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  • 40 years ago this week, Nixon stepped down

    40 years ago this week, Nixon stepped down
    The pressure on President Richard Nixon in the spring and summer of 1974 was unrelenting. One by one, his aides dropped by the wayside, charged or convicted or pleading guilty in the widening Watergate investigation, an incident so influential in the nation's history that no political scandal or even cultural kerfuffle can escape the "gate" suffix, even four decades later. The initial Watergate transcripts were released that May — and published first in the Chicago Tribune. The newspaper called on Nixon to step down. In June, former Nixon aide Charles Colson said the president "urged him" to do what he did. In July, more Watergate transcripts showed Nixon telling his aides to "stonewall." A few weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled he had to surrender more White House tapes. Three days later, on July 27, the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach him. On Aug. 5, Nixon's crucial House support crumbled as new transcripts supported "charges of obstruction of justice against him." The resignation was just a matter of time.
  • Review: 'The Greatest Comeback' by Patrick J. Buchanan

    Review: 'The Greatest Comeback' by Patrick J. Buchanan
    In 1965, a young Patrick Buchanan corralled a washed-up Richard Nixon at a Republican gathering just outside St. Louis to say he wanted to work on what he felt certain would be Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. Buchanan was a conservative editorial...

    Jules Witcover: On presidential firings

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, transparently dressed up as a resignation under congressional pressure, seemed somehow out of character for a chief executive known for patience and dislike of wielding...

    Jules Witcover: On presidential firings [Commentary]

    Jules Witcover: On presidential firings [Commentary]
    President Obama's firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, transparently dressed up as a resignation under congressional pressure, seemed somehow out of character for a chief executive known for patience and dislike of wielding the knife. The...

    Officials ask Dance not to demolish but renovate Loch Raven school

    Towson area state and local officials have written to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance asking for assurances that the Loch Raven Elementary School building will be saved — and Dance's chief of staff says plans call for...