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Topic - Richard Nixon
In February and March of 1990, I had a profoundly life-changing experience. At the time, I was working for Robert J. Brown, former aide to President Richard Nixon, as a vice president for the international division of Mr. Brown's B&C Associates. But then, on Feb. 11, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Mr. Brown had been a friend to Mr. Mandela and his wife, Winnie, and he arranged for me to be one of the first to interview Mr. Mandela and to act as his personal secretary after his early release from prison.
In early November, Bill Elliot appeared on Megyn Kelly's Fox News Channel show to complain about the rock and a hard place he found himself in owing to President Obama's health care scheme.
This bombshell news never really got to explode: NBC News' senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers found buried in the 2010 Obamacare regulations language predicting "a reasonable range for the percentage of individual policies that would terminate is 40 percent to 67 percent."
Late in the last year of his presidency, writes Tevi Troy, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a presidential scholar who also worked in the White House, Richard Nixon gave a speech at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., praising country music. "'Country music is American, [it] isn't something that we learned from some other nation, it isn't something we inherited . It's as native as anything American we could find.'" Country music, Nixon said, came directly from "'the heart of America.'"
Switzerland will vote on whether to have an unconditional guaranteed basic income of 2,500 Swiss francs per month from the state. Thinkers as varied as MLK and Nixon supported similar proposals in the late 1960s to alleviate poverty.
Government policy is spurring a disregard for the elderly
The only man to hold both jobs says in a Discovery documentary that airs Wednesday that the White House chief of staff generally has more power than the vice president.
A more appropriate title for this book, one of the first released to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, might have come from the last line of Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises": "Isn't It Pretty to Think So?"
It was supposed to be a gross mismatch: Richard Nixon, America's only living former president, the keen debater and master of realpolitik, widely credited with having orchestrated the Watergate cover-up, versus David Frost, a Briton.
Veteran British journalist and broadcaster David Frost, who won fame around the world for his TV interviews with former President Richard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBC. He was 74.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois thinks the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups hasn't gone far enough, and he wants to help. He's doing some bullying of his own.
I confess to being a fan of John le Carre, both for his skill at storytelling and for the razor-sharp characters he creates. Laser portraits of even secondary characters make the reader believe he actually knows people like that.
Montgomery County, Md., is home to some of the most accomplished professionals in the nation: lawyers, accountants, academics and authors. That is why the reaction of its congressman to the Internal Revenue Service scandal is so important.
GOP Golden Boy Chris Christie is going to run in 2016, and he might not even do so as a Republican. Seriously.
Clearly, President Obama and a growing number of the members of his administration have forgotten the George Santayana truism, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Had they heeded the lessons that came out of the "Pentagon Papers" scandal of the early 1970s and related scandals also dealing with the leaking of classified materials to the press, the Obama administration would not have acted so cavalierly in telling lies to the American people and Congress regarding the tragic fiasco in Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the unconstitutional seizure of business and personal telephone records of The Associated Press and much more malfeasance.
Nixon argued that the government needed to monitor "subversives" in order to shore up the "national security."
Nonetheless, recession coupled with inflation led President Nixon into a disastrous experiment with a combination of fiscal stimulus, and wage-and-price controls in 1971, a policy course maintained by President Ford, even while he acknowledged the impossibility of fine-tuning.