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The background and pro and con arguments were written by staff based upon input from the following sources.


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5.Lawrence J. Korb, "Spending Without Strategy: The FY 1988 Annual Defense Report," International Security, Summer 1987
6.Stephen F. Knott and Jeffrey L. Chidster, Presidential Profiles: The Reagan Years, 2005
7.Edwin Meese, With Reagan: The Inside Story, 1992
8.Ron Chepesiuk, The War on Drugs: An International Encyclopedia, 1999
9.Shahid M. Shahidullah, Crime Policy in America: Laws, Institutions, and Programs, 2008
10.Tom Bowman, "Reagan Guided Huge Buildup in Arms Race,", June 8, 2004
11.Peter Sperry, "The Real Reagan Economic Record: Responsible and Successful Fiscal Policy,", Mar. 1, 2001
12.Department of Education, "Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Education Reform,", Apr. 1983
13.Deborah A. Verstegen, "Education Fiscal Policy in the Reagan Administration," American Educational Research Association, Winter, 1990, "Timeline of Ronald Reagan's Environmental Accomplishments," (accessed Sep. 27, 2010)
15.Ronald Reagan, "Remarks on East-West Relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin,", June 12, 1987
16.David E. Hoffman, "Hastening an End to the Cold War," Washington Post, June 6, 2004
17.US Department of Labor, "Health Plans & Benefits: Continuation of Health Coverage - COBRA," (accessed Sep. 20, 2010)
18.Ronald Reagan and Frederick J. Ryan, Reagan: The Great Communicator, 1995
19.International Association of Fire Chiefs and National Fire Protection Association, Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, 2010
20.Kathleen Schalch, "1981 Strike Leaves Legacy for American Workers,", Aug. 3, 2006
21.Sean O'Keefe, "Remembering the Legacy of President Ronald Reagan,", June 7, 2004
22.Mark Crawford, "Reagan Okays the Supercollider," Science, Feb. 6, 1987
23.Marvin B. Sussman, Suzanne K. Steinmetz, and Gary W. Peterson, Handbook of Marriage and the Family, 1999
24.Paul Krugman, "The Great Taxer," , June 8, 2004
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29.Dinesh D'Souza, Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, 1997
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32.Paul Ruffins, "Critics Say No to Reagan's Drug Policy," Black Enterprise, Aug. 1988
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34.Lawrence J. Korb, "Did Readiness Get Its Fair Share of the Defense Buildup in the First Reagan Administration?," Defense Policy in the Reagan Administration, Eds. William P. Snyder and James Brown, 1998
35.Greg Schneider and Renae Merle, "Reagan's Defense Buildup Bridged Military Eras,", June 9, 2004
36.Office of Management and Budget, "Historical Tables: Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2009,", 2009
37.William A. Niskanen, "Reaganomics," Library of Economics and Liberty website (accessed Sep. 10, 2010)
38.Anne Constable, Douglas Brew, and Maureen Dowd, "A Course in Politics,", June 20, 1983
39.Amanda Little, "How Green Was the Gipper?: A Look Back at Reagan's Environmental Record,", June 10, 2004
40.Patricia Sullivan, "Anne Gorsuch Burford, 62, Dies; Reagan EPA Director," Washington Post, July 22, 2004
41.Allen White, "Reagan's AIDS Legacy/Silence Equals Death,", June 8, 2004
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
44.Dinesh D'Souza and E.J. Dionne, "Reagan vs. Clinton,", Nov. 6, 1997
45.Anthony S. Campagna, The Economy in the Reagan Years: The Economic Consequences of the Reagan Administrations, 1994
46.Steven F. Hayward, The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989, 2009
47.Sheldon L. Richman, "The Sad Legacy of Ronald Reagan,", Oct. 1988
48.Joe Davidson, "Reagan: A Contrary View,", June 7, 2004
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54.Andrew Kohut, Jodie T. Allen, and Richard Auxie, "It's All About Jobs, Except When It's Not: Unemployment and Presidential Approval Ratings 1981-2009,", Jan. 26, 2010
55.Ronald Reagan, "Remarks of the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida,", Mar. 8, 1983, "Cold War: A Brief History, Reagan's Star Wars," (accessed Sep. 21, 2010)
57.Jarrett Murphy, "Beirut Barracks Attack Remembered,", Oct. 23, 1983
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60.Ann R. Markusen, "Cold War Economics," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Jan.-Feb. 1989
61.Bootie Cosgrove-Mather, "A Look Back at the Polls,", June 7, 2004
62.Ronald Reagan, "Text of Letter Written by President Ronald Reagan Announcing He Has Alzheimer’s Disease,", Nov. 5, 1994
63.Lawrence Walsh, "Final Report of the Independent Counsel for Iran/Contra Matters,", Aug. 4, 1993
64.Ronald Reagan, "Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union," January 25, 1984
65.Ronald Reagan, "Address Before a Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union," Jan. 27, 1987
66.US Department of State, "Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty,", Dec. 8, 1987