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Watergate


  • Will Eugene Goodman Share the Fate of Frank Wills?

    by Adam Henig

    Congress and the nation have celebrated the heroic actions of Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, who distracted a mob to give members of Congress time to reach safety. When his momentary fame fades, Goodman deserves better than another unexpected hero, Watergate security guard Frank Wills. 



  • Cleaning House: Watergate and the Limits of Reform

    by John A. Lawrence

    The reform agenda of the "Watergate Babies" class elected to Congress in 1974 achieved important successes but failed to prevent either the rise of the imperial presidency or increased partisan polarization. 



  • Watergate Led to Reforms. Now, Would-Be Reformers Believe, So Will Trump

    Jack Goldmith and Robert Bauer, legal veterans of the George W. Bush and Obama administrations respectively, are proposing a slate of reforms to limit executive branch powers. They hope to match the legislation passed after Watergate and the revelations of intelligence community abuses exposed by the Church Committee.



  • Think The Trump Tapes Are Worse Than The Nixon Tapes? Think Again.

    by Leonard Steinhorn

    Recordings of the President reveal not only racial bigotry but a cynical indifference to the rule of law and a belief that any means were justified to prevail over political adversaries. No, we're talking about Richard Nixon. 



  • Feldstein's Deplorable Review

    by John O'Connor

    John O'Connor offers a rebuttal to Mark Feldstein's criticism of his new book Postgate.


  • Does truth matter less than it did in 1974?

    by Roy E. Finkenbine

    At the moment of the impeachment and pending trial of another president, there are still lessons to be learned from Watergate.  One of these is the sad story of Earl Landgrebe.


  • Jimmy Carter: Watergate’s Final Victim

    by Michael A. Genovese

    Today, at 95, Carter is the longest-lived president in history, as well as the nation’s longest-retired president. Facing several health-related challenges, perhaps it is time to reflect on the rise, fall, and rise of James Earl “Jimmy” Carter.


  • The Secret Plan to Force Out Nixon

    by Tim Naftali

    A newly released diary shows House Republican leaders pledging to oust the president months before he resigned. Why did they back down?



  • Republicans Defending Trump on Impeachment Should Fear the Judgment of History

    by Michael Luo

    This week, as the current Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, these obituaries might serve as a reminder to the committee’s Republican members that the consequences of their decisions in the coming days will likely extend far beyond the next election.



  • The GOP Appointees Who Defied the President

    by Michael Koncewicz

    Before Watergate became a story that dominated the national media in the spring of 1973, there were individuals within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the IRS that took dramatic steps to block Nixon’s attempts to politicize their work.