THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Some Lessons to Be Learned

THERE has been a liberation of sorts in Washington. The White House cops smile and sometimes even give a "Good morning." Calls to obscure aides, which used to disappear into nothingness, are sometimes returned. You can get a White House staff member to admit that President Nixon may have made a mistake.

The federal bureaucracy and even the Congress feel, at least for the time being, a certain release from political fear. The instrument of oppression has been dismantled. Its size and pervasiveness were sensed but could never be accurately documented until...

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