John McCaslin

"It describes Watergate as a political struggle between President Nixon and a Democratic Congress, which had strongly opposed the administration's policies in Vietnam during his first term. The exhibit also outlines the other issues with which the president was contending during Watergate, including U.S.-Soviet relations and Mideast peace. Visitors can listen to the key portions of the so-called 'smoking gun' conversation from June 23, 1972, in which the president is first given John Dean's idea for covering up Watergate."

No suds

What with their long hours and poor diets, Capitol Hill reporters often are lured to press briefings and events that promise hors d'oeuvres, if not bountiful buffets.

Then yesterday came this attention-grabbing advisory: "Conference Call on Surge Anniversary Today at 10 a.m. with Beers and Sen. Ben Nelson."

Unfortunately, it referred to Rand Beers, president of the National Security Network, who along with the Nebraska Democrat claimed the surge in Iraq has not achieved its goals one year after President Bush announced the strategy.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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