July 1, 2012 |
Did you ever want to peruse Walt Disney's real office and bask in the beauty of the newly restored prop books featured in the opening frames of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,""Cinderella" and Sleeping Beauty"? Now's your chance. Thanks to D23, the official Walt Disney fan club, visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley will be able to view 500 items from the Walt Disney Archives - the largest-ever exhibition of Disney archival material.
June 11, 2012 |
The venerated Ronald Reagan may not have been able to reach the presidency in today's Republican party, Jeb Bush said during a meeting with Bloomberg reporters in New York City on Monday morning. Bush labeled the nation's partisan bickering “disturbing,” placing much of the blame on the way President Obama conducted his first term. “His first year could have been a year of enormous accomplishment had he focused on things where there was more common ground,” Bush said, according to Buzzfeed's Ben Smith . "Back to my dad's time and Ronald Reagan's time - they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support," Bush said, adding that Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did. " Bush portrayed his father and Reagan's penchant for reaching across the aisle to achieve their political goals as out of style compared with Washington's “temporary” partisan fervor, and said such tendencies would have lead to a difficult path toward the presidential nomination.
April 16, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- This weekend, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and I sat down in a couple of armchairs and talked about how America drifts to war. Maddow is on a frenetic cross-country tour to publicize "Drift," her new book that shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list as soon as it was released. She flew in for a few hours in Seattle on Saturday, and I interviewed her in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Town Hall. In liberal Seattle, Maddow is a rock star, and she got a rock star's greeting when she walked onstage in her very casual clothes (including sneakers with Halloween-orange shoelaces)
March 29, 2012 |
FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Republican leaders and voters, frustrated by their party's prolonged presidential contest, are increasingly coalescing behind front-runner Mitt Romney. Yet Rick Santorum on Thursday urged conservatives not to forsake their principles under pressure. He did so by conjuring the memory of Ronald Reagan, still the conservative icon, at an oddly symbolic place: the jelly bean factory that created the former president's favorite treats. "Let them know, conservatives all across this country have not given up the fight, we're not going to concede to the moderate establishment who wants to convince everybody that it's over, it's time to go away," Santorum told about 200 supporters at the Jelly Belly factory in a town halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento.
February 22, 2012 |
The evil empire is back on the national stage. Nearly 30 years after President Reagan first spoke about the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," Rick Santorum brought it up Wednesday -- in apparent reference to a flurry of attention being given remarks he made four years ago about the devil. First, some background. In 2008, speaking to students at a Catholic school, Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., Santorum spoke of a satanic assault on the United States. “The Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country -- the United States of America,” he said, according to a tape of the remarks on the university website.
February 20, 2012 |
Presidents Day -- or Washington's Birthday, if you prefer -- is a time to celebrate all of America's past commanders in chief. Among the nation's most recent leaders, two are celebrated far more than others: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton . That's the finding of Gallup, at least, which recently asked Americans to judge how the last eight presidents will go down in history. Sixty-nine percent said Reagan would go down as "outstanding" or "above average," compared to just 10% who said "below average" or "poor.
February 14, 2012 |
Day after day, Mitt Romney sketches a bleak portrait of America under President Obama and vows to dismantle his programs. Romney would undo Obama's healthcare overhaul, scrap Obama's plan to scale back the military and lift Obama's restraints on banks and Wall Street investment firms — to name a few. But apart from casting himself as an all-around anti-Obama, Romney has offered scant evidence of a distinct positive message to capture his vision...
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February 11, 2012 |
The way things are going in the GOP presidential primary, there's now an outside chance that California's 169 delegate votes — the most of any state in the nation — could come into play. Who knew? It seemed, way back when, that Mitt Romney was a safe bet to make it to the dance with President Obama in November. Then Newt Gingrich came on like the bull terrier he is, followed by a surprising surge from Rick Santorum. If the seesaw ride continues, it could even make California's June 5 primary relevant for once.
February 6, 2012
What Oscar-winning actor was Ronald Reagan's best man when he married Nancy Davis in 1952? William Holden