Presidential Libraries

Why New Laws Are Needed to Stop the Bullying of the National Archives

Maarja Krusten Says Even a President who believes that he governed honorably may struggle with his past. Governance is complex and politics messy. Laws demand disclosure of what really happened. Judges, such as the one who recently ruled on President Bush's order, assume that the National Archives can carry out this mission. But because some disclosures can be painful for presidents, they resort to bullying to halt them.

Clinton Foundation Raised $135 Million

Former President Clinton's nonprofit foundation raised more than $135 million last year as his wife ramped up her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to tax forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The foundation is not required by law to release donor information and the tax forms did not identify contributors by name. Officials said when Clinton's presidential library opened in 2004 that it would include a wall recognizing contributors. So far, that wall has not been installed.

Reagan Library staff works on inventory of 100,000 artifacts

Hundreds of visitors at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library wandered through the rooms and corridors of the museum this week, exploring the replica of the Oval Office, touring Air Force One and gazing at the thousands of artifacts on display.
On the surface everything seemed normal. But internally, much of the staff was hustling to make things right behind the scenes and in the vaults below the museum.

George W. Bush's Presidential Library

John Dean (Yes, That John Dean) asks Amid a slow, low-boiling, and mostly Texas-based controversy regarding the potential location of a future George W. Bush Presidential Library, a significant issue regarding such a future institution is being completely overlooked: Should there be federal support of the Bush Presidential Library, in light of the fact that President Bush has refused to comply with the 1978 Presidential Records Act?

Bush names SMU Presidential Library planner

President Bush has chosen a former next-door neighbor – Dallas hotel developer Mark Langdale, now the ambassador to Costa Rica – to run the foundation planning his presidential library at Southern Methodist University.

Potential Bush library site may cost SMU $8.9M

Roughly 3 acres of University Park parkland, streets and alleys near a potential site for the Bush presidential library could cost Southern Methodist University $8.9 million.

That's the total value of the land, including a $6.4 million appraisal released this week on 1.95 acres of University Park streets and alleys near Potomac Park. The three-quarter acre park was previously appraised at $2.45 million.

Thousands of mementos missing from Reagan library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is unable to find or account for tens of thousands of valuable mementos of Reagan's White House years because a "near universal" security breakdown left the artifacts vulnerable to pilfering by insiders, an audit by the National Archives inspector general has concluded.

The Battle Over The Clinton Papers

The Battle Over The Clinton Papers: On Friday, The Politico reported that the Clinton library was preparing 10,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's "daily schedules" to be released in late January, though that release could be slowed down by the review process. Clinton has chalked up delays in releasing the documents to the difficulty of processing them as opposed to any efforts on the Clintons' part to suppress them.

Reagan Library: They Don't Stop Democrats at the Door

Here's one visitor's irreverent glimpse at the Reagan Presidential Library, with some great photos of the interior. Blogger Christine N. Ziemba agreed to take her Republican parents to the library, even though her politics are quite the opposite.

Bernstein makes first visit to Nixon Library

The LA Times: The former Washington Post reporter who helped break the Watergate story pronounces his tour 'a moving experience.' "It's impossible . . . not to feel some kind of strange kinship and not to feel part of this place," Bernstein later told the crowd that filled a 300-seat auditorium.

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