THE ADMINISTRATION: Byzantine Fight for Power

Like characters in a novel by Allen (Advise and Consent) Drury, two of the Nixon Administration's most powerful figures are grabbing for the sweeping economic policymaking authority once wielded by departing Treasury Secretary George Shultz. The contenders are Roy Ash, 55, once president of Litton Industries, now director of the Office of Management and Budget, and William E. Simon, 46, a former Wall Street bond trader, now federal energy czar. Simon is on the verge of winning an early round: President Nixon this week is expected to name him to succeed Shultz at Treasury, a job that apparently Ash...

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