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FDR

*Foreign Disaster Relief, per this Pentagon inspector general’s report released Wednesday. This opens up a whole new field: JFK: Joint Foreign Kaffeeklatch (sure...

U.S.S. L.B.J.?

Poor Navy Secretary Ray Mabus just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to naming ships. After a fluffy of controversy for naming vessels after the like of...

10 Questions for Robert Caro

The Passage of Power is your fourth book so far on President Lyndon B. Johnson, to whom you have devoted more than 3,000 pages and 35 years of your life. Why...

George W. Bush and the Texas Air National Guard

Speaking (as we just did awhile back about LBJ’s past) of presidential recollections, it’s hard to believe this was the hottest story going for several weeks...

Mitt Romney’s Poverty Problem

The crowd was 80,000 strong. At the University of Michigan’s 1964 commencement, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the campus’s Michigan Stadium and unveiled...

A Brief History of Political Profanity

President Obama wants to kick some ass. During a June 8 interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, Obama said he had been talking to experts about the BP oil...

The Moment

Somewhere, the ghost of Lyndon B. Johnson is smiling. Senator Olympia Snowe's lone Republican vote for health-care reform in the Senate Finance Committee didn't...

What Kind of Temperament Is Best?

TIME recently gathered four presidential historians--George Mason University's Richard Norton Smith, Yale University's Beverly Gage, and Russell Riley and David...

Lady Bird Johnson, 1912-2007

In the often brutal game of national politics where Lady Bird Johnson dwelt in some manner for nearly 70 years she was, said Hugh Sidey, TIME's late chronicler...

WHO WROTE THIS (EXPLETIVE DELETED)?

As someone who wrote campaign speeches for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, I naturally assumed that the publication of Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes,...

History: A Texas-Size L.B.J. Obsession

Lyndon Baines Johnson may have been larger than life, but since his death 16 years ago, he has been getting bigger. The growth spurt is due largely to the...