To Our Readers: May 15, 1995

To fully understand the workings of Washington, it doesn't always pay to stick close to Capitol Hill. It was in a tiny church in suburban South Carolina that senior correspondent Jeff Birnbaum, who reported and wrote this week's cover story on Ralph Reed, fully realized just how Reed's Christian Coalition has become a force to be reckoned with in the U.S. Congress and the Republican Party. "This was a little church in the sticks," says Jeff. "But it had a satellite dish so that it could receive transmissions of Reed's training show, Christian Coalition Live."

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