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“We all know politics is considered a hardball sport, but how you comport yourself is as much a part of your life here as political victories and your voting record. ‘Decency’ should be a new watchword in Washington, and it falls to you to make it so. If you don’t see it here, be it here.”

From an open letter to new members of the 112th Congress from National Review Editor-at-large Kathyrn Jean Lopez and Claremont Institute fellow SethLeibsohn


The official observance of the “Ronald ReaganCentennial” comes to life Wednesday at the U.S. Archives with a press tour of some rarely displayed documents and iconic objects from the Reagan era. The yearlong display honors what would have been Mr. Reagan’s 100th birthday on Feb. 6; it opens to the public Saturday.

Among the iconic goodies: three pages of Mr. Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech with his handwritten edits; fragments of the first U.S. missile destroyed after the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty; a fragment of the last Soviet SS-20 missile, destroyed on May 12, 1991; and the president’s “talking points” cards prepared for a private meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze on Sept. 27, 1985.

Reaganphiles can rejoice, meanwhile. There’s lots going on across the nation, and this is good resource:


- 82 percent of likely U.S. voters think it is likely they will be “unhappy” with congressional Democrats by 2012.

- 14 percent say it is unlikely that will happen.

- 67 percent of voters say it is likely they will be unhappy with congressional Republicans by 2012.

- 25 percent say it is unlikely that will happen.

In a second poll:

- 59 percent of voters said they likely will become unhappy with the new Republican majority.

- 33 percent said it is not likely that they will be unhappy.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Sunday and a separate survey of 1,000 voters conducted Nov. 3.

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