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August 11, 1986
An N.S.C. meeting—briefing for Wed. meeting with Pres. de La Madrid of Mexico. We’re getting good cooperation on the drug problem but their ec. woes are very serious. I’m going to approach him of things he could do to open Mexico to outside investment and more entrepreneurship.
Then an issues briefing lunch. They’re usually pretty pleasant & this one was too.
I met later with [Senator] Steve Symms, [Senator] Chick Hecht, and Eliz. Dole. The two Cong. men [Senators] want to return speed laws to the states & so do I. Liz is worried that lifting the Fed. 55 mile limit may lead to an increase in traffic facilities. I held out on the side of turning power back to the states—it was none of Wash’s business in the 1st place. I think Liz left a little upset—but the 2 Reps [Senators] were happy & so am I.
A meeting had been scheduled with the editor of La Prensa—the paper in Nicaragua the Sandinistas have closed down. His family persuaded him he might not be allowed back in Nicaragua or if he was, he might not live long.
Then 2 long hours in the Family Theatre—boning up for a press conf. in Chi. tomorrow. After that a hair cut & LONG taping session then home & Mother.