THE CONGRESS: This Side of the Grave

Matthew Neely is 75, a spouter of purple poetry and a wearer of tweed suits which come in shades of lemon and green. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, and a tireless joiner (Elk, Moose, Odd Fellow, Mason), Matt Neely is an ex-Congressman from West Virginia, served a term as governor of his state, is now in his fourth term as U.S. Senator. On the record, Senator Neely is a politician.

Senate leaders, trying to get on with things last week, had just about agreed to bring the President's vital economic-control bill to a vote on Friday, but they had reckoned...

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