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Crusader for Environment, Against Vietnam War Left GOP

Pete McCloskey co-created Earth Day, Endangered Species Act

(Newser) - Pete McCloskey—a pro-environment, anti-war California Republican who co-wrote the Endangered Species Act and co-founded Earth Day—has died. He was 96. A fourth-generation Republican who said he was "in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt," McCloskey represented the 12th Congressional District for 15 years, running for president against...

Trump Dishes on Coming Book of 'Incredible' Correspondence

Former POTUS says letters include a lot of 'ass-kissing'

(Newser) - While promoting his upcoming book, former President Trump on Tuesday gave more details of what exactly the world can expect from the collection of correspondence. Of the big names featured in the book—which will include Queen Elizabeth II, former President George W. Bush, former President Obama, Chinese President Xi...

Richard Nixon, Wife Exposed to Radiation on 1959 Russia Visit
Richard, Pat Nixon Exposed to
Radiation on 1959 Russia Visit
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Richard, Pat Nixon Exposed to Radiation on 1959 Russia Visit

Documents regarding incident published online for first time

(Newser) - Declassified documents just released online for the first time reveal that Richard and Pat Nixon were exposed to a significant dose of ionizing radiation during a trip to Russia in 1959. The then-VP and his wife were staying at the US ambassador's residence in Moscow when it occurred, but...

50 Years Ago, a Story Surfaced About a Weird Hotel Break-In

Thus marked the start of the Watergate scandal

(Newser) - This week marks the 50th anniversary of the origins of the Watergate scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon, and the newspaper that did the heavy lifting has a fitting commemoration. The Washington Post has reprinted its very first story in the saga—an account of a break-in...

Watergate Mastermind G. Gordon Liddy Dead at 90
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Has Died at 90

A Watergate Mastermind Has Died at 90

'I'd do it again for my president,' G. Gordon Liddy once said

(Newser) - G. Gordon Liddy, a mastermind of the Watergate burglary and a radio talk show host after emerging from prison, died Tuesday at age 90 at his daughter's home in Virginia. His son, Thomas Liddy, confirmed the death but did not reveal the cause, other than to say it was...

Lawsuit: History Channel Buried Watergate Film

Filmmaker accuses network of quashing it to avoid offending Trump, but network disputes that

(Newser) - When Charles Ferguson began planning his four-hour documentary on the Watergate scandal, which drove President Nixon from office, he envisioned a "historical detective story." But as the Trump administration progressed, he saw parallels between the events of the Nixon era and the present political moment, the New York ...

Trump: I Learned a Key Lesson From Nixon

'Don't fire people'

(Newser) - President Trump called into Fox & Friends Friday morning and weighed in on several subjects, including a predecessor in the White House. "I learned a lot from Richard Nixon," he said, per the Hill . Nixon may have had his famous Saturday Night Massacre of firings, but Trump says...

Deputy AG Who Defied Nixon During Watergate Dead at 87
Man Who Defied Nixon
During Watergate Dead at 87

Man Who Defied Nixon During Watergate Dead at 87

Doyle Ruckelshaus famously quit his job in the US Justice Department

(Newser) - William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the US Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The lifelong...

Ronald Reagan's Racist Line Now Released
Ronald Reagan's
Racist Line Now

Ronald Reagan's Racist Line Now Released

The then-California governor called Africans at UN 'monkeys' in 1971 call with Nixon

(Newser) - A racist statement made by Ronald Reagan in October 1971 is now grabbing headlines thanks to a piece for the Atlantic written by Tim Naftali, and the words are explosive: "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they're still uncomfortable wearing shoes!" Reagan...

Trump: Nixon Left, But 'I Don't Leave'

He slams John Dean after Watergate comparison

(Newser) - President Trump blasted John Dean as a "loser" Monday after the former Nixon White House counsel drew parallels between the two administrations. Dean, whose congressional testimony in 1973 led to former President Nixon's resignation, told a House Judiciary Committee hearing that "the Trump administration is in fast...

