A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 29, 1971

TIME has no front page in the newspaper sense of the word, but we have always paid special attention to the first page of the Nation section. Traditionally that has been the spot for our lead article, known in office jargon as the "Nation lede." Almost invariably it deals with some major event—more often than not, the actions of the President. The Nation lede, of course, is still there, but it has moved a little farther into the magazine. Now it is preceded by a feature that the editors introduced 18 months ago, entitled American Notes.

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