Nixon first gained national attention in 1948 when his investigation, as a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee, (HUAC) broke the impasse of the Alger Hiss spy case. While many doubted Whittaker Chambers’ allegations that Hiss, a former State Department official, had been a Soviet spy, Nixon believed the allegations to be true. He discovered that Chambers saved microfilm reproductions of incriminating documents by hiding the film in a pumpkin. Hiss was convicted of perjury in 1950 for denying under oath he had passed documents to Chambers. In 1948, Nixon successfully cross-filed as a candidate in his district, winning both major party primaries, and was comfortably reelected.
In these difficult years, America has suffered from a fever of words; from inflated rhetoric that promises more than it can deliver; from angry rhetoric that fans discontents into hatreds; from bombastic rhetoric that postures instead of persuading. We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another, until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.
One of the most tumultuous primary election seasons ever began as the Tet Offensive was launched, followed by the withdrawal of President Johnson as a candidate after doing unexpectedly poorly in the New Hampshire primary; it concluded with the assassination of one of the Democratic candidates, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. On the Republican side, Nixon’s main opposition was Michigan Governor George Romney, though New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and California Governor Ronald Reagan each hoped to be nominated in a brokered convention. Nixon secured the nomination on the first ballot. He selected Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew as his running mate, a choice which Nixon believed would unite the party, appealing to both Northern moderates and Southerners disaffected with the Democrats.
Thirty-six years after Richard Nixon testified secretly to a grand jury investigating Watergate, a federal judge is ordering the first public release of the transcript.
It appears that former Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon's new book (of which you can read an extract here) has relit the metaphorical fires…
A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal the 297-page transcript of former President Richard Nixon's secret grand jury testimony on the Watergate scandal in 1975. According to the Associated Press, …