A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 26, 1982

For this week's complex picture of a troubled political system in the heat of a budget crisis, TIME focused on Congress and Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. To flesh out the picture, our Washington Bureau filed thousands of words to New York, where National Editor John Elson oversaw the project. Senior Writer Ed Magnuson handled the main story on Congress, and Associate Editor Walter Isaacson the portrait of Baker. Senior Congressional Correspondent Neil MacNeil, who has been covering the House and Senate for 33 years, and Correspondent Evan Thomas, who began his assignment...

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