Ron Reagan
American radio host
Ron Reagan
Ronald Prescott "Ron" Reagan sometimes known as Ronald Reagan Jr. , is a former talk radio host and political analyst for KIRO radio and later, Air America Radio. His Ron Reagan Show was a daily three-hour show broadcast from 6–9 PM (ET). He is notable for his liberal or progressive views, despite being the son of a conservative president and icon, President Ronald Reagan.
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Who Enabled Trump? Will Sanders Pull a 'Ferrer'?
Huffington Post - 9 months
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Stuart Stevens and Ron Reagan -- who know something about Republican nomination contests -- see Trump is a stress test for our democracy, They discuss how he rose and what lessons the GOP will learn after November. Also: like other primary losers who elevate grievances over beliefs, will Sanders choose to hurt Hillary or Donald? How the hell did Trump win the GOP Nomination? Yes, the media's $2 billion in-kind gift to the blond bloviator helped boost him. But Stevens and Reagan emphasize other culprits. "It's like The Guns of August," says Romney media guru and novelist Stevens, "There was alot of stupidity and cowardice that fed together but mostly it was opponents who foolishly let him win. They thought that if Romney could win a nomination, how hard could it be? But it's very hard and they never went after Trump." Why not? Referring to The Emperor's New Clothes, the Host cites their fear of getting hurt by Trump's tweets and expectation ...
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Panic Room Politics on Syria and Terrorism?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green There's a new false equivalence -- "Sure, GOP's gone overboard in anti-Muslim rhetoric, but Obama's tone is too defensive." Reagan and Cooke actually reach consensus how to combine "both sides" and what this scare will mean for 2016. Answer: No October surprise, but October inevitability when GOP yells that: "The X are coming!" (fill in blank). On Military after Paris. Who has the better argument? Obama saying our military could clear out ISIS, but then they'd reconstitute unless populations took up the fight, or the U.S. occupied Syria/Iraq, or Chris Christie attacks the President as a "joke" who created a problem he now can't solve it? Ron Reagan agrees that our armed forces and armaments can defeat some 30,000 ISIS fighters "but then?" Surely we've learned lessons from our two decade-long occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles CW Cooke says "joke" overstates it, but "it's indisputable that Obama's reluctance and inaction led us t ...
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Panic Room Politics on Syria and Terrorism?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green There's a new false equivalence -- "Sure, GOP's gone overboard in anti-Muslim rhetoric, but Obama's tone is too defensive." Reagan and Cooke actually reach consensus how to combine "both sides" and what this scare will mean for 2016. Answer: No October surprise, but October inevitability when GOP yells that: "The X are coming!" (fill in blank). On Military after Paris. Who has the better argument? Obama saying our military could clear out ISIS, but then they'd reconstitute unless populations took up the fight, or the U.S. occupied Syria/Iraq, or Chris Christie attacks the President as a "joke" who created a problem he now can't solve it? Ron Reagan agrees that our armed forces and armaments can defeat some 30,000 ISIS fighters "but then?" Surely we've learned lessons from our two decade-long occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles CW Cooke says "joke" overstates it, but "it's indisputable that Obama's reluctance and inaction led us t ...
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<i>BOTH SIDES NOW</i>: Reid Ends GOP Veto of POTUS Picks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Mark Green Ron Reagan &amp; David Frum debate whether ending filibusters over presidential appointments was a "power grab" or a pro-democracy move to reduce dysfunction? And is the Obamacare fight about health care or "the promise of liberalism"? Then: the Kennedys, the Reagans &amp; assassination. LISTEN HERE: There's an unending debate about majority rule versus minority rights. But basically, when process strangles democracy, the process has to change -- like the Articles of Confederation in 1787 and Senate filibuster rules over presidential appointments in 2013. Since when did "advice and consent" morph into a super-majority rule stymieing all presidents? On Judicial &amp; Executive Nominations. We listen to the N-word -- as in nullification. Ron Paul thinks his party should "nullify" Obama presidential nominations while Senator Elizabeth Warren condemns "naked attempts to nullify the presidential election." Frum sees the rise in Senate filibusters as something ...
