The Presidency: A Test of Heart and Mind

One by one Ronald Reagan's budget allies are dropping away. Their ardor for his leadership is cooling, but in one of those quirks of politics, they still love the man.

He knows what is happening. But if anything, his growing isolation seems to give him more fervor to hold his course. "I will not budge ... I intend to stand firm ... I am not going to change." These are declarations to the dozens of visiting members of Congress who have trudged through the Oval Office in the past few days. Most of them have pleaded with him to raise more...

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