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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 59 in a series – “The war on history…”

  ”5. The war on history Nixon’s final war, waged even to this day by some former aides and historical revisionists, aims to play down the significance of Watergate and present it as a blip on the president’s record.”   All … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 95 in a series – “… he facilitated communications between Manafort and his clients…”

“Kilimnik is a Russian national who has lived in both Russia and Ukraine and was a longtime Manafort employee.855 Kilimnik had direct and close access to Yanukovych and his senior entourage, and he facilitated communications between Manafort and his clients, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 87 in a series – “… they would secede from the Union and thus dismember the Republic.

“They had made up their minds that under a given contingency they would secede from the Union and thus dismember the Republic. That contingency had happened, and they should execute their threat. Mr. Ireson of Georgia, expressed the ruling sentiment … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 58 in a series – ”3. The war against the Democrats…”

  ”3. The war against the Democrats On September 8, 1971, Nixon ordered Ehrlichman to direct the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax returns of all the likely Democratic presidential candidates, as well as Kennedy. “Are we going after their … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 94 in a series – “Manafort became a close and trusted political advisor to Yanukovych during his time as President of Ukraine.”

“Through Deripaska, Manafort was introduced to Rinat Akhmetov, a Ukrainian oligarch who hired Manafort as a political consultant.852 In 2005, Akhmetov hired Manafort to engage in political work supporting the Party of Regions,853 a political party in Ukraine that was … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 86 in a series – “…and adjudged by the supreme court of the United States to have no rights which white men were bound to respect,…”

“I confess to a feeling allied to satisfaction at the prospect of a conflict between the North and the South. Standing outside the pale of American humanity, denied citizenship, unable to call the land of my birth my country, and … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 57 in a series – “…kill all the reporters and carry on the war.”

”In a tape from the Oval Office on February 22, 1971, Nixon said, “In the short run, it would be so much easier, wouldn’t it, to run this war in a dictatorial way, kill all the reporters and carry on … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 93 in a series – “…this subject was among the reasons that the district judge found that he breached his cooperation agreement.”

“Manafort communicated with Kilimnik about peace plans for Ukraine on at least four occasions after their first discussion of the topic on August 2: December 2016 (the Kilimnik email described above); January 2017; February 2017; and again in the spring … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 85 in a series – “They would proceed to take the slaveholding States out of the Union…”

“They would proceed to take the slaveholding States out of the Union, and that in no event whatever would they submit to therule of Abraham Lincoln. To many of the peace-loving friends of the Union, this was a fearful announcement, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 56 in a series – ”Nixon’s anti-Semitic rages were well known…”

”Nixon’s anti-Semitic rages were well known to those who worked most closely with him, including some aides who were Jewish. As we reported in our 1976 book, The Final Days, he would tell his deputies, including Kissinger, that “the Jewish … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 92 in a series – “…Manafort has since acknowledged was a “backdoor” means for Russia to control eastern Ukraine”

“Manafort also twice met Kilimnik in the United States during the campaign period and conveyed campaign information. The second meeting took place on August 2, 2016, in New York City. Kilimnik requested the meeting to deliver in person a message … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 84 in a series – “…Abraham Lincoln proposed his grand historic doctrine…”

“Against both Douglas and Breckenridge Abraham Lincoln proposed his grand historic doctrine of the power and duty of the National Government to prevent the spread and perpetuity of slavery. Into this contest I threw myself, with firmer faith and more … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 55 in a series – “…seeking information that might smear Ellsberg…”

”An early assignment was to destroy the reputation of Daniel Ellsberg, who had provided the Pentagon Papers, a secret history of the Vietnam War, to the news media in 1971. Publication of the documents in the New York Times, the … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 91 in a series – “…Manafort expected Kilimnik to share that information with others in Ukraine…”

“Manafort instructed Rick Gates, his deputy on the Campaign and a longtime employee,839 to provide Kilimnik with updates on the Trump Campaign—including internal polling data, although Manafort claims not to recall that specific instruction. Manafort expected Kilimnik to share that … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 83 in a series – “…about as distinctly and clearly drawn as political lines are capable of being drawn.”

“The presidential canvass of 1860 was three sided, and each side had its distinctive doctrine as to the question of slavery and slavery extension. We had three candidates in the field. Stephen A. Douglas was the standard bearer of what … Continue reading

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