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Atlanta Braves schedule a Ronald Reagan tribute

In case you haven’t noticed, Major League Baseball is gingerly dipping its big toe into political waters.

Three weeks ago, the MLB sponsored “Civil Rights Weekend,” which in Atlanta included a tribute to Hank Aaron. Festivities include an unscheduled condemnation from Mexico-born (and U.S. citizen) Carlos Santana, who criticized Georgia’s new illegal immigration law.

This afternoon, the Atlanta Braves announced that next Tuesday, Flag Day, will be a celebration of President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday: The first 10,000 fans to arrive at Turner Field will be presented with Reagan’s favorite treat — jelly beans.

The day will also feature this video tribute:

And instead of Ludacris, music will come courtesy of country singer Tim Dugger. And — oh, yeah – the New York Mets will provide nine (or more) innings of entertainment.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Your morning jolt: Sonny Perdue says Georgia can’t afford supply-side economics

Gov. Sonny Perdue has often said that he’s the point at which Republican theory meets up with reality.

As my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin notes today, fewer than three days remain for the rubber-meets-road governor to sign a quartet of major bills.

The most controversial, from a philosophic point of view, is H.B 481, which creates new tax breaks for business and cuts capital gains taxes — 25 percent in 2010 and 50 percent in years beyond.

The tax cuts would cost $340 million a year in lost revenue, but Republican supporters — who include state Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock — argue that the tax breaks would act as an economic stimulus.

It says so in the measure’s title: Jobs, Opportunity, and Business Success Act of 2009.

But Denis O’Hayer at WABE (90.1 FM) caught the governor expressing serious economic skepticism during a press conference last week.

In essence, Perdue said the economic theories espoused by Ronald …

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Ronald Reagan’s attempt to convert Mikhail Gorbachev

The Wall Street Journal today discloses the strange turn that President Ronald Reagan’s fourth summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev took in 1988:

It was during the first one-on-one session in Moscow that Reagan engaged in a bold but questionable endeavor well beyond his mandate as president of the United States. According to the memo of their conversation, which was based on notes taken by two Reagan aides and has now been declassified and made available at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Reagan secretly attempted to persuade Gorbachev of the existence of God…

As the meeting ended, Reagan became even more direct and personal. He noted that his own son Ron did not believe in God either. “The President concluded that there was one thing he had long yearned to do for his atheist son. He wanted to serve his son the perfect gourmet dinner, to have him enjoy the meal, and then to ask him if he believed there was a cook.”

Of the two American notetakers who were …

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