Watching the mass impulse toward democracy in Iran over the past week has been alternately inspiring and terrifying. The power and clumsiness of the state never fails to scare me and the courage and intensity of the public in the street continues to inspire. Something is different about political participation in these early years of Read More
Few aspects of American politics are as ridiculous and dangerous as the right-wing urge to substitute macho posturing for foreign policy. That irrepressible habit surfaces constantly now that President Obama is in the Oval Office, most recently when he shook hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez at the Summit of the Americas, a smiling moment Read More
Sarah Palin probably should have known better: Whenever a sitting governor strikes it big on the national stage and then tries to return to his or her State House, trouble—sometimes politically lethal trouble—invariably follows.
In a Thursday story, The New York Times reported on Palin's return to Juneau, Alaska, where her first gubernatorial term Read More
Watching the Obama Administration’s “green team” in action is inspiring. In a very short period of time, these folks have revitalized our environmental agenda. They are doing it with words and with deeds. While there is plenty of rhetoric and lots of symbolic action, there is also significant and Read More
To understand the philosophy of government that Dick Cheney brought to Washington over the past seven years, it is most instructive to see Frost/Nixon, with Frank Langella’s remarkable reanimation of Tricky Dick for a generation that never knew him. In Nixon’s famous conversation with David Frost, there came a moment when the old reprobate uttered Read More
Today, The New York Times‘ Brooks Barnes offered a hard-hitting A1 investigative report on how Angelina Jolie manipulates the press, especially how she uses access to her family to further her own agenda.
Writes Mr. Barnes:
Shifting the focus is one of Ms. Jolie’s best maneuvers, magazine editors and publicity executives say. When she Read More
In 1969, a first-year president used the power of his office to meddle in college football, striking a lasting blow against fairness, competition, and Joe Paterno.
It was on December 6 of that year that Richard Nixon, who fancied himself a pigskin man but understood little about the collegiate variation of the game, traveled to Read More
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of reading
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act was passed in 1972 over then President Richard Nixon’s veto. Pete Seeger was an important voice in the chorus that demanded government action on cleaning up our water. For nearly forty years the Clearwater has continued its educational mission. Read More
“This is not your father’s Watergate,” said James Rosen.
Mr. Rosen, an on-air D.C.-based correspondent for Fox News was speaking to NYTV on Monday afternoon. Next month, Doubleday will publish Mr. Rosen’s first book—a revisionist history of Richard Nixon’s downfall, called The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate.
As Read More
Donald Trump shares how he won the battle to build the Trump SoHo condo-hotel at Varick and Spring streets in his new book, Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges Into Success (out about six weeks ago from Wiley).
Mr. Trump recounts how he marched against a rabble-rousing minority:
[E]veryone and their Read More