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Vial of Ronald Reagan's Blood for Sale at UK Auction Stirs Fury

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library is upset over a British auction house's sale of a vial of President Ronald Reagan's blood, allegedly collected after the assassination attempt against him in 1981:

ReaganPFC Auctions listed a high bid of more than $9,900 late Monday, with final offers being accepted online through Thursday. The website says the “dried blood residue from President Reagan (1911-2004) can be seen clearly in the vial with a quarter-inch ring of blood residue at the end of the inserted rubber stopper.”

The president’s blood was supposedly gathered in 1981, following the assassination attempt on his life outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel. He was sent to George Washington University Hospital, where doctors tended to a gunshot wound and punctured lung.

The auction website notes that the paperwork included with the vial incorrectly states Reagan’s birthdate as “2/02/11,” when it was actually Feb. 6, 1911. The vial is dated “3/30/81” — the day of the assassination attempt.

The vial was reportedly obtained from a man who's mom worked at the lab.

Said John Heubusch, executive director of the Library: "If indeed this story is true, it’s a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase."

NEWS: Anthony Shadid, Jeremy Lin, Stephen Colbert, And 'The Bodyguard Musical'

Road Gary Kamiya's beautiful tribute to deceased Times reporter Anthony Shadid:

... The fate of small people like Karima and her family, unknown, of no political consequence, is easy to forget as nations rush to war and powerful men plan and redraw maps. “Ordinary people are, as Karima recognized, only pawns on a giant board; if one or one thousand of them are swept off, no one notices.” It is one of the functions of journalism, perhaps the noblest, simply to bear witness to these forgotten ones.

Anthony Shadid bore that witness. He died at the age of 43 on the front lines of his profession, of an asthma attack while reporting inside violence-ravaged Syria. He joins the honored list of reporters who gave their lives to give the world the truth. Every journalist, and every American who cares not just the consequences of American wars, but about humanity, owes him a debt. His loss is incalculable.

Road Iran to French and British companies: "No more oil for you." (Saudi Arabia to same French and British companies: "Cool! Buy from us!")

Road Surprising things we learned from Rick Santorum this weekend: 1) It is good for presidents to govern according to a theology; 2) Barack Obama governs according to a theology; 2) But his theology's no good, because it's "not Christian":

Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology," Santorum told supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement at a Columbus hotel.

Road Harris poll shows that America now believes Ronald Reagan was the greatest president since WWII. NewsMax thinks this is great news.

Road (Naturally, NewsMax is keeping mum on Harris's latest re: Obama's electoral chances.)

Road JoeMyGod on some ugly possible fallout over the Sheriff Babeu story.

Road The Bodyguard Musical. It exists, and has for a while, but it seems to be on a publicity kick this week.

Road Basketball! When the Jeremy Lin-led Knicks concluded their miraculous winning streak with an ugly loss to the Hornets on Friday, ESPN led with the headline "A Chink In The Armor." Those responsible have been terminated.

Road (Just for the record, the armor's fine: This afternoon, Lin and co. beat the league's defending champs up and down the court.)

Garcia Road John Glenn and Project Mercury vets reunite on the 50th anniversary of Glenn's orbital flight.

Road A libertarian TV network?

Road Omaha wants to ban employment discrimination against LGBT employees. Nebraska's legislature wants to stop them.

Road Gael Garcia Bernal will be Zorro.

Road Colbert will resume taping.

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #976

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: Matt Baume with the latest on Obama, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Maine.

MY LUCKY LIFE: Famous fogey Andy Rooney says good-bye from 60 Minutes.

CLASS WARFARE: Obama vs. Reagan on tax loopholes.

BILL CLINTON: Gets behind AIDS Walk Washington.

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Rachel Maddow Interviews Jimmy Carter About the Current GOP and Its Reagan Worship: VIDEO


In a one-on-one interview, Rachel Maddow spoke with Jimmy Carter about the current slate of GOP candidates, the religious right, and the rise of Reagan to GOP sainthood.

Says Carter: "Although I don't agree with their assessment of his administration, I certainly don't begrudge their right to choose whomever they choose as an icon for reverence."


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Reagan's Failure to Act


As Ronald Reagan's legacy is discussed around his 100th birthday, it's important to remember his devastating failure to act on AIDS, which surely cost many lives.

A revealing remembrance of that failure, AFTER THE JUMP...

Via Scott Wooledge at DailyKos, who has a more thorough look at those years.

Veteran journalist Hank Plante also recalls those years.

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FBI Looked Into Rumors GOP Icon Jack Kemp Was Gay


Conservative icon Jack Kemp's career was consistently overshadowed by rumors that he was gay. Those lavender rumbles ran so rampant, in fact, that the FBI did its own investigation in 1989, when President George H.W. Bush nominated Congressman Kemp for his cabinet.

Kemp, a professional football player who dabbled in politics, got his legislative start in California, where he worked for Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign and then Ronald Reagan's 1966 gubernatorial campaign. It was during his time with Reagan that Kemp and another man bought a lake house together.

That lake house, Salon's Justin Elliot reports, would help spark the "Kemp's gay" gossip.

The columnists Jack Anderson and Drew Pearson broke the news in 1967 that what they called "a homosexual ring" had been "operating" in Ronald Reagan's California gubernatorial administration.  And while Reagan publicly denied it, he had in fact fired his chief of staff and another aide after an internal investigation concluded that they were gay.


Kemp, then in his early 30s and the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, was at the time working on Reagan's Sacramento staff during the off-season. He had purchased a cabin in Lake Tahoe in partnership with Reagan's chief of staff; that's where some of the "homosexual parties" reportedly happened. Kemp later maintained that the cabin was merely a real estate investment and he never visited it. But the columnists had referred to an unnamed "athlete" who was a member of the "ring," a clear reference to Kemp. The rumor that would follow Kemp for the rest of his life had been born.

Despite the rumors, Kemp, who died in 2009, continued climbing up the political ladder, and was elected from New York to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971. The married Republican remained there, and consistently voted against gay rights, until 1989, when he joined the first President Bush's cabinet as Housing Secretary, but not before the FBI did its digging.

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