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Texas swindler Billie Sol Estes dead at 88

DALLAS (Reuters) - Billie Sol Estes, a flamboyant Texan who was convicted of bilking millions of dollars from a federal crop subsidy program, died on Tuesday at age 88, police said. Full story

President Johnson declares ‘war on poverty’

   During his State of the Union address on January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announces that his administration “declares unconditional war on poverty in America.”

Rep. John Lewis: 'We're not there yet'

   Congressman John Lewis, Democrat from Georgia, talks with Rachel Maddow about his role in the civil rights movement that helped bring about the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and reacts to racial remarks made by Supreme Court Justice Scalia in court today.

Presidential Oath of Office mash-up

   Take a look at John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama get sworn in to the highest office in the land by their respective cheif justices.

Lessons from presidents past

   As The Cycle ramps up for the Inauguration, Joseph Califano Jr. joins the hosts to talk about what presidents can learn from their predecessors – especially President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Great presidents of the 1900s

   A Morning Joe panel, which includes presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jon Meacham and Prof. Evan Thomas, talks about some of the most influential presidential of the 1900s. Among those chosen are Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson and Harry Truman. The panel also discusses the toll of hold

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  Why Obama should take a page from President LBJ's playbook

The Cycle hosts and historian Mark Updegrove explain how President Lyndon B. Johnson was able to work across the aisle on controversial issues, and why Obama should take a page from this playbook.

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A portion of a letter from future president Lyndon B. Johnson to Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor is pictured in this handout photo from the LBJ Presidential Library
A portion of a letter from future president Lyndon B. Johnson to Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor is pictured in this handout photo from the LBJ Presidential Library

A portion of a letter from future president Lyndon B. Johnson to Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor is pictured in this undated handout photo from the LBJ Presidential Library obtained by Reuters February 13, 2012. The courtship letter document correspondence between Johnson, then a Congressional aide,

A portion of a letter from Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor to future president Lyndon B. Johnson is pictured in this handout photo from the LBJ Presidential Library
A portion of a letter from Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor to future president Lyndon B. Johnson is pictured in this handout photo from the LBJ Presidential Library

A portion of a letter from Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor to future president Lyndon B. Johnson is pictured in this undated handout photo from the LBJ Presidential Library obtained by Reuters February 13, 2012. The courtship letter document correspondence between Johnson, then a Congressional aide,

Lyndon B. Johnson is pictured in this handout photo from the LBJ Presidential Library