Ronald Reagan

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

GOP problem: Which Reagan legacy to embrace?

Another prominent Republican gathering, more evidence of the dueling legacies of President Ronald Reagan overhanging the party as it tries to widen its reach and avoid extending its presidential losing streak in 2016. There’s Reagan the doctrinaire icon of modern conservatism who declared at his inauguration that “government isn’t the solution; government is the problem.” […]

How Reagan authorized NSA spying on Google and Yahoo

How Reagan authorized NSA spying on Google and Yahoo

Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas, allowing broader surveillance of non-U.S. suspects. At the time, no one imagined he was granting authority to spy on what became known […]

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Insiders say it is hard for the President to accept, but Barack Obama’s personal appeal and public approval ratings aren’t what they once were. In his first term, Obama’s personal favorability ratings gave him protection from the economic recession, bruising confrontations with Congressional Republicans and re-election prospects that seemed questionable until Republicans put up a […]

Maggie Thatcher remembered for her strong bond with Reagan

Maggie Thatcher remembered for her strong bond with Reagan

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, two self-assured and firm-speaking conservatives, joined forces in the early 1980s and drastically changed the economic and political landscapes in both of their countries. Their calls for more-austere government and lower taxes still resonate with conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic. And their side-by-side standing up to Soviet communism […]

Dire budget warnings from two former federal fiscal chiefs

Dire budget warnings from two former federal fiscal chiefs

Two former budget chiefs who worked for presidents from opposing political parties said on Monday that the government should reduce military spending, scale back Social Security payments and end decade-old income tax cuts to reduce the federal deficit. David Stockman, who was Republican Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985 and a key architect […]

Ex-Presidents cost American taxpayers at least $3.7 million a year

Ex-Presidents cost American taxpayers at least $3.7 million a year

Former President Bill Clinton’s 8,300-square-foot Harlem office near the Apollo Theater costs taxpayers nearly $450,000. George W. Bush spends $85,000 on telephone fees, and another $60,000 on travel. Jimmy Carter sends $15,000 worth of postage — all on the government’s dime. The most exclusive club in the world has a similarly exclusive price tag — […]

GOP threats of cuts lead to voluntary downsizing by governments

GOP threats of cuts lead to voluntary downsizing by governments

Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they’ve already gotten much of both. Spending by federal, state and local governments on payrolls, equipment, buildings, teachers, emergency workers, defense programs and other core governmental functions has been shrinking steadily since the deep 2007-2009 […]

Republicans come up with plans to cut the budget

Republicans come up with plans to cut the budget

A group of GOP lawmakers from House and Senate on Wednesday offered a plan to cut the federal workforce and use the savings to replace some $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs. The legislation reprises a plan offered last year that failed to advance. House Armed Services Committee Chairman […]

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didn’t make much of it. George Washington’s remarks the second time around were admirably succinct — only 135 words — but hardly qualify as an address. Thomas Jefferson, who laid out a masterful brief on democracy at […]

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