander and a longtime Republican hawk. He died Saturday in Baltimore at 85 from complications from an infection.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



White House archive / Oliver F. Atkins

35 Years After Nixon

President Richard Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the revelations of his “abuses of power” and obstruction of justice. For his involvement in criminal activities, Nixon earned his unique epitaph: an unindicted co-conspirator.

Posted on Aug 9, 2009 READ MORE


Colin Powell
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Will History Make of Colin Powell?

Public figures understandably fuss over their reputations and how they will be remembered. Recent news brought to mind two prominent figures of their moment: Colin Powell and Robert McNamara.

Posted on Jul 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Flickr / cliff1066

New Nixon Files and Tapes Made Public

On Tuesday, the National Archives made public more than 150 hours of tape and tens of thousands of pages of previously unreleased documents from the Nixon administration. Some of the gems include new details into Watergate and Vietnam as well as three newly declassified pages on Israel’s secret plans to build a nuclear weapon.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE


Richard Nixon
White House / Archives

The New York Times’ Watergate Blunder

Back in 1972 the FBI’s acting director gave a New York Times reporter the impression that the president was personally involved in Watergate, but the tip died a quick and historic death in the Times’ Washington Bureau, according to the reporter and editor involved. One went on to law school, the other took a long vacation and no one bothered to follow up.

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE


Frank and reporters
AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite

We’re Paying Congress for This?

Congress’ work has often offered us transparency and has usually led to useful, progressive legislation. And now comes Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank’s choreographed extravaganza in the House of Representatives, supported by an echoing committee, with sound bites worthy of a night in the Borscht Belt.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Ollie Atkins

Still Trying to Clear Nixon’s Name

Two Truthdig contributors are under siege by an “independent historian” and The New York Times. If that sounds preposterous, just wait until you see what made it onto the front page. Last Sunday, the paper of record cited an unpublished article contending that historian Stanley Kutler deliberately altered transcripts of Nixon’s secret tapes in order to protect John Dean.

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE


Nixon and Bush
Collage: MediaSpin / White House photo: Eric Draper

Bush Being ‘Nixonized’ by Left?

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace braved the “liberal wind,” according to his colleague James P. Pinkerton, by defending George W. Bush from a gaggle of lefties eager to compare Bush to Richard Nixon at a Washington, D.C.,  screening of Ron Howard’s film “Frost/Nixon.”

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Letterman

McCain to Letterman: ‘I Screwed Up’

When Sen. John McCain finally appeared on “Late Night” on Thursday, David Letterman didn’t let him forget that he had stood Letterman up last month. Later, McCain joked, “I haven’t had so much fun since my last interrogation.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE



John Dean on ?Pure Goldwater?

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews John Dean about “Pure Goldwater,” his new collaboration with the late senator’s son. The book is a reminder that American conservatism has drifted far from its original heading.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE



John Dean on ‘Pure Goldwater’

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews John Dean about “Pure Goldwater,” his new collaboration with the late senator’s son. The book is a reminder that American conservatism has drifted far from its original heading.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / exfordy

Are Republicans Running Scared?

The GOP was already bracing for a tough political year, but losses in three special elections prompted Rep. Tom Davis to send a panicked note to Republican leaders: “The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006 when we lost thirty seats.”

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


McGovern
AP photo / Doug Dreyer

George McGovern:  Impeach Bush and Cheney

One-time presidential candidate and former Sen. George McGovern penned a bombshell of an Op-Ed piece in Sunday’s Washington Post, asserting that the case for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney “is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2008 READ MORE


Bush poll

Watergate-Era Nixon Beats Bush in Poll

According the esteemed Gallup Poll, it’s not just that Americans largely disapprove of George W. Bush, but that half strongly disapprove. In fact, Bush has more intense disapproval than Nixon had during Watergate.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson Defends His Intellect

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Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo / Jim Cole

Carl Bernstein:  Hillary?s Politics From 1968 to 2008

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter on Watergate has just published “A Woman in Charge,” a biography of Hillary Clinton, for which he interviewed almost 100 of her friends and enemies.  Carl Bernstein spoke recently with Truthdig’s Jon Wiener about the first former first lady to make a bid for the presidency.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


From Katrina to Gonzales: Incompetence Reigns

Now that there will be no vote of “no confidence” in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, we must ask an impertinent question: What, exactly, are we supposed to have confidence in?

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 READ MORE


nixonbush
edbatista.typepad.com/lowculture.com

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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AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

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


Watergate Without the Break-In

It is time to stop referring to the “fired U.S attorneys scandal” by that misnomer, and call it what it is: a White House-coordinated effort to use the vast powers of the Justice Department to swing elections to Republicans.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


E. Howard Hunt
nytimes.com

E. Howard Hunt Dead at 88

The aspiring novelist who would ultimately be known for his central role in the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion and the botched Watergate burglary died in Miami on Tuesday at the age of 88.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


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

Gerald Ford Dead at 93

The 38th president has died after suffering a year of intermittent health problems. Ford was both the longest-living president and the only one to hold the office without being elected.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


No. 3 at CIA to Retire Amid Bribery Scandal

The spy agency’s executive director, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, is under investigation in connection with a scandal involving the Watergate hotel, hookers and poker parties.

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington

“If you expect me to pass up a scandal involving poker, hookers and the Watergate building with crooked defense contractors and the No. 3 guy at the CIA ... you expect too much.”

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


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