Nation: The Old Administration: Getting in Some Last Licks

A DECEPTIVE atmosphere pervades Washington whenever one Administration gives way to another. Power seems to ebb steadily until the incumbents appear to be little more than caretakers. Yet, until Jan. 20, Johnson and his lieutenants retain considerable authority. By exercising it, the Democrats can create commitments—and problems —that will affect Richard Nixon for months or perhaps years to come.

Since November, foreign-policy decisions have been subject to formal consultation between the old leaders and the new. On the domestic side, however, there has been some effort to create "plenty of momentum," as one...

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