Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies
Former press secretary Mike McCurry (R) laughs with other former press secretaries Pierre Salinger ( L), Larry Speakes (2nd R) and Jerald teHorst (2nd L) prior to US President Bill Clinton dedicating the White House press briefing room to former press secretary James Brady 11 February 2000.
January 10th, 2014
08:46 PM ET
3 months ago

Larry Speakes, White House spokesman under Ronald Reagan, dies

(CNN) - Larry Speakes, who served as the acting White House press secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, the Bolivar County coroner said. He was 74, coroner Nate Brown said.

Speakes took over the duties as acting White House press secretary after James Brady, the press secretary, was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan on March 30,1981.

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Would-be assassin John Hinckley gets longer visits at mother's home
December 20th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
4 months ago

Would-be assassin John Hinckley gets longer visits at mother's home

(CNN) – A federal judge will allow John Hinckley, the man who shot and severely wounded President Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt, more time away from a Washington psychiatric hospital to visit his mother in Virginia.

His periodic visits are currently restricted to 10 days at a time. He now will be permitted 17-day visits to Williamsburg.

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Filed under: Ronald Reagan
April 25th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
12 months ago

Most former presidents look better through history's eyes

Washington (CNN) - The saying goes: "Time heals all wounds." And for most former U.S. presidents, that appears to be true.

After leaving the constant scrutiny of the White House, a president's legacy begins to take shape as professors, biographers and presidential historians start to take long, reflective looks at the president's time in office.

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Margaret Thatcher through the years
April 8th, 2013
03:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Reagan and Thatcher: 'Political soulmates'

Washington (CNN) – Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former President Ronald Reagan were, in the words of one close aide, "political soul mates."

Reagan, who was elected a year after Thatcher assumed office in 1979, found in her a fresh, conservative voice who he could align with on many international issues. And in nearly a decade of working together, she found in him a personal friend and an equal on the global stage.

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Filed under: Ronald Reagan
April 4th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Reagan siblings at odds over same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Two of the late President Ronald Reagan's children are taking opposing stances on same-sex marriage, as Supreme Court justices weigh a federal ban prohibiting marriages between gays and lesbians.

Michael Reagan, a conservative author, defended a controversial op-ed piece warning of a "slippery slope" after same-sex marriage approval during an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Wednesday.
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Ronald Reagan's former home for sale for $5 million
January 3rd, 2013
08:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Ronald Reagan's former home for sale for $5 million

(CNNMoney) - The Pacific Palisades, Calif., home where Ronald and Nancy Reagan lived just before they moved to the White House is on the market.

In the 1950s Ronald Reagan's best movies were behind him, but he still had enough charm to be asked to host "General Electric Theater," an early television anthology show.

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White House criticizes visitors flipping off Reagan portrait
A picture of Matthew Hart's Facebook page.
June 24th, 2012
05:17 PM ET
2 years ago

White House criticizes visitors flipping off Reagan portrait

(CNN) - The White House chided two visitors who posed for photographs in the White House while giving the middle finger to a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan.

The guests visited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as part of a reception marking gay pride month and the pictures were later included in a Philadelphia Magazine article.
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Filed under: Ronald Reagan • White House
Jeb Bush: Reagan wouldn't fit in today's GOP
June 11th, 2012
10:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush: Reagan wouldn't fit in today's GOP

(CNN) – One of the GOP's leading voices said Monday that former President Ronald Reagan, considered an idol among Republican politicians, would struggle to mesh with today's hyper-partisan attitude among some elected officials.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, speaking to editors at Bloomberg, also said his father, former President George H.W. Bush, would have trouble fitting in with today's Republican Party.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Jeb Bush • Ronald Reagan
Photo: Nancy Reagan commemorates 8th anniversary of husband's death
June 5th, 2012
05:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Photo: Nancy Reagan commemorates 8th anniversary of husband's death

(CNN) - Former first lady Nancy Reagan marked the 8th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's death on Tuesday by laying a bouquet of flowers at her husband's California grave, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation said.

Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, served from 1981 to 1989 and died in 2004 at the age of 93.


Filed under: California • Nancy Reagan • Ronald Reagan
Reagan Foundation threatens legal action over blood vial sale
May 22nd, 2012
01:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Reagan Foundation threatens legal action over blood vial sale

(CNN) - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation threatened legal action over the online sale of a vial purportedly containing dried blood from the former president following a 1981 assassination attempt.

"If indeed this story is true, it's a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase," said a statement from John Heubusch, the foundation's executive director.

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