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The Cheneys Eat Their Own
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A public feud between sisters Liz and Mary Cheney which began last summer took a new confrontational turn over the weekend as Liz appeared on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace and restated her opposition to same-sex marriage. Liz, who's moved from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Michael B. Enzi, 69, in a campaign marred by controversy, divisiveness and accusations of carpet-bagging, while costing the Cheneys old-time friendships like that of former Sen. Alan Simpson, has not spoken with her sister, an avowed lesbian, in several months. After viewing the Fox interview, both Mary and wife Heather Poe responded through social media to Liz's statement that same-sex marriage is "just an area where we disagree." On Facebook Mary wrote: "Liz, this isn't just an issue on which we disagree... you're just wrong... and on the wrong side of history." And then Poe posted: "I can't help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from stat ...
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<i>BOTH SIDES NOW</i>: Will Shutdown in 2014 Shutdown GOP? Erickson Says 'No Mas'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Mark Green Erick Erickson and Ron Reagan debate why the GOP in January would reprise tactics that tanked its popularity. And will the Obamacare website "glitches" be only a mild ankle sprain or game-ending injury? LISTEN HERE: This week's panelists are experts at GOP schisms -- Erickson speculating now whether his party could split in two and Reagan recalling how his father led movement conservatives against President Ford in 1976. So are Tea Party electeds "lemmings with suicide vests" or playing a shrewd longer game? And why do poorer Red States so hate a federal government redistributing them money from richer Blue States? On Shutting Down the GOP. Was the Shutdown of government and near-shutdown of economy worth it? Erick Erickson, among its leading instigators, says yes because it exposed the divisions within the GOP and drew the line on such a fundamental issue as Obamacare. He concedes that the polling didn't look so hot now but "the political cycle moves very fast a ...
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HuffPost Radio: BOTH SIDES NOW: Will Shutdown in 2014 Shutdown GOP? Erickson Says 'No Mas'
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Mark Green Erick Erickson and Ron Reagan debate why the GOP in January would reprise tactics that tanked its popularity. And will the Obamacare website "glitches" be only a mild ankle sprain or game-ending injury? LISTEN HERE: This week's panelists are experts at GOP schisms -- Erickson speculating now whether his party could split in two and Reagan recalling how his father led movement conservatives against President Ford in 1976. So are Tea Party electeds "lemmings with suicide vests" or playing a shrewd longer game? And why do poorer Red States so hate a federal government redistributing them money from richer Blue States? On Shutting Down the GOP. Was the Shutdown of government and near-shutdown of economy worth it? Erick Erickson, among its leading instigators, says yes because it exposed the divisions within the GOP and drew the line on such a fundamental issue as Obamacare. He concedes that the polling didn't look so hot now but "the political cycle mo ...
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Brian Levin, J.D.: As Mass Shootings Become Routine, So Does Legislative Inaction
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Horrific D.C. Shooting Temporarily Rekindles Discussion on Violence As more facts emerge in the aftermath of the horrific Navy Yard shooting, issues relating to guns, mental illness and access to sensitive locations by armed unstable individuals have resurfaced. News reports indicate that Aaron Alexis, 34, was allowed to maintain his previous reservist position, security clearance and access to weapons and the D.C. Navy Yard grounds despite a checkered work and arrest record involving firearm discharges. More recently he reportedly descended into severe mental distress that included rantings about being slighted by the Navy as well as being targeted by microwaves and mysterious voices through hotel walls. After such events, gun rights advocates correctly recount the following points: the Second Amendment protects an individual right to private gun ownership; most gun owners are law abiding; gun violence overall is declining; and that efforts should also focu ...
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HuffPost Radio: BOTH SIDES NOW: Is DC 'Dysfunction' Due to Cocktail Parties or Tea Party? Enter Bezos
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Mark Green Arianna and Ron Reagan discuss what's wrong with Washington as seen through Leibowich's #1-selling This Town: Money/media insiders? Radical right who hate Obama and government? Can Bezos's money &amp; tech be a WashPo life-preserver? And did you know about Orion's big supernova? LISTEN HERE: Arianna and Ron are not political opposites but rather a bi-coastal duo with different vantage points about power in The City of Consequences. She focuses more on the CW of Mark Leibowich's social circuit while he thinks that the Far Fright is sabotaging This Town. Then the "Queen of Digital" (Radio Ink) talks about The Washington Post and whether billionaire owners of print are saviors or Trojan Horses. On the DC Media-Money Complex. This Town is the latest and biggest version of "they came to do good and stayed to do well." It was a fun read of so many put-downs it was impossible to put down... but does it describe a major phenomenon in what's making Washingt ...
