FOREIGN RELATIONS: Wesley Heights Tea Party

Sipping tea or nursing highballs, the guests sat in a wide semicircle in the living room of Vice President Richard Nixon's big stone house on Forest Lane in the fashionable Wesley Heights section of Washington. Among them were some of the most powerful men of the U.S. Congress: Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen, Senate Republican Policy Chairman Styles Bridges, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, House Democratic Leader John McCormack, House Republican Leader Charles Halleck, and half a dozen others. They listened raptly to the man facing them from the sofa:...

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