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With former first lady Nancy Reagan at his side, President Obama announced plans to honor President Ronald Reagan.
With former first lady Nancy Reagan at his side, President Obama announced plans to honor President Ronald Reagan. (By Marvin Joseph -- The Washington Post)
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Visclosky's chief of staff, Charles Brimmer, has resigned from the office, according to Roll Call. Following House rules, Brimmer officially informed the chamber that he was the recipient of one of last week's subpoenas.

-- Paul Kane

REAGAN CENTENNIAL

Obama Creates Panel For 2011 Celebration

With former first lady Nancy Reagan by his side, President Obama created a commission to plan events that will honor former president Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Signing the bill in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Obama was effusive in his praise of the former Republican president.

"President Reagan helped as much as any president to restore a sense of optimism in our country -- a spirit that transcended politics, that transcended even the most heated arguments of the day," Obama said. "It was this optimism that the American people sorely needed during a difficult period -- a period of economic and global challenges that tested us in unprecedented ways."

Obama also praised Nancy Reagan, describing her as a first lady who redefined the role and praising her work for stem cell research.

"There are few who are not moved by the love that Ms. Reagan felt for her husband -- and fewer still who are not inspired by how this love led her to take up the twin causes of stem cell research and Alzheimer's research," he said. "In saying a long goodbye, Nancy Reagan became a voice on behalf of millions of families experiencing the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer's disease."

The panel Obama established will have 11 members and plan events for Feb. 6, 2011.

-- Michael D. Shear

NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR

Ex-U.S. Attorney Faces Corzine in November

Chris Christie, who served as a U.S. attorney under President George W. Bush, won the Republican gubernatorial primary in New Jersey, while Gov. Jon S. Corzine cruised to a victory in the Democratic primary.

Christie is trying to become the first Republican elected in a New Jersey statewide race since 1997.

A series of polls has shown him leading Corzine.

-- Associated Press


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