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HuffPost Radio: BOTH SIDES NOW: Did Obama's Talks Move Opinion on Race and Growth?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Mark Green One week, two big talks from our Educator-in-Chief: "I'm Trayvon" and "Middle-Out vs. Trickle-Down" economics. Despite Carlos Danger + Baby George, can Obama's reframing change minds long-term? Erickson and Reagan also debate: is Snowden winning in Congress but not in court? LISTEN HERE: With Erick Erickson of Fox/RedState.com and Ron Reagan of MSNBC facing off, this show swings from substance to soap opera. Using TR's bully pulpit after a fling at bipartisanship, the president lays down his markers on race and growth. Because race is not yet "a pigment of our imagination," he explains to both camps how the other thinks... and tries to change the leading economic/political narrative from focusing on federal deficits to public investments. Will his words this week be remembered long after he exits 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? On Obama's Knox College Speech. Since President Reagan, the dominating economic narrative has been, counter-intuitively, that the bo ...
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HuffPost Radio: BOTH SIDES NOW: Sex, Substance and Spitzer
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Shrum &amp; Reagan debate why some survive scandal (Jefferson, Clinton) while others don't (Hart, Edwards). And there's unanimity that Morsi ouster is least worst option for Egypt, U.S., Democracy. And: Can Hillary be too old if Dutch wasn't? LISTEN HERE: Bob Shrum and Ron Reagan discuss another BSN regular and what the tabs can't stop calling "Sex in the City" -- the Spitzer-Weiner phenomenon. Can Eliot's comeback as Comptroller work? Then: we agree on Morsi &amp; Democracy, on why abortion wars hurt women and GOP and whether H. Clinton is too old hat to be president. On Spitzer. Shrum on scandal (having at one time or another worked with Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, John Edwards): "If Bill Clinton had just been running for president, he would have been pushed out of the race. But because he was already president, he stayed... in part because the Republicans stupidly and crassly politicized it to the nth degree." He adds that a) Gary Hart quit campaign because he ...
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HuffPost Radio: BOTH SIDES NOW: Gay Marriage, Black Voters and Roberts's Radicals-in-Robes
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Reagan and Erickson debate judicial matters after the DOMA and VRA decisions. But there's a larger subtext -- is Obama's center-left country and Roberts's hard-right Court moving toward a collision? Then, Obama tries to cool off the planet and the frenzy over Snowden. LISTEN HERE: Hoffa's still dead. The Heat are still NBA champs. But this past week saw major news made on issues of love, race, climate, immigration, abortion, asylum. For each, Ron Reagan (of MSNBC) and Erick Erickson (of FOX and RedState.com) are well paired. *On Marriage Equality. How did same-sex marriage go from unthinkable to unstoppable in Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986 to Windsorin 2013? On the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions, Ron observes that "all depends on Kennedy because the court is so polarized," lauding the overturning of federal discrimination against married same-sex partners but exhibiting disgust at Scalia's dissent mentioning bestiality. "What is it with these people and animals?" ...
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HuffPost Radio: BOTH SIDES NOW: Obama Doctrine Recasts W's War
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Ron Reagan and Mary Matalin debate Obama's speech refuting Bush-Cheneyism on terrorism. Was it transformational or largely rhetorical? No more treating local thugs as UBL? And despite Noonan's &amp; Will's best efforts to blur Obama &amp; Nixon, 44 has the Teflon of 40. Read More... More on Terrorism
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HuffPost Radio: BOTH SIDES NOW: 'Stubborn' or 'Stupid' Facts on Boston, Syria, Rogoff?
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
While both sides can lapse into "content bias," should the following facts alter pre-conceived views: the Boston bombers were young Muslim men; some sarin gas was detected in Syria; the Reinhart-Rogoff study is flawed? Erick Erickson and Ron Reagan debate. Read More... More on Boston Marathon Bombing
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ron Reagan
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 55
    In May 2014, Reagan appeared in an advertisement for broadcast on Comedy Central for the Freedom From Religion Foundation in which he declared himself "an unabashed atheist," and one who is not afraid of "burning in Hell."
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    In February 2010, he was named to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Honorary Board of distinguished achievers.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 49
    Reagan endorsed then-senator Barack Obama of Illinois for president in the 2008 presidential election.
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  • 2004
    Age 45
    Reagan later wrote the essay "The Case Against George W. Bush by Ron Reagan" for Esquire. He was quoted as saying that he voted for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
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    In September 2004, he told the Sunday Herald newspaper that the Bush administration had "cheated to get into the White House.
