Nation: Unipill for the G.O.P.

Through months of tension heightened by the Billie Sol Estes scandal and the defeat of his farm bill, Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman has managed to keep surprisingly cool and collected. Last week he exploded with a loud political bang—and sent his shrapnel spraying over the Republican Party.

It happened at Freeman's first press conference in ten weeks and came with surprising suddenness and violence. After answering several routine questions, Freeman bridled at "Mr. Secretary, do you think you and the department have now weathered this Estes storm?" Answered Freeman testily: "I suppose what you mean is that the Secretary is going to...

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