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AUDIO: Robert Scheer and John Dean on Richard Nixon, Ted Cruz and the Abuse of Power
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In the premiere episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," Truthdig's editor-in-chief sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal In this podcast, Dean offers his take on the misuse of power under the guise of national security—both during the Nixon era and today (Above, Robert Scheer interviewing President Nixon for the Los Angeles Times in 1985).

A Dud From ‘Darth’
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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.Dick Cheney’s book is a bomb, but not the exploding kind.

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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".

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas
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For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice Thomas could be forced off the benchThere is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice.

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