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REAGAN'S LIFE AND TIMES

Birth: February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois

Married: Jane Wyman 1940-1948, Nancy Davis in 1952

Education: Graduates from Eureka College, Illinois, in 1932

1932-1966: Sports announcer, motion picture and TV actor

1947-1952: President of Screen Actors Guild

1962: Campaigns for Richard Nixon, GOP gubernatorial candidate in California

1967-1974: Governor of California

1976: Loses Republican primary to Gerald Ford

1980: Elected 40th president, beating Jimmy Carter

March 30, 1981: Assassination attempt

January 11, 1989: Farewell address to the nation

1994: Announces he has Alzheimer's disease

May 16, 2002: Ronald and Nancy Reagan awarded Congressional
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

BUSH REMARKS: When President Bush paid tribute to Ronald Reagan early yesterday in Paris, the words he used echoed his own reelection ads. Bush spoke of ''the confidence that comes with conviction, the strength that comes with character." Ceremonies in California and Washington this week will offer Bush a worldwide stage to highlight Reagan's political and personal qualities, and to receive whatever sympathy traditionally accrues to a president at a time of national tragedy. By contrast, Democratic challenger John Kerry will be pushed off the stage. He has canceled all campaign events, including two star-studded fund-raisers scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday in Los Angeles and New York, and will play a secondary role during the events for Reagan.

The Boston Globe: A time of tributes and muted politicsexternal link

REAGAN LAUDED: Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry lauded Ronald Reagan's legacy of bipartisanship yesterday and canceled five days of campaign events in honor of the former president's death. "Yesterday, we lost one of our great optimists," Mr. Kerry told graduating seniors from Bedford High School. "President Reagan's belief in America was infectious. And because of the way he led, he taught us that there was a difference between strong beliefs and bitter partisanship."

The Washington Times: Kerry praises legacy of Reaganexternal link

LOOMING LEGACY: From the shores of Normandy to President Bush's campaign offices outside Washington, Mr. Bush and his political advisers embraced the legacy of Ronald Reagan on Sunday, suggesting that even in death, Mr. Reagan had one more campaign in him - this one at the side of Mr. Bush. John Kerry, Mr. Bush's likely Democratic challenger, was no less warm in praising Mr. Reagan, with a speech and a tribute on his Web site. Mr. Kerry's campaign canceled five days of events, in what aides described as both a gesture of respect to Mr. Reagan and a bow to the reality that the world would not be paying much attention to Mr. Kerry this week.

The New York Times: Reagan legacy looming large over campaignexternal link

WORLD MOURNING: Amid national mourning and global tributes, the family of Ronald Reagan detailed on Sunday weeklong memorial plans for the former president that will include public services in Washington and California. Reaction to Reagan's death Saturday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease continued to reverberate around the world Sunday, and set into motion meticulous preparations for the first state funeral in the nation's capital in more than 30 years.

The Washington Post: A nation and the world pay tribute to Reaganexternal link

MUTED POLITICIAN: Senator John F. Kerry yesterday postponed two star-studded, multimillion dollar fund-raisers and canceled other public campaigning this week as a tribute to President Reagan, whom the Democrat hailed in a speech as "a modern giant" who "taught us that there was a difference between strong beliefs and bitter partisanship." Kerry, who explicitly appeals to Republicans in his campaign stump speech, told reporters that he would "suspend any sort of overtly political rallies, things like that," in honor of the 40th president.

The Boston Globe: Kerry postpones fund-raisers, ralliesexternal link

KUCINICH CAMPAIGN: Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has crisscrossed the country, as he has done for months, campaigning in Montana, then in New Jersey, then back in Montana before these two states hold the nation's final primaries Tuesday. Kucinich has seemed determined to visit places most candidates would ignore as not rich enough in potential voters.

The Washington Post: Kucinich takes roads less traveled in bidexternal link

HOUSE RACE: George Clooney: Actor. Middle-aged heartthrob. Political power broker? The actor has been funneling campaign contributions from an A-list of Hollywood celebrities into an obscure congressional district in Kentucky, where his father, Nick Clooney, a Democrat, is running for Congress.

The Washington Post: Clooney brings Hollywood into Kentucky raceexternal link

HARSH CRITICISM: Al Gore harshly criticized U.S. Senate candidate Alex Penelas, saying his fellow Democrat was "the single most treacherous and dishonest person" he dealt with during the disputed 2000 presidential campaign. The former presidential candidate's comments came in response to questions from The Miami Herald about Penelas' role in the 2002 election and the current Senate race. The comments were published in the Herald's Sunday editions.

The Boston Globe: Report: Gore calls Florida mayor 'dishonest'external link

POSITIVE THINKING: The Democrat, seeking to overcome his too-serious image, seizes the power of positive thinking on the stump and in commercials. Even as he charged that the Bush administration had failed to effectively confront those concerns, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee tried to strike an optimistic tone.

The Los Angeles Times: Kerry ties on Rose-colored glassesexternal link

PUBLIC OPINION: Swing voters are generally unimpressed with the three major presidential candidates, down on the war in Iraq and upset about the economy, said a sample survey released last week by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Despite estimates released Friday showing more than 248,000 jobs created in May and 1.2 million so far this year, the survey showed that swing voters are overwhelmingly unsupportive of President Bush's economic policies and don't really know Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.

The Washington Times: Swing voters unimpressed with choicesexternal link

FELON LIST: Many of Florida's local elections supervisors are concerned about the accuracy of a list of 47,000 possible felons to be purged from voter rolls, and they want the state's help in ensuring that no voters are disenfranchised in November. The summer conference of elections supervisors from Florida's 67 counties opens Monday in Key West. The list is expected to be a hot topic, in part because CNN recently filed a lawsuit seeking access to it.

The Las Vegas Sun: Florida vote officials to talk felon listexternal link

Compiled by Heather Riley


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