We all know what Scott Fitzgerald said about second acts in American lives. And most of us can cite examples that belie the great writer’s grand assertion.
One of those lives, one of those second acts, passed from the scene the other day. Charles Colson once said that he feared what he might have become had he not gone to prison. But because he did, he transformed his life. He became a tireless minister to incarcerated men and women around the world, and the group he founded, Prison Fellowship Ministries, has offered solace and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of prisoners.
On Thursday evening, after a screening of his new Civil War film, The Conspirator, Robert Redford was describing his personal political evolution, which began at age 13 with an award from his U.S. senator, Richard Nixon.
“I didn’t know anything at that point,” Mr. Redford, who grew up in Los Angeles, told Time editor Rick Read More
Politics as usual
Before some bumbling “plumbers” in Watergate gave him much bigger headaches, newspaperman Jack Anderson was one of the biggest thorns in Richard Nixon’s side. The columnist was, according to a new book by Mark Feldstein, akin to the Wikileaks of his day, publishing state secrets in his syndicated column and giving Nixon fits. Read More
Op-EdGround Zero Mosque
Nothing tests a president like standing up against a wave of fear and prejudice, even at potentially great cost to his own party and prospects. That is what Lyndon Baines Johnson did when he signed the civil rights acts he knew would forfeit the South to the Republicans for a generation or more.
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Shitty, shitty, shitty!
The Goldman-skewering Senator from Michigan all but commandeered the s-word for the week, but he’s really just the latest in a long (and occasionally esteemed) line of public officials who, when circumstances require it, are unafraid to drop some heavy shit.
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Republican Congressional candidate Chris Cox is calling on Governor David Paterson to “resign, effective immediately,” in light of allegations in today’s New York Times story.
Cox, incidentally, is the grandson of Richard Nixon.
In a statement, Cox said Paterson should step aside “so someone else can work to restore confidence and integrity to the Read More
Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler is out with this biographical spot, touting the fact that he’s “not a politician.”
Altschuler says: “Folks here are getting hit from all sides: higher property taxes; the shenanigans in Albany; the amount of debt in Washington.”
Altschuler’s main rival for the G.O.P. nomination is Chris Cox, son of Read More
It’s October 2008, the middle of the global financial apocalypse, and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has kayaked to a private island. The most expensive government spending act in American history passed a day earlier, but now he’s hunting redfish. “I felt like myself for the first time in a long while,” he sighs in On Read More
ALBANY—Former Senate majority leader Joe Bruno warned not to count out Henry Wojtaszek in the contest to lead the state Republican Party. Bruno is backing Wojtaszek, the Niagara County chairman over Ed Cox, a Manhattan attorney.
Cox this morning announced that Warren County Chairman Mike Grasso has switched his support to Read More
Decades ago, when Pat Buchanan was working as an adviser to President Richard Nixon, he looked forward to the administration’s televised press conferences, which were held infrequently and with caution. At the time, Mr. Nixon’s relationship with the Washington press corps was fraught with tension. For Mr. Buchanan, the high potential for acrimony turned every Read More