Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Cell cell: Republican humor? 13 Times The Reagan White House Press Briefing Erupted With Laughter Over AIDS In Jon Cohen’s 2001 book, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine, he detailed the Reagan administration’s early indifference to the growing epidemic. Show More Summary
Before Pope Francis created a controversy by denouncing “trickle-down” economics, the pro-growth policies associated with President Reagan, Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the Vatican and acting like a religious believer. Putin made the sign of the cross, gave the pope a Virgin Mary icon, and bent over to kiss it. The pope followed suit. […]
Former Reason editor Virginia Postrel has a provocative column up at Bloomberg View. Are you better off now than you were 10 years ago? For middle-class Americans, a common answer to this version of Ronald Reagan’s old question is no. Show More Summary
(The Hill): "GOP strategist: Reagan is dead; move on" (Real Clear Politics): "Parties recruit veterans to run for House in 2014" (Tampa Bay Times): ""Health care sets tone for 2014 midterm elections" (The Hill): "Republican doctors running for Congress amid Obamacare rollout fiasco" (New York Post): "Christie's 'bizarre behaviour" could undermine presidential chances"
What a difference an enlightened president makes.... On this marking of World AIDS Day, which President Obama addressed earlier, let's not forget the first White House to discuss AIDS—that of President Ronald Reagan. Remember the first...Show More Summary
Citing lack of jurisdiction, a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Louisiana, the Washington Blade reports: U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a Reagan appointee, dismissed the lawsuit, known as Robicheaux v. Caldwell, on Wednesday because plaintiffs...
The Dish nine years ago posted the following exchange between a reporter and Reagan spokesman Larry Speakes, but it’s still a useful reminder of how far the country has come since October 15, 1982: Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is […]
In an effort to stop Congress from creating new taxes on aviation, a major airline industry group went to Reagan International Airport in Washington, D.C. today to hand out air sickness bags. The bags carried the message, "Are high taxes...Show More Summary
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead.
Although often seen as a day to kick off the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most deeply American holiday and its tradition is connected to the idea of “American exceptionalism.” Ronald Reagan’s presidential farewell...Show More Summary
Washington (CNN) - Forty-one percent. That's where President Barack Obama's approval rating stands this Thanksgiving, according to a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages the latest national surveys asking Americans to assess the job he is doing. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove of his performance, according to the average. The latest CNN Poll of […]
Are Republican politicians trying to frame a policy agenda stuck in a Reagan rut? A good case can be made that they are — or have been. Tax cuts have been a staple of Republican platforms since Jack Kemp persuaded Ronald Reagan to back a 30 percent tax rate cut in the 1980 campaign. Show More Summary
Michael Barone suggests that conservatives will probably never be able to re-run plays from the Ronald Reagan playbook, because the increasing “progressivism” of the tax system – a smaller group of wealthier people paying all the obvious taxes,...Show More Summary
Rankings released by YouGov/Economist show that Ronald Reagan is viewed as the greatest president of the last 100 years, while Obama is viewed as the "biggest failure." Published in the Washington Examiner, the poll asked respondents...Show More Summary
From President Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall" to President Kennedy's "We choose to go to the moon in this decade," our history is marked by speeches that have had a bold and lasting impact on the world. These particular...Show More Summary
In today’s Impromptus, I have cause to mention Tampico -- two Tampicos, the one in Mexico and the one in Illinois (where Ronald Reagan was born). A reader sent me this clip: the novelty song “Tampico,” sung by June Christy, with Stan Kenton. Show More Summary
Chris Matthews has recently published a new book about Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill in which he discusses how the two worked together. I hope to get and read (and review the book) in the future but for now thought I’d offer a few thoughts on how the GOP might look to one their icons [...]