On Nikita Khrushchev's desk was an ear of American corn, sent him by a U.S. seed company. On the nearby boardroom-type table were two bottles of mineral water: one from the North Caucasus, one from the South Caucasus. Khrushchev, wearing two Orders of Lenin medals on the left lapel of his dark suit jacket, waved his visitor to a chair at the table, took another for himself. "What," he asked, "would you like to discuss?" Replied Minnesota's endlessly ebullient, hardheadedly liberal Democratic Senator Hubert Humphrey: "Many things." And for 83-hours last week...

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