Nixon

Chris Christie: More Like Nixon than Giuliani

Why the bridge scandal is so damaging

Chris Christie's 2016 prospects were always about personality, not ideology. That's why the new revelations about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge are so damaging.

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Our Nixon is the title of a documentary presented by CNN and some non-political friends, which—again with an implying title—seems set to give us the inside scoop on Nixon’s career. Penny Lane, the director, became interested, she says, when she learned that, along with the known material, there was a large body of videotaped material that had never been seen. This point is never completely explained. But she states that the film was produced entirely from previously extant material, which makes it especially interesting.

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Before there was Tammy Haddad prowling This Town with the camcorder, there was H.R. Haldeman roaming the White House with the Super 8. Little did I know that Haldeman, Richard Nixon’s buzz-cutted chief of staff, had documented his time in the White House as eagerly as a suburban dad capturing Christmastime for the home-video annals.

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The Trial of Robert D. Kaplan

The Atlantic's absurd defense of Henry Kissinger

The Atlantic writer's apologia for Henry Kissinger is incoherent and amoral all at once.

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Was the second half of the twentieth century the "Age of Eisenhower and Nixon"?

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Seven Underrated Counties

 Throughout the Bush years, Orange County, FL, Franklin County, OH, and Bucks County, PA ascended to national preeminence as the closest counties in the closest states in the 2000 election. In 2008, the diverse and well-educated new coalition counties, like Arapahoe, CO, Fairfax, VA, Wake, NC stole the show. In 2012, Obama could easily win every county listed above and lose the election. As the suburbs diversify and Republicans compensate with additional inroads into the countryside, the old swing counties of the Bush years have largely moved into the Democratic column.

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How Tom Eagleton screwed up George McGovern's chances of getting elected president not once, but twice.

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Zingers Don't Win Debates

Sighing and sweat have decided more presidential debates than great “zingers.”

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Savages is trashy, vulgar, preposterous, cruel—and maybe the most interesting and entertaining film Oliver Stone has made since Nixon. What more do you want when the country is burning, gridlocked, and practicing ballet on the brink? Don’t say the movies lack instincts about where we’re headed.

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Editor’s Note: We'll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! The 1950s are long gone, but the appeal of the drive-in movie theater is perennial. Smithsonian Magazine | 3 min (799 words) Watergate happened forty years ago, but the battle over Nixon’s legacy has been ongoing.

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