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Elected in 1968, Nixon authorized the secret bombing of Cambodia. Anger spiraled out of control, even to the point where four students at Kent State University were killed by panic-stricken National Guard personnel. In 1974, Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment arising out of his role in the Watergate scandal. See United States v. S. 683 (1974) for a full explication of his misdeeds. This decision was a major constitutional landmark. It established the conditional nature of presidential immunity, bringing in as it did, the extravagant assertions of Nixon's lawyers.

This country had been defeated by Ho Chi Minh's ragtag army and its persistence. In 1996, President Clinton authorized limited diplomatic relations with a reunited Vietnam. In the last fifteen years, the country has had to deal with secrecy in the way foreign policy was made based on the old colonial theory that the United States must deal with the leaders of other countries as somehow benign and troubled by the presence of Communists in their midst. com 36 AN ABRIDGED HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES rule of the military, better agriculture by land reform and technical assistance to make it all work.

Using the Freedom of Information Act is not always productive. An estimated 60 percent of all District Court judges have been appointed by Presidents Reagan and Bush. In cases that might reflect unfavorably on either, the result is often in doubt. Senator Dole has announced he would make a campaign issue out of Clinton's judicial appointments; they are too "liberal" claimed Dole. The courts of the United States sometimes have a way of appearing dedicated to the agenda of a particular judge, or Justice in the Supreme Court.

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