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Negotiations toward a bipartisan tax cut go astray

Pity poor Dan Rostenkowski. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is finding that his Chicago-bred ability to cut deals is no match for the disparate forces colliding over the tax-cut issue. The Illinois Democrat had no sooner protected his right flank last week, by exploring with the Reagan Administration the possibility of a compromise tax bill, than he found himself stymied by Democrats who want no part of the multiyear cuts being contemplated, and an Administration that seemed unwilling to make further concessions....

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