THE ADMINISTRATION: A Lawyer's Brief

The Nixon Administration confronts no more nettlesome domestic issue than that of opening the suburbs to minority groups and the poor. Caught between demands from civil rights groups for a strong antidiscrimination policy and sometimes violent resistance from suburbanites, top Administration advisers debated the legal, political and social points at stake for more than eight months. The result last week was an 8,000-word policy statement that spelled out once again the President's conservative philosophy: the Executive Branch should move no further nor faster in the area of civil rights than the courts compel. Thus while Nixon vowed to enforce vigorously...

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