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    Book Discussion on When Presidents Lie

    The first installment in the fall 2004 Aspen Book Series featured author and columnist Eric Alterman talking about his book When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences, published by Viking. The book examines substantial lies told by presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and others and analyzes their implications. The book explores what the author says are the major lies of four presidents: Kennedy on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Johnson on the Gulf of Tonkin, Reagan on Iran-Contra, and George W. Bush on Iraq. Mr. Alterman drew a distinction between “private lies” and the more significant “lies of state.” After his comments, Mr. Alterman was joined at the podium by Ben Bradlee, the editor at The Washington Post during the investigatin of the Watergate scandal. He then took questions from the audience and signed copies of his book.

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    Immigration Services Oversight

    Leon Rodriguez testified about Citizenship and Immigration Services policies regarding deportation, immigration benefits, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. The hearing was held in an effort to better deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America who were crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Among other topics Mr. Rodriguez answered questions on were the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, E-Verify, prosecutorial discretion, and the “credible fear” asylum interview process.