Eclipse of a Deputy

Meese slips from the center of power

One of Ronald Reagan's top advisers, Presidential Counsellor Edwin Meese, was conspicuously absent from the tight-knit trio of aides that met two weeks ago to determine Alexander Haig's fate. While White House Chief of Staff James Baker, Deputy Chief Michael Deaver and National Security Adviser William Clark discussed the Secretary of State's resignation with Reagan, Meese was kept in the dark. Indeed, the man once regarded as the "deputy President" did not learn of Haig's departure until he returned to

Washington from a speaking engagement, an hour...

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