REPUBLICANS: THE STAR SHAKES UP THE PARTY

"I finally figured out this politics," Ronald Reagan once confided to an associate. "It's like show business. You start with a big opening act, coast, and close with a great crescendo." For the conservative Republican star, the opening act is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. this Thursday in the barnlike ballroom of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with a four-minute announcement of his candidacy for President. He plans to say that the country has lost its direction and the people sense a need for fundamental changes. Next, the script...

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