Robert Caro shares tips about his craft in ‘Working’
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years and five books since he left the newspaper business, Robert Caro gets a familiar feeling every time he hunts down a document, makes an extra phone call or asks just one...
Man returns library book 53 years late
FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man says he has returned an overdue library book — 53 years after he first borrowed the book.
Fair Lawn resident Harry Krame says he checked out "The...
NEW YORK (AP) — Sir John Richardson, the eminent historian and critic whose multivolume series on Pablo Picasso drew upon his personal and aesthetic affinity for the Spanish painter and was widely...
Edward Zigler, ‘father of Head Start,’ dies in Connecticut
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Edward Zigler, a Yale University professor who helped create the Head Start program for disadvantaged preschoolers in the 1960s, has died at his Connecticut home. He was 88 years old.
The university said in a statement that Zigler, known as the "Father of Head Start," died in his sleep Thursday in North Haven.
Boston broadcast legend Gary LaPierre dies
BOSTON (AP) — Gary LaPierre, a longtime Boston broadcast news anchor and reporter, has died after a battle with leukemia.
WBZ-AM, where LaPierre worked for more than four decades before his retirement in 2006, announced that he died at his home surrounded by family. He was 76.
The Shelburne Falls native started at WBZ as a college intern in the early 1960s and was named a news reporter in 1964.
Today in History for January 8th
Jaguars release benched veteran safety Barry Church
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have released Barry Church, a safety who was benched last month but who started 27 consecutive games over two seasons.
The Jaguars (4-9) made the move Friday and activated offensive tackle Josh Wells from injured reserve.
Robert Caro reflects on his career in upcoming book
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro's next book isn't his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before.
Bush’s state funeral follows generations of tradition
Former President George H.W. Bush's state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday.
The guidelines for state funerals date back to the mid-1800s and have been shaped over time. Seating arrangements, for example, are detailed with precision, with the presidential party followed by chiefs of state, arranged alphabetically by the English spelling of their countries.
Kansas state government offices to close Wednesday
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas state government offices will close Wednesday to honor President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday.
Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday made Dec. 6 a legal holiday and ordered state offices to close. Wednesday is also a national day of mourning.
Colyer served as a White House fellow under President Bush and President Ronald Reagan.
Kansas Democrats hopeful of breaking GOP grip on power
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats in Kansas who have had to sit on the political sidelines for the better part of a decade are hoping for a blue wave on Election Day that could help them break the Republican grip on power and are optimistic about their chances in several races, including the one for governor.
Jaguars add 10 to practice squad, including QB Lee, CB Meeks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars filled out their practice squad by signing 10 players they cut a day earlier.
The most notable additions Sunday were quarterback Tanner Lee, a sixth-round draft pick from Nebraska, undrafted rookie cornerback Quenton Meeks and running back Brandon Wilds.
Today in History for August 27th
Minnesota resident volunteers as senior companion
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Over the past two decades, Gerri Horvat has seen it all and met some unique characters.
The Mankato native began volunteering as a senior companion when she retired from a St. Peter electronics company at age 65. Now 85, she is wrapping up 20 years of service as a volunteer for Senior Corps, a program sponsored by Lutheran Social Service.
STONEWALL, Texas (AP) — Fifty years ago, a depressed President Lyndon Johnson decided not to seek another term. Martin Luther King, Jr. had just been assassinated. Cities were burning in riots. College students marched against the Vietnam War.
LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump is coming to Britain fresh from a confrontational NATO summit that featured stinging criticism of America's closest allies, but he's likely to tone down that stance when he takes tea Friday with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
NEW YORK (AP) — Richard N. Goodwin, an aide, speechwriter and liberal force for the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson who helped craft such historic addresses as Robert Kennedy's "ripples of hope" and LBJ's speeches on civil rights and "The Great Society," died Sunday evening at age 86.
Goodwin, the husband of Pulitzer Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, died at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. According to his wife, he died after a brief bout with cancer.
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Frank McCulloch, who covered the Vietnam War from the front lines and later worked as editor for newspapers across the U.S. during a half-century journalism career, died this week in Northern California. He was 98.
