The Contra Account Runs Dry

Congress rejects more aid for the rebels

As Ronald Reagan feverishly lobbied lawmakers to renew aid to the Nicaraguan contras last week, he found himself cast in a strange, ill-fitting role. Not so long ago, the President displayed an uncanny knack for dazzling Congressmen with his charm and righteousness, even as he squeezed painful concessions out of them. But last week the once cocky cajoler seemed humble, even desperate. To some he was a figure of pathos. "I felt almost bad for him," said Democratic Congressman Roy Dyson of Maryland, one of several lawmakers who met with Reagan in the Oval Office last week. "I remember the power...

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