A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 14, 1981

For correspondents assigned to cover the White House, press briefings and scheduled events constitute only a modest part of their daily duties. Much of their information comes from private conversations with officeholders, who often provide background or personal observations. For this week's cover story on the inner workings of the Reagan Administration, White House Correspondents Laurence Barrett and Douglas Brew drew on knowledge built up over months of reporting on Reagan and his executive "troika"—Presidential Counsellor Edwin Meese, Chief of Staff James Baker and Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver. Says Barrett: "To know how the minds of these men work...

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