Lost Leader

Howard Baker to step down

SAY IT AIN'T SO, HOWARD, wired Senator Robert Dole of Kansas to his Republican colleague from Tennessee, Majority Leader Howard Baker. Last week Baker refused either to confirm or to deny reports that he did not plan to run for re-election to the Senate in 1984. "I am in the process of trying to decide what my future will be," he said Saturday at the inaugural festivities for Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander.

In Washington it is not an everyday occurrence to see a man at the height of power consider relinquishing it. Pundits and politicians immediately assumed that...

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