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January 29, 1985
A long N.S.C. session to decide what degree of violation of SALT II provisions by the Soviets we would report to the Congress. I dont think there is any question there have been violations but could we prove it in court. Most of our reports will refer to them as almost positive violations.
Foreign Minister from Hungary was in briefly. Hungary is a target for friendly efforts to woo them a little away from the Soviets. They dont seem too unwilling. Had a good meeting with 3 controversial members of the Civil Rts. Commission—my appointees Linda Chavez, Morris Abrams, & Clarence Pendleton—an Hispanic, a Jew & a Black in that order. All 3 are solid as a rock and while totally dedicated to civil rights they are opposed to quotas which actually bring on reverse discrimination.
A long Cabinet meeting—with a fine report on our success in improving govt. management but a long fruitless discussion of the farm debt problem. A lot of farmers are going to go belly up & there really isn’t anything we can do about it. A taping session & tonite a dinner for the new freshman class in Congress & their wives & husbands. It was a nice affair & I think most if not all went away with a leaning toward bi-partisanship.