THE CRISIS: No Respite in the Western White House

By his aides' account, Richard Nixon spent the week in San Clemente deeply immersed in foreign and domestic affairs. He signed a bevy of bills passed by Congress, among them one appropriating $73.7 billion for the Defense Department and another boosting Social Security benefits by 11%. He labored with Chief Speechwriter Ray Price on the State of the Union message to be delivered to Congress later this month. He summoned Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to discuss the Middle East and Viet Nam. Afterward, Kissinger held a press conference to deny published...

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