June 17, 2007 |
TODAY MARKS the 35th anniversary of one of the most famous and most misunderstood events in modern American history: the break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in the Watergate office building on June 17, 1972. The break-in set off a chain of events known as "Watergate," which led ultimately to Richard Nixon's forced resignation as president -- and which is also misunderstood. For history's sake, it's important to set these things straight.
April 5, 1987 |
Voters puzzling over the growing field of 1988 presidential contenders were offered an old-fashioned rule of thumb this weekend for making a choice--pick the candidate with the best mother. More than 60 scholars and former Oval Office confidants gathered at Princeton University to analyze modern presidential leadership over the last half century, and the one point on which they appeared to agree was that the key to success in the presidency is a balanced and secure personality.
June 23, 1992 |
A UC Irvine history professor who authored a biography on John Lennon won a key victory Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court in his fight to view secret FBI files on the late singer. The court rejected an appeal aimed at killing Jonathan Weiner's 1983 lawsuit seeking the release of about 69 pages of documents the bureau collected on the rock star during the Nixon Administration. The decision, with only Justice Byron R. White dissenting, upholds a 1991 ruling by the U.S.
March 24, 1996 |
America's leading pollsters, Louis Harris and the Gallup organization, have long had a policy of sharing information with presidents. One of President Clinton's pollsters, Stan Greenberg, acknowledges that he regularly communicates with pollsters who work for the media. Harris and George Gallup Jr. strenuously defend the practice of cooperating with any president who approaches them.
October 30, 1997 |
The day after White House counsel John W. Dean III started talking to Watergate prosecutors, President Nixon ordered his secret White House tapes destroyed, according to newly transcribed conversations from Nixon's term. It was Monday, April 9, 1973, months before the secret White House recording system would be disclosed at Senate hearings. Neither Nixon nor his top aide, White House Chief of Staff H.R.
September 28, 1992 |
Teenager Ryan Curtis, apparently abducted Sept. 13 by three of his neighbors in a wealthy, ocean-view enclave, was not the victim of "a classic kidnaping for ransom," the attorney for one of the suspects said Sunday. But a Curtis family spokesman said any suggestion that the youth participated in his own abduction is "a flat-out lie."
March 1, 1992 |
You gotta love kids. At least they're honest enough to tell you they lie. "How many of you would cheat on a test if you knew you could get away with it?" I asked my 12th-grade English students recently, not at all sure that I wanted to know the answer. Nearly every hand in the room went up. Their shamelessness was disturbing, but in some ways unsurprising. After all, their heroes, their leaders, their media, their entertainment idols, their government, everyone, lie.
November 11, 1999 |
Joseph J. DiMona, a best-selling novelist and a ghostwriter of nonfiction for such well-known figures as President Richard Nixon's aide H.R. "Bob" Haldeman and former Los Angeles County Coroner Thomas Noguchi, has died. He was 77. DiMona died Saturday of liver cancer at his Los Angeles home, said his wife, Barbara.
June 12, 1990 |
President Bush and his two Republican predecessors will join Richard M. Nixon next month for the opening of his long-awaited presidential library in Yorba Linda as the political thaw surrounding the Watergate president continues, officials said Monday. Jimmy Carter, the only Democrat elected president since Nixon resigned in 1974, sent his regrets. A spokeswoman said Carter wanted to attend the July 19 event but he that had a previous commitment.
August 9, 2011 |
Last month, a federal court ruled that the testimony Richard Nixon made to the Watergate grand jury in the summer of 1975 should be unsealed and released to the public. The decision has the potential to settle finally the question of whether the nation's 37th president was a criminal. The grand jury testimony, which Nixon gave in San Clemente, was the only time in history he was required by law to be honest about Watergate. And now we will know what he said. While Nixon was president he refused to testify at the trials of Watergate conspirators or before the Senate Select Committee investigating Watergate.