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50 Years Ago, a Story Surfaced About a Weird Hotel Break-In

Thus marked the start of the Watergate scandal

(Newser) - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the origins of the Watergate scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon, and the newspaper that did the heavy lifting has a fitting commemoration. The Washington Post has reprinted its very first story in the saga—an account of a break-in...

Man Faces Charges After Punch by Woody Harrelson

Police say the actor wasn't the aggressor in clash over taking photos

(Newser) - Despite the fact that he was on the receiving end of a Woody Harrelson punch, a man who tangled with the actor at the rooftop bar of the Watergate Hotel is facing charges, DC police said. The two had a confrontation Wednesday night, WRC reports, after the man began taking...

Watergate Mastermind G. Gordon Liddy Dead at 90
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Has Died at 90

A Watergate Mastermind Has Died at 90

'I'd do it again for my president,' G. Gordon Liddy once said

(Newser) - G. Gordon Liddy, a mastermind of the Watergate burglary and a radio talk show host after emerging from prison, died Tuesday at age 90 at his daughter's home in Virginia. His son, Thomas Liddy, confirmed the death but did not reveal the cause, other than to say it was...

Lawsuit: History Channel Buried Watergate Film

Filmmaker accuses network of quashing it to avoid offending Trump, but network disputes that

(Newser) - When Charles Ferguson began planning his four-hour documentary on the Watergate scandal, which drove President Nixon from office, he envisioned a "historical detective story." But as the Trump administration progressed, he saw parallels between the events of the Nixon era and the present political moment, the New York ...

Deputy AG Who Defied Nixon During Watergate Dead at 87
Man Who Defied Nixon
During Watergate Dead at 87

Man Who Defied Nixon During Watergate Dead at 87

Doyle Ruckelshaus famously quit his job in the US Justice Department

(Newser) - William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the US Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The lifelong...

17 Watergate Prosecutors Have Bad Message for Trump

In 'Washington Post' op-ed, they back impeachment

(Newser) - President Trump lashed out at Fox News on Thursday over its poll showing that a majority of Americans back impeachment. The president will like even less a new op-ed in the Washington Post signed by 17 special prosecutors who worked on the Watergate case. In it, they state flatly that...

Trump: Nixon Left, But 'I Don't Leave'

He slams John Dean after Watergate comparison

(Newser) - President Trump blasted John Dean as a "loser" Monday after the former Nixon White House counsel drew parallels between the two administrations. Dean, whose congressional testimony in 1973 led to former President Nixon's resignation, told a House Judiciary Committee hearing that "the Trump administration is in fast...

James McCord, CIA Burglar in Watergate, Dies Off the Grid

No announcement was made of death nearly two years ago

(Newser) - As a CIA operative, James McCord Jr. lived in the shadows, emerging for a time into the glare when he was arrested and convicted in the Watergate break-in—the 1972 crime that ultimately led to Richard Nixon losing his presidency. When McCord died nearly two years ago, he was firmly...

McCain Compares Trump Scandals to Watergate

'The shoes continue to drop,' he says

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain says the latest revelations out of the Trump White House are "at a point where it's of Watergate size and scale." The Arizona Republican, speaking Tuesday night at a dinner where he was receiving the International Republican Institute's Freedom Award, said, "We'...

Watergate Editor Ben Bradlee Dead at 93

He led 'Washington Post' during coverage that brought down Nixon

(Newser) - The Washington Post reports that its former legendary editor, Ben Bradlee, is dead at age 93. Bradlee led the newsroom during its coverage of the Watergate scandal that culminated in the resignation of Richard Nixon. But the Post itself thinks his "most important decision," made in consultation with...

Senator Famed for Watergate Question Dies at 88

Howard Baker also served as chief of staff for Ronald Reagan

(Newser) - Former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., a moderate Republican known as the politician who inquired what President Richard Nixon knew during the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings, died in his home yesterday at age 88, according to a statement released by his law firm today. The scion of a political family,...

'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...

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,...

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...

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

'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...

Nixon 'Far Worse Than We Thought'
 'Far Worse 
 Than We 
woodward and bernstein

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...

Editor Casts Doubt on 'Deep Throat' Story

But Bob Woodward says book omits key interview

(Newser) - Bob Woodward is not happy about a new book in which former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee appears to express doubt about the legend of "Deep Throat." Bradlee gave reporter Jeff Himmelman access to a box of old documents, and in it, Himmelman found an interview Bradlee had...

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”...

'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...

Secret Service Agents Face Firing for Salahi Slip

Two agents on leave, face disciplinary action

(Newser) - The two Secret Service agents who let Michaele and Tareq Salahi crash last week’s state dinner have been placed on administrative leave and may be fired, agency chief Mark Sullivan told Congress today. Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, the Secret Service director took full responsibility for the...

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