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Dark day in politics

Steve Brodner offered his visual commentary on 40th anniversary of the “Saturday Night Massacre” in the October 19, 2013, edition of the L.A. Times.  Use zoom to see the details.  

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Those were the days

  Times, of course, have changed, and a recent NY Times article on Halloween brings news that the once popular Richard Nixon mask has fallen out of favor with the Trick or Treat crowd.  Go to mask to read all about it.

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Death of David Frost

The sudden death of David Frost reminded the world that Frost and Richard Nixon will be linked forever, to the acclaim of Frost and the shame of Nixon.  See what the NY Times says about the legacy of the Frost/Nixon interview–david frost passes.

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Still making news

Richard Nixon still has the power to land on the front page of newspapers across the nation.  The most recent story reported on the release of the final months of secret recordings made in the Oval Office.  Embedded in the frank crudeness of Nixon’s conservations is the only known recording of a summit meeting with […]

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Anniversary of resignation

The anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation, decades after the fact, still has the power to trigger retrospection.  Nixon used just one sentence to resign the presidency and set an unenviable precedent. What more could be said? As it turns out, there remained lots to say, motivations and actions to analyze, and reputations to dissect and […]

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Nixon & the Washington Post

  News that Jeff Bedzos, founder of Amazon (far above), purchased The Washington Post led to retrospectives on the newspaper’s past. Carl Bernstein, of Watergate/Washington Post fame (above), weighed in on the possibilities of the sale. “Jeff Bezos seems to me exactly the kind of inventive and innovative choice needed to bring about a recommitment […]

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Cartoon Redux

Recent events have allowed seasoned political cartoonists to bring back their Nixon caricatures and challenged a new generation to sketch president 37’s infamous jowls and scowl.

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Nixon & the IRS

Conversations between President Nixon and John Ehrlichman, and Nixon and Bob Haldeman, add historical perspective to the use of the IRS for political motives. The Miller Center at the University of Virginia provides recordings and transcripts. Caution, they include strong language. Nixon-Ehrlichman conversation about using the IRS. Nixon-Haldeman discuss using the IRS For another example, […]

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Nixon at Sunnylands

When President Obama met with China’s Xi Jinping at the Sunnyland estate in California, he joined several other U.S. presidents who took advantage of the architecturally stunning house, spectacular collection of furnishings, and acres of landscaped grounds. Richard Nixon made bookend Sunnyland visits, once as president-elect and again after resigning the presidency. Like Obama, Nixon […]

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