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The background and pro and con arguments were written by ProCon.org staff based upon input from the following footnotes (directly referenced) and sources (used for general research and not directly referenced):
Footnotes:
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  11. Peter Sperry, "The Real Reagan Economic Record: Responsible and Successful Fiscal Policy," www.heritage.org, Mar. 1, 2001

  12. Department of Education, "Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform," (131 KB) pdf logo, www.datacenter.spps.org, Apr. 1983www.ed.gov, Apr. 1983

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  15. Ronald Reagan, "Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin," (32 KB) www.reaganfoundation.org, June 12, 1987

  16. David E. Hoffman, "Hastening an End to the Cold War," Washington Post, June 6, 2004

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  39. Amanda Little, "How Green Was the Gipper?: A Look Back at Reagan's Environmental Record," www.grist.org, June 10, 2004

  40. Patricia Sullivan, "Anne Gorsuch Burford, 62, Dies; Reagan EPA Director," Washington Post, July 22, 2004

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  42. Mike Mitchell, "Air Traffic Controllers Walk, Reagan Fires PATCO Strikers," Aviation Online Magazine (accessed Oct. 13, 2010)

  43. Eliot Marshall, "Researchers Sift the Ashes of SDI," Science, Feb. 4, 1994

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  46. Steven F. Hayward, The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989, 2009

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  61. Bootie Cosgrove-Mather, "A Look Back at the Polls," www.cbsnews.com, June 7, 2004

  62. Ronald Reagan, "Text of Letter Written by President Ronald Reagan Announcing He Has Alzheimer’s Disease," www.reagan.utexas.edu, Nov. 5, 1994

  63. Lawrence Walsh, "Final Report of the Independent Counsel for Iran/Contra Matters," www.fas.org, Aug. 4, 1993

  64. Ronald Reagan, "Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union," (91 KB) January 25, 1984

  65. Ronald Reagan, "Address Before a Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union," (48 KB) Jan. 27, 1987

  66. US Department of State, "Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty," (77 KB) www.state.gov, Dec. 8, 1987

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