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Watergate novel nominated for fiction prize

Thomas Mallon's "Watergate"

Thomas Mallon's novel about the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon is a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction. Published by Random House Inc., Mallon's "Watergate" was among five nominees for the $15,000 award. Three other books announced Wednesday were published by smaller presses, as judges bypassed such high-profile works of fiction as Louise Erdrich's "The Round House" and Junot Diaz's "This Is How You Lose Her."


Clinton: Republican party controlled by most extreme members

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday painted Republicans as a party controlled by its most extreme members, unwilling to compromise and too conservative for former GOP leaders like Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Why politicians lie

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From Richard Nixon -- "I'm not a crook" -- to John Edwards -- "The story is false ... ridiculous," those in power often lie, and voters often let them get away with it.


Book World: Thomas Mallon’s ‘Watergate’ is imaginative political farce

Early in Thomas Mallon’s new novel about the Watergate scandal, President Nixon’s secretary wonders when her boss will get his own marble temple on the Mall. It’s the sort of arresting moment of naivete that frequently punctuates this witty, surprisingly humane dramatization of that vaudevillian chapter in American politics.


Judge orders Nixon grand jury testimony unsealed

A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal grand jury transcripts of testimony by former President Richard Nixon about the Watergate scandal. Ruling in a lawsuit brought by a historian and several historical associations, Chief U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered the transcripts to be unsealed.
The testimony was taken near Nixon’s California home in 1975 – after he had resigned in the wake of the scandal.


Top 10 Unhealthy Side Effects of the War on Drugs

Top 10 Unhealthy Side Effects of the War on Drugs

June 17 marks the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's declaration of war on drugs, an effort that has cost the US $1 trillion to date. What have we gotten for our investment? Not much that's good.


Walter Hickel, Nixon Interior Secretary, Dies at 90

Walter Hickel, Nixon Interior Secretary, Dies at 90

As governor of Alaska and U.S. secretary of the interior, Walter J. Hickel confounded critics by ricocheting from pro-business stalwart to ardent environmentalist.


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