Nation: Government in the Heartland

WASHINGTON, D.C., is in some ways the most untypical of American cities: a federal enclave with the psychology of a company town. For some time, Richard Nixon has argued that the capital must be more in touch with the "heartland of America"—that geographical and psychological region which also happens to be the home of his constituency. Under his New Federalism, the President wants to diffuse not only the nation's decision-making powers but also the very location of power. Thus last summer he moved the White House for four weeks to San Clemente, holding...

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