The Watergate Story | Deep Throat Revealed – The Washington Post

The Watergate Story | Deep Throat Revealed – The Washington Post

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

9:30 AM

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Part 4

On May 31, 2005 one of Washington’s best-kept secrets was revealed.

Vanity Fair magazine identified a former top FBI official named Mark Felt as Deep Throat, the secret source high in the U.S. government who helped Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein unravel the Watergate conspiracy. Woodward, Bernstein and the paper’s editors confirmed the story.

"Felt’s identity as Washington’s most celebrated secret source had been an object of speculation for more than 30 years," wrote Post reporter David Von Drehle the next day.

VIDEO | Bob Woodward discusses the revelation of Deep Throat’s identity.

The reporters had written about their trusted source in their best-selling 1974 book, "All the President’s Men," and the 1975 movie of the same name dramatized his sometimes cryptic advice about how pursue the connection between the Nixon White House and a crew of seven burglars caught in the offices of the Democratic National Committee on the night of June 17, 1972. His true identity, the object of "countless guesses" over the years, remained secret until Vanity Fair’s story. "I’m the guy they call Deep Throat," Felt told members of his family.

The day after the story broke, Woodward wrote a first person account of his relationship with Felt, which began with a chance encounter between a junior naval officer and a wary bureaucrat in 1970. Woodward cultivated him as a source. When the Post began to pursue the Watergate story, Woodward relied on Felt for guidance.

In May 2005 Vanity Fair magazine revealed that Mark Felt, pictured above with his daughter, was the source referred to ad "Deep Throat." The former No. 2 official at the FBI secretly confirmed to Woodward and Bernstein what they discovered from other sources in reporting on the cover-up. (AP)

"I was thankful for any morsel or information, confirmation or assistance Felt gave me while Carl and I were attempting to understand the many-headed monster of Watergate. Because of his position virtually atop the chief investigative agency, his words and guidance had immense, at times even staggering, authority," Woodward wrote.

But as The Post noted, Woodward and Bernstein also "expressed a concern that the Deep Throat story has, over the years, come to obscure the many other elements that went into exposing the Watergate story: other sources, other investigators, high-impact Senate hearings, a shocking trove of secret White House tape recordings and the decisive intervention of a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court."

"Felt’s role in all this can be overstated," said Bernstein, who went on after Watergate to a career of books, magazine articles and television investigations. "When we wrote the book, we didn’t think his role would achieve such mythical dimensions. You see there that Felt/Deep Throat largely confirmed information we had already gotten from other sources."

From Part 4: WOODWARD ON DEEP THROAT (video) | WATERGATE AND THE TWO LIVES OF MARK FELT (story) | FROM OUTLOOK: "ALL THE BUREAUCRACY’S MEN" (story) | POST’S BEN BRADLEE ON DEEP THROAT (Video) | MARK FELT AND WATERGATE (timeline) | WOODWARD’S NOTES FROM MEETINGS WITH DEEP THROAT (online)

Which member of the “The Monkees” was from Houston, Texas?

Question :

Which member of the "The Monkees" was from Houston,\Texas?

Options:

  1. Davy Jones
  2. Mike Nesmith
  3. Peter Tork
  4. Mickey Dolenz

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Answer:

Mike Nesmith

Mike Nesmith was born in Houston, Texas in December 1942. After a two-year stint in the Air Force, Nesmith attended San Antonio College, where he started recording and performing his own music compositions. In 1965, he won a role on a new television series about a rock band called "The Monkees." Their music reached the top of the pop charts with hits like "I’m A Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville." Source: Biography.com

What is the current federal minimum wage?

Question : What is the current federal minimum wage?

Options:

  1. $7.25 per hour
  2. $9.75 per hour
  3. $11.75 per hour
  4. $10.50 per hour

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Answer:

The minimum wage rate is the lowest hourly pay that can be awarded to workers, also known as a pay floor. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and has not increased since July 2009. However, some states have a higher minimum wage rate. When the state minimum wage rate is higher than the federal rate, employers are required to pay workers the higher amount. At the current time, 29 states have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour), and five states have not set a state minimum wage.

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What country is the world’s fifth largest producer of garlic?

Question :

What country is the world’s fifth largest producer of garlic?

