Lame, but Lively, Ducks

Congress returns to tackle some tough ones: MX, a gas tax and deficits

The great congressional debate over America's mightiest intercontinental ballistics missile, the MX, could not have opened with a more suspenseful first act. Amid the free-form theatrics of a special session of Congress, the ten-warhead weapon survived an indefinite delay in production on the closest possible vote: a tie. It was saved by an intercontinental strike of a different sort, radiotelephoned pleas dispatched by Ronald Reagan to key legislators from Air Force One while he approached Brazil, the first stop on his...

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