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Ben Bradlee, Spiro Agnew and the 'Gray-Haired Grandmother Defense'
Ben Bradlee, Spiro Agnew and the 'Gray-Haired Grandmother Defense'

The death of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee prompted an outpouring of well-deserved and laudatory tributes from across the country. Each obituary made dutiful mention of Bradlee the Georgetown neighbor and pal of John F. Kennedy, the rock of truth behind Woodward and Bernstein's Watergate investigation, the creator of The Post's innovative Style section and the inspiration for a generation of investigative journalists. Missing from the accolades was any acknowledgment of Ben Bradlee's critical contribution to one the biggest stories in the history of Maryland politics — the 1973 resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew for tax evasion on kickbacks that...

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