Ronald Reagan

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He Captured the Shooting of the President
He Captured the
Shooting of the President

He Captured the Shooting of the President

AP White House photographer Ron Edmonds dies at 77

(Newser) - Ron Edmonds was on the White House beat for the AP for 28 years, but the biggest moment came on his second day. Edmonds, who died Friday at age 77, was the only photographer to capture the shooting of Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981, the New York Times reports....

John Hinckley Jr. Now a Struggling Musician

He claims he stands 'for peace' as concerts are canceled

(Newser) - Most musicians dream of name recognition. For John Hinckley Jr., it's the name recognition that's doing him in. The man who shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in a 1981 assassination attempt says he's a changed man but can't shake his poor reputation. "I...

Patti Davis: Bruce Willis' Diagnosis 'Rips Your Soul Apart'

Ronald Reagan's daughter compares his reveal on Alzheimer's to Willis family's reveal on dementia

(Newser) - Bruce Willis' recently revealed diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, a blanket term for a rare group of disorders caused by progressive nerve cell loss in the brain's frontal lobes, shocked and saddened many. One of those now reacting to the news: Patti Davis, daughter of the late Ronald and Nancy...

Robert McFarlane Admitted Guilt in Iran-Contra Scandal

Reagan's national security adviser fell into despair when the scheme unraveled

(Newser) - Robert McFarlane, a national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan who pleaded guilty to four counts in the Iran-contra scandal, has died. He was 84. The son of a congressman, McFarlane was a lieutenant colonel in the Marines and decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War before serving in congressional...

John Hinckley Apologizes to Jodie Foster

As Ronald Reagan's daughter speaks out on possibility of release

(Newser) - After a judge granted him unconditional release next June assuming he remains mentally stable, would-be Ronald Reagan assassin John Hinckley issued a number of apologies for the 1981 shooting. In addition to the American people, Reagan, and the three other people who were injured, Hinckley apologized to Jodie Foster, whom...

John Hinckley Can Get Unconditional Release

Judge says Reagan's shooter can go without supervision in June if he stays mentally stable

(Newser) - A federal judge said Monday that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Reagan four decades ago, can be freed from all his remaining restrictions next year if he remains mentally stable. US District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington said during a 90-minute court hearing that he'...

John Hinckley's Mother Dies at 95
Mother of Would-Be
Reagan Assassin Dies

Mother of Would-Be Reagan Assassin Dies

Jo Ann Hinckley raised funds for mental health research and education

(Newser) - Jo Ann Hinckley—mother of John Hinckley Jr., the would-be assassin of President Reagan—has died. The 95-year-old had been her son’s constant and primary companion as he transitioned in 2016 from living at a Washington psychiatric hospital to being allowed to live with her full-time in a gated...

Reagan's Daughter Has a Fear About Alzheimer's Drug

What if Aduhelm keeps people in an awful state of limbo, asks Patti Davis

(Newser) - Ronald Reagan's daughter is raising a concern about Aduhelm , the first new drug approved to treat Alzheimer's in nearly 20 years. In an essay at USA Today , Patti Davis recalls the "heartbreaking" early stages of her father's disease. He would struggle to come up with a...

No First Lady Had More Influence Than Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan's Sway
May Be Unappreciated
book excerpt

Nancy Reagan's Sway May Be Unappreciated

Karen Tumulty's book lays out her role in shaping Ronald Reagan's legacy

(Newser) - They called Ronald Reagan the Teflon President because nothing stuck to him. By contrast, they should have called Nancy Reagan the Velcro First Lady, writes Karen Tumulty in the Wall Street Journal . In an excerpt of her book The Triumph of Nancy Reagan, Tumulty ticks off a handful to the...

Biden's Moves May Mark End of the Reagan Era
Biden's Moves May Mark
End of the Reagan Era

Biden's Moves May Mark End of the Reagan Era

Pundits see a fundamental shift, or at least an attempt at one, by the new White House

(Newser) - A common theme is emerging in coverage about President Biden from political observers on the left and right: His plans to dramatically expand the scope of the government—witness his $1.9 trillion COVID package and his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal—might just mark the definitive end of the...

Peers Respected the 'Calm and Unselfish' George Shultz

Longtime secretary of state cut landmark nuclear arms treaty with Soviets

(Newser) - Former Secretary of State George Shultz, a titan of American academia, business and diplomacy who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve Cold War relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, has died. He was 100. Shultz died Saturday at his...

Ronald Reagan Got It. Trump Still Doesn't
Ronald Reagan Got It.
Trump Still Doesn't

Ronald Reagan Got It. Trump Still Doesn't

No. 40's daughter Patti Davis argues that Trump needs to tell the truth about his health

(Newser) - Ronald's Reagan's daughter is following the news from Walter Reed hospital, and she doesn't like what she sees. "When you're president, privacy is not an option—including, and maybe especially, privacy about your health," writes Patti Davis in the Washington Post . "Instead of...

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...

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...

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...

Ronald Reagan's Racist Line Now Released
Ronald Reagan's
Racist Line Now

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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