James McCord, CIA Burglar in Watergate, Dies Off the Grid

No announcement was made of death nearly two years ago

(Newser) - As a CIA operative, James McCord Jr. lived in the shadows, emerging for a time into the glare when he was arrested and convicted in the Watergate break-in—the 1972 crime that ultimately led to Richard Nixon losing his presidency. When McCord died nearly two years ago, he was firmly...

'Western White House' Is Up for Sale

Richard Nixon's former oceanfront estate in San Clemente on the market for $63.5M

(Newser) - A little piece of history is on the market in California. An oceanfront estate in San Clemente once owned by Richard Nixon and dubbed the Western White House while he was in office is up for sale for $63.5 million, reports the Los Angeles Times . Nixon hosted everyone from...

Is the Comey Firing a 'Nixonian' Move?
Everyone's Comparing
Trump to Nixon Now
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Everyone's Comparing Trump to Nixon Now

Critics see echoes of the 1973 'Saturday Night Massacre'

(Newser) - President Trump's surprise firing of James Comey has one word in wide circulation: "Nixonian." Specifically, critics see a parallel to Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" in 1973, when the president ordered the firing of the special prosecutor investigating Watergate. Comey, for his part, was investigating ties...

Historian Finds Proof of Nixon Crime 'Worse Than Watergate'

Notes suggest he tried to sabotage Vietnam peace talks

(Newser) - Richard Nixon was a criminal even before he spent a day as president, new evidence uncovered by historian Jack Farrell suggests. Farrell says notes uncovered in the Republican's presidential library confirm rumors that during his presidential run in 1968, Nixon tried to sabotage Vietnam peace talks that could have...

Trump's 'Amazing' Letter From Nixon Will Hang in Oval Office

'You will be a winner!'

(Newser) - He's not exactly measuring the drapes, but Donald Trump has reportedly settled on one particularly interesting piece of decor for the Oval Office. It's a letter from a previous occupant of the Oval Office, Richard Nixon, written to Trump back in 1987, reports Politico , which calls the letter...

Nixon Predicted Trudeau's Rise 43 Years Ago

He toasted Canada's new PM as an infant

(Newser) - Richard Nixon predicted the result of Monday's Canadian election 43 years in advance with accuracy that would be spooky if he hadn't been talking about the prime minister's baby son. "I'd like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau,"...

Nixon Note Exposes Lie About Vietnam Bombing

He knew it was accomplishing nothing, continued it anyway

(Newser) - A newly released note reveals a pretty big presidential lie, the Washington Post reports. As Richard Nixon was in the beginning stages of running for re-election, anti-Vietnam War sentiment was strong in the US, and Nixon was looking for a way to settle the conflict without it being labeled a...

Dubya Once Went on a Date With Tricia Nixon

Ex-president reveals personal anecdotes in new 'love story' book about his dad

(Newser) - He knocked over a glass of wine at dinner and was coolly asked by his date not to smoke. It would appear to be any typical bad first date, except the "he" was a young George W. Bush and his unimpressed date was Tricia Nixon, daughter of the then-president....

Nixon Library Releases More Diary Entries From Aide

HR Haldeman recordings should give historians more personal view of president

(Newser) - Newly declassified segments from the diary of Richard Nixon's chief-of-staff provide a detailed, subtle portrait of the disgraced president. More than 40 years after HR Haldeman made his last audio diary recording, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda yesterday released 285 segments from entries spanning...

Nixon Worried Pandas Didn't Know How to Have Sex

'The only way they learn is to watch other pandas mate'

(Newser) - It's more than a little disturbing that America's least sexy president spent a nanosecond thinking about panda sex—but a recorded conversation reveals none other than Richard Nixon telling Washington Star foreign editor Crosby Noyes that, "They don't know how to mate." The recording comes...

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