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Sir: Richard Nixon was not only a liberal President ("Can Nixon be rehabilitated?" 23 August); Watergate apart, he was the most liberal America has ever had. It is a continuing mystery why the American left fails to recognise one of its own.

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ANOTHER EXAMPLE of the limitations of government by public relations: yesterday the Prime Minister declared a "war on cancer". This is a soundbite with no teeth. It is an unfortunate echo, as our health editor points out on our news pages, of Richard Nixon's "war on cancer" of 1971, by which the technological might of the richest nation on Earth was to eliminate the disease. This betrayed a basic misconception of the nature of cancer and led to a stupendous misallocation of resources. Tony Blair avoided that mistake by ensuring that he did not allocate any new resources at all to his initiative. But that is to learn the wrong lesson from history.

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A QUARTER of a century ago, Washington was swept up in an impeachment drama far more gripping than the sorry and sordid saga which has unfolded over the last 12 months. The President of course was Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign. The crime was not the concealment of a legal sexual affair, but high conspiracy, perversion of justice and the misuse of the highest offices and agencies of American government. And a central figure in proceedings was John D. Ehrlichman, Nixon's domestic affairs adviser, confidant and fellow plotter.

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WITH AN impeachment vote in the House of Representatives expected in days, the White House yesterday mounted its most comprehensive effort to save President Clinton from the ignominy of a Senate trial.

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BILL CLINTON followed Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson into the history books yesterday when the judiciary committee of the House of Representatives opened formal impeachment hearings that could culminate in his removal from office. They could, but - unless there is a sharp change of public or Congressional mood - they will not.
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