McCulloch died Monday at a Santa Rosa nursing facility where he'd been treated for a brief illness, according to Warren Lerude, a longtime friend and colleague.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
After decades, tribal courts, police slowly regaining lost authority
WASHINGTON - In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson wrote Congress detailing the nation's maltreatment of Native Americans, a people he described as an "alien in his own land." A month later, Congress made it official. One part of the
Indian Civil Rights
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed 13 undrafted rookies and cut veteran punter Brad Nortman and third-year receiver Jaelen Strong.
The Jaguars selected Mississippi State punter Logan Cooke in the seventh round of the NFL draft and chose LSU receiver DJ Chark in the second, making Nortman and Strong expendable.
Over the 40 years I’ve been involved in politics I’ve come to loathe negative campaign ads. They demean the process and cheapen it. They thrive on distortion, half-truths and outright lies. They are proof positive that, because they are covered by free speech, one can make any charge and it doesn’t have to be factual or even close to the truth.
Robert Caro has been thinking a lot about the 1960s.
The Pulitzer Prize winning historian shared some observations recently — and some insights into his famously thorough research — during a 45-minute address at the New-York Historical Society. Caro has been immersed in the decade as he writes the fifth, and presumed last, of his Lyndon Johnson books.
Robert Caro talks Lyndon Johnson, music and the 1960s
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro has been thinking a lot about the 1960s.
Early on Sunday, March 31, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, welcomed their tired and pregnant daughter, Lynda. She had taken a late red-eye flight from Camp Pendleton, California, leaving behind her husband, Marine Lt. Chuck Robb, as he prepared to depart for Vietnam.
Obviously distraught, she immediately asked her father: “Why … was her husband going away to fight, and maybe die, for people who did not even want to be protected?”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota first lady Jane Freeman, a founder of the modern Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, has died. She was 96.
Freeman died Friday morning at her apartment in Minneapolis, according to a spokesman for her son, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
New Hampshire remembers pivotal primaries of 1968
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fifty years later, the 1968 New Hampshire presidential primaries are being remembered as pivotal for reasons both political and personal.
Secretary of State Bill Gardner led a panel discussion Monday bringing together former lawmakers and activists who got their start in politics campaigning for Republican Richard Nixon, Democratic president Lyndon Johnson and Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy.
The changes of the 1960s have echoed through this decade.
Fiftieth-anniversary events marking the Kennedy assassination, civil rights movement and Vietnam War have all drawn Americans together in recent years. On Feb. 7, hundreds of Flathead Valley residents gathered to mark a lesser-known product of the 1960s.
A new report highlights challenges for black Americans. Released by the Economic Policy Institute last week, "50 Years after the Kerner Commission" says: "With respect to homeownership, unemployment, and incarceration, America has failed to deliver any progress for African Americans over the last five decades. In these areas, their situation has either failed to improve relative to whites or has worsened."
A new poll showing a majority of Americans think President Donald Trump is a racist reflects an unmitigated disaster for the nation — it is a sad testament to Trump’s fateful decision to draw political sustenance from the poisoned well of racial resentment.
The satirical newspaper, The Onion, once had a headline that read: “Historians politely remind nation to check what’s happened in past before making any big decisions.” On the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Kerner Commission report, it is instructive to review what our nation has refused to learn about racism since the civil unrest of the 1960’s.
Editor: In the troubled decade of the 1960s, the most shattering year was 1968. A series of tragic events hit with such force that, month by month, our nation seemed to be coming apart. We have embarked on the 50th anniversary of a year that transformed the United States akin to the years 1776, 1861 and 1941, when everything in American history changed. The events of 1968 were intensely tragic and consequential in altering history. The aftershocks registered in America and abroad for decades...
Report: Inequality remains 50 years after Kerner Report
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Barriers to equality are posing threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, says a study examining the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.
He was the best of his kind. He also was, it could be argued, the last of his kind.
