Nation: Carter Acts--Just inTime

He bets the coal companies will buckle under pressure, and he wins

Jimmy Carter made an appointment with national network television at 9 p.m. last Friday. He let it be known that he planned to announce "drastic steps" to end the 81-day coal strike. Two hours earlier, however, the President had just joined in a party honoring early campaign supporters in the Blue Room of the White House. Suddenly he got a message. Striding down the corridor to take his place before cameras in the West Wing, he briskly announced that the long ordeal was probably over. A "voluntary...

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