House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.) is doing what he can to keep flickering hopes of a civil rights compromise alive. Chances are good that the Speaker will soon meet with AT&T Chairman Robert E. Allen to discuss resuming talks between business and civil rights leaders. Allen heads the human resources task force of the Business Roundtable, which had been trying to cut a deal with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. But the talks blew up when White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu pressured Big Business to back off.
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