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A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan is dedicated Nov. 1, 2011, at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., on the centennial of the former president's birth. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan is dedicated Nov. 1, 2011, at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., on the centennial of the former president's birth. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan is dedicated Nov. 1, 2011, at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., on the centennial of the former president's birth. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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From left: Frederick Ryan Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation; former Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole; Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Charles Snelling, chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, unveil the statue of President Reagan, on Nov. 1, 2011, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (Associated Press)

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Elizabeth Dole, who served as the Transportation Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, greets guests Nov. 1, 2011, at the unveiling of a statue of Reagan at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (Associated Press

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In this photo taken Sept. 28, 2011, Ronald Reagan Elementary second-grader Calvin Gibbens counts the days of the month with his classmates in the Special Education class for autistic children at the Nampa, Idaho school. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Greg Kreller)

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More than 5,000 high school, college and professional football teams will salute Ronald Reagan's centennial birthday with a special coin toss this weekend. (Courtesy Warner Brothers)

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Democratic strategists are citing President Reagan's speeches and letters to persuade Republicans to agree to a debt-ceiling increase. A conservative media analyst said Reagan was being taken out of context. (Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Ronald Reagan points to the Statue of Liberty in the background in New York Harbor as he launches his campaign against President Carter in 1980. Jon Huntsman Jr. used the same spot to begin his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Other Republicans have borrowed from the Reagan playbook as well.

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A 10-foot bronze statue of Ronald Reagan unveiled July 4 in London as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate? One headline would have it so. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, London)

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Associated Press photographs U.S. Air Force and Army officers serving in Hungary pose with the new statue of former President Ronald Reagan in Budapest on Wednesday. The 7-foot-2 bronze statue honors Reagan for his efforts to free Hungary from the yoke of communism.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Hungarian sculptor Istvan Mate created a statue of former President Ronald Reagan to honor "the unchallengeable role played by the United States and President Reagan in bringing the Cold War to a conclusion," according to a government statement.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Hungarian sculptor Istvan Mate created a statue of former President Ronald Reagan to honor "the unchallengeable role played by the United States and President Reagan in bringing the Cold War to a conclusion," according to a government statement.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sculptor Istvan Mate puts some finishing touches on his statue of former President Ronald Reagan, which will be unveiled in Budapest on Wednesday. The bronze statue will stand in the city's Freedom Square.

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RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION Jewelry designer Ann Hand has created a limited edition brooch and cufflinks for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation´s centennial celebration that carry the Reagan quote "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny."

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Illustration: Reagan and Coolidge

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**FILE** A Secret Service agent stands guard in Washington at the scene where President Reagan, Agent Timothy McCarthy and a Washington police officer were shot during an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981. (Associated Press)

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Former White House press secretary James Brady, who was left paralyzed in President Reagan's assassination attempt, visits lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the 30th anniversary of the shooting. (Associated Press)

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Sailors move food and water onto an HH-60H Sea Hawk on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Tuesday off the coastline of Japan in the western Pacific Ocean. (Associated Press via U.S. Navy)