At 10 a.m. on January 23, 1969 — his third full day in office — President Richard Nixon signed Executive Order 11452, to establish a new executive-branch agency called the “Urban Affairs Council” (UAC). With its interdepartmental structure and centralized White House control of federal policy for America’s struggling cities, then as now beset by decay and radicalism, the UAC was intended to replicate the primacy that the National Security Council and its chief officer, Henry Kissinger, would enjoy over U.S. foreign policy. To run the council, the new president — a Republican from California elected with just 43 percent …
The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House, by Stephen Hess (Brookings, 150 pp., $24)
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Monday: Tossed and turned. Hit snooze button several times. Here is the dream I remember: I am standing on the set of what looks like the TV show where they sing — ...