A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 25, 1982

Major TIME stories often involve a careful dialogue, and negotiation, between correspondents in the field and writers in the New York City office. But the partnership behind this week's cover story on political action committees was unusually close. Correspondent Evan Thomas, who suggested the story and reported it from Capitol Hill, and Associate Editor Walter Isaacson, who wrote it, were friends at Harvard a decade ago. Their paths recrossed in 1978, when both joined TIME as staff writers in New York. Then, again almost simultaneously, both transferred to TIME'S Washington bureau. Isaacson returned...