Nation: Climbing Out of the Trough

RICHARD NIXON at mid-term is a President whose capital has been beset by malaise and doubt from the shrill, divisive closing days of the election campaign to last week's brief but defiant railroad strike. Even loyal White House men speak of a "trough." Unemployment has climbed to 5.8% and inflation continues unchecked. A major national undertaking that has Nixon's backing−development of a supersonic transport plane−is in danger of being abandoned. Former Interior Secretary Walter Hickel. pink slip in hand, goes on television to attack the Republican posture in the election: "I think the...

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