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“The body of evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of President Reagan. From doctors to aides to hundreds of others who were in close contact with Ronald Reagan day-by-day during his presidency, there was never any report or suggestion or hint or accusation or rumor of Alzheimer’s,” Mr. Shirley says.

Mr. Reagan’s other son, Michael Reagan - a conservative talk radio host — also rejected his half-brother’s claims, noting in a series of tweets, “My brother seems to want to sell out his father to sell books. My father did not suffer from Alzheimer’s in the 80s. My brother was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive, and he today became an embarrassment to his mother.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 58 percent of Americans say it’s “very important” to build a better relationship with China.

• 54 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats agree.

• 43 percent overall say China is a “serious problem,” not an adversary.

• 47 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

• 22 percent overall think China is “an adversary.”

• 24 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Democrats agree.

• 16 percent overall say U.S./China relations are “improving,” 55 percent say they are the same, 22 percent say they are worsening.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,503 adults conducted Jan. 5-9.

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