Historian Rick Perlstein takes us back to the 70s, the setting for his most recent book Reaganland. President Gerald Ford also rushed a vaccine for political purposes, only to discover after the fact that it was a terrible public health decision.
Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that former Republican President Ronald Reagan is responsible for the country's economic success under former Democratic President Bill Clinton and the American people "don't really understand" economic
Politics Past - The June 1976 Presidential Primaries - election night, Tuesday June 8, 1976, as reported over KNX-AM, Los Angeles.
April 6, 1976 - News on settlement of the Teamsters Strike. Gerald Ford campaigns in Wisconsin ahead of the Tuesday Primaries. Morris Udall quietly campaigns. UAW says not less government, but better run government is most important during this election season. Right Wing Death Squads murder 15 young people as part of Military Junta crackdown in Argentina. More bombs in Northern Ireland and Northern Portugal. Women march by the thousands in Rome protesting Vatican ban on contraception. France Nuclear tests in South Pacific.
February 23, 1975 - calls to send Military aid to South Vietnam. Kissinger returns from Middle East "hopeful". Ethiopia ask U.S. for arms against militants in Eritrea province. Judge Sirica hands down sentences for Watergate figures. New tensions in Cyprus. Outlawed strikes in Spain go on anyway. Persian Gulf region under scrutiny for continued arms sales. Another lovely day in the neighborhood.
News of this day included the loud gasp heard over the size of the new budget President Ford was handing Congress. The Recession dragged on. Calls for belt tightening. Supplemental Aid to Southeast Asia was voted down - between the 55,000 lives lost and the billions already spent, enough was enough. Aid to Turkey was on hold pending outcome of the latest Cyprus situation. And the U.S. had the dubious distinction of the 2nd highest trade deficit of the century. Not a day to celebrate.
January 16, 1975 - this day in history. Recession getting worse. GNP drops 9.1%, worst since 1958. Inflation rose 13%, worst since 1947. Calls for Gas Rationing. Soviet Union says detente not dead, just wounded. CIA Hearings continue. Ford Auto to offer rebates on new cars. Israel/Lebanon border skirmishes. Middle East Peace feelers continue. News Analyst Eric Sevareid on world reaction to Economy.
Newstalgia Thousand Yard Stare - 1974 in review. Looking at the major stories of the year, including the Watergate Scandal and the eventual resignation of Richard Nixon. The rise of Gerald Ford. The Middle East and much much more.
News of the week for the week ending August 16, 1975. Henry Kissinger back and forth in an attempt to get movement on a Middle East Peace Accord. Ford threatens veto of Oil Price Controls. Investigation on Chilean overthrow and Allende death. Golf big past time at White House.
News of the day for July 29, 1965. Local New York news, plus World News, including reaction to LBJ Vietnam buildup address, Abe Fortas appointed to Supreme Court, Civil Rights demonstrations throughout the South, another day in paradise.
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