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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It’s become almost cliché in American politics to call a politician Nixonian or “like Nixon” -- and it’s rarely a positive to compare an officeholder or candidate to the only U.S. president to resign from office.

Yet to Evan Thomas, the author of a new Nixon biography who also covered the Clinton White House, comparing Hillary Clinton to Nixon works -- to an extent.

“Mrs. Clinton does have some Nixonian attributes. She can be guarded and defensive, a little bit too tough on her enemies,” Thomas told ABC News. “I saw this firsthand. She needs to watch that.”

“She’s not involved in anything like Watergate. She's not Nixon,” he continued. “If you think you can manipulate the press and stonewall forever, [when] you're running for president and you're president, I don't think that works.”

Thomas’ book, Being Nixon: A Man Divided, captures the contradictions of the 37th president, a profane and often bitter man who was also an optimist (he always thought even bad movies would get better, Thomas writes) who won four elections on national tickets.

Thomas describes Nixon’s habit of working out of the Executive Office Building on the White House conflict -- he didn’t like the Oval Office -- in overnight hours, when he couldn’t sleep.

“Here's the guy who's the most powerful political person in the universe at the time -- didn't like people. He was shy,” Thomas said. “Mostly he wanted to be alone.”

The Nixon that comes through on the famous Watergate tapes -- vindictive, racist, anti-Semitic, angry -- doesn’t capture the full man, he said.

“He showed off. He was trying to be like [Lyndon Johnson]. LBJ was good at swearing, Nixon was bad at it,” Thomas said. “It just wasn't natural to Nixon. He did a lot of it -- I'm not minimizing what's on those tapes, it's terrible. But you know if you listen to a lot of the tapes -- he talks about the world. He's a very intellectual, intelligent man, It's just that he would show off by yelling too much.”

Representatives for Hillary Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment by ABC News.

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Photo by John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Law enforcement agencies around the country say they are pulling out all the stops to make sure that this year’s Independence Day celebrations are not disrupted by a terror attack. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have issued a bulletin to authorities nationwide, warning that ISIS sympathizers may try to stage attacks and police are responding by beefing up security measures.

“Our nation is under threat, our law enforcement, our military are under threat, so we take the threat seriously,” U.S. Park Police Chief Robert MacLean says. However, no specific threats have been made.

An ABC News analysis shows that this year alone 40 people with suspected ties to ISIS have been arrested in the U.S. There have been seven arrests in just the last two weeks, including a group of ISIS believers who allegedly had plans to plant a bomb on the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey.

ABC News has checked with police departments in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta and were told that all plan to have full deployments on July 4th. In New York, a sophisticated command center is up and running, with surveillance cameras and police patrols closely monitoring all five boroughs, as well as the waterways and airspace.

“We have a very robust, overlapping, concentric rings of security that we adopt on July 4th,” MacLean told ABC News Correspondent Pierre Thomas of preparations for the National Mall.

MacLean said the security at the nine access points to the Mall will be seen and unseen and will focus on protecting law enforcement as well as the crowds. The reason is increasing concern about attacks on military, police and law enforcement itself, MacLean said. ISIS has taken to social media to urge its followers to assault police officers and others in authority.

“We tell our officers on a day-to-day basis to be aware of your surroundings. You as law enforcement are targets, our nation is a target,” MacLean said.

And the threats are not just here on U.S. soil. The American airbase at Lakenheath, England has cancelled its July 4th celebration amid reports of worrisome social media chatter revealing specific events and locations.

The base Commander saying he was taking no chances with the safety of his troops.

MacLean and other law enforcement leaders are asking the public to become their eyes and ears this weekend. On the National Mall, visitors can use a two-way text messaging system called Nixle to stay in touch with the police.

“We are able to message to the visiting public and now they are able to message back to us,” MacLean said. Mall visitors can text July4dc to 888777 and receive updates on developments and the weather. And, if need be, they can text the Park Police “if there is any type of critical incident law enforcement should be responding to,” MacLean said.

Finally, MacLean said, trust your gut. “We use the sixth sense of law enforcement as a great tool for us.

If you believe something is wrong…don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to reach out to a member of law enforcement that is in the area to let them know.”

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Aetna announced on Friday that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Humana to buy the health insurance competitor for $37 billion.

