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TheChat: Bob Woodward takes one more look back at Watergate

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Here we go.

▪ “These are the last pieces of the Nixon puzzle.” — Washington Post associate editor Carlos Lozada on a new book by Bob Woodward that re-examines the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from power — and turned Woodward into journalism royalty.

Woodward’s book, “The Last of the President’s Men,” will be published Oct. 13 and is buttressed by extensive interviews with Alexander Butterfield, who revealed the existence of Nixon’s Oval Office taping system.

▪ “I understand that the disclosure probably will not happen. But if and when this relationship comes to light and is put out there in the media, then it’s not only about the sexual act. But it also becomes a coverup.” — Missouri state Rep. Kip Kendrick, a Columbia Democrat, on his proposal to ban romantic and sexual relations between lawmakers and interns.

Kendrick would place the ban in the House code of conduct. But who’s going to prove that a sex act actually took place? And who’s going to level the charge that a lawmaker is engaged in a romantic relationship with an intern? What proof will be required? Reporters will hesitate to pursue these stories. Lawsuits are inevitable. (thanks to johncombest.com for the link).

▪ “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” — Donald Trump talking about fellow GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

More vintage Trump, whose lead in the GOP race only continues to grow.

▪ “The president looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as pope.” — the White House in a statement about the pope’s arrival in the U.S. on Sept. 22.

President Obama and the pope disagree on some key issues. Nonetheless, the president will take the rare step of going to Andrews Air Force Base to personally greet Pope Francis when he arrives. Presidents almost never go to Andrews to welcome visiting foreign leaders. Obama is making an exception.

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