Study: US inequality persists 50 years after landmark report
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Barriers to equality pose threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, according to study made public Tuesday that examines the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.
Hillary Clinton to appear in Michigan at Betty Ford event
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Hillary Clinton will appear in Grand Rapids for an event honoring former first lady Betty Ford, who would have turned 100 this year.
Clinton will appear with Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, the daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, on April 11 at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. They'll participate in a public discussion moderated by journalist Andrea Mitchell.
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Matthew Dallek, George Washington University
(THE CONVERSATION) In May 1964, Lyndon Johnson described his vision of a great society in a commencement address delivered to the University of Michigan.
WASHINGTON — Among the more revealing moments in the ongoing White House nervous breakdown came in chief of staff John Kelly’s initial defense of staff secretary Rob Porter. As accusations of domestic abuse against Porter became public, Kelly pronounced him a man of “true integrity and honor.” I have never been in the military. But I suspect that, for most people in uniform, this is not what they mean by “honor.” I did, like the rest of the incoming White House senior staff in 2001, take the...
Among the more revealing moments in the ongoing White House nervous breakdown came in chief of staff John Kelly’s initial defense of staff secretary Rob Porter. As accusations of domestic abuse against Porter became public, Kelly pronounced him a man of “true integrity and honor.”
I have never been in the military, and have great respect for Kelly’s distinguished service. But I suspect that, for most people in uniform, this is not what they mean by “honor.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin’s ‘Leadership’ coming in September
NEW YORK (AP) — Doris Kearns Goodwin hopes her new book will remind readers that career politicians can become great presidents.
Trump again seeks to eliminate NEH and NEA arts funding
NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, President Donald Trump is calling for the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts and National Endowment of the Humanities.
In the budget proposal unveiled Monday, Trump asks that both organizations begin to shut down in 2019, saying the NEA and NEH should not be federal responsibilities.
Truth be told: Reality-rich 15:17 to Paris” is dull
Its an oft-expressed complaint from some finicky filmgoers: Movies based on historical events often get the story wrong.
State Supreme Court official tapped for leadership program
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The director of the Division of Children and Families at the Louisiana Supreme Court is one of 59 people nationwide chosen for a national leadership program.
The court said in a Wednesday news release that Alanah Odoms Hebert (AYE'-behr) was selected for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. That program draws on resources of the presidential centers of four former presidents: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson.
If you're researching new cars, there is one thing that should be on your checklist and that's safety ratings.
While all new cars are safe these days, it's still a good idea to check ratings out and see which vehicles fare the best.
By Hugh Hewitt
Special To The Washington Post
Remember Roscoe Conkling? Few people do even though for many years the New Yorker was the "first man" in the Senate and king of patronage.
How about Henry Cabot Lodge? "Something about the League of Nations?" you ask, if you are going off your college days or AP history prep. "No, wait, Nixon's running mate!" you say, and head to Wikipedia to discover both fragments of memory are right. The Lodges were a father-and-son team of senators.
In "The Best and the Brightest," author David Halberstam described the Vietnam War's hard lessons and the folly of the Kennedy administration's so-called "whiz kids." Newcomers to the craft of government, they were drawn from the top ranks of industry and academia and charged with using their business know-how to reshape foreign policy.
Gary Welton: The political intrigue of 1968—Fifty years and counting
My political interests were sparked at age 11, half a century ago, during one of the most interesting campaign seasons in recent American history. In my home we had neither a newspaper nor a news magazine. Our television reception was unreliable. Yet the stories were compelling. The favorite part of my day occurred when my bus arrived at school. I had 10 minutes to rush to the library and read the morning’s editorials. Who knew I would be writing op-ed pieces as a hobby 50 years later?
Today in History for January 8th
Fifty years ago, North Korea rolled the dice in an extraordinary gamble against the United States when communist gunboats attacked and captured a Navy spy ship, the USS Pueblo.
One American sailor was killed in the Jan. 23, 1968, attack and 82 others were taken captive. The U.S. ship was forced into a North Korean harbor and its crew was tossed in prison, touching off an international crisis that dragged on for nearly a year.