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This 1983 Cadillac presidential parade limousine joined Reagan's motorcade in January of 1984. (Garrett Cheen/Special to The Washington Times)

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Illustration: Ronald Reagan

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On the presidential campaign trail in Anderson, S.C., on Feb. 6, 1980, Ronald Reagan marks his 69th birthday, pulling up a chunk of the cake along with the candle, as wife Nancy looks on. Festivities will mark his birth centennial this week. (Associated Press)

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The media have been using the term "Reaganesque" more lately with the approaching centennial of the birth of former President Ronald Reagan.

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** FILE ** In this July 27, 2004, file photo, Ron Reagan, son former President Ronald Reagan, talks about stem cell research to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Ronald Reagan's son suggests in a new book that his father suffered from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease while he was still in the White House, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Supervisory Archivist Michael Duggan gestures at the National Archives, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, during a press preview of rarely displayed original documents and artifacts in recognition of the Ronald Reagan Centennial. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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A detail of a bronze cast of the Moscow Kremlin, given to President Ronald Reagan by Mikhail Gorbachev following Reagan's visit to the Soviet Union in 1988, is seen at the National Archives, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, during a press preview of rarely displayed original documents and artifacts in recognition of the Ronald Reagan Centennial. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Lacquerware has been produced in Russia since 1721, and often portrays fairy tales or folk scenes. It is hand-painted and covered with as many as 10 coats of lacquer, then polished to a brilliant shine. This box was a gift to Ronald Reagan from Yuri Dubinin, the ambassador of the Soviet Union in 1987. Photo: National Archives, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library archivist Michael Duggan displays original documents and artifacts Wednesday to be shown at the National Archives starting Friday. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Ronald Reagan has a word in the ear of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a reception given by the British government at London's St. James's Palace for leaders attending an economic conference in 1984. (AP Photo, File)

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Although this preliminary design shows a 44-cent value, the 2011 Reagan birth centennial postage stamp will bear a "forever" inscription when issued on Feb. 10, 2011. The stamp will always be valid for mailing a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service said. (Photo copyright 2010, U.S. Postal Service)

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Although this preliminary design shows a 44-cent value, the 2011 Reagan birth centennial postage stamp will bear a "forever" inscription when issued on Feb. 10, 2011. The stamp will always be valid for mailing a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service said. (Photo copyright 2010, U.S. Postal Service)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS David Stockman, budget director for President Reagan, sees tough decisions for President Obama's deficit commission as it prepares a final report.

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In this Nov. 15, 2010, photo, Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole, right, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left, speaks to the media during a press conference to kick off the holiday travel season at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Nov. 15, 2010, photo, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole, right, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, left, speaks to the media during a news conference to kick off the holiday travel season at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. Pistole told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 16, that passengers who refuse to go through a whole-body scanner machine and get a pat-down won't be allowed on planes, even if they turned down the in-depth screening for religious reasons.

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Illustration: Tom Hanks as Ronald Reagan

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Lawmakers watch closely as Pres. Ronald Reagan signs into law a landmark tax overhaul on the White House South Lawn, Oct. 22, 1986, Washington, D.C. From left, are: Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole of Kansas, Rep. Raymond McGrath, R-N.Y.; Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., Rep. Frank Guerini, D-N.J.; Sen. Russell Long, D-La.; Rep. William Coyne, D-Pa., and Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

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Charts: Reagan tax cut

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Illustration: Reagan's morning by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times