Back in the Saddle Again

A well-rested President returns to the Washington wars

The occasion has become an annual tradition that marks the end of summer: a ranch outing in California given by the President for members of his staff, local Republicans and the traveling press corps. Looking serene and relaxed in his cowboy duds, Ronald Reagan chitchatted his way through a crowd of nearly 500, posing patiently for pictures with spouses and children. On one of the final days of his vacation, the President gave no indication that yet another testing time awaits his Administration when official Washington returns to business this week. A seemingly uncertain White House faces an unusual confluence of...

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