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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Now I know how the Gipper felt

“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” – Ronald Reagan Now I know how the Gipper felt.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

Trump says he’s ‘like, really smart,’ ‘a very stable genius’

President Donald Trump felt compelled Saturday to let the world know he’s playing with all his marbles and is among the sharpest cookies around.


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Churchill visits U.S., Dec. 28, 1941


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Words fail an empty president

Asked to empathize or analyze, Trump throws out a confetti of words, verbal chaff that distracts but says nothing.


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Coolidge ascends to top, Aug. 7


Jonathan Bernstein: Winning side not ready to govern

Far too many Republicans appear satisfied with reflexive opposition to Democrats along with scams and conspiracy talk while the basics of governing get lost.


Transferring federal land: an old idea that still offends the masses

Having a beef with the federal government is as old as the USA. So is the associated idealism and greed that’s helping fuel the current campaigns to transfer federal public …


Obama draws neck-and-neck with Reagan in poll of greatest modern president

Two years ago, Barack Obama was a damaged-goods, lame-duck president who had just endured his second consecutive midterm drubbing – thanks in large part to GOP efforts to tie Democrats …


Analysis: Reagan? Lincoln? Donald Trump instead embraces a Democratic presidential icon, Andrew Jackson.

Andrew Jackson is such a pillar of the Democratic Party that its biggest fundraising day is called “Jefferson-Jackson Day,” with Jefferson-Jackson Dinners being held all across the country. In recent …


Electoral College wasn’t done deal in 1976. Will it be in 2016?

As the time for the Electoral College meeting draws near, one former elector from the Spokane Valley often gets asked about his vote in 1976.


Analysis: It’s not just Trump. People freaked out over Nixon and Reagan, too.

Donald Trump’s election has been greeted by a considerable portion of the country with panic. Large swaths of commentators have described his victory as a potential disaster for the nation …


John Hinckley to leave DC mental hospital for Virginia

The man who shot President Ronald Reagan is scheduled to leave a Washington mental hospital for good on Saturday, more than 35 years after the shooting. A federal judge ruled …


Judge: Reagan shooter can leave hospital to live in Virginia

WASHINGTON – The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia, a judge has ruled. John …


UPDATED: Mon., May 2, 2016, 11:37 a.m.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Bernie Nation shedding its dignity

It comes, then, to this. The extreme left now mirrors the extreme right, each reflecting the anger and unbending rigidity of the other.


Nancy Reagan’s friends, family say final farewells

Close friends and family remembered Nancy Reagan as more than a first lady Friday, recalling at her funeral service how she and husband Ronald Reagan made up “two halves of …


Nancy and Ronald Reagan, inseparable in life, together again

Nancy Reagan called her husband’s presidential library “the shining city on the hill,” using a phrase that President Reagan had borrowed from history to describe his aspirations for the nation.


Mourning for former first lady Nancy Reagan begins

Three days of formal mourning for former first lady Nancy Reagan began Wednesday with a private service before her casket was taken in a police-escorted motorcade up an empty freeway …


Former first lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94 in California

Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died at 94 in Bel-Air, California.


Medical Examiner: James Brady’s death a homicide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokeswoman says a Virginia medical examiner has notified police that this week’s death of former White House press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide.


Give and take: Tweets of the week

@ ConanOBrien Grover Norquist wants to rename the Redskins, the “Washington Reagans.” So they’ll at least be able to beat Grenada. @AronBaynes Can’t wait for the championship parade today…get to …


Auction of Ronald Reagan blood vial cancelled

An auction house today cancelled the sale of a vial containing dried blood residue said to be from Ronald Reagan, announcing that the seller will instead donate the item to …


Auction claims it’s selling vial with Reagan blood

LONDON — A Channel Islands auction house says it’s selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced today by the late U.S. president’s …


Reagan, Bush not criminally liable in Iran-Contra

One of the prosecutors who investigated the Iran-Contra affair concluded two decades ago that neither Ronald Reagan nor George H.W. Bush was criminally liable in the scandal that tarnished the …


Reagan statue unveiled in Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON – Ronald Reagan would have loved the cinematic moment: a packed house Wednesday in the immense Capitol Rotunda, a horde of photographers, and a blue cloth dramatically pulled off …


Biographer Says Reagan Deteriorating

Former President Reagan, who announced in November that he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, hasn’t recognized his biographer for six months and once referred to books as trees. Edmund Morris described …