Richard Nixon

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Nixon Predicted Trudeau's Rise 43 Years Ago

He toasted Canada's new PM as an infant

(Newser) - Richard Nixon predicted the result of Monday's Canadian election 43 years in advance with accuracy that would be spooky if he hadn't been talking about the prime minister's baby son. "I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau,"... More »

Nixon Note Exposes Lie About Vietnam Bombing

He knew it was accomplishing nothing, continued it anyway

(Newser) - A newly released note reveals a pretty big presidential lie, the Washington Post reports. As Richard Nixon was in the beginning stages of running for re-election, anti-Vietnam War sentiment was strong in the US, and Nixon was looking for a way to settle the conflict without it being labeled a... More »

Dubya Once Went on a Date With Tricia Nixon

Ex-president reveals personal anecdotes in new 'love story' book about his dad

(Newser) - He knocked over a glass of wine at dinner and was coolly asked by his date not to smoke. It would appear to be any typical bad first date, except the "he" was a young George W. Bush and his unimpressed date was Tricia Nixon, daughter of the then-president.... More »

Nixon Library Releases More Diary Entries From Aide

HR Haldeman recordings should give historians more personal view of president

(Newser) - Newly declassified segments from the diary of Richard Nixon's chief-of-staff provide a detailed, subtle portrait of the disgraced president. More than 40 years after HR Haldeman made his last audio diary recording, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda yesterday released 285 segments from entries spanning... More »

Nixon Worried Pandas Didn't Know How to Have Sex

'The only way they learn is to watch other pandas mate'

(Newser) - It's more than a little disturbing that America's least sexy president spent a nanosecond thinking about panda sex—but a recorded conversation reveals none other than Richard Nixon telling Washington Star foreign editor Crosby Noyes that, "They don't know how to mate." The recording comes... More »

'Deep Throat' Garage to Meet Its End

Will be razed, with residential, commercial properties set to replace it

(Newser) - The Virginia garage that played a key role in the Watergate investigation—where journalist Bob Woodward met with "Deep Throat"—is due to be demolished, Reuters reports. The Arlington County Board made a unanimous decision Saturday to allow a pair of 1960s office buildings, which include the parking... More »

Watergate Conspirator Jeb Magruder Dead at 79

He said he heard Nixon himself authorize the break-in

(Newser) - Jeb Stuart Magruder, a Watergate conspirator-turned-minister who claimed in later years to have heard President Nixon order the infamous break-in, has died at age 79. Magruder spent seven months in prison for lying about the involvement of Nixon's re-election committee in the 1972 break-in at Washington's Watergate complex,... More »

Famed Nixon Interviewer David Frost Dies

Journalist suffered apparent heart attack aboard cruise ship

(Newser) - British journalist Sir David Frost, perhaps best known for his iconic 1977 interview of former President Richard Nixon, has died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 74, reports the BBC . Frost died last night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, notes the AP , which departed England yesterday... More »

Developer to Demolish Watergate Parking Garage

Submits plans to raze 'Deep Throat' meeting site that undid a presidency

(Newser) - A little bit of American history looks to be destined for the rubble heap. A developer in Rosslyn, Virginia, has submitted plans to tear down the parking garage where "Deep Throat"—aka FBI agent Mark Felt —told his secrets to Bob Woodward, reports the ArlNow blog. Unless... More »

'I'm Never Discussing This SOB Watergate Thing Again'

Last 340 hours of Nixon tapes out

(Newser) - The final batch of the Richard Nixon tapes—barring hundreds of hours being kept aside for national security reasons—has been released and while they probably won't change anybody's opinion of the ex-president, they're still a gold mine for history buffs. Some highlights from the tapes, which... More »

LBJ Nearly Ran for 2nd Term— With Dramatic Helicopter Ride

President was horrified by 1968 convention violence

(Newser) - Lyndon Johnson nearly changed his mind and ran for re-election in 1968 at the 11th hour, according to declassified audio tapes. Seeing on TV the Democratic party's chaotic convention in Chicago—where a massive police force clashed with anti-war protesters—the president feared that delegates would reject his Vietnam-war... More »

History Might Decide to Like Obama Just Fine

For starters, he won a second term: Nate Silver

(Newser) - Neither of Nate Silver's picks even made it to the Super Bowl, but the stats whiz returns his gaze to politics today—specifically how President Obama might rank in history when all is said and done. Yes, he's aware that what Obama does or doesn't do in... More »

George McGovern Dead at 90

Family confirms death of former presidential candidate

(Newser) - Sen. George McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died this morning at the age of 90. A family spokesman said that McGovern died at 5:15am today at a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by family and friends.... More »

Nixon 'Far Worse Than We Thought'

Woodward and Bernstein say he ran a 'criminal enterprise'

(Newser) - Forty years after Watergate, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward assess the man their reporting forced from office, and the headline in the Washington Post sums it up: Richard Nixon, it declares, "was far worse than we thought." Forget the popular notion that the burglary itself was a minor... More »

'Hatchet Man' Chuck Colson Dead at 80

Nixon 'dirty tricks artist' converted to evangelical Christianity

(Newser) - Notorious political "hatchet man" and prison reform advocate Chuck Colson has died at age 80 outside of Washington, DC. Renowned as a "dirty tricks artist" for President Nixon, Colson underwent a religious conversion in 1973 when facing charges for his role in discrediting Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. After... More »

Nixon: Young Politician in Love

Nixon Library displays 6 love letters to Pat

(Newser) - Richard Nixon—disgraced former president, political scoundrel ... and tender romantic? Six love letters from Nixon to his wife will go on display this week at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library to celebrate what would have been Pat Nixon's 100th birthday, reports AP . The letters were written by the former... More »

Hey, GOP: Bring Back Our 2nd Party

GOP as useless as 7 vowels in Scrabble, needs new letters

(Newser) - Just like you get to throw in your tiles when Scrabble gives you seven useless vowels, so too do Republican voters keep picking again—and coming up with the same useless tiles, says Thomas Friedman in the New York Times . That's because the GOP is an out-of-date "captive... More »

Book Alleges Richard Nixon Had Gay Affair

Veteran reporter alleges long relationship with Charles 'Bebe' Rebozo

(Newser) - Your salacious political rumor of the day: A soon-to-be-released biography of Richard Nixon alleges that he had a longtime gay affair with Miami businessman Charles "Bebe" Rebozo, reports the Huffington Post . The allegation in Nixon's Darkest Secrets is getting some traction because the book is written by veteran... More »

Nixon Testimony: Watergate Tape Gap an Accident

He says he 'practically blew my stack' when he heard

(Newser) - The public finally got to hear Richard Nixon’s long-sealed grand jury testimony regarding Watergate today—and what they heard didn’t amount to much. Asked to explain the infamous 18½ missing minutes of tape, Nixon said it was probably just erased by accident. “I practically blew my stack”... More »

'Deep Throat' Garage New DC Tourist Attraction

Site of secret meeting gains historical marker

(Newser) - The most important parking garage in American history has joined the list of Washington DC-area tourist attractions. A historical marker has been placed in front of the suburban parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met the anonymous "Deep Throat," receiving information that brought the Watergate scandal... More »

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