National Affairs: On Capitol Hill & In the White House, Grade A Leadership

THE second session of the Democratic 85th Congress ran in a remarkable time. Its life was shaped by Russian Sputniks and rocket diplomacy. Middle East turmoil, U.S. economic recession, election-year politics—by its own generally responsible leadership, and, above all, by the firmest treatment Capitol Hill ever got from Dwight Eisenhower. Last May, after a slow start, the President came out swinging for his program and especially for three legislative "imperatives": 1) defense reorganization, 2) mutual security, and 3) reciprocal trade. These are the grades Congress might give itself on demands of the...