Ronald Reagan

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Agent Who Saved Reagan Dies

Jerry Parr foiled 1981 assassination attempt on the president

(Newser) - The man widely credited for saving Ronald Reagan's life from an assassination attempt passed away from congestive heart failure Friday at the age of 85, the New York Times reports. According to the Washington Post , Jerry Parr met and protected dozens of US and foreign dignitaries and heads of... More »

In 1985, Clinton Wrote Reagan— Not That Clinton

Precocious 5-year-old Chelsea had seen 'Sound of Music,' you see

(Newser) - Five-year-old Chelsea Clinton sat down in 1985 and wrote a letter to the inhabitant of the house where she would go on to spend her teenage years: "Dear Mr. President, I have seen the Sound of Music: the Nazis don't look like very nice people," she wrote... More »

What Really Happened When Reagan Got Shot

Secretary of State Al Haig said he was 'in control', but was he?

(Newser) - When President Reagan got shot, Secretary of State Al Haig stunned the nation by saying he was "in control"—but really someone else was about to be, the Dallas Morning News reports. Relying on White House tapes and interviews with people involved, the Morning News describes a "... More »

John Hinckley Has 'Somewhat Compatible' Girlfriend

She lives in Williamsburg, where Hinckley hopes to be permanently

(Newser) - An element of normalcy in John Hinckley's life was revealed at a hearing yesterday, meant to help a judge determine whether the man who shot Ronald Reagan should spend even more time outside of a mental hospital: He has a girlfriend, NBC News reports. Hinckley's brother describes the... More »

Trump: I Thought of 'Make America Great Again'

Except, no, Ronald Reagan did

(Newser) - Donald Trump is making it difficult to take his latest possible presidential run seriously. His latest sound bite came this week in an interview with MyFox New York , during which he said, among other things, that actual presidential contender Ted Cruz ripped off one of his lines when he announced... More »

Nancy Reagan Refused to Help Dying Rock Hudson

9 weeks before actor's death from AIDS, she turned down his plea for assistance

(Newser) - Nine weeks before his death from AIDS complications on October 2, 1985, Rock Hudson was in France trying to get treatment not available in the United States, but Nancy Reagan refused his request for the White House to help. BuzzFeed tells the story for the first time, explaining that after... More »

Turns Out That Reagan Liked to Tape Calls, Too

Conversations with Thatcher, Hafez al-Assad among those released

(Newser) - After that whole Richard Nixon thing , one might think American presidents would think twice about taping conversations, but we now have one more from the Gipper: Recordings of conversations between former President Reagan and world leaders including Margaret Thatcher and Bashar al-Assad's father have finally been released, having been... More »

James Brady's Death Ruled a Homicide

John Hinckley's bullet in 1981 ultimately killed him: medical examiner

(Newser) - A Virginia medical examiner ruled today that the death of James Brady, Ronald Reagan's former press secretary, was actually a homicide, NBC Washington reports. Brady was severely wounded with a bullet to the head when John Hinckley tried to assassinate Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in 1981. The... More »

Reagan's Press Sec James Brady Dead at 73

Took bullet in assassination attempt, became leading voice for gun control

(Newser) - James Brady, the White House press secretary shot in the1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan who went on to become a leading voice in the fight for gun control, has died at the age of 73, reports NBC . "We are enormously proud of Jim's remarkable accomplishments," said... More »

Mount Reagan? It's a Step Closer in Congress

Clears committee, but 'Planet Reagan' goes nowhere

(Newser) - Ronald Reagan has a long list of highways, buildings, and even airports named in his honor across the US, but no official mountain. Today, however, the House Natural Resources Committee approved a measure by Nevada Republican Joe Heck to rename a part of Frenchman Mountain outside Vegas "Mount Reagan,... More »

Reagan Shooter to Spend Most of His Time on Outside

John Hinckley granted 17 days per month at mother's home

(Newser) - It's quite the step up from the series of 10-day excursions he was once allowed to make outside the mental hospital he's called home since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981. John Hinckley will now be allowed to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, for 17 days per... More »

US Helped Saddam Gas Iran

CIA files reveal that 4 chemical weapon attacks relied on US intel

(Newser) - The US may be outraged by Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, but its hands aren't exactly clean of gas or blood. Newly declassified CIA documents prove that the US gave intelligence to Saddam Hussein, including satellite imagery, Iranian troop locations, and more, that was used to plan... More »

GOP, It's Time to Ditch Blind Faith to Reagan

Jennifer Rubin says his 'myth' is threatening the party's future

(Newser) - Plenty of Republicans have "unfailing reverence" for Ronald Reagan, writes conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post . In fact, too many of them do, and it's threatening to destroy the party, she warns. They forget, apparently, that Reagan served in the 1980s—and he acted in ways... More »

Obama's True Predecessor: Reagan

The Gipper is Obama's 'role model,' writes EJ Dionne Jr.

(Newser) - President Obama is following in the footsteps not of a liberal giant, but of a conservative one: His "role model is Ronald Reagan," writes EJ Dionne Jr. in the Washington Post . Obama himself admitted as much during his 2008 campaign, when he said that "Ronald Reagan changed... More »

History Might Decide to Like Obama Just Fine

For starters, he won a second term: Nate Silver

(Newser) - Neither of Nate Silver's picks even made it to the Super Bowl, but the stats whiz returns his gaze to politics today—specifically how President Obama might rank in history when all is said and done. Yes, he's aware that what Obama does or doesn't do in... More »

Robert Bork, Polarizing High Court Nominee, Dies

Famed conservative jurist died of heart complications

(Newser) - Robert Bork, the conservative judge whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court sparked a political brawl and ended in failure, died today of heart complications, reports Fox News . He was 85. Bork was a solicitor general who became acting attorney general under Richard Nixon during the height of the Watergate... More »

Obama Now Faces the '2nd-Term Curse'

Ever since George Washington, it's been a tough 4 years

(Newser) - The election is in the bag, but the fight isn't over for President Obama. Now he must fend off the so-called "second-term curse" that has dogged presidents from George Washington to George W, writes Adam Clymer in the New York Times . Washington faced protests over a post-Revolutionary War... More »

Liz Taylor Slept With Reagan, JFK

Book alleges threesome with JFK, 'Unsolved Mysteries' guy

(Newser) - A new—and, of course, unauthorized—biography of Elizabeth Taylor unloads an absolute treasure trove of delightfully scandalous revelations. Chief among them: Liz allegedly slept with Ronald Reagan when she was a teen and he was 36, according to Elizabeth Taylor: There Is Nothing Like a Dame by Danforth Prince... More »

Sullivan: Obama Could Be the Next Reagan

And Romney is a uniquely religious data cruncher: New Yorker

(Newser) - From poll numbers to political vision, President Obama most resembles one iconic president: President Reagan, argues Andrew Sullivan in Newsweek . After waging a spirited defense of Obama's "long-term" policies in January, Sullivan has the president's back again, saying Obama could "resolve the three-decade-long battle between taxes... More »

'Are You Better Off?' Well, It's Irrelevant

Ezra Klein points out that the president's 'record' doesn't mean a ton

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has been feverishly reciting Ronald Regan's famous quote: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" But that's a "dumb campaign question," Ezra Klein writes for Bloomberg , because "four years ago, George W. Bush was still president." Romney himself... More »

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