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Ronald Reagan, MLK, rapper Minaj: 2016 candidates are name-droppers

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This is name-dropping season for the 2016 presidential hopefuls. They’re salting their speeches, interviews and tweets with mentions of everyone from the old standby, Ronald Reagan, to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., rapper Nicki Minaj and astronomer Galileo. It’s all part of a not-so-subtle effort to boost their own appeal by borrowing from the luster of others. Call it gilt by association. There’s a flip side, too: Republicans tossing out the names of Democratic foils to rile up…

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