Nation: Good Will Toward Men?

A flood of Christmas cards, a challenge to Khomeini, an exit for the Shah

On a crisp evening last week, Amy Carter stepped up to a podium on the Ellipse, just south of the White House, and pressed the button controlling the lights on a 30-ft. blue spruce and 50 smaller trees around it, one for each state. But for the first time since Calvin Coolidge began the tradition in 1923, the big tree did not burst into light. Only the white star on its top and the tiny blue bulbs on the smaller...

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