John R. Bohrer

F.B.I. destroyed file on Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, 'Times' publisher behind the Pentagon Papers:

It is surprising that the Bureau’s found insufficient historic value in the information it collected on the person whose decision to publish secret documents led to an unprecedented federal injunction to stop a newspaper from publishing an article and a Supreme Court decision that, to quote Sulzberger’s obituary, “established the primacy of a free press in the face of a government’s insistence on secrecy.”

Bio: John R. Bohrer's work has appeared at Esquire.com, Politico, Salon, The Awl, USA Today and other publications. He is writing a book about Robert Kennedy and his young aides, 1964 to 1968. Twitter: @JRBoh

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F.B.I. destroyed file on Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, ‘Times’ publisher behind the Pentagon Papers

It is surprising that the Bureau’s found insufficient historic value in the information it collected on the person whose decision to publish secret documents led to an unprecedented federal injunction to stop a newspaper from publishing an article and a Supreme Court decision that, to quote Sulzberger’s obituary, “established the primacy of a free press in the face of a government’s insistence on secrecy.”

Feb. 16, 2013

 
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George Romney almost got speaking lessons from George C. Scott

Fifty years ago this month, Shakespeare in the Park went up with its first production and Michigan’s George Romney, father of Mitt, undertook his first major campaign.

Jun. 8, 2012

 
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First draft: When young Robert Caro trailed President Lyndon Johnson

The Passage of Power, the fourth volume in Robert A. Caro’s epic “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” comes out on Monday, with a title that refers to the book’s two halves—the passage of power from Lyndon Johnson as he is exiled to the vice presidency, and the passage of power to Johnson after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  

Apr. 27, 2012

 
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What J. Edgar Hoover and the F.B.I. thought they knew about Tom Wicker of the ‘Times’

In the early 1970s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation considered it pertinent biographical information that The New York Times’ Tom Wicker suffered from “mental halitosis.” 

Apr. 11, 2012

 
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‘Mad Men’ wasn’t any crueler to George Romney than John Lindsay was in real life

Tagg Romney was right: "Mad Men" did mock his dead grandfather George. But then, so did George's fellow liberal Republican, John Lindsay.

Apr. 2, 2012

 
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How lucky Pat Moynihan could have gone all the way

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Almost everything that has happened to me has taken place by chance.”

Mar. 16, 2012

 
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Romney and his backers tease Obama for golfing, but no leader played more than Mitt’s dad

The Romney campaign even has a website dedicated to how many holes this president has played during his administration.

Mar. 9, 2012

 
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Chris Christie does a gay-marriage dance, and New Jersey Democrats stand still

If approved, as polls suggest it would be, Christie would get to do a George-Wallace-in-the-schoolhouse-door bit, saying that he did his part before yielding to unstoppable forces.

Feb. 3, 2012

 
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The time Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. tried to get President Kennedy to help save the ‘New York Post’

Two memos from the president's special assistant from March, 1962 show he urged Kennedy to support a group of buyers that would cut out David Karr, "who was once a communist" from taking over the New York newspaper (which would have been a "calamity").

Jan. 23, 2012

 
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Jimmy Breslin writes a history book, still thinks history writers should be buried

Jimmy Breslin has just written a history book about Branch Rickey, but he still hates historians.

Apr. 11, 2011