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Pursuing the paramount impulse

There they were again, trying by eye contact and sheer force of will to make progress where their subordinates had come up short. There they were again, putting two very human faces on the most dangerous rivalry in history, personalizing the complex issues involved. It was their second meeting in less than a year, and it was intended to provide what the Soviet leader called an "impulse" for future meetings in Washington and Moscow. Though they clashed in Reykjavik over Star Wars, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan still might end up encountering each other more frequently than Richard Nixon and Leonid...

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