Magazine February 9, 2015, Issue

An Odd Couple for the Ages

Nixon and Moynihan in 1968 (John Duprey/New York Daily News archive via Getty)
The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House, by Stephen Hess (Brookings, 150 pp., $24)

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

To Read the Full Story
James Rosen — Mr. Rosen is a reporter for Sinclair Broadcast Group and the editor of A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century (2016), an anthology of essays by William F. Buckley Jr.

In This Issue


Politics & Policy

Apprenticed for Success

President Obama is committed to making community college as accessible as high school, and he is convinced that doing so will greatly improve America’s economic prospects. Specifically, he is calling ...
Politics & Policy

Moved to Kill

Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, the 60-acre public park in which the Kouachi brothers, who carried out the murderous attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, participated in an extensive jihadi ...
Politics & Policy

Rire in the Rear

It’s been more than two weeks since the deadly attack at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, which is enough time to allow me to say ...


Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Bacon Bits

Over a recent holiday, I was rummaging through my mother’s basement. I found a book called “Notes on the Piano,” by Ernst Bacon. I had enjoyed it very much when ...
Politics & Policy

Things That Go Bump

Horror movies are rarely critical darlings, and horror movies released during the height of prestige-movie season even less. But the Australian import The Babadook has worked its way under the ...



Being Sad Together

I was never Charlie. I support their right to stick out their tongue and blow raspberries; I do so from a safe distance with no thought of personal risk. My workplace ...
Politics & Policy


CRITIC The black-capped skull obliviously alert (My stare had not yet caught its yellow eye),                                        His head jerked left then right. Between each stab: the hooked neb, pricking at              An upturned breast, its puff of ...
Politics & Policy


Greyhound with Wings In your January 26 issue, Kevin D. Williamson (“Unholy Alliances”) charges airlines with a “cascade of incompetence” because he has apparently been routinely and unfairly inconvenienced by them. ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ It’s great that they’ve got a friend. Now could they have an ally? ‐ President Obama’s State of the Union address was full of liberal proposals that thankfully stand no ...


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