Options:

  1. China
  2. India
  3. Russia
  4. Egypt

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Answer:

Russia

  • Russia is the fifth largest producer of the world’s garlic supply, with an average annual production of 0.26 million tons. It ranks behind Egypt, South Korea and India, and all trail far behind China. China’s production gives the world an average of 20 million tons of garlic each year. In the United States, most garlic production is in Gilroy, California, which proudly proclaims itself the "garlic capital of the world." Source: WorldAtlas.com

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”Think!” is the name of the familiar theme music heard during the final round of what game show?

Question :”Think!” is the name of the familiar theme music heard during the final round of what game show?

Options:

  1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
  2. Family Feud
  3. Card Sharks
  4. Jeopardy!

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Answer:
Jeopardy!

"Think!" is the title of the Think Music played on the game show Jeopardy while contestants write their questions in its final round, "Final Jeopardy." Merv Griffin, the creator of Jeopardy composed the well-known "Think!" music. He self-plagiarized it from "A Time for Tony", which he wrote as a lullaby for his son. The version of "Think!" in Final Jeopardy, including the "bum-bum" at the end is exactly 30 seconds long. This is one reason it’s used on Jeopardy, as it’s good for timing the round while sounding slightly more relaxing than a bare ticking clock.

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Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington – The New York Times

Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington – The New York Times

Friday, September 1, 2017

9:07 PM

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Cleaning out a damaged home on Wednesday in Houston. Recovery aid will be a key project for Washington. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — In swamping large swaths of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Harvey also forged a new reality for President Trump and the Republicans governing Washington.

Gone are the confrontational talk of a government shutdown and the brinkmanship over the debt limit. Instead, both Mr. Trump and his putative allies in Congress — many of them professed fiscal hawks — are promising an outpouring of federal aid to begin a recovery and rebuilding effort that will last for years and require tens of billions of dollars, if not substantially more, from Washington.

The storm has utterly transformed the federal fiscal picture.

“This is going to change the whole dynamic for September and, quite frankly, for the Republican establishment for the remainder of the 115th Congress,” said G. William Hoagland, a longtime chief budget adviser to Senate Republicans who is now a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “The truth of the matter is, they don’t need money to build a wall in Texas, but to rebuild the shoreline in Texas.”

Facing a difficult September, deeply divided over spending and what to do about the debt limit, Mr. Trump and congressional leaders may find that a devastating storm has provided them the common cause that has proved so elusive after their failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Trump is eager to be seen as a competent manager in his first big test in a natural disaster, and a shutdown could shatter that image. Lawmakers want to deliver for the Texas and Louisiana communities pounded by Harvey, a region that is not only a driver of the national economy but a center of Republican strength.

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At the same time, a huge relief program tacked on to the federal deficit could undermine the claim by the president and his party that they are stewards of a leaner, more efficient federal bureaucracy.

The magnitude of the storm threatens to overwhelm that agenda as well as relegate to the background Mr. Trump’s demands for a border wall. Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, has already said that members of his group will not insist, for now, on funding it.

And it may make it more difficult for Mr. Trump to follow through on his promises of a broad crackdown on illegal immigration.

The altered landscape is going to force conservative lawmakers who have balked at tabs for past storm relief to swallow hard and rally behind a long-term recovery program. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, two Texas Republicans who opposed a spending package after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Northeast in 2012, now find that the boot is on the other foot, leaving them responsible for delivering dollars to their state.

“This is going to be costly,” Mr. Hoagland said, “and the Cruzes of the world are going to have to belly up to the bar in a way they are not familiar with.”

Republicans who had been bracing for a September showdown over how to fund the government are rapidly changing course. While they await potentially staggering damage assessments, they are pledging to do whatever it takes to help those flooded out along the Gulf Coast.

As Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a senior Republican member of the House Appropriations Committee, put it, “There will be members who will have to eat a little crow, but the bottom line is the votes are there” because “Congress wants to look functional.”

Part of looking functional, he said, is ending discussion of shuttering the government in a dispute over whether to provide money for a wall border on the southern border.

“You certainly can’t have the government shut down in the middle of a national crisis,” Mr. Cole said.

The storm’s ramifications for the conservative agenda beyond fiscal issues have yet to play out.

Under pressure from the right to end a special Obama-era residency program for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, Mr. Trump has for months appeared torn over what to do. Eliminating the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, could seem especially punitive now because Texas is home to one of the largest populations of so-called dreamers, though the president could move forward on that as early as Friday.

