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Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the ...

Politics and National Issues
Politics and national issues
Introduction

Ronald Reagan was voted into office in 1980 with 55 percent of the popular vote. He won re-election in 1984 with 59 percent of the vote, and he left office in January 1989 more popular, according to public opinion polls, than when he had entered. In that eight years, Reagan restored the nation's sense of self-esteem, left an economy far more robust than it was when he assumed the presidency and participated in the beginnings of a thaw in the cold war.

Reagan's legacy was not uniformly positive. He also left the nation with the biggest budget and trade deficits in its history, an unsettled confrontation in Nicaragua and the unsettling residue of the Iran-contra scandal. Congress, so dominated by ...

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