If it goes through, the deal would create the nation's second largest insurer, behind United Health.  

“The acquisition of Humana aligns two great companies and will significantly advance our strategy of more effectively serving members in a rapidly changing health care industry,” Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini said in a statement. “This combination will allow us to continue to invest in excellent service for our members and strengthen our partnerships with providers to deliver high quality care at an affordable price."

The deal would give Aetna Humana's big Medicare Advantage business, which is getting more lucrative as the U.S. population ages. Bigger health care companies also have more leverage setting rates, now that all Americans are required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The transaction is still subject to approval by shareholders and regulators. Once completed, Bertolini will serve as the CEO of the combined company.

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Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A moment of silence was held across the United Kingdom on Friday to remember those who were killed in an attack on a beachside resort in Tunisia last week.

The June 26 attack at the Hotel Imperial Marhaba in Sousse, a popular resort town on the northeast coast of Africa, left 38 people dead, 30 of whom were British citizens on vacation.

Queen Elizabeth II, who is in Glasgow Friday, took part in the moment of silence while visiting the Scottish city.

So far, Tunisian police have arrested eight people suspected of being involved in the deadly attack. Two other suspects who trained in a Libyan jihadi camp alongside the 23-year-old gunman who carried out the massacre are also being sought.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the British government is now seeking Parliament's approval to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets inside Syria.

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Matt Roberts/AFL Media/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Australia's sporting community is in mourning following the death of Phil Walsh, the head coach of Australian rules football team the Adelaide Crows.

Walsh's 26-year-old son Cy has been charged with his murder after police were called to the family home Friday and found Phil Walsh with multiple stab wounds.

Despite being treated by paramedics, Walsh died from his injuries. His son was apprehended not far from the scene.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Allergies can be so frustrating -- and scary if they’re severe. But can they go away? Or worse, can they develop later in life?

Some say your immune system changes every seven years, and some don’t even know where most allergies come from.

I developed a life-threatening food allergy out of the blue when I was 37 years old. All of a sudden, I became deathly allergic to nuts.

There are several theories as to why allergies may be on the rise. Some point to dietary changes, others suggest food processing is at play, and of course, there’s a genetic component to everything.

So if you suspect you have a new allergy, see an allergist right away for formal testing. It may very well save your life.

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RCA RecordsTo some, the Fourth of July means the beach, beer and barbecues, but Daughtry will spend that day being reminded of the true meaning of the holiday -- they'll be performing for the troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  "It's just, like, the best crowd ever," says Chris Daughtry.

"That’s gonna be fun. We always love playing for the troops. We’ve done many tours overseas and different military bases and it’s just like the best crowd ever," Chris tells ABC Radio. "They’re so grateful and so awesome and they do all the hard work, you know?"

In fact, Chris explains why there's really a different feel when they perform for the troops, as opposed to just a regular concert audience.  "Because that’s their time to see the show. They can’t go next week; they can’t see it another time when you come back through. That’s their escape time, you know, and they don’t take that for granted," he tells ABC Radio. "You know like a lot of people [are like], 'Oh, well we saw them last month,' or whatever."

"I dunno, they just seem extremely grateful and it makes us even more proud to perform for ‘em," he adds.

Just because Chris is performing on Saturday doesn't mean he won't get to barbecue, though.  And when it comes to his favorite type of meat to cook over the coals, he's an equal-opportunity eater.  "You had me at 'meat,'" he laughs. "Whatever, just throw it on the grill and I’ll eat it. I’m a caveman, I’ll eat the crap out of some meat!"  He doesn't want too much seasoning on it, either.

"I’m a big fan of spicy food but when it comes to red meat I don’t want it too spicy," says the singer, who's evidently quite the gourmand. "I don’t want it to overtake the flavor and the rotund and robustness of the red meat."

One thing Chris probably won't be able to do on the Fourth is shoot off fireworks: they're illegal in North Carolina, and doing that on a military base probably isn't advisable.  However, the singer says when he was a kid, doing that was a big deal for him.

"I used to love shooting fireworks as a kid -- get all the M-80s and the smoke bombs and go out and put ‘em on your G.I. Joes and see how far they’ll fly," he laughs. "Some of ‘em went pretty good and they would explode!"  

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