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Lyndon B. Johnson

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  • Robert Gates, the silent fox in the chicken coop

    WASHINGTON -- One of the best and enduring aspects of presidential cabinets has been the willingness of many chief executives to appoint at least one member from the opposition party. The practice demonstrates bipartisanship and also gives the president...
  • Robert Gates rages against the political machine in his memoir, 'Duty'

    Robert Gates rages against the political machine in his memoir, 'Duty'
    During 4½ years  as secretary of Defense under presidents George W. Bush and Obama, Robert M. Gates was widely lauded as a shrewd national security mandarin who had seen it all, done it all and most important, could stay above it all in the partisan...
  • The war on poverty at 50

    In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government "benefits," robbing them of a...
  • 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

    'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
    Inspired by a true story, "Precious" director Daniels' fine drama - and compact history lesson - features many notable performances, led by Forest Whitaker's as a White House servant who tended to several presidents. Playing the chief executives are...
  • Andy Warhol's 'Jackie' works were his 'Guernica'

    Andy Warhol's 'Jackie' works were his 'Guernica'
    For art, the 1963 murder of a president became America's Guernica. In style, emotional tenor and generation, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol were very different artists. But both made paintings that spoke to an epic social trauma of their day. And both...
  • JFK was arts patron in chief

    JFK was arts patron in chief
    Three days after Lee Harvey Oswald's bullet inconsolably blackened the mood of America, Leonard Bernstein tried to lift the nation's spirits by focusing on a special legacy — one that is getting too little attention in the commentary around Friday's...
  • JFK assassination: 50 years ago today the conspiracy theories began

    It was the assassination that launched a thousand conspiracy theories. Soon after President John F. Kennedy was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, the "who killed Kennedy?" debate began, and 50 years later, it continues. There have been books, movies and...
  • Antiques Roadshow valued famous photos at $75,000

    Antiques Roadshow valued famous photos at $75,000
    One of the most memorable photographs to emerge from the assassination of President Kennedy 50 years ago is the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson as president aboard Air Force One. The picture was made by the official White House photographer Cecil...
  • Robert B. Reich: GOP's divide-and-conquer strategy no longer applies

    Fifty years ago, when Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, the poor were different -- "other," as in Michael Harrington's seminal book of 1962, "The Other America." That's no longer the case. After the War on Poverty ended, Republicans told working-...
  • What LBJ's poverty 'war' won

    What LBJ's poverty 'war' won
    Happy birthday, "War on Poverty." Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared that war in his Jan. 8, 1964, State of the Union address, it looks like poverty won, if you ignore all of the places where it didn't. Judging a project as mammoth...
  • Keeping our fingers on the pulse of Roger Stone

    Keeping our fingers on the pulse of Roger Stone
    I added a new line to my job description this year: Monitor Roger Stone's influence at the Broward Sheriff's Office. For those to whom Stone is a stranger, let Google be your guide. In shorthand, he's a national political operative, a riddle wrapped...
  • The wages of presidential deception

    By 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson was finally done in by his "credibility gap" -- the growing abyss between what he said about, and what was actually happening inside, Vietnam. "Modified limited hangout" and "inoperative" were infamous...