Nation: Challenge for the Lame Ducks

Carter works with Reagan to maintain U.S. foreign policy

When, in disgrace with fortune

and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast

state, And trouble deaf heaven with my

bootless cries...

Like the subject of Shakespeare's sonnet, Jimmy Carter sits, sometimes for three or four hours at a stretch, in his small private study off the Oval Office, listening to classical music and mulling over Government reports—and his future. He is making few domestic policy decisions in these waning days of his Administration, although last week he did announce plans to veto a $9.1 billion appropriations bill because the measure included a controversial provision, with...

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