Posts Tagged ‘Ronald Reagan’

The Needle: Delayed Homicide

Guns Kill People: Former White House press secretary James Brady's death this week was due to injuries suffered when would-be Ronald Reagan assassin John Hinckley shot Brady in the head, the Virginia medical examiner's office ruled. Brady's death counts as a 2014 D.C. homicide for statistics. Don't expect this to do much to help bring sanity to public discourse [...]

No Peace for Hawkish Think Tanks Over Reagan Slogan

In the crowded world of Washington think tankery, eggheads need every advantage they can get. So it's only natural that two of Washington's most bellicose think tanks have been feuding for more than a year over which of them can use just three words as their motto. Now the dispute's headed to the only two [...]

Happy 101st Birthday Ronald Reagan!

Today is Ronald Reagan's 101st birthday! 14 years ago today, Congress decided that one president wasn't enough for local air travelers and renamed Washington National Airport as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The renaming happened a year after the country's second-largest federal building, the Ronald Reagan Building, opened downtown. In 1997, the New York Times noted [...]

Today in D.C. History: Dancing Kid Interrupts Reagan

On April 25, 1985, a 4-year-old reporter interrupted a speech by President Ronald Reagan with a dance routine in the White House Rose Garden.
Reagan had been giving a speech honoring "exceptional volunteers," including the District's 10-year-old Monica Perez, who had helped run a summer school at her home.
However, Nicholas Speed, a 4-year-old "budding reporter" with [...]

The Needle: Play Ball Edition

There is Power in a Union: For months, workers have been protesting outside the Madison Hotel on 15th Street NW, clamoring about a labor dispute in which the hotel laid off workers and refused to recognize a contract with UNITE HERE Local 25. And, incidentally, making things rather noisy for executives at The Washington Post, [...]

The Needle: Congress Strikes Back Edition

Who Needs a Vote?: The Tea Party's rallying cry all of last year was, "No taxation without representation!" So it's somewhat mysterious that among the first moves the Tea Party-powered Republican House did today was to strip D.C. of the mostly symbolic representation we get for our tax dollars, voting down a resolution by Del. [...]

Our Morning Roundup: At Least We’ll Have Burritos Edition

Oink Oink!  Just when we thought that the swine flu H1N1 virus was under control, The Post is reporting that a Chesapeake woman died from complications of the virus on Tuesday.  This is the area's first publicly announced death attributed to the flu and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is urging those with noticeable symptoms to be proactive about treatment.  

In [...]