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Jimmy Carter shows his faith as he faces death

Jimmy Carter shows his faith as he faces death

When Ronald Reagan announced inNovember 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well. It was the same last Thursday when former President Jimmy Carter, who will soon be 91, held a news conference in Atlanta to announce that a cancer first discovered in his liver has spread to other parts of his body, including his brain. While death is the ultimate end of all on Earth, the knowledge that one's expiration date is getting close has a way of focusing the mind, and not just for the person who has received the news. Reporters at the news conference were unusually deferential to Mr. Carter, which has not...

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