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The case of the purloined book

White House Chief of Staff James Baker remembers a thick black notebook. Budget Director David Stockman remembers a set of unbound papers. CIA Chief William Casey says he has no recollection of the document at all.

Administration officials gave those hazy and conflicting accounts last week to a congressional subcommittee probing a revelation that Ronald Reagan may have got an unfair advantage during the 1980 presidential campaign from a purloined briefing book. Both Baker and Stockman confirmed that they had received one of President Carter's confidential briefing books, which was used to help prepare Reagan for...

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