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Briefing and Opinion
January 21, 2005

Second Terms
Nixon, Reagan and Clinton

The second term is underway, with President Bush optimistic about making fundamental changes abroad and at home. In his inaugural address, Bush lays out an ambtious, idealistic agenda. How will it end? History is not encouraging. Opinion Journal's James Taranto looks back at previous second terms.
Oliver North
Exception or Rule?

James Taranto examines the "curse of the second terms" of presidents from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton.

55th Inauguration

The president's January 20 inaugural address in text and real video.