Nation: Nixon: The Pursuit of Peace and Politics

MOST presidencies develop their own interior rhythms, cycles of public motion and private labor, of crisis and calm. Last week Richard Nixon began a new round of intense activity. At summer's end, congressional elections loomed in the middle distance, and for the first time Nixon saw his popularity in opinion polls dip below 50%. Campuses were reopening, bringing uneasy possibilities of violent dissent. The auto strike diluted optimism that the economy was at last beginning to right itself (see BUSINESS). And in the Middle East, earlier hopes for peace were rapidly unraveling. Nixon...

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