George McGovern: 5 Things You May Not Know About Him

Sen. 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?

In 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

Can 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 …