From the Publisher: May 1 1989

Do you ever wonder how Washington really works? Twenty-three leaders of top U.S. and foreign corporations tried to find out last week in a three-day, TIME-sponsored visit to the nation's capital. White House Chief of Staff John Sununu opened the TIME Executive News Conference with a spirited defense of the President's first 100 days. Cabinet Secretaries painted a dismaying picture of U.S. drug, environmental and educational problems. One morning was spent in the CIA's domed and soundproofed "bubble" with officials, including Director William Webster. In a majestic Supreme Court conference room, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy paced cheerfully as he quoted from...

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