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Watergate Committee Hearings Began 40 Years Ago Today

The anniversary comes as Obama's administration is entangled in an uproar over AP record seizure, IRS political profiling.

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Sen. Sam Ervin Jr., chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee, speaks during hearings, May 18, 1973.

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Bob Woodward, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate at the Post along with colleague Carl Bernstein, said Friday it was "not yet" time to make comparisons between the ongoing scandals and Watergate.

"The government and the media cry 'wolf' so often now, people are burned out. They're desensitized," Dan Smith, curator of the Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library and Museum, told The News & Observer. "But back then, they were transfixed."

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