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Reagan, visiting the Hill, holds fast on marine issue

During a stormy session with congressional leaders Wednesday, President Reagan held his ground on keeping US marines in Lebanon, warning that ''we must not permit terrorism to succeed'' in the Middle East.

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Afterward, Senate Republican leader Howard H. Baker Jr. told reporters: ''I have never attended a more frank and energetic exchange.''

Aides said House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill was ''vitriolic'' in denouncing the administration's Lebanon policy. Mr. O'Neill has said he regrets having supported an 18-month stay in Lebanon for the Marines.