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Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, opposed a spending package after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Northeast in 2012. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

The debate over migrant labor could also be influenced because repairing or replacing huge numbers of homes and restoring damaged infrastructure will require thousands of construction workers, who were already in short supply around the country. Immigrant labor, both documented and undocumented, proved critical in the rebuilding effort that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The storm-driven congressional budget reassessment is already underway. Before Hurricane Harvey, House Republicans were planning to vote next week on a spending bill that would have shifted nearly $876 million away from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That plan is now out the window, and lawmakers are instead focused on funneling more money toward FEMA.

“Budgetary circumstances have changed significantly since the bill was drafted earlier this summer,” said Jennifer Hing, a spokeswoman for the Appropriations Committee. “Given the current situation, the committee is reassessing the issue and is actively involved in communication with the administration on the needs and the timing of those needs.”

The specifics of how the spending package will come together have yet to be determined. Hurricane relief will be part of a messy confluence of issues that include the debt-limit hike, a still-emerging tax-cut proposal that could also add to the deficit and a Republican push for more Pentagon spending.

At a minimum, Republican leaders seem ready to act quickly to make sure sufficient money is available to respond to Harvey while passing a stopgap measure to keep the government open past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Under that framework, the toughest spending decisions would be pushed off until as late as December.

While supporting the storm aid, some House conservatives are warning that they will not look kindly on any effort to link the debt-limit hike to hurricane relief. And conservative advocacy groups, warily eying hurricane spending, are worried it could quickly get out of hand.

Mr. Cornyn sought to provide reassurance that Congress was not going to go overboard on disaster spending, saying that “this is not just money that’s doled out for any purpose.”

“This has to be targeted for disaster relief and recovery from Hurricane Harvey,” he said.

But it is clear that Republicans — already struggling, despite their control of the White House and both houses of Congress — are entering a changed political and fiscal environment.

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World War II began on this day in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded which country?

World War II began on this day in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded which country?

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· Austria

· Poland

· Denmark

· France

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Answer: The start of World War II began on September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. To Adolf Hitler, the conquest of Poland would bring Lebensraum, or “living space,” for the German people. Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action, but Britain and France were not convinced. On September 3, they declared war on Germany, initiating World War II. The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. After heavy shelling and bombing, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27, 1939.

Answer: Poland

Question: World War II began on this day in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded which country?

Question: World War II began on this day in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded which country?

Friday, September 1, 2017

5:10 PM

World War II began on this day in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded which country?

· Austria

· Poland

· Denmark

· France

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Answer: The start of World War II began on September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. To Adolf Hitler, the conquest of Poland would bring Lebensraum, or “living space,” for the German people. Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action, but Britain and France were not convinced. On September 3, they declared war on Germany, initiating World War II. The Polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. After heavy shelling and bombing, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27, 1939.

Answer: Poland

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How far away is lightning if thunder sounds 10 seconds after the lightning flashes?

How far away is lightning if thunder sounds 10 seconds after the lightning flashes?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

6:15 PM

"How far away is lightning if thunder sounds 10 seconds after the lightning flashes?

10 miles
5 miles
8 miles
2 miles

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· 5 miles

· 8 miles

· 2 miles – answer

When there is a 10-second interval between seeing lightning and hearing thunder, the lightning is about two miles distant. Sound travels about one mile in five seconds. When lightning forms, the air surrounding it heats up to around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. When this air cools, a partial vacuum forms around the lightning’s path. The air nearby reacts by expanding and contracting, causing a series of vibrations, which produces thunder. Source: ScientificAmerican.com

Question: Princess Diana was buried with a set of ivory rosary beads, a gift from whom?

Question: Princess Diana was buried with a set of ivory rosary beads, a gift from whom?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

5:48 PM

Question: Princess Diana was buried with a set of ivory rosary beads, a gift from whom?

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Answer: Twenty years ago today, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, stunned the world. On Aug. 31, 1997, Britain’s Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Princess Diana was buried with a set of rosary beads, which were a gift from Mother Teresa. Fascinatingly, Mother Teresa died only six days after Princess Diana. Immediately after Diana’s death, Mother sent a condolence message that said, “She was very concerned for the poor. She was very anxious to do something for them, and it was beautiful. That is why she was close to me.”

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