Watergate

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Watergate (1972-1974) was a “third-rate burglary attempt” at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters that brought down US President Richard Nixon.

It was hardly the worst thing Nixon did – just ask Cambodia, Chile, Bangladesh, the Black Panthers or the Socialist Workers Party. But his victim in this case, the Democratic Party, had the power to strike back: they controlled Congress (56% of the Senate and 56% of the House).

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The break-in: In the middle of the night on June 17th 1972 a security guard called police about a break-in at the Watergate Hotel office building. Police found five well-dressed middle-age men wearing gloves and holding cameras, walkie-talkies, electronic equipment and burglary tools.

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Woodward and Bernstein, two metro desk reporters at the Washington Post, were assigned to cover the story.

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The burglars would not give their real names, but one had…

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