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10 Things Conservatives Don’t Want You To Know About Ronald Reagan

“[Sunday] will mark the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth, and all week, conservatives have been trying to outdo each others’ remembrances of the great conservative icon. Senate Republicans spent much of Thursday singing Reagan’s praise from the Senate floor, while conservative publications have been running non-stop commemorations. Meanwhile the Republican National Committee and former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich are hoping to make few bucks off the Gipper’s centennial.

But Reagan was not the man conservatives claim he was. This image of Reagan as a conservative superhero is myth, created to unite the various factions of the right behind a common leader. “

Kucinich Requests To See Bradley Manning, Soldier In Solitary Confinement For Alleged Leaks

“Last May, the military arrested Private First Class Bradley Manning, a military intelligence officer who had served overseas in Iraq, over charges that he was involved in leaking numerous classified documents and videos to the Wikileaks whistleblowing group, including a video of a U.S. attack helicopter killing numerous unarmed journalists.

Since his arrests, numerous civil liberties groups and investigative journalists have protested the conditions under which Manning is being held, noting that he has been kept in solitary confinement and is denied even access to a pillow or bed sheets. “

Husband: Giffords Would Be OK With Flight Decision

“The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said his wife would be “very comfortable” with his decision to go back into space and he expects her to be at his launch in April.”

Different Meanings Of Democracy For West, Middle East

“The chants, chaos and cries from the streets of Cairo and other cities in Egypt this week revive questions for historians and political scientists that politicians have to answer with practical policies. Host Scott Simon speaks with Dr. J. Rufus Fears, a historian and Classics scholar at the University of Oklahoma, about western concepts of democracy and the events now sweeping Egypt and the Middle East.”

More Than 70 Members of Congress Demand Cognitive Treatment for Troops With Traumatic Brain Injuries

“A bipartisan group of 74 lawmakers issued a letter Friday demanding that the Pentagon’s health plan cover a treatment for brain-injured soldiers known as cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., and Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa., the leaders of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, cited an investigation by ProPublica and NPR revealing that Tricare, an insurance-style plan covering soldiers and many veterans, had relied on a controversial study to avoid paying for the intensive and often expensive treatment. “

U.S. and Russia Activate Arms Treaty

“In addition to the ratification of New Start, the so-called quartet convened in Munich to reaffirm support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.”

To the Super Bowl via Ghana: A Packer Family’s Journey

“Charlie Peprah’s parents fled Ghana and settled in Texas after his maternal grandfather, once the head of state, was executed. They divorced, and his mother continued to raise their three sons alone.”

Good News: Year Of The Rabbit Scampers In

“The Chinese New Year began this week. It’s the Year of the Rabbit, and some say that means a calmer, maybe even luckier year ahead. “

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