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  • FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1963, file photo, provided by the White House, Thomas "Lem" Johns, background right, stands behind President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, wearing a necklace, as they console Jacqueline Kennedy, right, moments after Johnson was administered the oath of office in the cabin of the presidential plane at Love Field in Dallas. Johns, a former secret service agent present during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and swearing in of Johnson, has died. He was 88. Grandson Mike Johns said the former secret service agent died Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Alabama. (AP Photo/White House/Cecil Stoughton, File)

    Secret Service agent in iconic LBJ photos dies

    Thomas "Lem" Johns, a Secret Service agent at the side of President Lyndon Johnson in the chaotic aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, has died. He was 88.


  • Book review: The ordeal of the U.S.S. Pueblo highlights brilliant 'Act of War'

    Jack Cheevers' new book, "Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo" is a brilliant account of North Korea's unprovoked 1968 attack upon the U.S.S. Pueblo and details the crew's 11-month captivity in North Korea.


  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Act of War'

    I was a high school student in 1968 eagerly waiting for my 17th birthday in 1969 so I could enlist in the U.S. Navy when the USS Pueblo was captured by the North Koreans.


  • President Lyndon B. Johnson holds his dog "Her" by the ears as White House visitors look on, April 27, 1964, on the White House lawn in Washington. At left is President Johnson's other dog, "Him."  This picture raised criticism from dog lovers. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry)

    EDITORIAL: The war America lost

    Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty in America." American taxpayers have since spent more than $15 trillion on this conflict, employing everything short of the A-bomb, as the CATO Institute's Michael Tanner notes. Money is thrown with abandon at low-income assistance programs, from Section 8 housing to Head Start to Medicare and the Earned Income Tax Credit. There's little to show for the expenditure beyond a $17.3 trillion — that's with a 't' — national debt.


  • Director Lee Daniels, left, and actor Forest Whitaker attend a special screening of  "Lee Daniels' The Butler" hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine last month in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Paula Deen off the hook? Lyndon Johnson, Lee Daniels and the N-word

    With her deep fried food empire lying in charred scraps around her, fallen Southern cooking queen Paula Deen may have been thrown a lifeline by an unlikely savior — Lee Daniels, director of “The Butler.”


  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘Where the Cherry Tree Grew’

    Back in the mists of time when the White House press corps was much smaller and far less pompous, President Lyndon Johnson often called a small pool of regulars into the Cabinet Room to casually plant some off-the-record point he wanted made without being quoted. The point often came only after some lengthy, and usually earthy, LBJ yarn.


  • Petraeus affair and the role of biographers

    The affair between retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and author Paula Broadwell is but an extreme example of the love/hate history between biographers and their subjects.


  • Nixon by The Washington Times

    TYRRELL: Taking the measure of Lyndon Johnson

    One of my favorite controversialists is back - Bob Woodward - with his sidekick, Carl Bernstein. Sunday in The Washington Post, they wrote that Richard Nixon was more hideous than we have heretofore known.


  • Caro is back, and the obsession goes on

    Robert Caro receives the most interesting mail.


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