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Snags in the push for aid

It was four months ago that the President first tried to persuade Congress to grant $100 million in military and humanitarian aid to the contras, Nicaragua's rebel forces. Reagan went on an intense, high-profile campaign complete with apocalyptic speeches warning of a Communist takeover of the Americas and a televised appeal to the nation. In the end, the House voted against him. This time around, as Reagan takes another crack at winning approval for his package, he has adopted a more low-key approach, tending to rally support behind closed doors. Yet already the public charges, by both friends and foes of...

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