Swans and Ugly Ducklings

He is a leader at or near the peak of his influence, but perils surround him. As he heads into what may be the most challenging weeks of his presidency, Ronald Reagan must do battle over deficits, trade, taxes, farm aid and the positions he will take in Geneva at the November summit with the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev.

When the Federal Government was fully reassembled last week after the long summer holiday, all eyes were on the White House. Reagan took the stage at his dinner for Denmark's Prime Minister Poul Schluter. Somber aides hovered at the edges of the...

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