The Nation: Week of Shocks

Even for a nation surfeited with surprise and sensation, the week's events brought multiple shocks:

¶ A Vice President who had piously proclaimed the need for stiff morality and stern judges was revealed as a grafter; he abruptly resigned in deserved disgrace, copping a plea to stay out of jail. Within 56 hours the President nominated House Republican Leader Gerald Ford to replace Spiro T. Agnew. In choosing the amiable House workhorse, Nixon for once did the easy and popular thing.

¶ A federal appeals court ruled in often biting language that the President...

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