    More Details Hide Details It's not something Americans ever want to think about their government. My sense of these people is that they don't have any respect for the public at large. They have a revolutionary mindset. I think they feel that anything they can do to prevail - lie, cheat, whatever - is justified by their revolutionary aims" and that he feared Bush was "hijacking" his father's reputation.
    In July 2004, Reagan spoke at the Democratic National Convention about his support for lifting Bush's restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, from which he expected a cure or new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, of which his father had recently died. "There are those who would stand in the way of this remarkable future, who would deny the federal funding so crucial to basic research.
    More Details Hide Details A few of these folks, needless to say, are just grinding a political axe and they should be ashamed of themselves," Ron Reagan said of the restrictions. "We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology." Reagan's mother Nancy also supported this position.
    In a June 23, 2004, interview on Larry King Live, while discussing reasons why he would not run for political office, Ron Reagan stated "I'm an atheist.
    More Details Hide Details I can't be elected to anything because polls all say that people won't elect an atheist."
    Reagan stated, in a 2004 New York Times interview, that he did not claim any religion, but that his sympathies were with Buddhism.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 30
    He has served on the board of the Creative Coalition, an organization founded in 1989 by a group that included Susan Sarandon and Christopher Reeve, to politically mobilize entertainers and artists, generally for First Amendment rights, and causes such as arts advocacy and public education. From February to December 2005, Reagan co-hosted the talk show Connected: Coast to Coast with Monica Crowley on MSNBC. Until its demise in 2010, Air America Media aired The Ron Reagan Show. The program made its debut on September 8, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, he published My Father at 100: A Memoir. In interviews promoting the book, Reagan described noticing his father was having certain mental lapses which, in hindsight, caused the younger Reagan to later speculate that his father may have already been in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, while in office. This assertion was attacked by critics, including Michael Reagan. Ron Reagan subsequently clarified that he did not feel the lapses were "dementia."
    Reagan became more politically active after his father left the White House in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to his father, the younger Reagan's views were unabashedly liberal. In a 2009 Vanity Fair interview, Reagan said that he did not speak out politically during his father's term, because the press "never cared about my opinions as such, only as they related to him", adding that he did not want to create the impression that he and his father were on bad terms because of political differences. In 1991, Reagan hosted The Ron Reagan Show, a syndicated late-night talk show addressing political issues of the day. However, it was canceled after a brief run, unable to compete with the higher ratings of The Arsenio Hall Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and Nightline. Reagan has worked in recent years as a magazine journalist, and has hosted talk shows on cable TV networks such as the Animal Planet network. In Britain, he is best known for having co-presented Record Breakers (based on The Guinness Book of Records) for the BBC. Reagan presented a report from the United States each week.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 22
    Reagan and Nancy went to see Ron perform at the Lisner Auditorium on Monday, May 18, 1981.
    More Details Hide Details The elder Reagan commented in his White House diary on this day that Ron's performance was reminiscent of Fred Astaire.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    Ron Reagan lives in Seattle. He married Doria Palmieri, a clinical psychologist, in 1980.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 17
    Reagan dropped out of Yale University in 1976 after one semester to become a ballet dancer.
    More Details Hide Details He joined the Joffrey Ballet in pursuit of his lifelong dream and participated in the Joffrey II Dancers, a troupe for beginning dancers, where he was mentored by Sally Brayley. Time wrote in 1980: "It is widely known that Ron's parents have not managed to see a single ballet performance of their son, who is clearly very good, having been selected to the Joffrey second company, and is their son nonetheless. Ron talks of his parents with much affection. But these absences are strange and go back a ways."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 8
    Reagan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the son of Ronald Reagan and his second wife, Nancy Davis Reagan. He moved to Sacramento while his father was governor of California from 1967 to 1975.
    More Details Hide Details His sister Patti Davis is five and a half years older. His half-brother Michael Reagan, adopted as an infant by Ronald Reagan and his first wife Jane Wyman, is 13 years older than he is. He also had two half-sisters born to Reagan and Wyman: Maureen Reagan (1941–2001) and Christine Reagan, who was born prematurely, on June 26, 1947, and died later the same day. Ron Reagan undertook a different philosophical and political path from his father at an early age. At 12, he told his parents that he would not be going to church anymore because he was an atheist. Reagan attended and was expelled from The Webb School of California. He commented: "They school administration thought I was a bad influence on the other kids. As I recall, the immediate reason was I went to a dance at a neighboring girl's school in a classmate's car. This was an infraction. They had been looking for an excuse. I didn't get caught at anything."
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on May 20, 1958.
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