The Presidency: Checking the Balances

The dark blue Lincolns cruise the Washington streets from sunup to midnight. Inside are shadowy predators of the political jungle curled around their cellular phones, eyes alight and voices urgent, positioning themselves in the great power struggle that has now been joined.

Big Labor and Big Business and Big Education and Big Government are all jittery. "There are for the time being power vacuums at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue," says Oklahoma's James Jones, chairman of the House Budget Committee in the expiring 98th Congress. He is debating whether to seek an...

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