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Mueller

Fire Robert Mueller? Why That Trump Doomsday Scenario Won’t Work

With its echoes of Richard Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” during Watergate, to fire Robert Mueller sounds like an insane, almost suicidal proposition. And yet when asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ This Week whether the president would promise not to interfere with the special counsel probe, his lawyer Jay Sekulow offered no such guarantee — feeding speculation about what Trump might do.

June 12, 2017
John Oliver

#EndorseThis: The Latest Episode Of John Oliver’s “Stupid Watergate”

For John Oliver, the current barrage of scandals engulfing the Trump administration isn’t “Kremlingate” or “Trump/Russia.” Harkening back to a simpler time, he calls it “Stupid Watergate” — a national trauma with all the potential implications of the events that brought down Richard Nixon, “but where everyone is stupid and bad at everything.”

May 22, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Like Nixon, But Less Credible

Danziger is old enough to remember the bad old days of Nixon, Watergate, and the Saturday Night Massacre in October 1973 — and suddenly those memories seem exceptionally vivid.

May 10, 2017
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Déjà Vu: How The Trump Presidency Recalls The Nixon Era

Not since Nixon has the United States had a leader who believes so strongly that there is an orchestrated campaign to undermine his presidency. And the revelations over months about contacts between Russian officials and Trump advisers remind some of the slow beginnings of the Watergate scandal.

March 9, 2017
Trump

Why Does Trump Think Obama Spied On Him?

The allegation by a president of such serious subterfuge against a predecessor is likely unprecedented. The claim has reportedly been denied by the current head of the FBI James Comey, by a spokesperson for Obama, and by Obama’s former intelligence chief James Clapper.

March 6, 2017
Trump, Obama, Wiretapping

Trump Deflects With Wild Obama Wiretapping Accusations

It’s unclear where Trump got the idea to accuse Obama of wiretapping, although the accusations follow a Friday Breitbart article detailing conservative radio host Mark Levin’s attempts to prove Obama’s “police state” tactics and “silent coup,” ostensibly to hurt Trump’s campaign and boost Hillary Clinton’s.

March 5, 2017
Trump, Putin, Russia

The State Of The Union: Trump Confronts These Hard Political Truths

An imperiled president says the state of the union demands radical change and asks the help of a supine Congress, while an imperiled administrative state seeks to protect constitutional government with the help of a burgeoning civil society protest movement and unknown allies in the FBI and CIA.

March 2, 2017
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Trump And Russia: Is It Watergate Yet?

Do Trump and his associates have something to hide — something even bigger and uglier than Watergate? The ferocity of their reactions certainly arouses suspicion, and so did their peculiar effort to conceal the misconduct of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, which they attempted to hide even from the hapless vice president.

February 26, 2017
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

Worse Than Watergate? Worst Since Watergate? Trump Is Lying Again, Bigly

Watergate, a saga that began with the discovery of a “third-rate burglary” at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in a Washington hotel but soon exploded into a mind-blowing criminal operation at the highest levels in the White House, the Justice Department, the CIA, and the FBI itself.

November 1, 2016
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at news conference

Wikileaks: What If Someone Hacked Julian Assange’s Emails?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange probably wouldn’t appreciate the irony of a US government agency applying his vaunted “transparency” ethic to his own shady operations.

October 19, 2016

Republican Leaders In Crisis Over Trump’s Vulgar Video

The Trump campaign was battling back, circulating “talking points” to a core of high-profile Republicans who promote Trump in the news media. The points sought to undermine establishment Republicans who have abandoned Trump.

October 10, 2016

Excerpt: ‘Republic Of Spin: An Inside History Of The American Presidency’

David Greenberg examines the complex relationship between our politics-driven media and our media-driven politics in his new book.

February 27, 2016

Clinton Emails: Is This Watergate? Or Just Another Whitewater?

Obscured by sensational and often stupid media coverage, the fundamental facts are simple. There is no evidence that Hillary Clinton violated any rule or law in her use of a private email server, however badly advised.

August 20, 2015

Nixon Agonistes — His Tainted Legacy Still Overshadows The Nation

Richard Nixon’s chief legacy is a pattern of presidential abuse of power from which our country is still recovering.

July 12, 2015

Before Twitter There Were The Nixon Tapes

Our fascination with President Richard Nixon long survives the man. Less than 5% of Nixon’s taped conversations have been transcribed and published, but now a new book, the Nixon Tapes 1971-72 takes us into two years of the late President’s conversations and rants. According to Goodreads “The Nixon Tapes, with annotations and commentary by Luke Nichter and […]

August 15, 2014
Watergate: Richard Nixon resigning the presidency amid Watergate scandal, August 9, 1974

What We Lost 40 Years Ago When Nixon Resigned

Four decades ago this weekend, in the living room of Jerry Ford’s high-school civics teacher, I watched on television the end of the Watergate nightmare. What we could not have known then was that we were also at the beginning of a new national nightmare, a much worse disaster that slowly erodes our Constitution, our […]

August 8, 2014
Roger Stone is one of several Trump surrogates who will appear at an upcoming pro-Trump “unity rally” sponsored by white nationalist website Eternal Sentry.

To Roger Stone, Bridgegate ‘Cover-Up’ Is Another Watergate — And He Would Know

Very few Republican operatives knew the Nixon gang as intimately as Roger Stone, the legendary trickster whose back is adorned with an enormous Tricky Dick tattoo. And very few know New Jersey politics as well as Stone, who toiled among the party faithful in many campaigns since 1980, when he first ran the Garden State […]

January 23, 2014