Ronald Reagan

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John Hinckley Jr. Wants to Move to CA, Work in Music Biz

So says his lawyer at Washington court hearing

(Newser) - The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday. John Hinckley Jr., 64, lives in Virginia and was not present at the hearing. A prosecutor said... More »

Reagan's Daughter Addresses His Racist Words

Future president's comments were recorded in a call with Nixon

(Newser) - Ronald Reagan's daughter says there's no defense for the newly revealed racist comments he made in 1971. Patti Davis doesn't recognize the person who said those things, she says, and she wouldn't have believed he had if his words hadn't been recorded on tape . But... More »

Reagan, Gorbachev Signed It 32 Years Ago. Now, a Dead Deal

US and Russia both walked away Friday from arms control treaty; US to test new missile

(Newser) - The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the US and Russia ripped up on Friday. Washington and Moscow walked out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that President Reagan and Soviet leader... More »

Ronald Reagan's Racist Line Now Released

The then-California governor called Africans at UN 'monkeys' in 1971 call with Nixon

(Newser) - A racist statement made by Ronald Reagan in October 1971 is now grabbing headlines thanks to a piece for the Atlantic written by Tim Naftali, and the words are explosive: "To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they're still uncomfortable wearing shoes!" Reagan... More »

Ronald Reagan Library Reveals New Holograms

They may be taking a road trip to DC

(Newser) - A characteristic twinkle in his eye, Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car in a hologram revealed Wednesday at the late president's namesake library in Southern California. "We think we made a good beginning, but you ain't seen nothin' yet!" the digital... More »

In Presidential Rankings, There's a New No. 1

Nearly half of all Americans say No. 44 was best president of their lives in Pew survey

(Newser) - Ask Americans who the best president has been in their lifetimes, and one man ranks significantly above all others—though he didn't always. Barack Obama won the top spot in the Pew Research Center survey, based on phone interviews with 2,000 US adults during the week of June... More »

Roy Moore's Hopes Dashed by Bugs Bunny and Jesus

22,000 write-in votes helped push Doug Jones into the Senate

(Newser) - On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence will officially welcome Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate, bringing to an end one of the strangest and most controversial elections in recent memory, the Hill reports. And while Jones' former opponent, Roy Moore, is still refusing to concede the race, Alabama state... More »

John Hinckley Is Back Home With Mom—but Is He 'Better'?

Lisa Miller's take for Daily Intelligencer shows why that's a tough question to answer

(Newser) - The man who tried to kill Ronald Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster was released from a mental facility in September after nearly 35 years, and now that he's home (under rigid limitations) with his nonagenarian mom in Williamsburg, Va., 61-year-old John Hinckley Jr. is trying to rebuild his... More »

Reagan's Would-be Assassin Is Officially a Free Man

John Hinckley Jr. released from psychiatric hospital Saturday

(Newser) - After 35 years in a psychiatric hospital, John Hinckley Jr. is a free man. The Telegraph reports the would-be assassin of Ronald Reagan was released Saturday from St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital after a judge ruled in August that the 61-year-old was no longer a threat to the public or... More »

Reagan Daughter: 'My Heart Is Sickened' Over Hinckley

Patti Davis says her father's would-be assassin waited out the system

(Newser) - After John Hinckley Jr. received a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting Ronald Reagan more than three decades ago, Reagan daughter Patti Davis recalls Dan Rather explaining on CBS News that Hinckley could well become a free man some day. Well, "some day" has arrived—... More »

John Hinckley Jr. Is Going Free

Would-be Reagan assassin has been hospitalized for 35 years

(Newser) - The man who shot Ronald Reagan will soon be a free man. A federal judge has ruled that John Hinckley Jr., now 61, poses no risk to society and can live permanently with his mother in Williamsburg, Va., reports the Washington Post . It could happen as early as next month.... More »

San Diego Newspaper Endorses ... Ronald Reagan

Paper looks to send a message to the GOP, Trump

(Newser) - A San Diego newspaper is endorsing a pretty unlikely presidential candidate: Ronald Reagan. Not in the hopes that the former president, who already served his two terms and died in 2004, might actually be elected, but to send the GOP a message. "Certainly, the Republican Party has an argument... More »

Will Ferrell: Nevermind on That Reagan Movie

Actor won't be playing former POTUS after all

(Newser) - Apparently Will Ferrell was listening: After news of his upcoming role in a comedy about Ronald Reagan's struggle with Alzheimer's disease caused an uproar , Ferrell has pulled out of the project. "The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will... More »

Reagan's Daughter Calls Will Ferrell Role 'Heartless'

Patti Davis slams upcoming 'comedy' focusing on her dad's dementia

(Newser) - News that actor Will Ferrell will be playing a dementia-stricken Ronald Reagan in an upcoming comedic film caused an "uproar" this week, per CNN , with critics denouncing the decision to treat Alzheimer's disease as the joke framing the movie. Among the detractors: Reagan's family, including his daughter,... More »

New Role for Will Ferrell: Playing Reagan, With Dementia

No director on board yet for Mike Rosolio-penned comedy

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live's George W. Bush has signed up to play Ronald Reagan in a movie that sounds like it could annoy many of the former president's fans. Sources tell Variety that Will Ferrell will star in and produce Reagan, a Mike Rosolio-penned comedy that appeared on the... More »

Photos Captured Nancy, Ronald Reagan's Exquisite Love

"Marriage is never 50-50," the former First Lady once said.

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan's death has inspired a flow of quotes by and about the former First Lady, whose marriage to President Ronald Reagan endured for 52 years until his death in 2004. Among the most memorable quotes:
  • "I've been asked over and over again if there is a
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Nancy Reagan Dead at 94

Former first lady said 'My life began with Ronnie'

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan, the helpmate, backstage adviser, and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president—and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease—died Sunday at the age of 94, reports the AP , via CBS News . The cause was congestive heart failure, notes ABC... More »

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 »

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