Editorial: A half a century after Nixon’s Watergate shook democracy, Trump has trumped him

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Fifty years ago Friday, burglars broke into the Watergate Hotel in Washington, the first chapter of a story that would transform American politics. The anniversary comes as Congress investigates the greatest constitutional crisis since then. Just as Watergate-era leaders instituted important reforms to address the weaknesses of the system that the scandal exposed, so today’s leaders must ensure that a repeat of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol — on democracy itself — cannot happen. In the half-century since operatives connected to Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign broke into the Demo…

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