Carpenters came last week to Capitol Plaza, lugging tools and timber. Tourists stared; occasionally a gloomy lame-duck Congressman pottered by. The carpenters' job was to build the Inaugural Day platform, set up hundreds of benches, before Washington's winter closed in.

Inside the Capitol and up & down the three vast office buildings, plans were laid for the first session of the 77th Congress. Main piece of business was to get rid of Session III of the 76th, which still dragged its wounded length along. This session had sat almost as long as any...

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