The President's Men

How his inner council functions—and occasionally malfunctions

It is a Washington rite of passage: a member of the President's inner council leaves under fire. His departure certifies that the new Administration is no longer new. Collisions with reality are forcing changes in personnel as well as modifications of policy. Post-Inaugural hopes and dreams are turning into a series of adaptations to unforeseen pressures and challenges.

That moment of truth has come at last for the Reagan Administration. Richard Allen last week abruptly took administrative leave from his post as National Security Adviser. The Justice...

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