Richard Nixon

Love ‘House of Cards’ on TV? You’ll Adore the Novel

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment  Starting on Valentine’s Day, Netflix airs its second season of House of Cards. Which means a lot of folks will be snuggling up with Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman named Francis Underhill. Spacey isn’t playing the first political villain named Francis, however. Instead he’s playing the American incarnation of a character who first appeared 25 years ago in an English novel. This week, Sourcebooks is re-releasing House of Cards as an e-book. (The print edition arrives March 11.) …

‘Our Nixon’: History in Home Movies

Posted on 08/1/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentNext year marks the 40th anniversary of the culmination of the Watergate scandal, which ended in the summer of 1974 when Richard Nixon defiantly boarded a helicopter on the White House lawn and left his presidency — and the American public’s trust in their government — smoldering on the ground below. Nixon died in 1994 — he would have turned 100 this year — but his legacy remains a living, breathing entity. The latest entry in Nixonography is the documentary Our …

Being ‘Nixonian’ Ain’t What It Used to Be

Posted on 04/11/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is plenty upset. The leak of a surreptitious recording of one of his reelection campaign’s strategy sessions captures McConnell and his aides discussing possible attacks on actress Ashley Judd — at the time a potential Democratic opponent — over her past struggles with depression and religious views. Although Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn, who obtained the scoop, hasn’t revealed the source, McConnell accused Democrats of bugging his campaign headquarters. “A quite Nixonian move,” is …

George McGovern: 5 Things You May Not Know About Him

Posted on 10/21/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacySen. George S. McGovern is remembered mostly as an opponent of the Vietnam War and as the ill-fated Democratic presidential nominee in 1972. After a campaign marred by mishaps — from an out-of-control national party convention schedule to revelations that his vice presidential pick, Thomas Eagleton, had been treated for clinical depression — McGovern suffered one of the worst landslide losses in history to incumbent Richard Nixon. But that one spectacular failure belies a lifetime of achievements. McGovern, who passed away …

Is Sheldon Adelson a Modern Version of W. Clement Stone?

Posted on 06/29/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn striking down major portions of federal campaign finance law  in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited “independent” expenditures on behalf of presidential candidates. As long as the groups doing the spending — and the donors that bankroll them — don’t directly coordinate their efforts with the candidates they’re backing, the Court said, the sky’s the limit. The result has been a record-shattering flood of TV and radio commercials, Internet ads, robocalls and other persuasive efforts …

Nixon Movies to Watch as You Mark Watergate’s 40th Anniversary

Posted on 06/14/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentCan it really be 40 years ago this weekend that the bungled “third-rate burglary” at the Watergate Hotel marked the beginning of the end for a President of the United States? Richard Nixon was already a polarizing figure when his efforts to cover up the White House-Watergate connection were first hatched. But his astonishing fall from power is the stuff of high drama—and it’s not surprising that to this day Hollywood’s most gifted actors seem compelled to take a shot …