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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
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Topic - Ronald Reagan
A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
A Nevada conservative activist is incensed after his attempt to name a peak after former President Ronald Reagan was thwarted by a Democratic lawmaker who instead filed a bill to name the property after a former state politico — another Democrat.
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who served as President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, said Sunday he's sure the 40th president regretted vetoing an anti-apartheid bill — a veto that Congress ultimately overrode in 1986.
The president of South African said Friday that Nelson Mandela's body will be taken to his ancestral village of Qunu where he will be buried on Dec. 15 alongside three of his deceased children.
At a fundraiser in Seattle on the day before Thanksgiving, President Obama told a group of Democratic donors, apparently without a hint of irony, "I'm not a particularly ideological person." One wouldn't know it from the ponderous 48-minute oration on income inequality that he delivered in Washington on Wednesday.
On Nov. 4, 1979, a group of radical Muslims stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 innocent civilian Americans hostage. Whatever the terrorists' warped reasoning, there is no excuse for abducting innocent Americans and holding them hostage for 444 days. The hostages were starved, beaten and tortured in God knows how many ways.
The latest manifestation of President Obama's serial national security fraud is on display at the moment in East Asia. For much of his presidency, Mr. Obama has contended that the defense budget could be dramatically reduced because, henceforth, the United States would only need sufficient military capability to fight one war at a time.
Last week in The Times, I read President Reagan's 1982 Thanksgiving address, in which he said "a divine plan placed this great continent here ... to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom" and that "our pioneers asked that He would work His will in our daily lives so America would be a land of morality, fairness and freedom" ("Inside the Beltway: Will Thanksgiving succumb to shopping?" Web, Nov. 27). In Friday's edition, I read that our current president had this to say in celebration of Thanksgiving: "We give thanks for the generations ... people of all races and religions, who arrived here from every country on Earth and worked to build something better for themselves and us" ("Obama's Thanksgiving address gives veiled nod to immigrants," Web, Nov. 28).
Lovers of Ronald Reagan: Avert your eyes. A leading Republican strategist said the beloved leader is dead and that the GOP of the future needs to move on and quit looking to the past.
To millions of readers, he was William F. Buckley Jr.: book author, magazine publisher, televised debater. To me, he was Bill: friend, ally, trailblazer.
"The first thing we can thank God for this Thanksgiving is that we Americans still have Thanksgiving. This holiday, so bound up with our history and our traditions, is in danger. Most department stores have long since put up their Christmas — correction, holiday — decorations and filled the air with 'Yuletide' carols," declares Bob Morrison, a senior fellow with the Family Research Council.
For more than a decade, Iran has successfully bought time from its nuclear detractors by negotiating in bad faith as it worked feverishly to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran now has bought six more months.
In all of the many film documentaries, news stories and other media programs about the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, few if any mention one of his major legacies: cutting taxes to, in his words, "get America moving again."
They had legendary good spirit and the inner mettle to grapple with grim reality as well. That would be the Office of Strategic Services — the OSS — a clandestine agency created during World War II by Army Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan that was the predecessor of the CIA. The inventive determination of those 13,000 uncommon warriors who fought against Nazis and other American enemies seven decades ago has not been forgotten, however.
Marking the approach of the 20th anniversary of its enactment, the group behind the federal Brady Law on gun control said Tuesday that it will press for more limits even after President Obama's proposal stalled on Capitol Hill this year.
Last week in The Times, I read President Reagan's 1982 Thanksgiving address, in which he said "a divine plan placed this great continent here ... to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom" and that "our pioneers asked that He would work His will in our daily lives so America would be a land of morality, fairness and freedom" ("Inside the Beltway: Will Thanksgiving succumb to shopping?"