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BUMPER PATROL

“This year I listed the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT as a dependent on my taxes.”

Bumper sticker spotted in Bel Air, Md.

‘BUT ONE CHAPTER’

It’s been almost 39 years since the White House “plumbers” paid a midnight call on the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel. And the political saga has at long last arrived, warts and all, in the official version of the events.

The $500,000 “Watergate Gallery” is open at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., organized around six themes that include “Dirty Tricks and Political Espionage” and “Why Watergate Mattered.” There are interactive screens and previously unreleased interviews with key players including G.Gordon Liddy and Charles Colson.

“This exhibit inspires us to think about whether or not Watergate changed how Americans think about electoral politics, the presidency and the exercise of presidential power,” said Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero. “Watergate is but one chapter in the complicated legacy of our 37th President.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 46 percent of Americans prefer President Obama’s approach to reduce the budget deficit and maintain federal programs.

• 5 percent of tea party supporters, 11 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of conservatives agree.

• 85 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of liberals and 34 percent of independents favor Mr. Obama’s approach.

• 45 percent overall prefer Republicans in Congress to solve the budget deficit.

• 86 percent of Republicans, 85 percent of tea party supporters and 67 percent of conservatives agree.

• 49 percent of independents, 10 percent of Democrats and 20 percent of liberals also favor Republicans.

• 34 percent overall say things are going “well” in the U.S.

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